09 February 2007

Karl Rove Fucking Hates You (BR)
The political self-destruction of a human worm

There was a time, not too long ago, when Karl Rove was the golden child of the Republican party, the master calculator, President Bush's disembodied, piggly-looking brain. Some may even remember him telling All Things Considered host Robert Siegel -- in a Jonah Goldberg moment -- that in spite of every poll under the sun predicting a Democrat takeover of Congress in November, he was in possession of "The Math;" internal polls which assured him the Republicans would maintain their majorities in both Houses. We all know how that turned out

Until then, most people, even those who depended on Rove, admitted fairly readily -- in so many words -- that the President's current Deputy Chief of Staff was a scum-sucking weasel and an unethical thug, if an apparently brilliant tactician. Now he's been exposed as a mediocre political strategist as well, and, seeing the house he built crumbling around him, he's apparently decided to burn the damn thing to the ground while he can.

In defense of the Bush administration's laissez-faire tack on illegal immigration and border security -- favored by high-ranking officials in both parties -- Rove, in classic form, stated on Thursday: "I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas."

In one masterful stroke, Rove, who is also credited as a main policy architect, has managed to expose the true impetus behind the work he and his bosses have been doing lo these past seven years: A genuine and enduring contempt for physically demanding work and the people who do it for a living.

We make fun of The National Review quite a bit in this forum because their writers are mostly fools and political hacks who have never met an appeal to emotion they didn't like. But today's contribution to The Corner, their blog, by Mark Krikorian is absolutely right and deserving of applause for its brave rebuke of this bipedal pig of a man:
There should be no need to explain why this is an obscene statement ... It's not that I want my kids to make careers of picking tomatoes; Mexican farmworkers don't want that either. But we must inculcate in our children, especially those likely to go on to high-paying occupations, that there is no such thing as work that is beneath them.
If you're a powerful appointee in an allegedly conservative administration, getting a dressing-down from a blogger on NRO, your career is dead in the water.

Krikorian goes on to quote Tocqueville: "In the United States professions are more or less laborious, more or less profitable; but they are never either high or low: every honest calling is honorable[,]" adding himself that "[t]he farther we move from that notion, the closer we come to the idea that the lawyer is somehow better than the parking-lot attendant, undercutting the very foundation of republican government."

This last sentence really cuts at the heart of the matter. Rove, and the people whose interests he is paid to advance, is an aristocrat, and a cynical Darwinist. Rove would actually rather his son be an unemployed leech, a veritable desperate housewife, lounging about daddy's house and surrounded by all the accoutrements of the good life than to roll up his sleeves and do an honest day's work. His belief that wealth is the measure of a man consigns most Americans to a classist dung-heap.

But given the outrageousness and visibility of this latest gaffe, the unwanted scrutiny it has earned him, and the backlash it is likely to inspire among Republicans, Rove himself may just want to start checking the classifieds for post-Bush employment. I'm sure there's a spot in the tomato field with his name on it.

21 Comments:

Blogger metrodorus said...

Try "Rove is an oligarch." It maans the same thing as aristorcrat, but it lacks the positive connotations.

2/10/2007 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that this surprises anyone, especially the elite at NRO, is laughable.

Noelle Bush would make a bed, pick a tomato, or worse, for a xanax.

2/10/2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

An aristocrat means someone who is the best. Just taking in Rove's physical appearance you cannot call him an aristocrat. Nor by taking in his education or character. Now, I would call someone like Barack Obama an aristocrat.

2/10/2007 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Liberty Lover said...

I hope Rove's maid spits in his coffee every morning...

2/10/2007 12:36 PM  
Blogger synonomouse said...

Everyone I come into contact feels the same as Rover. And they certainly don't want their daughters to marry a working stiff.

2/10/2007 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What with the rampant cronyism shown by this Government, there is little chance of Rove Junior doing that sort of job.

Even if picking tomatoes or making beds is all he's good for, he'll probably end up controlling millions of dollars of tax-payers money.

And no doubt do very well out of it.

rendrag

2/10/2007 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez. Thanks a bunch. Didn't know, as a housewife (with 2 preK kids) that I was somehow an elitist. I also didn't know it isn't considered work. I guess honorably picking tomatoes is better than taking care of my own kids. Jerk.

2/10/2007 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were parking lots in Tocqueville's time?

2/10/2007 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a post meant to show respect for people in all occupations no matter how much they receive in payment, I am amazed that you succeeded in equating housewives to leeches. Just because housewives aren't paid does not mean that they don't work. Are slaves leeches? If you were referring to the television show "Desperate Housewives," why did you choose to refer to "Desperate Housewives" if not to give the reader some picture of a woman who does not deserve respect?

2/10/2007 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He meant desparate housewife in terms of the show.
As for synonymouse's group of friends who share rove's sentiment and hope that a daughter doesn't marry a working stiff...
There are a ton of working stiff's out there not doing manual labor, making six figures, etc. There is a white collar working stiff for every blue collar one these days.
Just because you are making above median salary doesn't mean you're not a tool. Why do you think we have the popular fantasy of a wealthy woman being taken by a carpenter, a plumber, or a construction worker... because modern office labor is emasculating (dehumanizing really).
I am not sure why everyone wouldn't see it as a good thing to have their child do some hard physical labor in their teens. It's good for their bodies, they learn what it's like to have to bust their ass for peanuts, and can appreciate and empathize with those not as fortunate as they are who work very hard, are good family members, etc. Surely an American should see these as worthy character traits of our citizens.

2/10/2007 2:30 PM  
Blogger Rotten said...

has karl rove ever done a useful day of work in his life?

2/10/2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Housework IS manual labor. Taking care of children is manual labor. It's 24/7; it isn't paid and doesn't even get the level of respect of a "working stiff" apparently. I can't stand Karl Rove, but I think the writer probably has almost as poor a working definition of "honorable work."

In fact, I think the writer made exactly the same error as Karl Rove - suggesting that someone else's work is somehow unworthy. It probably speaks to both men's unfamiliarity with people other than themselves.

2/10/2007 6:26 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

Anybody who misses the "desperate housewives," as in the TV show, is an idiot. In no way does this article insinuate that housewives don't work full-time.

2/10/2007 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean no disrespect to housewives and the amount of work they put into their lives when I say that they miss out on one component of working hell the tomato picker or hotel maid has to deal with: a supervisor standing over them, telling them how to do their jobs, when to do them, in what order, and in general exercising a degree of control over them that most American housewives don't have to deal with. I personally feel that loss of control is more difficult to deal with than hours of work themselves.

2/11/2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

Folks, I don't even watch television and I could still pick up on what B meant by "desperate housewives."

Understood that the work of a housewife is a sort of fulltime job. Though I would argue it's not "unpaid" as, in the typical model, a housewife is benefiting from the room, board, and other what-have-you provided by the money made by the "bread winner." I hate that model in general because it breaks down the household into this division of labor thing and dehumanizes what is essentially just the way two people live together... and perhaps that's an argument for another day. Also, I think we understand that the work of housewives, and in fact women in general, typically faces a lot of bullshit. The glass ceiling exists and it shouldn't be as hard as it is for a woman to break through it.

but my big point is that I don't think anyone here is trying to say that housewives don't have good (and important) work to do. Except the ones that play WoW every day and let their children starve.

Anyway, perhaps Brendan would have been better off making a reference to trust fundies instead? though there might be some trust fund kids out there who do good things with their largess, but... well you know what I mean.

I understand this is the internet, but let's just try to take a deep breath, re-read the passage, and try to figure out what the author meant before resorting to the knee-jerk reaction.

2/12/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Also, as far as "not wanting your daughter to marry a working stiff." That has more to do with the stigma we give to that sort of labor rather than the actual reality of it. If two people could find themselves a happy life or even build a family upon a working-class lifestyle, what's wrong with that?

I think the issue that this post points toward is that we treat the working-class with a certain level of disgust which is unwarranted. I find it odd that everyone wants to be middle-class... but not everyone wants to be good and/or decent. Becoming middle class is more important than becoming happy, even. What if I would be more happy working on cars than working in a cube-farm?

For more context, I would refer someone to Charles Murray's interesting (if somewhat flawed) recent series of articles in Opinion Journal.

2/12/2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Brendan said...

Oh man, I would've hated to see the trust-fund kiddies agitating over here, I'm glad I confined my sniping to housewives.

2/12/2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

You do realize that Der Rovesmarschall (and those like him) have the EXACT SAME CONTEMPT for soldiers, right? They see GIs as people too stupid to avoid service. So what if a bunch of them get offed?

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