But the Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.
The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.
First, the inquiry comes from inside the administration, not from Democrats in Congress. Second, unlike the splintered inquiries being pressed on Capitol Hill, it is expected to be a unified investigation covering many facets of the political operation in which Rove played a leading part.
"We will take the evidence where it leads us," Scott J. Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel and a presidential appointee, said in an interview Monday. "We will not leave any stone unturned."
Now, it is true that this office doesn't have the ability charge Rove criminally, it can only decide whether or not Rove's dalliances are worthy of dismissal of a federal employee. And we know that no matter what they recommend the boy king isn't going to dismiss him. Who knows, it may even be a sham by the administration to take the heat off Rove by saying everything he did was kosher. CREW thinks this might be the case.
Anyway, it does give me a chance here to take a look at Rove's legacy. It's pretty simple really. Karl Rove is simply the most inept person in policy at the White House in the history of the United States. Sure, he might be good at winning elections, but that is all he has in the bag. When it comes to governing, he stinks.
He has taken an approach to federal government similar to what you might see from a corrupt mayor of a small town. Jobs for the bootlicks, and for the lame brain kids of major donors. That and always attack the other side. Oh, and in a brilliant move, they outsourced foreign policy to the Vice President's office. How did that go?
And of course while they say they don't look at polling, they live and die with every twenty-four hour news cycle. Fearful always of losing even one day of spin. What this does however is cause them to go in circles instead of making progress on any issue. Instead they pressed on with their delusional dream of a permanent majority. Sorry, you have to get something done for that to happen.
Thanks to Rove, Bush has had to endure the burning of Iraq and the drowning of New Orleans. And lest you think this was intentional as some have said it comes from their disdain of government, think again. When they came into office they were going to shrink the size of the federal government, it swelled. They were going to get rid of Social Security, they failed. They have made no movement on any substantial republican positions except making the Supreme Court more conservative and they damn near screwed that up too.
Lastly, as for that permanent majority, even Karl "the numbers" Rove can't keep getting elected when you govern that poorly. As a partisan Democrat, I guess I should say thanks, asshole. As an American, all I can say is asshole.