Monday, July 18, 2005

Revenge of the Sith?

Karl Rove was born on Christmas Day 1950 and ever since then he's been a gift to the Republicans and a lump of coal for the Democrats. While attending the University of Utah in the early 1970s he met Lee Atwater, the South Carolinian who eventually became the chief political adviser to Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, and helped him become the 41st president. Rove admired Atwater's take-no-prisoners and execute the ones you take attitude toward politics. In 1973, with Atwater's help Rove became chairman of the College Republicans. That same year he drops out of college and begins a friendship with a young George W. Bush who would become the 43rd president. In 1979, Rove's first wife files for divorce.

Both Rove and Atwater suffered profoundly sad personal tragedies. In 1956, when Atwater was 5 years old, his brother, just a month shy of 3, died after an being scalded by oil in a kitchen accident. It's absolutely heartbreaking. I actually recommend not reading about it. But if you must go here. As for Rove, his mother committed suicide in 1981.

Is it possible that these losses so damaged these men that they have channeled their emotions, whether it be anger, abandonment, grief, sadness and/or hate into their actions in the political arena where they treat their political opponents as fugitives that need to be hunted down and eliminated? Could be.

And remember, all Sith Lords have an apprentice. They come in pairs. Atwater to Rove. Rove to W. And just as Anakin's loss of his mother and fear of losing Padme sent him over to the dark side, it is no less a fantasy that Rove was sent over to the dark side a long time ago, not necessarily in a galaxy far, far away. From stealing opponents' stationery, to bugging his own office and blaming the other side to push polls in 2000 against John McCain, Rove has been practicing the black arts of political throat sliting for years.

Think I'm crazy? Well, remember, he is divorced and his possible latent hate for wives seems to dovetail nicely with his campaign against wifes Kitty Dukakis in 1988 (buring an American flag), Hillary Clinton in 1992, Cindy McCain in South Carolina in 2000 (leaflets claiming she was a drug addict and weirdo), Teresa Heinz Kerry in 2004 ("a foreigner - Africa no less!") and Valerie Plame in 2003 ("she's pro-Saddam"). All wives of political opponents seem to be "fair game" to Sith Lord Rove. And secondly, the Curmudgeon can spot pent up bitterness, hate and venom just looking for a release a mile away. I just don't have the power to release it like Rove does. Then again, I just might be crazy. In which case, never mind.

3 Comments:

Blogger Notromemos said...

Yep. You're lame.

3:52 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

This is an interesting theory, but when you put all of his moral lapses in the cause of political gain in one paragraph, no amount early scarring can explain or redeem Rove. I'd like to get ahold of whatever it is he uses that allows him to sleep at night - must be some mighty strong stuff.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Crankyboy responds to chris:

Pithy and terse. Obviously you're proud of Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby who out CIA agents for political revenge. Can't wait for that plank in the next Republican platform in 2008.

5:42 PM  

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