From Time Magazine this week, Joe Klein: The Perils of the Permanent Campaign,
Last week there was more of the same, according to a prominent Republican, who told me that the White House had sent out talking points about how to attack Brent Scowcroft after Bush the Elder’s National Security Adviser went public with his opposition to the war in the New Yorker magazine. “I was so disgusted that I deleted the damn e-mail before I read it,” the Republican said. “But that’s all this White House has now: the politics of personal destruction.”
On the nomination of Alitio to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way President Ralph Neas,
He has chosen to divide Americans with a nominee guaranteed to cause a bitter fight.
“Rovism”: Destroy people, and set people against each other for political gain. Karl Rove is still in the White House, and Rovism continues.
Rove and the Republicans are going to pursue a scorched-earth policy now. The country is divided down the middle and they are going to do everything they can to aggravate that and fracture society — because they believes that “their side” will come out on top. Quoting TPM:
It all reminds me of a line from a famous, or rather infamous, memo Pat Buchanan, then a White House staffer, wrote for Richard Nixon in, I believe, 1972 when their idea of the moment was what they called ‘positive polarization’.
At the end of this confidential strategy memo laying out various ideas about how to create social unrest over racial issues and confrontations with the judiciary, Buchanan wrote (and you can find this passage on p. 185 of Jonathan Schell’s wonderful Time of Illusion): “In conclusion, this is a potential throw of the dice that could bring the media on our heads, and cut the Democratic Party and country in half; my view is that we would have far the larger half.”
And there you have it. Tear the country apart. And once it’s broken, our chunk will be bigger.
Prosecutor Fitzpatrick, your country needs you now. If you have something on Rove use it soon.
(Also see Yes, This Is The First Time In Three Decades That Republicans Were Hypocrites. Right.)