GW Young America's Foundation--the class acts who brought us Ann Coulter and Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week--are bringing former Bush Administration official Karl Rove to campus.
Sometimes, I wonder if GWYAF are all just a bunch of closet liberals, discrediting conservatism by inviting some of the craziest right-wing charlatans out there.
This time they're handing the microphone over to Karl Rove, who's nothing less than the biggest political failure in Washington--remember, Rove brought George W. Bush from a 90% approval rating to a 30% approval rating in just a few short years.
Most of the political debacles of the past several years can be laid squarely at Karl Rove's feet--he was called 'Bush's brain' because nearly every political decision that came out of the White House had to go through him first. So this is the guy who brought us brilliant triumphs of conservatism like the Iraq War, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, Terri Schiavo, Social Security privatization, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, $3.50-a-gallon gasoline the Patriot Act, and so many others.
This is the guy who famously predicted that--in the face of every indication, every poll, every piece of available information--the Republicans would gain Congressional seats in the 2006 midterm elections. Arguing with an NPR reporter, Rove infamously quipped
"You're entitled to your math. I'm entitled to 'the' math."It's pretty clear--Karl Rove is the biggest failure in Washington. If I were a conservative, I wouldn't be inviting Rove to come speak at my campus--I'd want him tarred and feathered for ruining my party and my country. Thanks to Karl Rove's bungled political machinations, both the Republican Party and conservatism itself have been discredited in the eyes of the American people.
So, should we go to his speech and hold up signs? Chant? Splash fake blood around and turn our chairs the other way?
Nah. Honestly, no protest could hurt Karl Rove any more than he's hurt himself.
So, what should we do about Rove's visit? Well, we should go see him speak.
And while he speaks, we should sit there in awe before the man who almost singlehandedly destroyed the Republican Party.