2007-08-13

Bushs Spindoktor Karl Rove tritt ab

--- Karl Rove, der Architekt des Siegs von US-Präsident George W. Bush und der Wegbereiter der Neocons, kommt dem Fall seines Herrn zuvor und packt die Koffer in Washington – für den Moment zumindest und angeblich aus familiären Gründen. Für die Verkündigung seines Abschieds vom Weißen Haus wählte er das von Murdoch geschluckte Wall Street Journal. Fehler? Niemals, so die Kernaussage. Nun steht Bush also erst mal mehr oder weniger hirnlos da. Die New York Times zum Thema:
Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush’s two winning presidential campaigns and secured his own place in history as a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the White House, is resigning, the White House confirmed today. In an interview published this morning in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove said, “I just think it’s time,” adding, “There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.” Mr. Rove said he had first considered leaving a year ago but stayed after his party lost the crucial midterm elections last fall, which put Congress in Democratic hands, and as Mr. Bush’s problems mounted in Iraq and in his pursuit of a new immigration policy. ...

The White House did not say early today whether Mr. Bolten would name a successor to Mr. Rove, who held a “deputy chief of staff” title. But even if he does, none would have the same influence with the president or, likely, the same encyclopedic knowledge of American politics. ... With his departure, Mr. Rove will be the latest major figure to leave the Bush administration’s inner circle. Earlier this summer, Mr. Bush lost as his counsel Dan Bartlett, a fellow Texan who had been part of the original group of close advisers that followed Mr. Bush from the Texas governor’s mansion to the White House. ...

Mr. Rove was not only the chief architect of Mr. Bush’s political campaigns but also the midwife of the president’s political persona itself. His continued presence in the White House had become a source of fascination in Washington ... He predicted that conditions in Iraq would improve with the continuation of the surge — though he did not address speculation that the president will face pressure this fall, possibly even from fellow Republicans, to bring troops home sooner rather than later. And he predicted that Democrats would fail to show unity on issues such as the president’s eavesdropping program. He said he intended to write a book, which had been encouraged by “the boss,” and eventually to teach. Throughout Mr. Bush’s tenure, Mr. Rove vilified Democrats, and they vilified him right back, complaining about his infamously bare-knuckled political tactics on the campaign trail and what they considered his overt politicization of the White House. He has been the focus in the Congressional investigations into the firings last year of several federal prosecutors, and he was until last year a focus of the C.I.A. leak case investigation that led to perjury charges for Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby. ...

But Mr. Rove was in the eye of the political storm once again this year as Congress set out to learn his role in the attorney firings, which critics charge had been carried out to impede or spark investigations for partisan aims. ... In his exit interview today, which was with Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove had a parting shot for his political nemeses, telling Mr. Gigot that he believed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the Democratic nominee but called her a “tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate,” and predicted a Republican victory in the 2008 presidential race. It is the sort of political boasting that had become Mr. Rove’s hallmark.
Mehr Polit-Tratsch zum Thema etwa im Guardian: Hired by George Bush senior aged just 22, he started a lifelong association with the family. One of his menial jobs was to hand over the Bush car keys whenever George junior went to Washington. Mr Rove's description sounds like the start of a love affair. "I can literally remember what he was wearing," he said of an occasion in 1973: "an Air National Guard flight jacket, cowboy boots, blue jeans. He was exuding more charisma than any one individual should be allowed to have." Es ist kaum übertrieben, mit dem letztlich doch überraschenden Abgang Roves vom Ende einer Ära zu sprechen. Aber irgendwann erweist sich der tägliche Spagat zwischen politischer Wunschwelt und dem Rest der Wirklichkeit erfahrungsgemäß für jeden Spindoktor zu weit.

Und sonst: Ein PR-Skandälchen in Berlin – Flaskamp erhält keine Aufträge vom Bundeswirtschaftsministerium mehr: Gib mir einen Zeitungsartikel, dann bekommst du eine bezahlte Anzeige: Solch anrüchige PR-Arbeit brachte das Wirtschaftsministerium von Michael Glos unter Druck. Jetzt wurde die zuständige Agentur gefeuert - die Regierung versichert aufgeschreckt, sie habe damit nichts zu tun.

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