Saturday, January 21, 2006

Desperado

From the New York Times:

Karl Rove, the president’s chief political adviser, gave nervous Republicans here a preview of the party’s strategy to maintain its dominance in the fall elections today, assailing Democrats for their positions on terrorism, the White House eavesdropping program and Mr. Bush’s attempt to shape the federal judiciary.

For 26 minutes, after calling for civility in politics in a packed speech before the Republican National Committee, Mr. Rove offered a lacerating attack on Democrats that other Republicans said was a road map for how the party would deal with a tough electoral environment. Mr. Rove sharply criticized Democrats for their opposition to tax cuts and Mr. Bush’s Supreme Court nominations, but he left little doubt that once again – as has been the case in both national elections since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – that he was intent on making national security the pre-eminent issue in 2006.

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Mr. Rove made no mention of Republican opposition to both the Patriot Act and the surveillance program, which has posed a political problem for this White House, while he laid out his case against the Democrats, speaking rapidly.

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In his speech, Mr. Rove made no mention of his own legal situation. And even as he sought to rally his troops, he made no mention of an issue that accounts for much of the Republican concern about the coming midterm elections: The influence-peddling investigation of Congress that has focused on some senior Republican leaders, including Tom DeLay, who is stepping down as majority leader.

Is it just me, or does Karl sound slightly desperate?