Via Bruce Bartlett, Matt Latimer, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, gives us his impression of “Bush’s Brain”:
Karl was not the hero of the Bush White House, the brilliant behind-the scenes strategist. He was what all the liberals said he was: the villain. And to make matters worse, a clumsy one at that. He employed ham-handed tactics, put forward obviously unqualified subordinates, and stubbornly defended them. He’d turned out to be less a Voldemort than a Boris Badenov chasing Rocky and Bullwinkle.
And all this time I thought he was a genius. I mean, that’s what he kept telling us.
HT to Andrew Sullivan.