Time magazine takes a look at a Roveless Bush in its article, A White House Without Rove?, and envisions a meltdown.
He’s weary. His wife and only child, who is approaching college, miss him. He has monstrous legal bills. His unique bond with the President is under stress. His most important work is done.
Spending your life manipulating people, intel and the public is bound to make you “weary” sooner or later, one would think. Time could have summed up that paragraph in two words: Rove’s toast.
And what will happen if Turdblossom leaves if (when) he gets his grubby hands slapped with an indictment or two by Patrick Fitzgerald?
If he leaves, he will not be alone. Several well-wired Administration officials predict that within a year, the President will have a new chief of staff and press secretary, probably a new Treasury Secretary and maybe a new Defense Secretary.
A new Defense Secretary? Really? Promise? Can we get one for Christmas 2005? Please?
And Scotty? Scotty would abandon ship too? Darn I know I’ll miss him! I hope they find someone just as entertaining. It’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re lying your ass off. You have to give Scotty props for that.
That Snowy guy who heads the Treasury department needs to go too. What’s he done for America lately?
Time makes this assertion:
And he’s [Rove] got one constituency rooting for him, the conservatives who rely on him to be their voice.
Since 1999 Bush and Rove have imagined engineering a decades-long G.O.P. majority in America. But Republicans fret these days about losing the House or Senate in next year’s midterm elections. So if Rove does head out, he may leave behind a wounded President who faces the prospect of having to abandon some of the pair’s Texas-size dreams.
There’s something perverse-sounding about that last bit: some of the pair’s Texas-size dreams. They sound like a couple headed for an ugly divorce after one of them found out the other had an affair. Then again, one did – the Plame affair.