So, can we please, please stick a pin once and for all into the "deification" balloon of Karl Rove by Democrats?
Nothing could be more absurd than intellectually intimidated Democrats by Republicans! Hey, will everyone please WAKE UP? The Democratic/Progressive Party (progressives MUST be included in this) is the ONLY truly literate, scientific, and broadly civilized party in America.
WE pass all the bills supporting medical research, all levels of education, scientific research in general, the fine arts, life and death alternative energy projects, etc.
In short, the Democratic/Progressive Party is the party of science, culture, and human civilization at its best.
But perhaps most of all, the D/P Party is the party of conscience, compassion, and humanity. Said differently (if a little oddly), if Jesus Christ were alive now and he wanted to participate in politics, you tell me, would he be spending time with Karl Rove? Or, more generally, would Jesus Christ (or Buddha or Mohammed or the Hebrew Prophets) be members of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party? Every heart in America knows the answer to this question would NEVER be the Republican Party.
But back to Rove. Please think about this. There's something profoundly self destructive and limiting about putting other people on "pedestals".
Remember the book, "Bush's Brain"? This came out when people were practically genuflecting in front of the Republican PR creation of Karl Rove. I half expected little Rove "holy cards" or small statuettes to be handed out on street corners. Of course, the "Bush's Brain" book (which was NOT deifying Rove, by the way) was enormously entertaining in the sense that discovering you were the "brain" of George W. Bush would be a ghastly realization.
Indeed, I for one am perfectly willing to think of Rove as Bush's pea brain.
However, such grotesqueries aside, let's focus on the heart of the matter.
May we try out this syllogism?
(a.) Karl Rove gets results.
(b.) People who get results are intelligent.
(c.) Therefore, Karl Rove is intelligent
Formerly, the argument is correct, but the problem is the second claim (or premise), which is now going to be unconditionally challenged.
The "result getting" of Rove is not proof of exceptional intelligence, but proof of exceptional evil.
Karl Rove is merely a high profile example of a phenomenon all of us have seen over and over again (usually starting in school). People who "fight dirty" almost always win. This is blatantly obvious in sports competitions when, say, a fighter keeps "hitting beneath the belt" of another fighter. Well, if he keeps getting away with it, the dirty fighter is going to win.