Novak: Democrats see Rove as 'evil incarnate,' while conservatives see him as Captain Ahab
Conservative commentator Robert Novak writes that while many on the right view White House adviser Karl Rove as their "Captain Ahab," a number of liberals refer to him as "evil incarnate."
"The White House is letting it be known on Capitol Hill that [Rove] will play no part in President Bush's forthcoming big push to pass a compromise immigration bill," writes Novak in the latest Evans-Novak Political Report.
Novak implies that one reason for the White House's move is that President Bush's trusted adviser "is viewed by Democrats as evil incarnate."
He continues, "After serving as Bush's political brain in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, [Rove] has been under intensive attack this year in the Democrat-controlled Congress with demands that he be subpoenaed to testify under oath about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys."
RAW STORY reported earlier how Senate investigators, looking into the growing Attorneys scandal, are up in arms about the apparent "loss" of some Bush administration communications, which could shed light on the case.
"Revelations that [Rove] regularly used a Republican Party e-mail address while in the White House, and sent almost nothing through official channels, riles Democrats even more," says Novak. "And what's worse, his e-mails appear to be among the few that disappeared."
Novak then notes how those on the right also "view Rove with enormous suspicion," particularly on the issue of immigration.
"[Conservatives] tend to view Rove as Captain Ahab, with California as Moby Dick," writes Novak. They "view his line of thought as running thus: If he can just up the Hispanic vote for Republicans by granting an amnesty, then Republicans will never lose another presidential election."
"Many on the right resent this notion," Novak continues. "It is a lose-lose situation, then, to involve Rove in a process such as immigration reform that will require bipartisan cooperation."
Elsewhere in his latest newsletter, Novak remarks that Democratic leaders were so infuriated by the President's recess appointment of Swift Boat funder Sam Fox to the ambassadorship of Belgium that they are mulling keeping the Senate in session "to stop the President from again circumventing the confirmation process."
Novak writes, "The plan would be to keep the usual August recess short so that Bush would be unable to submit recess nominations."