Author: If Rove is Bush's brain, Gonzales may be his 'pathological pal'
David Edwards
Published: Tuesday July 31, 2007


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During Monday's edition of Countdown MSNBC host Keith Olbermann asked James Moore, co-author of Bush's Brain and contributor to the Huffington Post, "If we stipulate that Karl Rove is Mr. Bush‘s brain, can we assign a physical organ or mental faculty to Mr. Gonzales?"

"I don‘t know," Moore responded. "Maybe he is his bipolar buddy or his pathological pal, I‘m not sure. He certainly exhibits a certain amount of pathology when interacting with reality. But you know, Keith, the perfect example of this relationship I think is the attorney purge scandal."

According to Moore, Gonzales "can‘t outwit anybody," adding, "I think—it is amazing to me that people actually think that this man is smart. If the administration of George W. Bush has proved anything, it is that you can go to a top flight East Coast school and get an advanced degree and not be a very bright person."

Olbermann pointed out that "in [Gonzales'] five appointments to public positions - spanning over a decade - he has never been chosen by anyone other than George W. Bush."

Moore identified Karl Rove as the key determinant in Gonzales' future. In response to rumored suggestions that this will be Gonzales' last week, Moore said, "I don't really see that happening unless there's a calculus where Rove says to the President, 'We gotta cut him loose.'"

The following video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast on July 30.