By James Moore
Compliment for Bush's Brain
"Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is among the such a lot wonderful and winning political specialists of all time. during this riveting account, Wayne Slater and Jim Moore inform how he acquired there." —Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire
"Bush's mind is not a hatchet task on George W. Bush. actually, the 2 authors principally dispel the parable of Bush's supposedly poor IQ. yet, extra importantly, they lay naked the tale of ways Karl Rove could be the strongest guy in the United States. it is a compelling tale advised by way of veteran Texas newshounds who don't want a briefing packet to appreciate the lads they're writing about." —Philip Bruce, KCET/PBS tv, Los Angeles
The strongest person within the usa is probably not George W. Bush. it truly is most likely Karl Rove, the President's superb consultant. who's this guy and the way did he collect quite a bit energy? Having watched in awe for over fifteen years as they pronounced at the upward thrust of Karl Rove, Moore and Slater reveal the brutal and occasionally morally questionable, yet continually potent ways that Karl Rove?and America's political system—actually function.
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Extra info for Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
Losers are not first choices for candidates making an initial run. Karl Rove was not a loser, at least not back in Texas. But he had never managed a presidential campaign either. And among Bush family loyalists, there were some lingering questions about whether his successes in state elections translated to a grander national scale. Rove took little or no notice of his skeptics. They did not have his gift for seeing the inevitable outcome. They did not understand his ability to control the variables.
But there is little doubt about the practical implications of his position. Rove has a more profound influence on American lives than most officeholders. He is the co-president of the United States. And Americans cannot deny his influence. Rove’s policy choices for the president are almost certain to have impact on individual consumers. If, for instance, the price of automobiles began to increase because of the cost of raw materials, Karl Rove’s politics may be assigned the blame. The value of some types of steel will rise because of a strategic political move by Rove.
Slater, left conspicuously alone between the rope lines as Rove abruptly stalked off, shrugged and moved toward the candidate coming from the plane. Less than a half hour later, inside the small general aviation terminal at the Manchester airport, he encountered Rove again. ” Slater asked. “I’m fine,” Rove answered. Already, the strategist was moving on to more pressing matters. The confrontation with Slater was just another campaign event, part strategy, part emotion. Karl Rove has a fine eye for working journalists up to the edge, bullying and cajoling, and then pulling back.