Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hoeven and Rove together again

This morning, The Hill reported that Karl Rove is coming to North Dakota later this month to raise money for the state GOP and to pressure Governor Hoeven to challenge Senator Conrad. It seems that Hoeven's "official business" trips to DC have finally paid off: Rove is coming to town.

Come kids, let's not be fooled: Karl Rove doesn't do ND. Karl Rove does politics.

Karl Rove is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and a senior domestic policy advisor. (If you watch the West Wing, think of Josh Lyman). Why is he so interested in ND? Why isn't he concentrating on the nation's crisis: the hundreds of thousands of Americans devastated by Hurricane Katrina? Instead of helping our nation in a time of need, Rove is plotting with John Hoeven and Ken Karls.

Everyone saw the administration's pathetic response to Katrina; the Homeland Security director said one thing one day and something else the next. There was break down in communication between the federal level and the state level. And instead of trying to help out, the administration with Rove at the lead, began playing politics.

Late last week, Rove and the WH finally acted decisively to limit Katrina’s damage. So, you maybe thinking: "Well, that's good. They acted."

Well not so much: Rove and his crew were concerned with damage to their own political standing, not to hundreds of thousands of people hurting in the Gulf: “Under the command of President Bush's two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina…. The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove…. It began late last week after Congressional Republicans called White House officials to register alarm about what they saw as a feeble response by Mr. Bush to the hurricane, according to Republican Congressional aides.”

Hmmm... is part of Karl Rove’s Katrina response to convince John Hoeven to run for Senate? Maybe Hoeven should tell Rove to spend his time raising money for Katrina victims, not the state GOP.

As I said before, Karl Rove doesn't do ND. Karl Rove does politics. Remember what Karl Rove is: He is the king of dirty tricks. This is the same guy who willingly leaked the name of a covert CIA agent to get back at a person who questioned the Bush administration.

And remember John Thune? Thankfully for our neighbors to the South, Ellsworth AFB was saved, but it wasn’t because Rove came to South Dakota’s rescue. As conservative hack Bob Novak wrote last month, “Were it not for Bush, Thune would be finishing his third year as governor of South Dakota…. Thune tried [to get the president to remove Ellsworth from the BRAC list] this year, but Bush withheld himself from the process. The new senator talked to Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bush political adviser Karl Rove and Cheney aide Scooter Libby. But the same people who could not do enough for candidate Thune could do nothing for Sen. Thune.”

Maybe Hoeven should think about whom he chooses to associate with. North Dakota does not need Rove style dirty politics. And we don't need Karl Rove deciding for us who should run for what office. What we need are leaders - Conrad, Dorgan and Pomeroy - who put the state’s needs first and politics second.