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Young Rove's Dreams Became Everyone Else's Nightmare
The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Saturday November 6, 2004 | Dr. Brian Moench

Posted on 11/06/2004 3:52:30 PM PST by republicanbred

The year was 1968. The Vietnam War and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were shaping history. Little did I know that walking next to me in the halls of Olympus High School that year was a friend who would shape history in 2004 as profoundly as these events did in 1968, the year Karl Rove and I were 17. Karl started out with every social disadvantage. He was the new kid, physically still pre-pubescent, the classic nerd, with Coke-bottle glasses, pants too short, belt too tight and, to make it even worse, he was non-Mormon. Yet at a very clique-ish high school, he managed to break into the social elite by understanding who was in charge and how to appeal to them. He had an energetic but not a charismatic personality. He was intelligent, but not a genius; he was well-read, but tried a little too hard to let you know that.

Karl Rove Junior at Olympus High School, 1968.

Karl became my friend and political counterpart. I was the student body president; he was president-elect of the student senate. We conducted political conventions at our high school. He organized the Republicans. I organized the Democrats. But when the convention was over, the rest of us went back to worrying about our next zit, our next date, making the team. Some thought about college, the SATs, the war and occasionally "What does it all mean?" Karl remained consumed by politics; not the ideology, the principles or the social ramifications of politics, but the infrastructure, the wheeling and dealing, the game and, most of all, the winning. Most of our friends were academically focused with goals of becoming doctors, lawyers, professors and scientists. But with typical youthful idealism we also dreamed about our future romances, our families and making the world a better place. Karl was the only 17-year-old I'd ever met whose dreams were limited to being a political operative, period. One mutual friend said, "Karl would stare at a sunset and see only the political implications of it." I never remember Karl talking about making the world a better place. His next milestone: At age 22 he conducted a conference for young Republicans on the art of dirty-tricks politics. Thirty years later he has accumulated a remarkable winning streak at political gamesmanship, but with the Machiavellian mantra of the end always justifies the means. The means have been astonishingly brutal. When Rove decided to reach for the top he found the only presidential candidate who lacked everything he could provide. The symbiosis of Bush and Rove has steamrolled through the political landscape like the Terminator

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wearing an Alfred E. Newman mask and a cowboy hat. On the outside there is Bush, with his "aw shucks" down-home-guy act who says he's on a mission from God. On the inside is Rove, the scorched-earth killing machine whose mission is to destroy every political opponent in its path. On the outside there is Bush, who brags about not reading newspapers or anything else. On the inside there is Rove who reads everything and has unmatched attention to detail. On the outside is Bush, who seems to truly believe in Bible literalism and creationism and who admits to allowing his foreign policy to be shaped by an apocalyptic view of the imminent second coming of Jesus. On the inside is Rove, who thinks of the Second Coming as the re-elect-Jesus campaign. For Karl, winning is the only goal and the tactics used have no ethical, moral, factual or even legal restraint. The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service. It did what smear campaigns always do. It diverted attention away from what really matters. I can't say that in 1968 I saw all the seeds of what Karl Rove would become. I am surprised more people haven't been willing to stand in his way. But a person that relentless, that single-minded, that focused loses peripheral vision, and that's where someone more introspective might see the collateral damage of their obsession. If Karl the Terminator would pause long enough to turn his head a little to either side he would notice that in the movie of real life the victims scattered all over the highway are not just the Democrats but democracy itself. An electorate distracted by dirty tricks is less able to vote to protect the public interest, which is the whole purpose of democracy. A distracted, deceived and fearful electorate is the precursor of fascism. Far better than any of his old friends, Karl truly has achieved his dream job. Unfortunately for the rest of us it's become our nightmare.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barkingmoonbat; bush; goswiftees; nightmare; rove; symbiosis
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Love how much they hate Karl Rove!
1 posted on 11/06/2004 3:52:31 PM PST by republicanbred
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To: republicanbred

Welcome to my nightmare!


2 posted on 11/06/2004 3:53:36 PM PST by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours! (I told you so :-))
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To: republicanbred

They hate him but they wish he was on their side. They also greatly fear him.


3 posted on 11/06/2004 3:54:30 PM PST by Moconservative
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To: republicanbred
Love how much they hate Karl Rove! heh heh
4 posted on 11/06/2004 3:54:37 PM PST by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours! (I told you so :-))
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Another lefty Moonbat heard from......its the evil Karl Rove set to take over the WORLD!!!!


5 posted on 11/06/2004 3:54:53 PM PST by Dog
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To: Freepdonia

Sweet dreams, Dims...Muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!


6 posted on 11/06/2004 3:56:33 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("We are entering a new season of hope."-George W. Bush, Nov. 3rd, 2004)
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To: republicanbred
Evil Genius Karl RoveTM, please.
7 posted on 11/06/2004 3:57:03 PM PST by FredZarguna (Ready now thy pajamas. For the Dark Queen begins to gather all evil things unto herself.)
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To: republicanbred

Revenge of the Karl!


8 posted on 11/06/2004 3:57:23 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: republicanbred
When Rove's tenure as GWB's "architect" is over it will be very interesting to see who his next "building" will be.
9 posted on 11/06/2004 3:58:48 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: republicanbred

AWwwwwwww, cry me a freakin' river. He hates Rove. Booo freakin' HOO.

I smell the sharp tang of Prep-Nerd conflict. It is entirely possible that this man is frozen in fear, his illusions of liberal superiority forever smashed by the meteoric rise of Nerdly Mastermind, Karl Rove...

Woe and despair - the nerds have taken over! God save us all for they shall scorch the earth with their superiour intellect and evil dreams of domination!!

Um, yeah.


10 posted on 11/06/2004 3:59:01 PM PST by dandelion (http://johnkerryquestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: republicanbred
Geez, what drivel. People who would deify James Carville paint Rove as ruthless, deceitful, and venomous...THAT's denial.
11 posted on 11/06/2004 3:59:24 PM PST by atomicpossum (They pelted us with rocks and garbage.)
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To: republicanbred
Feel the love. Endless character assassination is the stock in trade of those those heirs to the Nazi Party, the 'rats. That, and ceaseless coordinated violent assaults on God-fearing Republican patriot citizens and their campaign headquarters.

Carl Rove by my estimation has personally saved the United States twice. In my mind, the Hand of the Almighty acts through Mr. Rove. I literally pray for this wonderful man every night. So what does that make Mr. Rove's enemies?

12 posted on 11/06/2004 4:00:08 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

LOL


13 posted on 11/06/2004 4:01:00 PM PST by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours! (I told you so :-))
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To: republicanbred

Yet, if not for Rove, this flaccid little piece by Dr. Moench would never have been printed.


14 posted on 11/06/2004 4:01:22 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: republicanbred

Hurray for the ARCHITECT!!!!


15 posted on 11/06/2004 4:01:49 PM PST by The_Republican
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To: republicanbred
On the outside is Bush... who admits to allowing his foreign policy to be shaped by an apocalyptic view of the imminent second coming of Jesus.

'scuse me? when did Dubya ever say this?

The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service.

'scuse me??? since when have the Swifties been AT ALL discredited?

16 posted on 11/06/2004 4:02:17 PM PST by King Prout ("We've found more WMDs in Iraq than we've found disenfranchised blacks in Florida." - Ann Coulter)
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To: republicanbred

 

De Nile.


17 posted on 11/06/2004 4:02:50 PM PST by Fintan (I wanted more Bush...I GOT MORE BUSH!!!!!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Carl Rove = Karl Rove


18 posted on 11/06/2004 4:02:58 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: republicanbred
The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service

Yep: moonbat. He doesn't know squat, but he's going to tell the rest of us how it was. He has no clue what motivated the Swift Vets. No clue at all.


19 posted on 11/06/2004 4:03:08 PM PST by Nick Danger (Hasta la vista, Baby)
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To: republicanbred

BTTT


20 posted on 11/06/2004 4:04:01 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: republicanbred

Dr. huh... Shut up and Heal!


21 posted on 11/06/2004 4:04:45 PM PST by zzen01
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To: republicanbred
the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service

Yeh, right. Repeat it often enough, maybe Kerry will suddenly get a serious wound (not a Purple Boo-boo) if you keep lying about the Swifties.

LOL!

22 posted on 11/06/2004 4:05:32 PM PST by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: republicanbred
The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service.

Didn't the Swift Boat Vets have a news conference in May and nobody came? Has the author ever bothered to actually read the book, address the specific charges or question why Kerry refused to release his military records? Of course not. 200 people who served with Kerry are all liars because he said so. The two who supported him are all the truth we need to know because Kerry said so.

I am beginning to doubt the author even knew Karl Rove once upon a time because the entire article smacks of "holier than thou." And shame on the author for trying to drag the Mormon religion into this. As I recall, Kerry couldn't muster even 30% of the vote in the state of Utah.

23 posted on 11/06/2004 4:06:05 PM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: republicanbred
To the demonic-rats, righteousness, common sense, honesty, good morals, truth, and anyone having these qualities is considered "Their Nightmare". How pathetic. They should go and read what happens to those who decide to go against God's Laws. It ain't "purdee". But God, in his benevolence to those who prayed for decency, morals, righteousness, and common sense to lead our country, allowed President Bush to lead our nation for

FOUR MORE YEARS!

FOUR MORE YEARS!

FOUR MORE YEARS!

24 posted on 11/06/2004 4:06:06 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
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To: republicanbred

Just curious: this article was published well over a week ago and was the subject of a fair amount of comment then. Any reason to post it now? Dr. Moench (an anesthesiologist who clearly has been sampling the merchandise) had his little screed posted on sites like "The Smirking Chimp" in addition to being published in the Salt Lake Trib, so it seems to have pretty well gone the rounds.


25 posted on 11/06/2004 4:07:28 PM PST by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: republicanbred
An electorate distracted by dirty tricks is less able to vote to protect the public interest

Don't mention Rove, start with Dan Rather and the rest of the Big Media slime!!!

26 posted on 11/06/2004 4:07:31 PM PST by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: Fintan

It looks like the sea between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is "Bush Country" too - the RED Sea.


27 posted on 11/06/2004 4:08:29 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
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To: King Prout

And I believe the Swifties are not done with John Kerry. Stay tuned.


28 posted on 11/06/2004 4:08:51 PM PST by Fam4Bush (We actually voted against John Kerry before we voted for President Bush.)
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To: atomicpossum
Hey Possum, Google Carville, Louisiana. James' family ran Carville, Louisiana for years as a private fiefdom. It is the State of Louisiana Leper Colony! It is the foundation of the Carville family fortune.

Now be freakin' fair. What the hell other job on this planet could James Carville get other than work as a Democrat operative? For generations the Carvilles made their living by making a profit from a terrible disease.

29 posted on 11/06/2004 4:09:06 PM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: republicanbred

"Discredited Swift Boat Vets"?

LOL

Discredited among you discredited losers, perhaps, but we here in Red America can tell the difference between the truth and a dog and pony show.


30 posted on 11/06/2004 4:09:16 PM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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To: republicanbred

I think Mr. Moench should see a shrink and quick. He's so delusional he gives new meaning to the word paranoid.


31 posted on 11/06/2004 4:10:18 PM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: republicanbred

Sorry for posting with the ---advertisement--- error in there. I am a long time lurker, once in a blue moon poster, but this was my first article posting. I missed the part about previewing my posting.(oops!)
By the way, you guys on this site literally saved me from a pre-election breakdown.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! You are the best!!!


32 posted on 11/06/2004 4:10:50 PM PST by republicanbred (sorry and thanks)
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To: republicanbred
[snip]
Rove, the scorched-earth killing machine whose mission is to destroy every political opponent in its path.

[snip]
Karl, winning is the only goal and the tactics used have no ethical, moral, factual or even legal restraint.

BUSH WINS !
Bush wins !
BUSH WINS !

Eat it, libs.

33 posted on 11/06/2004 4:11:04 PM PST by ChadGore (59,313,309 Bush fans can't be wrong.)
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To: republicanbred

Who is this idiot? Obviously they never met Karl Rove...it just goes on and on, the democratic bull&#!* lies. These people need to get a life.


34 posted on 11/06/2004 4:11:11 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: republicanbred
The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service.

Huh. Had to stop there. Shame, because it was a fairly interesting piece up to that point. But then the author had to go and expose himself, carelessly, as a liar. NOTHING the Swift Boat veterans have claimed has been discreditied. Nothing. This clown obviously never bothered to read the book.

35 posted on 11/06/2004 4:12:24 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: republicanbred

Do I take it that Dr. Brian Moench is a Mormon?
I'm surprised at his Dem devotion.


36 posted on 11/06/2004 4:12:45 PM PST by Spirited
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To: republicanbred
I didn't like the tone of the first two paragraphs, but decided to read on anyway...

...Then I find this gem:

The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service.

Who has discredited John O'Neill and the Swifties Dr. Moench?

(Crickets)

Methinks you don't have an answer, only an agenda. Even Kerry himself wouldn't confront the Swifties face to face.

Dr. Moench, you're pathetic.

5.56mm

37 posted on 11/06/2004 4:13:00 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: republicanbred

DR. EVIL, I PRESUME.


BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...


38 posted on 11/06/2004 4:14:05 PM PST by badmrbunny (delicious results . 4 more....)
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To: Vigilanteman
I am beginning to doubt the author even knew Karl Rove once upon a time

Well, we know the author is a liar so it is safe to presume that the guy never even met Rove.

39 posted on 11/06/2004 4:14:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: republicanbred

I'll be damned, We went to the same High School. A few years apart, though.


40 posted on 11/06/2004 4:15:00 PM PST by fritzz
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To: Dog

Bad enough we have to look under our beds for Halliburton, to now we have to add Karl.


41 posted on 11/06/2004 4:15:32 PM PST by Grateful One
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To: macbee

Well, I actually just found it tonight and did a search with the headline on the free republic to see if it had been posted here, and couldn't find that it had been. If it made the rounds, it wasn't anywhere I had visited.

Sorry for wasting the space if it shouldn't have been posted.


42 posted on 11/06/2004 4:15:40 PM PST by republicanbred (had never read it...)
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To: republicanbred
They're still lying- there is no Karl Rove connection to the Swiftees -

and "The latest edition of Rove's smear campaigns came in the form of the Swift Boat Veterans' now totally discredited version of John Kerry's Vietnam service. "

Totally discredited? Where have you been? LOL !! Total denial will only get your opposition elected every time.
43 posted on 11/06/2004 4:15:50 PM PST by Melinda
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To: republicanbred
One mutual friend said, "Karl would stare at a sunset and see only the political implications of it." I never remember Karl talking about making the world a better place.

This guy has been reading Tuchman's "Guns of August." Of von Schlieffen:

Monocled and effete in appearance, cold and distant in manner, he concentrated with such single-mindedness on his profession that when an aide, at the end of an all-night staff ride in East Prussia, pointed out to him the beauty of the river Pregel sparkling in the rising sun, the General gave a brief, hard look and replied, "An unimportant obstacle."

44 posted on 11/06/2004 4:16:24 PM PST by chinche
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To: Dog

Forget the "to".


45 posted on 11/06/2004 4:16:25 PM PST by Grateful One
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To: republicanbred
Young Rove's Dreams Became Everyone Else's Nightmare

Especially Dan Rathers.


46 posted on 11/06/2004 4:17:10 PM PST by No Blue States
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To: republicanbred

My tagline says it all. Its meant as a compliment, BTW.


47 posted on 11/06/2004 4:17:40 PM PST by Clemenza (Karl Rove IS Keyser Soze)
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To: republicanbred

When they get upset, they even forget who they are. Democrats are the endless pragmatists; that's why they can't understand people with moral values. And yet, they continually blame us, labelling our motivations with their own.


48 posted on 11/06/2004 4:18:16 PM PST by HomeschoolGenealogistMom
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To: Freepdonia

Love how much they hate Karl Rove! heh heh"


Too bad the guy canpt realize that the Swifties were correct. Their story of John sKerry in service in Viet Nam is the correct one. The phoney PH's, and his re-created discharge status is all a lie, and this guy and millions like him can't see it.

Maybe if sKerry tries to rear his ugly head again on the national stage, Hillary and Bill will find the details of sKerry's Form 180, and put an end to the hero status of sKerry once and for all.


49 posted on 11/06/2004 4:18:33 PM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: republicanbred

The author needs some kool-aid to ease his angst.


50 posted on 11/06/2004 4:20:04 PM PST by Drango (NPR- When government funds a "news" outlet that has a bias...it's no longer news...it's propaganda.)
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