Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:30 AM
kpete (45,436 posts)
Rove changed my mind about Hagel...
....a Karl Rove classic: a personal anecdote meant to suggest that Hagel isn’t nobly independent but merely unpredictable and self-serving. A stabbed in the back vignette that cuts through the highfalutin foreign policy debate between neoconservatives and realists and gets to the “real” visceral issue of character.
According to Rove’s account, Hagel veritably forced himself on George W. Bush as an early endorser before the 2000 campaign but then switched his support to John McCain once he entered the race. Classic Rove is the very specific, mundane detail: “Karl Rove, then a top adviser to the governor, says he remembers Hagel flying to Austin after Rove politely tried to dissuade him from the trip because the governor’s schedule was crowded.”
Rove sets up his own story nicely then delivers the punch: “He wanted to be a big guy and talk to the paper,” Rove said. “Then when McCain became a credible candidate he just flipped. That’s Hagel: mercurial, focused on doing it his way.”
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Rove changed my mind about Hagel... (Original post)
Response to kpete (Original post)
Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:46 AM
TwilightGardener (44,306 posts)
4. Seriously..I am supposed to:
A: Believe whatever Karl Rove says, and B: Give a shit who Hagel endorsed for President in 2000. HOW DOES THIS MATTER?? You know, I heard that Bob Gates once thought of attending one university, but then attended another. And Leon Panetta stopped liking a friend that he used to like. SO MERCURIAL!!
Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #6)
Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:27 AM
CJCRANE (17,185 posts)
8. But you added the "so"...
That makes all the difference, from a good adjective...to a great adjective!
I teach English, so this kind of thing actually brightens my day