If anybody knows anything about using divisive, destructive, ineffectual, ugly politics in the White House, it's Karl Rove.
So, we should at least hear him out…
"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press…
Members of Congress should also worry about how Mr. Obama is "keeping score." He is steeped in the ways of Chicago politics and has not forgotten his training in the methods once used by Saul Alinsky, the radical Chicago community organizer…
After all, Alinsky's first rule of "power tactics" is "power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have." Team Obama wants to remind its adversaries it has plenty of power, and it does. The question is whether the White House will wield it responsibly. The jury is still out, but certain clues are beginning to emerge. "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother," even if said with a wink and a smile, isn't quite the "new politics" we were told to expect.
It's amazing Rove hasn't come down with a fatal case of haemochromatosis, considering all the irony in his system.*
* That one goes out to my dawg, Dr. Casper H. Swerzwiki. Word!
Tags: Barack Obama, Chicago, House of Representatives, Illinois, Karl Rove, Peter DeFazio