The Real Surge: The Election That Saved America
All this hullabaloo with the attorneys general was never supposed to happen. Karl Rove and George Bush went into 2006 smug about their chances. They had done all the usual tricks and then some, including rigging the vote the way they had in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000. Everything Karl Rove did from the moment 2004 was stolen, was spent concentrating on the results in 2006.
One of the ongoing goals was to rig the judicial system and ensure a Republican lock on power that would go on virtually forever. The plan was to seize control of the United States in a way that couldn't be overturned. The Constitution would become irrelevant as we slipped into the all-powerful executive who was the living breathing word of law. It was nothing short of abolishing our form of government, and it was well on the way to happening. Parts of it are still in place.
The problem for Bush and Rove was the surge. Not the one in Iraq - the one here. The Republicans tried to steal 2006 but the margin wasn't close enough. The cheating was swamped by angry voters. Miraculously, the balance of power was restored, and everything since then has been unplanned territory for these treachorous plotters. They are now winging it through their own falling wreckage.
That's where we are today, and every new rock that we look under, produces another slimy creature waiting to slither out. It's awesome really. The extent to which Karl Rove tried to game the system was downright mind-boggling. No advantage was too small to take. Every little issue in this country was checked over to see if it would help entrench Republican rule. And Rove had his nose in all of it.
That's the priceless part of the Libby trial for me - how journalists could even wonder if Rove was in the middle of the action. It's happening again with this justice department scandal. Rove is a man who has been running dirty tricks and exerting power in unsavory ways since he first slithered out from underneath a rock himself. He's been doing this since he was a zygote. The minute the doctor slapped him on the bottom, Rove started scheming to have the doctor fired. This is a shark-like creature here moving forward with a single purpose that is almost demonic.
The only reason Alberto Gonzales ever made it to the justice department is because Rove knew he was a 100% servant of the Bush White House. This wasn't some gifted choice who just happened to agree with what Rove wanted. He is a little lapdog eagerly awaiting his next orders from the boss. That's what this has come down to, and the idea was to bypass Senate confirmation using the Patriot Act and use the replacements as a whole new litter of lapdogs. Hey, I like that! Gonzales was going to be the little bitch who raised a new litter of White House lapdogs. (Eat your heart out, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.)
Then the Bush team could go on using the mighty weight of the machinery of justice to crush opponents. Rove has a long history of doing this in Texas before he even emerged on the national stage.
So everything was in place. The grip on power was nearly complete, and things looked like a lock. But then November of 2006 came along and the country was saved - at least temporarily - from these wretched power-mad traitors. How else can you describe them? They tried to destroy the American form of government using criminal means. What more do you want? Do you think they've kept their oath to uphold the Constitution? Did you make so much money last year that you're ready to swallow that?
Incidentally, that was what the tax breaks were really for: Rove knew the upper class wouldn't complain about anything as long as they were doing well enough, and it worked. Their support was purchased with the money from future generations. It wasn't good for America, but this had nothing to do with the good of America. It was about buying rich people off and it worked.
In fact for Karl Rove, the entire plan was working right up to Election 2006. Then it all went south. From that point on Rove has been a drowning rat, swirling down the drain of his own sewer. You know what Karl Rove said to the official from New Mexico after he called the White House to complain about replacing the one attorney general: "He's gone." Well, fortunately, this crew will be gone one day, too. Maybe sooner than we thought.
I predict we'll realize two things as the years go forward. 1. That the scope of the power grab was much, much worse than even we had feared, and 2. That the election of 2006 was actually one of the more important events in American History. It might even have prevented American History from coming to a halt - replaced by a Neo-Con empire.