Rove/Bush Timeline, THE Math, and Fond Memories

The Chicago Tribune put together this handy timeline of the golden years of Karl Rove with the Bushes.

Rover two weeks before the 2006 midterms: “I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to THE math.”
  • 1973 — Rove became chairman of the College Republicans. During his time in Washington, D.C., he became a special assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman George H.W. Bush and met George W. Bush.
  • 1977 — Worked for a political action committee dedicated to making the elder Bush president in 1980.
  • 1978 — Advised younger Bush during his unsuccessful Texas congressional campaign.
  • 1980 — Assisted George H.W. Bush’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.
  • 1994 — Adviser for George W. Bush’s successful Texas gubernatorial campaign.
  • 1998 — Adviser for Gov. Bush’s successful re-election campaign.
  • 2000 — Chief strategist for Bush’s presidential campaign.
  • 2004 — Chief strategist for re-election campaign.
  • 2005 — Currently assistant to the president, deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush.

Individual dates are missing here, such as the dates Rove called Judy Miller with bogus Iraq weapons of mass destruction intelligence, and when he called Bob Novak, Tim Russert, and whoever else with Valerie Plame’s identity, as well as the date he dissed Sheryl Crow over global warming. My favorite is the date Bush got snitty about Turd Blossom after the disastrous 2006 midterm elections.

“I obviously was working harder in the campaign than he was,” said Bush.

Good times.

But Bush couldn’t be blamed for being pissed at Rover, whose inability to tell which way the wind was blowing led directly to the “good thumpin'” Bush had to take.

Two weeks before the election, Rove showed the world how he reacts when someone disagrees with his interpretation of the facts, and why he is so detested by nice people everywhere. His interview with the polite Robert Seigel on NPR, when it was really looking good for the Democrats, said it all.

SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about…

ROVE: Not that you would exhibit a bias, you just making a comment.

SIEGEL: I’m looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.

ROVE: No, you are not. I’m looking at 68 polls a week for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor and you may be looking at 4-5 public polls a week that talk attitudes nationally.

SIEGEL: I don’t want to have you to call races…

ROVE: I’m looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to THE math.

SIEGEL: I don’t know if we’re entitled to a different math but your…

ROVE: I said THE math.

What an asswipe.


  • August 13, 2007 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    Betcha Karl has a blanket pardon already tucked away.
    Calling him an “asswipe” doesn’t come close.In the “old” parlance, before the days of low-flow toilets, Rove would have been a “four-flusher”. Now he’s a perfect “ten”.

  • DKM
    August 13, 2007 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    The Country will be a better place with out him, Good Ridence, Now if we can get rid of Bush and Cheney we may be able to save our democracy.

  • makesenseofit
    August 13, 2007 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    What was mentioned and had to for some reason was that Karl was not a college educated person. My follow up to that even though Karl is not my favorite person is that Karl is probably smarter than G W Bush even after Georges masters degree …

  • Kyle
    August 13, 2007 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps Rove resigned to avoid being investigated for framing presently incarcerated Alabama Democrat Siegelman

  • big dave from queens
    August 13, 2007 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    The only silver lining of Rove’s reign of terror is that he may have exposed the true colors of RW conservatism for the American people to see for the next 40 yrs. There are tens of millions of Americans who now look in the mirror and realize that they are not Republicans or conservatives. For that we have Karl Rove to thank. (with special TYs to hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, and Coluter)

    And if 2009-2049 give us ZERO yrs of right wing conservative govt, then so be it.

  • john talos
    August 13, 2007 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    why does everybody foolishly think that because Rove officially quits for what are currently unknown reasons; that suddenly he is out of the picture.It is not as if Rove died.

  • Pat Williams
    August 13, 2007 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    There is much missing from the timeline. Carl Rove’s better-known “dirty tricks” go back at least to the 1980s. He has had no compunction about going after political opponents of any party with blatant lies of the most horrendous sort such as the Alabama judge who was subject to an effective whisper campaign that he was a pedophile because of his extensive work on child abuse. This technique which Rove used when he outed a covert government agent, Mrs. Wilson, is recognized by reporters in the know as they say,”Rove’s fingerprints are all over it.” His latest work through an Alabama prosecuting attorney has brought about the long prison term of former governor Don Siegelman for a bribery where neither he nor the one accused of doing the bribing benefitted in any way. A Republican attorney who was on a conference call blew the whistle on what she heard concerning the plan to get rid of Siegelman with a reference to “Carl”. But Siegelman remains in prison. Rove has given us a new vocabulary term,”swift boating.” His sociopathic delight in attacking people’s strengths gives Rove such deep satisfaction. He will certainly find his niche and continue doing what he loves, trying to destroy people’s lives.

  • john talos
    August 13, 2007 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    As a Canadian, it disturbs me to watch a great country devolve into fascism.The helpless feelings of frustration and anxiety ( not to mention a certain sense of wonder that an entire nation can be so sucked in) that erupt with every new revelation have; for the first time in my life, made me wish that I could have a piece of the American franchise. What I am saying is that; could I ,I would vote for Gore!

  • mparker
    August 14, 2007 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    We did vote for Gore, and he won.

    But when the fascists are counting the votes….

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