Michael Gerson is a precious Karl Rove protégé/former policy adviser/speechwriter who boldly stepped forward in full Beltway Boyz armor to defend his mentor from the “the childish political thought of the Tea Party” in the wizened, mature pages of the Washington Post online.
Gerson took particular umbrage at my response to Rove:
Third, some conservatives seem to display special venom for those who are “compromised” by the experience of actually winning and governing. Rove, according to Malkin, is an “establishment Beltway strategist.” Actually, he is a former high-level policy aid (sic) to the president of the United States and the primary author of two presidential victories. This does not make him always right. But it means he has had responsibilities bigger than running a Web site. This is an advantage for a commentator, not a drawback.
In Tea Party theory, inexperience is itself seen as a kind of qualification. People like O’Donnell are actually preferable to people like Rove, because they haven’t been tainted by public trust or actual achievement. This is the attitude of the adolescent — the belief that the world began on their thirteenth birthday. It is also a sign of childish political thought.
Oh, yes, Mr. Gerson. Yes, please school us more about Rove’s storied accomplishments. We will sit quietly with our hands folded at our desks while you regale us with tales of Master Rove’s “actual” post-election “achievements.”
You know, like the disastrous Medicare prescription drug entitlement expansion that created an unfunded liability of $9.4 trillion over the next 75 years, No Child Left Behind federal education expansion, steel tariffs, ag subsidies, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law and the Bush-Kennedy-McCain illegal alien amnesty attempt.
It is not his “presidential victories” and his “experience of actually winning” races that have earned Rove the rightful scorn of Tea Party activists and the venom of any limited government advocate worth his/her salt. It is the way he and his boss squandered those victories and sacrificed core conservative principles at the altar of “compassionate conservatism.”
As for the supposedly “adolescent” attitude that “inexperience is itself seen as a kind of qualification,” some of us have not forgotten Rove’s furious behind-the-scenes maneuvering to secure the Supreme Court nomination of his old, dreadfully unqualified Texas crony Harriet Miers — whom Rove and his friends supported on the grounds that her lack of judicial experience was, um, some kind of qualification.
But, hey, I’m just a petulant, teenage mutant website operator and you Tea Party people are just non-achieving ingrates who have failed to show proper deference to The Architect of two presidential victories for the Republican who crowned off his eight years by pre-socializing the economy for Barack Obama.
Now, kneel before Zod!
Meanwhile, the White House contemplates running Tea Party-bashing ads:
President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.
…“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.
And WaPo’s Gerson and the NYT’s David Brooks have handed them all the free advertising copy they need. Heckuva job, Wise Ones.
Dumb headline of the day: Tea Party Victory Opens Rift Between Moderate and Conservative Republicans
Heavens, no! A rift between moderate and conservative Republicans? Same as it ever was.