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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Karl Rove’s Book

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 12, 2011

Unless you are a jaundiced beyond cure Bush/Rove hater, read Karl Rove’s book, “Courage and Consequence”. It traces Rove’s humble beginnings, his introduction to politics and brings you from Texas to the White House in a captivating narrative. He gives the back-story on Katrina including the infamous Bush quote, “You’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie.” referring to his FEMA director, Michael Brown, and takes you into the major decisions post 9-11. Try reading with dry eyes Rove’s description of President Bush’s trip to Ground Zero just after the attack on the World Trade Center or his meeting with the parents and brother of a Marine killed in action. The picture you get is different than what you may have been exposed to in the mainstream media.

It’s all there; the campaigns, the self-serving disingenuous attacks by Democrats, the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame saga, Supreme Court nomination fights, Iraq and Afghanistan, and a parting shot at Obama. He lists the victories but owns up to the failures and faults. Of course Rove writes history from his perspective but his version of events is compelling.

Like him or not, one has to respect the personal sacrifice, physical and emotional strain required from anyone willing to enter the sometimes vicious and unfair arena of politics.


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