Reality: America Isn’t Conservative

As Karl Rove exits stage right with his ruined dreams of rightist hegemony, all the political signs and portents tell us that America is turning the other way.

by Joe Conason

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:28 pm  Comments (2)  

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    Fantasy island
    Karl Rove calls himself Moby Dick. One speechwriter sees himself as St. Francis. Another sees him as Iago. All regard Bush as Abraham Lincoln. In Washington, reality is a myth.
    By Sidney Blumenthal

    Aug. 22, 2007 | Even before the date of his resignation from the White House took effect, Karl Rove furiously launched himself on his legacy tour. Appearing on three Sunday morning TV shows over the past weekend he was intent on demonstrating the range of his political, military and literary mastery. Rove rattled off statistics of minority group voting patterns for President Bush in the 2004 election as if the moment were the apotheosis of the Republican Party. He cited Napoleon in order to justify the Iraq war — “Look, Napoleon said that your battle plan doesn’t survive the first contact with the enemy, but you still have to have a plan” — but not Napoleon’s remark after the retreat from Moscow: “There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”

  2. “Nobody is going to be untouched by the ramifications of this law,” said Ann Seiden, spokeswoman for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chamber is one of a dozen business groups that have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

    Despite a slowdown in job growth, including the immigrant-dependent construction industry, Arizona’s labor market remains tight with just a 3.7 percent unemployment rate in July, according to the state Department of Economic Security. An unemployment rate below 5 percent is considered full employment, meaning anyone who wants a job can have one and employers must compete for workers.

    Illegal workers leaving the state could make the labor market tighter, which could lead to higher wages but also higher costs for goods and services, said Don Wehbey, the department’s senior economist.

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