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From the PublisherNow we know: Karl Rove "is the co-president of the United States."(And you thought it was Dick Cheney.) "Karl Rove thinks it, andGeorge W. Bush does it," write James Moore and Wayne Slater inRove Exposed: How Bush's Brain Fooled America, an update oftheir bestselling Bush's Brain. In the latest attempt tounderstand the political mastermind who gives liberals the vapors,Moore (a TV news correspondent) and Slater (Austin, Tex., bureauchief for the Dallas Morning News) go through a laundry list ofRove's alleged wrongdoing: that while running a Texas gubernatorialcampaign, he may have planted a bug in his own office to castsuspicion on the opposing candidate; that he had a pet FBI agentopen investigations of top Democratic officials in Texas at keymoments in elections; that he held "dirty trick seminars" oncampaign espionage for fellow College Republicans; that he toldRobert Novak that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked forthe CIA. (Oh wait, that was Official A.) Rove, they conclude, isone bad dude: "If Karl Rove were not sitting in his office in theWhite House, there might have been no war in Iraq; there would beunderprivileged children still attending Head Start programs . . .there would be low income families getting health care . . . therewould be competitive bidding on contracts to rebuild Iraq insteadof delivery of deals to Halliburton . . . there would have been noCalifornia recall . . . there would be a complete and honest reportfrom the 9/11 Commission . . . there would be real funding forHomeland Security's First Responders [and] there would even be morepeople with jobs." And every night, the Tooth Fairy would fill yourpillow with gold doubloons.
—Rachel Hartigan Shea (The Washington Post's"Book World " section, November 6, 2005)