Sunday, September 18, 2005

Rove's Off the Record spin

This blog post is getting a lot of play today. I am posting it to suggest that off the record opinions at this event were leaked by someone at this moment perhaps to send a message to the White House...your backroom, off the record spin, whether it be to the nation's elite, as was the case here, or perhaps elsewhere, just isn't going to play anymore if what you are saying is truly outrageous... this could portend a greater difficulty for the White House to get its backroom spin into wider circulation anonymously and thereby deprive them of a key weapon they've utilized to prop up all of the myths about Bush...
Karl Rove, President Bush's top political advisor and deputy White House chief of staff, spoke at businessman Teddy Forstmann's annual off the record gathering in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. Here is what Rove had to say that the press wasn't allowed to report on.

On Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...

On The Anti-War Movement: Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real anti-war movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an anti-war rally...

On Bush's Low Poll Numbers: We have not been good at explaining the success in Iraq. Polls go up and down and don't mean anything...

On Iraq: There has been a big difference in the region. Iraq will transform the Middle East...

On Judy Miller And Plamegate: Judy Miller is in jail for reasons I don't really understand...

On Joe Wilson: Joe Wilson and I attend the same church but Joe goes to the wacky mass...

In attendance at the conference, among others were: Harvey Weinstein, Brad Grey, Michael Eisner, Les Moonves, Tom Freston, Tom Friedman, Bob Novak, Barry Diller, Martha Stewart, Margaret Carlson, Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, Norman Pearlstein and Walter Isaacson.