Interestingly, this November's Congressional elections may be Karl Rove's last hurrah. Whoever the Republican presidential nominee may be in 2008, it won't be George W. Bush. And whoever it is, though surely far too wise to dispense with Rove's advice altogether, will undoubtedly have strategists of his own, on whom he has relied long and successfully, and whose ties to him are closer than Rove's are ever likely to be.
Conservatives can only hope that this November's results will send Rove off into (semi)retirement sporting a rosy glow of success; but the prospects aren't encouraging. The Republican Congress, after 12 years, is definitely showing its age. There are unmistakable whiffs of corruption, and its spending record is little, if any, better than the Democrats'. The latter have pitifully little to suggest by way of reform, but in a two-party system, there is no one else to whom the voters can turn.
None of this is Rove's fault. But he is the grand strategist, and it's up to him to try to pull a rabbit out of the hat. If he succeeds, the Democrats will have even more reason to regret the absence of that indictment.
William Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and author of How to Win Arguments .
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