Tuesday, August 31, 2004

No nuance is good nuance 

In an interview with the Post-Gazette, Karl Rove sticks to the surreal party line that thinking about big issues is a bad idea. He actually said the following (italics mine):

"We're in a war. And we want a commander in chief who is steady, resolved and consistent. Somebody who knows what the goal is -- defeat the enemy -- and has a path to get there. Not somebody who is going to be nuanced and sophisticated, and going back and forth so it's unpredictable."

Now, this absurd "no nuance" stance came the same day that President Bush followed up his repeated campaign pledge that he can "win the war on terror" by saying.....um....he can't win the war on terror. But we can, Bush says, "create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world." Aside from the fact that this latter statement makes a great deal of sense, it sounds a bit like nuance to me, and even a bit of "going back and forth so it's unpredictable!" Karl Rove is -- to borrow Bill O'Reilly's favorite descriptive term -- a pinhead.

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