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Cable TV Gushes Over Rove's Dismal Legacy

Matt Corley: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News repeatedly call Rove a "genius" and a "mastermind", but rarely point out the damage he was wrought on America's political system.
This post, written by Matt Corley, originally appeared on Think Progress

As soon as Karl Rove's departure from the White House was announced yesterday morning, there was no shortage of talking heads to appear on TV to lavish praise on him. On Fox News, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card called Rove "a superstar," CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante described him as "the mastermind behind everything," and on MSNBC, Chris Matthews declared "generally, where there's brains, there's Rove."

While Rove is undoubtedly a skilled campaign tactician, the hyperbolic image of him as a political genius overlooks his record of bungled political predictions, a series of policy failures and the damage he has wrought on America's political system.

ThinkProgress has put together a highlights reel of the breathless adoration for Rove. Watch it to your right.

Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan argues, "Rove is one of the worst political strategists in recent times. He took a chance to realign the country and to unite it in a war - and threw it away in a binge of hate-filled niche campaigning, polarization and short-term expediency."
Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.
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