Well, now that we've had the primaries, <$NoAd$>the convention, and the nail-biting debates, all that's really left now is the Karl Rove dirty tricks portion of the campaign, right?
As Josh Green writes
in the current issue of The Atlantic
(finally available free online
), Rove's trademark is ferocious dirty-tricksterism in the final few weeks of dead-even campaigns ...
If this year stays true to past form, the campaign will get nastier in
the closing weeks, and without anyone's quite registering it, Rove will
be right back in his element. He seems to understand-indeed, to count
on-the media's unwillingness or inability, whether from squeamishness,
laziness, or professional caution, ever to give a full estimate of him
or his work. It is ultimately not just Rove's skill but his character
that allows him to perform on an entirely different plane. Along with
remarkable strategic skills, he has both an understanding of the media's
unstated self-limitations and a willingness to fight in territory where
conscience forbids most others.
With Kerry coming out of the debates with the momentum, it really does come down to Karl now.
The voter registration shredding seems to have gotten upended, though a lot are probably already shredded
. And I suspect we'll be hearing some interesting news out of New Hampshire in the next day or so.
But what else? It'll be like a 'where's Waldo'
thing: Karl Rove Dirty Trick's Watch
. (For examples, see the Green piece
.) Who will be able to spot Karl's dirty tricks first? Who has the sharpest eye? Sit back in your seat. Get out the popcorn.