Rove earned his official George W. Bush nickname “Turd Blossom” by turning Bush’s disasters into victories.
After 9/11, Rove used the trauma of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland ever to sell another tax break for the rich. When that worked, he used the selling of the Iraq War to help Republicans win seats in the House and the Senate.
After George W. Bush presided over the worst financial disaster in a half-century, Rove helped Republicans use the economic misery that had been created to attack President Obama for not fixing the economy fast enough, putting more Republicans in elected office in 2010 than at any time since the New Deal.
A decade after the Iraq War began, even our allies distrust American power. The United Kingdom is afraid of any association with the “lapdog” role some accused former prime minister Tony Blair of playing when he joined Bush and Cheney on their Iraq adventure. And most Americans are sure that any military campaign in the Middle East must have some dark agenda and a flood of unforeseen consequences that make it not worth considering.
This is all comes to us thanks to George W. Bush.
Since Republicans suddenly care about polls, The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent points out that they show America doesn’t miss George W. Bush. A majority of Americans see the Iraq war as a mistake. And 69 percent blame President Bush for our economic problems either moderately or a “great deal,” far more than President Obama. The younger Bush is our least popular living president, with a favorable rating 20 percent below Jimmy Carter, according to the most recent polls.
This is why America scoffed when Mitt Romney surrounded himself with former Bush/Cheney advisors. This is why Karl Rove being for the intervention in Syria is one of the reasons that liberals are so eager to oppose it.