Thursday, February 10, 2005
A thought-provoking exchange with Dan Froomkin at one of those realtime chats hosted by the Post:
Alexandria, Va.: How will Andy Card handle the promotion of Rove to Deputy Chief of Staff? Can Andy use his Jedi Memory Trick on Rove to reel him in? Or is Rove more like a bucking bronco: hard to control and strong-willed?
Dan Froomkin: That's one of the big questions here. There's some speculation that Rove is getting ready to take over from Card, if Card should leave.
Card obviously must have gone along with this, but willingly?
Remember what Card said when Karen Hughes announced she was leaving. Let me find it.
Here. This is from Ron Suskind's piece in Esquire in 2003:
"[L]ast spring, when I spoke to White House chief of staff Andrew Card, he sounded an alarm about the unfettered rise of Rove in the wake of senior adviser Karen Hughes's resignation: 'I'll need designees, people trusted by the president that I can elevate for various needs to balance against Karl. . . . They are going to have to really step up, but it won't be easy. Karl is a formidable adversary.'"