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On Karl Rove's Weekly Screed Published in the Wall Street Journal

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During Wednesday's Republican debate Governor Rick Perry called his former political advisor Karl Rove "over the top." This from a man who calls Social Security a "Ponzi Scheme" and a "monstrous lie." This from a man who said the chairman of the Federal Reserve may be guilty of treason.

If Rick Perry thinks you are 'over the top,' that's really saying something.

It's kind of like Charlie Sheen saying, "I'm not partying with that guy -- he's just too wild for me."

Rove's latest over-the-top assertion in his Wall Street Journal op-ed is that it's "amateur hour at the White House."

It is difficult to keep a straight face when the man who presided over an eight-year disaster at the White House begins whining about those trying to clean up the mess he created.

Mr. Rove was put in charge of the Katrina recovery effort. It was a national disgrace and a human disaster.

Mr. Rove was involved in revealing the identity of an undercover CIA operative. Her cover was blown. Another disaster.

Mr. Rove, more interested in politics than effective governance, was the cheerleader for Bush policies that turned a record surplus into a record deficit: a prescription drug benefit financed by deficit spending, tax cuts for the rich that weren't paid for and an unnecessary war in Iraq. In Mr. Rove's time, the White House (in the person of Dick Cheney) told us, "Deficits don't matter." The Rove-Cheney addiction to deficit spending will take us decades to recover from. Yet another disaster.

In his mind, Rove's finest hour may have been the sales job he helped lead for the war in Iraq. WMD's, mushroom clouds, mobile biological weapons labs, even false hints of complicity in the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Rove's brand of professionalism misled our country into invading a nation that was not, as they claimed, an imminent threat to the United States. But it was a costly sales job: over 4,400 Americans killed, tens of thousands wounded, a trillion dollars or more spent.

So forgive me if I take issue with lessons on professionalism from Mr. Rove -- especially when he is attacking a White House that has, among other things:

Saved the auto industry;

Passed overdue Wall Street Reform to prevent another financial crisis;

Prevented a pandemic;

Made the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay for Women Act law;

Reformed college loans to make higher education more affordable;

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court;

Repealed the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell;

Took on insurance companies to pass health care reform;

And, finally, hunted down and killed the man who murdered 3,000 Americans.

I have no doubt Mr. Rove will continue his attacks on this administration -- he very literally makes his living from it. But, with all due respect, while the Bush years have turned out to be very good to Karl Rove, they were disastrous for average Americans. This White House has tirelessly worked to clean up that mess.