You’re going to miss him when he’s gone, Oct. 28, 2005

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2005

I think liberals better be careful what they wish for, they might just get it.

In fact, they more than might just get it, they are already getting it.

It’s generally accepted that perhaps outside of Dick Cheney, nobody is closer to President Bush, nor is their advice more trusted, than Karl Rove.

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&uot;The Architect&uot; has guided the president’s political career from the get-go. He’s played a large role in every success and every disappointment. And for the president and his supporters, there have been far more and greater successes than disappointments.

Liberals have been foaming at the mouth at the prospect of Rove’s departure as a result of his role in the Valerie Plame scandal, which could well happen today when Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is expected to serve up indictments, possibly implicating Rove.

Most pundits are expecting, if not demanding, that if indicted, Rove should resign, which is probably a good idea.

What would a Roveless administration hold for the country?

I think we got a little preview of this yesterday when the president threw in the towel on the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination.

Many people have suggested that the president’s nose-diving poll numbers and generally lackluster performance in Hurricane Katrina and the Miers issue is a direct result of Rove being distracted by the Fitzgerald’s prosecution.

It appears that with Rove out of action, it’s going to be Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter calling the shots.

This pair were the leading critics of the Miers nomination. While the nomination seemed to befuddle most of the country, Limbaugh, Coulter and the semi-deranged wing of the remnants of this country’s once proud and sensible conservative movement were the only ones truly damning the president and Miers. And this cabal put enough pressure on Republican Senators to force the president to do what to him must have been akin to shaving his head with a cheese grater, failing to back a loyalist to the bitter end.

I think liberals are going to miss Karl Rove when he’s gone.