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Drudge scoops Esquire story on Karl Rove

December 2, 2002
Drudge scoops Esquire story on Karl Rove



An article in upcoming editions of ESQUIRE magazine quotes a former aide at the White House as saying there is a void of substantive policy-making within the Bush administration.

The former aide, John J. DiIulio Jr., a domestic affairs expert and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was appointed by President Bush to head the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the second week of the new administration, claims all decisions are politicized by Bush’s top adviser Karl Rove, and that the policy staff is afraid to confront him.

Fancy media outlets, including the NEW YORK TIMES, are prepping stories on the ESQUIRE effort, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

In an interview with the magazine, DiIulio said: “There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus. What you’ve got is everything, and I mean everything, being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”

As Hesiod says, “Well….duh!”

Like we haven’t known that Rove pulls every string there. It’s just nice to see it in mainstream print for a change. I do like the nickname of “Mayberry Machiavellis.” That one is definitely a keeper.

2 Responses to Drudge scoops Esquire story on Karl Rove

  • Yeah, sounds about right. I’ve heard that even Shrub is really annoyed with him, but that even he won’t confront him.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t too much to ask our leaders to stand up for what they believed in, regardless of who was pulling what string?

  • Heaven forfend a politician call it like it is.

    Oh, wait, one is — Gore.