Keep an Eye on What's Happening in
By Bob Slosser
- It seems to me that moms and dads and even grandparents
of young gals with political and all kinds a ambitions should shake
their heads, "No, not today," when they hear the first
inkling of a desire to seek an internship in Washington, D.C.
Weve had some highly publicized reasons for thinking again
about those desirable, short-term jobs for a youngster about to
wind up a college career and head out into the world of work.
The nations capital may not be the safest place for an attractive
And its not the obvious criminals and derelicts who are
the biggest threat; its the men chosen for some of the most
prestigious jobs in the country, jobs of trust calling for qualified
men of character and honor.
Sure, I know this is a changing, expanding time in society, and
people dont play by all my old rules (unfortunately) of
years gone by, but has it gone so far that Presidents and Congressmen
and folks of that order are the ones to be feared?
Monica Lewinsky needed a good spanking, from what we read in
the papers, and we dont know as much about Chandra Levy;
she may have, too. But these older guys, the politicians, are
the real culprits; they know better (dont they?)
We the people out in the boonies need to do a better job voting,
and our education systems, families, role models (maybe there
arent that many), authors, movie producers, CD makers, TV
executives, and their randy consumers, need to take a good look
in the mirror and then view some photos of the Levy family.
The press has been talking a lot about another Washington problem
of a different sort (I hope). You folks hopefully by now know
who Karl Rove is; if not, learn. The problem with my writing about
him is that I like the guy who allegedly is his boss, the President,
and I like a lot of what Rove himself thinks, at least to the
extent I know. The problem is, however, that neither you nor I
voted for him, and hes doing a lot a things up there at
the White House that may have a major impact on the country and
maybe the world.
Lest you panic, thats the way it always is been with chiefs
of staff, advisers, counselors, and so on in the manner
of Sherman Adams with Eisenhower, Bobby Kennedy with JFK, Bob
Haldeman and John Ehrlichman with Nixon, Jim Baker with Reagan,
and John Sununu with Bush senior. Remember Harry Hopkins with
FDR? Well, he had a lot a clout, dealt in a lot a big stuff, and
put out a lot of fires. Rove is like that. His biggest danger,
as some see it, is his long relationship with George W. This President
has come to trust Rove a whole lot. He holds the title of "senior
counselor," but nobody knows for sure what that entails.
If you read the press, which is dangerous, hes the most
powerful presidential adviser since the advent of the modern White
House under FDR even outhitting cabinet members, and, theyd
add, he may be dangerous.
As anyone would expect, the Democrats and the bloodthirsty newsmen
have been going after Rove and it will probably get worse. Senator
John McCain, a Republican who was Bushs tough opponent for
the partys nomination for President, says rather mildly
but scarily with the implications that "Rove is perceived
as the nerve center of the administration." Others are more
vicious, going after him on charges of possible wrongdoing in
connection with press accounts of his meetings at the White House
with honchos of companies that he owned stock in to which
the White House says, "No way." Because of Roves
political power and dealing, such as masterminding the bosss
presidential campaign, there will be more attacks.
As reporters see it, "Get Rove, and you get Bush."
Dont forget this, fellers, the whole country has known
for years, even in Texas and Oklahoma, that George W. Bush is
a manager, and that means hes used to good vice presidents
and directors and maybe a senior executive vice president or a
right-hand counselor and confidante he trust. None of this is
new. And both top guys think good, if you ask me. But lets
watch things, hear?
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