rove piece out
Blog Left links to the Ron Suskind Esquire article that caused all the flap a few days ago. Stay tuned...
Update: Tapped has this reaction, and notes that writer Suskind also penned this interesting article on the departure of Bush adviser Karen Hughes (author of the "compassionate conservative" label):
It provides the clearest, most damning picture yet of the Bush White House, but not in the way you might think. We already knew, after all, that the Bush administration was far more conservative than most of the public really understood, more conservative even than the Reagan administration. What shocked us was Suskind's portrait of an administration completely consumed by politics, a White House dominated by callow political operatives, where policy rarely gets discussed beyond the talking-points level. The broader problem, underscored by Suskind's reporting, is that intellectual conservatism is dead. The GOP is increasingly merely a vehicle for rejiggering government policy to the benefit of rich people and corporations. There's no policy agenda; today's GOP is concerned purely about power. The Reaganites at least had ideas -- awful ideas, to be sure, but real ideas with the weight of real thinking behind them. This newer brand of conservatism is hollow and empty.