By James Moore
Compliment for Bush's mind
"Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is likely one of the such a lot awesome and profitable political experts of all time. during this riveting account, Wayne Slater and Jim Moore inform how he obtained there." —Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire
"Bush's mind is not a hatchet activity on George W. Bush. in reality, the 2 authors principally dispel the parable of Bush's supposedly poor IQ. yet, extra importantly, they lay naked the tale of the way Karl Rove could be the strongest guy in the United States. it is a compelling tale instructed through veteran Texas reporters who don't desire a briefing packet to appreciate the boys they are writing about." —Philip Bruce, KCET/PBS tv, Los Angeles
The strongest person within the usa is probably not George W. Bush. it's most likely Karl Rove, the President's amazing consultant. who's this guy and the way did he collect lots energy? Having watched in awe for over fifteen years as they stated at the upward push of Karl Rove, Moore and Slater reveal the brutal and infrequently morally questionable, yet constantly potent ways that Karl Rove?and America's political system—actually operate.
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Extra resources for Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
His most powerful impression was once Atwater. either Rove and Lee Atwater had illusions of political stardom, however it used to be Atwater who first made his identify in Washington. He reminded Rove of 1 of these Southern inventory automobiles exploding with noise and effort and going a hundred and fifty miles an hour. Lee carried himself with great self-confidence, regardless of where—greeting a gaggle of blue-chip political donors or ingesting with acquaintances at a Georgetown bar. Rove knew he might by no means fit that. “We’re no longer alike. He had an immense intestine intuition for a way traditional humans may react. i assume I’m extra cerebral, he’s extra gut,” Rove acknowledged. the object that almost all inspired Rove used to be the pointy intelligence Atwater delivered to the sport of politics. That, and what Rove referred to as his friend’s “understanding of the thrust and parry of the damaging. ” Atwater checked out politics like battle. He cherished to claim he learn “The Prince” through Machiavelli each year. He talked with authority at the energy and complexity of racial politics within the South, on wedge matters like gun keep an eye on and the flag, which created wealthy new coalitions of conservative Republicans and Reagan Democrats. “Lee had a very good knack to visualize,” acknowledged Richard McBride, a Republican advisor and good friend to either Atwater and Rove. “His entire factor was once wedges and magnets. What pulls humans aside and what draws humans? You force wedges and also you locate magnets. you discover how one can deliver humans to you and how one can divide those who are opposed to you. That used to be his bottom-line useful idea. “He had an outstanding knack for hiring loads of younger munchkins and placing all of them over Washington—the trade division, no matter what division. whenever you rotated, there has been a person that Atwater had placed someplace. And with campaigns, he’d come to a decision which of his sturdy neighbors should be the advisor in this crusade, someone else to do the polling on that crusade. So he outfitted a hell of a loyalty up. ” Atwater rose like a rocket in political Washington, from deputy assistant for affairs of state within the Reagan White residence to architect of George Bush’s 1988 presidential victory to chairman of the Republican nationwide Committee. All via the age of forty. Rove maintained shut ties with Atwater even after conditions led him to Texas, the place he watched his outdated friend’s ascension with out small degree of envy. At dinner one evening in Austin, Atwater informed Rove, “Karl, you have to be up in DC as a strategist like me. ” yet via then, he’d already set his roots deeply in Texas. whereas operating for Bush in Washington, Rove had met the daughter of a Houston barge dealer, Valerie Wainright, and in July 1976 they have been married. Valerie’s grandmother have been a matriarch of Houston society within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties and her relations had based the Houston social sign up. Valerie used to be groomed as a part of the Republican WASP institution in Houston, and Rove used to be a tender Republican at the upward push, operating at the moment as finance director for the Virginia country celebration and a deputy in President Ford’s election crusade. The Virginia Republican get together was once in debt; the main cash it had ever raised used to be $110,000 in 1972.