In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the Bush administration: the Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the U.S. attorneys scandal.
While Rove was almost indicted for the Plame affair, he has reinvented himself to become the most powerful political operative in America. Heading up the American Crossroads super PAC and the affiliated nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, Rove has built up a war chest that has given Mitt Romney a significant cash advantage in the fundraising race with President Obama.
In Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, Unger writes that Rove’s ambitions are not simply about winning elections, but represent “a far more grandiose vision — the forging of a historic re-alignment of America’s political landscape, the transformation of America into effectively a one-party state.”
In this video interview, Unger talks about the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, which I did the definitive story on for The Nation magazine in 2007 and covered for The Locust Fork News-Journal for the past seven years.
He also talks about Smartech, which I wrote about in 2009.
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