Saturday, April 04, 2009
Governing is always different from campaigning, but if Kimberly Strassel's column in Friday's Wall Street Journal is even halfway accurate, the current White House is as Rovian as the last one. Some of the pressure being applied to Eric Cantor (R-VA) is just plain tough politics, but the smears against his wife probably cross the line and can fairly be categorized in "the politics of personal destruction."
I would like to know whether Rahm Emanuel and George Stephanopolous do indeed have a daily telephone call, as was stated parenthetically in the column. Somehow, I doubt that these two Clinton White House veterans are discussing how much fun they had during the 1992 campaign.
UPDATE: Link fixed
Could someone provide an example of the Rovian politics of personal destruction from the last administration? I remember they called requests for immigration law enforcement bigoted, and I suppose Cheney had harsh words for a Senator or two, but smear campaigns seem like Democratic specialties these days.