In the past few days, Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s long-time consigliere and an erstwhile hate figure on the Left, has been welcomed back into polite society. Democrats who previously thought the only place Rove should be was in jail have been murmuring approvingly about his wisdom and moderation. At the same time, Left-wingers whose only debate about Bush over the past decade has been whether he was stupid, evil or a lethal combination of both, are suddenly citing the former president’s “compassionate conservatism”. The Huffington Post’s Howard Finemann noted that he was better read and more thoughtful than previously given credit for and now seemed “like Pericles”.(Oh yeah, a Martha's Vineyard beach reading list president is what we need now) It's how they initially welcomed Michelle Bachmann, as a means to beat Sarah Palin, until they realized she was a viable threat to their parochial, dysfunctional world view too.
Who will be the beneficiary of their strange new respect next?
My bet is Mitt, oops already there.
My caveat on Perry--welcome to the race though--is he has crony capitalist tendencies. But then, so does our President Barack Obama--actually, in Obama's case verging on banana republic, it's Chicago Way shakedown, big gov bigtime.
...that's why my enduring respect goes elsewhere.
Update: See the comments--I don't mean to give Gov. Perry short shrift.