ROVE’S PROW­ESS

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

It is per­haps one of the few times we’ll see the names of Karl Rove, Paul Be­gala and James Carville to­gether in a har­mo­nious way. The trio has been in­ducted into the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­tants Hall of Fame for mak­ing “an in­deli­ble mark on our na­tion’s — and the world’s — po­lit­i­cal land­scape,” says Dale Em­mons, pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Messrs. Be­gala and Carville, both CNN an­a­lysts, are cred­ited as the point men of for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s cam­paign and ad­min­is­tra­tion. Mr. Rove gets ac­co­lades as the cen­tral ad­viser to for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, when he was Texas gov­er­nor and in the White House.

“I am ex­cited to see this recog­ni­tion for Karl,” says Art Hack­ney, who is vice pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“For many of us on the Re­pub­li­can side, Karl ex­em­pli­fies the best of the po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing busi­ness. Karl built his rep­u­ta­tion on his en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of po­lit­i­cal his­tory, his ded­i­ca­tion to his clients and his abil­ity to en­joy the process of a fre­quently fe­ro­cious busi­ness. His is a ca­reer well-lived.” alive and well here. More than half of those who were “very lib­eral” or “very con­ser­va­tive” dis­cov­ered their on­line ac­quain­tances had dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal be­liefs than their own. Some were not pleased.

“In all, 28 per­cent of lib­er­als have blocked, un­friended, or hid­den some­one on so­cial-net­work sites be­cause of one of these rea­sons, com­pared with 16 per­cent of con­ser­va­tives,” the study notes.

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