Well, here’s another one: the Andrew Sullivan Award, open to the statements by liberal conservatives which beautifully encapsulate their deep ambivalence about the Bush administration. Here’s the first winner:
SID AND KARL: Sidney Blumenthal is in fine, paranoid form in an article decrying Bush’s alleged behavior at the Clinton library festivities. My favorite anecdote:
Offstage, beforehand, Rove and Bush had had their library tours. According to two eyewitnesses, Rove had shown keen interest in everything he saw, and asked questions, including about costs, obviously thinking about a future George W Bush library and legacy. “You’re not such a scary guy,” joked his guide. “Yes, I am,” Rove replied. Walking away, he muttered deliberately and loudly: “I change constitutions, I put churches in schools …” Thus he identified himself as more than the ruthless campaign tactician; he was also the invisible hand of power, pervasive and expansive, designing to alter the fundamental American compact.
Oh, please, Sid. He was quite obviously joking. I think.
May there be many more.