Call the Show 800-520-1234
LIVE: Mon-Fri, 6-9AM, ET
Hugh Hewitt Book Club
Call 800-520-1234 email Email Hugh
Hugh Hewitt Book Club

“A City Run By People Who Have Spent Their Lives Endlessly Renacting Their Election As Class President.”

Email Email Print

Nicholas Lemann’s description of Washington, D.C. is just one of many fine observations in his essay on Karl Rove in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

Perhaps the most revealing comes in the piece’s concluding lines:

Rove’s paradox is that he combined a modestly Madisonian view of political motivation with an overwhelming drive to power. The ego said one thing, the id said another, and the id always won. Trying to be the most aggressive strategist, with the most influence over politics and policy, in the most historically significant modern Administration, finally landed him on the sidelines, the place he least wanted to be.

To leave the White House for a caeer as writer, analyst, commentator and teacher  –even one with a direct line to the president and in all likelihood all future GOP leaders in Congress and 1600 Pennsylvania– is, for Dean Lemann, “the sidelines.”

The necessary valuation of MSM that flows from this standard of measurement is consistent with my view of MSM, but it hardly squares with the collective ego of the Beltway-Manhattan media elite. 


Listen Commercial FREE  |  On-Demand
Login Join
Book Hugh Hewitt as a speaker for your meeting

Follow Hugh Hewitt

Listen to the show on your amazon echo devices

The Hugh Hewitt Show - Mobile App

Download from App Store Get it on Google play
Friends and Allies of Rome