Laura blogged yesterday about Jay Rosen's very good and very complex take on why the national press slobbers over Karl Rove. Sometimes, though, it's simple: the writer is a party hack, Rove is the great god of party hacks, enough said. For the best example we're going to get in this post-resignation bubble, check out this take from Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard (via The Plank):
Rove is the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation.
That sounds about right, Freddy boy. In reverse order, here are my top ten. See if you agree.
10. St. Thomas Aquinas
9. Karl Marx
8. Thomas Hobbes
7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
4. Thomas Jefferson
3. John Locke
1. Karl Rove
Not making the list: John Rawls, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Confucius.
But Karl Rove, definitely number one.