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January 9, 2022

Me and Carl Rove

by Anne Paddock

I never thought I would have anything in common with Carl Rove, a man born on Christmas Day who declared himself a Republican during his teenage years.  It’s not that I have anything against Republicans; I’m actually fiscally conservative and all for personal responsibility (I still don’t understand why Republicans don’t support mandatory health insurance) but Carl Rove was a persona non grata in my book after he allegedly leaked the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in retaliation against her husband, Joseph Wilson after he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing the Bush administration and the Iraq War.

Fast forward a few years to January 6, 2022.  Carl Rove wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Republicans’ Jan. 6 Responsibility” which addressed the Republicans who “for a year have excused the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capital, disrupted Congress as it received the Electoral College’s results and violently attempted to overturn the election.”

I read the editorial and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the future of our country.  Without giving it all away, I will say that Carl Rove wrote about what so many of us have been saying for a year:  the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was unacceptable no matter which party you belong to.  A line was crossed and those who planned it, conducted it, and were complicit should be held accountable; and more importantly, that in order to move forward, the Republican Party needs to put the country ahead of the party and condemn these actions.

So, in closing I will say that I don’t think Carl Rove and I will ever be buddies, dinner partners, or even meet (we run in different circles), I do take my hat off to him and commend him for integrity that I didn’t think he had.

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