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Best Regards, From Karl Rove, Budding Author

With a White House as press shy as President Bush's, sometimes you have to travel very far from Washington, maybe even to the middle of nowhere, to find out what's really going on. Try Twin Lakes, Colo., population 20, which is where Karl Rove stopped recently and dropped some clues to the owner of an inn about what life after Bush might entail for him.

Rove stopped at the Twin Lakes Nordic Lodge, which sits across the road from a peaceful clear lake surrounded by lush, green yet still snow-capped mountains, for a bathroom and coffee break on his way to Aspen two weeks ago. The owner of the lodge, Charlie Gandy, says Rove told him he has "still got legal bills to pay" and that he plans to "write books" after he leaves the White House 18 months from now when the Bush administration comes to an end.

Having Rove waltz into his lodge was quite a surprise for Gandy, a former Texas Democratic state legislator who was a casualty in the 1980s of a GOP strategy to recruit Christian conservative candidates - a strategy masterminded by none other than Karl Rove. Often, Gandy's lodge is filled with leather-clad bikers taking a rest.

"I never know who's going to walk through that door," Gandy told the Sleuth, laughing (while gritting his teeth a bit). "Sometimes it's like the Twilight Zone."

The Sleuth herself dropped by the Nordic Lodge for a break on the way to Aspen last week, which is when we met Gandy and heard about his Rove encounter. He said Rove walked into the lodge and went directly to the restroom. Gandy told a few visitors standing around the front desk, "That was Karl Rove."

One of the visitors responded, "Karl Rove?! I'd like to kick his [rhymes with mass]."

Just then, Rove walked out of the restroom and Gandy said to the Rove detractor, "Well, there he is." The big-talking instigator was dumbfounded and instead of throwing a punch, slumped out the door.

Hard to say for sure, but we sort of got the impression that Gandy was a little disappointed he didn't get to see the threat materialize. Though Gandy good-naturedly said he was "in awe" of Rove's political abilities.

"He's charming, too," Gandy said, shaking his head incredulously as he handed the Sleuth a handwritten thank-you note Rove sent him.

"The decaf was good, the restroom a welcome break and the episode with the fellow who wanted to hit me has already proven to be an entertaining way to open my remarks at the Aspen Institute," Rove wrote to Gandy on official White House stationery, adding, "Nice to know there's life after politics." (See below to read the letter in its entirety.)

Rove himself laughed about the incident in his talk at the Aspen Institute. In a video of his speech obtained by the Sleuth, Rove told his audience that the man at the Nordic Lodge, upon learning that Rove was on the premises, said, "I'd like to hit that son of a bitch!"

"I knew I was getting close to Aspen," Rove joked. (Most of Rove's speech, however, focused on defending the war in Iraq and his role in the CIA leak scandal, as the Aspen Daily News reports.)

As for Rove's future plans, the ruthlessly deft political mastermind known as Bush's Brain is, indeed, planning to write books, as he confirmed to the Sleuth through White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. Though not to pay any outstanding bills, according to Perino,

"Karl's all good on his legal bills - there's no outstanding balance," she said in an email.

Perino said as the president's senior advisor, Rove has "too much to do right now" to worry about how he'll occupy himself after the administration ends. But she did offer: "One thing he loves to do is read - he's voracious, especially when it comes to American history books. So he thinks he'll try his hand at writing some nonfiction books -- topics are under wraps."

What, Rove, under wraps? What a shock! Guesses on topics Rove will be writing about are welcome. We'll post the most creative guesses in a future posting.


By Washington Post editors  |  July 24, 2007; 2:39 PM ET
 
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A post-White House career for Karl Rove?
How about "Political Rapper"?

I'm MC Rove
aka Bush's brain
I love leaking things
that will sure entertain

I heard Wilson's wife
was Valerie Plame
and I called Bob Novak to
give him her name

Why should I care if she's undercover
I ruined her career; she will never recover
That should teach Joe not to meddle with us
He wrote his Op-ed and we kicked'is ass!

We also dismissed some US attorneys
[Getting them fired made me feel so horny!]
We had to replace them with some new hires
that pleased me and Cheney and Harriet Miers

My e-mails got lost and maybe deleted
but my job in here is far from completed
GOP majority is not an option?
I need to create another concoction
to hold on to power for ever and ever
lest the Dems wake up and choose someone clever!

Posted by: MC Dem | July 24, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow he's one sick son a (rhymes with rich). He's not going to write books at the end of Bush's presidency he just wanted to go here and taunt this guy which is absolutely immature and just plain disrespectful. This is why he wrote his little sarcastic note and he did it on white house stationery.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I suspect he could write quite a few "non"fiction books from the penitentiary.

Posted by: ann on imus | July 24, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Kick ass, indeed.

I would have been more than happy to oblige.

Posted by: mommadona | July 24, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, a la OJ, the war widows and the maimed veterans should be able to dip into Rove's royalties, should he ever "write" those books. Maybe the rest of us should get a cut too. Surely nobody has done as much harm to this nation as Karl Rove, the man who uses the Constitution for toilet paper.

As for this story, just how does the "reporter" know that "The big-talking instigator was dumbfounded and instead of throwing a punch, slumped out the door."

Methinks that sounds a lot more like historical fiction than journalism. Also, are we expected to believe that Rove goes anywhere without an entourage of bodyguards?

Posted by: Kalkaino | July 25, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

...go to jail... then to hell....

Posted by: pete woelper | July 25, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove is history's YESTERDAY! Somewhere, somehow, a stranger is going to walk up to him and totally trash his face.
As he's grovelling on the ground, blood streaming from his nose, Karl will finally appreciate just how much he's hated by American society. Human excrement.

Posted by: kit wilson | July 25, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove is history's YESTERDAY! Somewhere, somehow, a stranger is going to walk up to him and totally trash his face.
As he's grovelling on the ground, blood streaming from his nose, Karl will finally appreciate just how much he's hated by American society. Human excrement.

Posted by: kit wilson | July 25, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove is history's YESTERDAY! Somewhere, somehow, a stranger is going to walk up to him and totally trash his face.
As he's grovelling on the ground, blood streaming from his nose, Karl will finally appreciate just how much he's hated by American society. Human excrement.

Posted by: kit wilson | July 25, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Why in the world give Rove the 'time of day?' He is responsible for the deaths of many American soldiers and much of the 'hated' condition America is regarded in by the rest of the world.

Posted by: alison stone | July 25, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I prefer "Tar & Feather" myself. And I'll be Da---- if I would waste hard-earned money on ANY book Rove would write !

Posted by: Patrick | July 25, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

If Karl Rove was the mastermind that helped Bush into the position that he is currently in, little has truly been done, aside from the damages. Bush's Administration publicl acknowledged the millenium goals but has done nothing and has actually prevented their successful conclusion behind the scenes [Borgen Project].

Posted by: Erica | July 25, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't have hit him. On the other hand, he would've had to answer some questions, and I wouldn't have settled for any of that 'I'm-just-doing-my-job' crap. "your math versus THE math". Excluding voters with whisper campaigns. Bugging himself back in Texas.
He's all good on his legal bills? let's find him some new ones!

Posted by: Turd Blossom Indeed | July 25, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaw.....all you losers with the nasty, snide remarks logged in before me jes' sit around and suck your thumbs. Pretty soon you will have a democratic hero to vote for. No, not Kerry. we already know about his phony military career. You all want a nice, fuzzy, pussy like beautiful John Edwads -oops ... edwards. Not as tough as most candidates, but nice and soft spoken even though he speaks about himself, mostly. That's nice. None will be bothered by that. Right? Or perhaps you favor the man-girl Hillary? Or ... or let's see ... osama obama. Course he get's things a little mixed up when he talks. Who else is there?

Posted by: Jake | July 25, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Karl Rove, his home address in
Washington, DC is 4925 Weaver Terrace, NW
20016. Stop by and say hi or whatever.

Posted by: Kirk | July 25, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Since OJ isn't going to use it, maybe Rove could use "Since I Did It," observations on lighting fire under a Shrub--and burning the country in the process.

Posted by: LynnZTV | July 25, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Since OJ isn't going to use it, maybe Rove could use "Since I Did It," observations on lighting fire under a Shrub--and burning the country in the process.

Posted by: LynnZTV | July 25, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that an albino larvae could survive at Aspen's altitude.

Posted by: Maria | July 25, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

How about jail? He would be loved in a penitentiary, perhaps not how he sees love, but there would be people lined up to show him their version of Love for Rove!!!!

Posted by: Pepe | July 25, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

How did the 'lil pudge get out of there? And they call themselves bikers.

Posted by: Kacee | July 25, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see he's got no fans here:)

As a military family with a son injured in Iraq, I would love to see this bastard go exactly where he belongs-in jail for a long, long time...

Posted by: CaptainCrunch | July 25, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

As a handwriting analyst of 40+ years, I was delighted to see Rove's script. "Bush's Brain" is a clever, smart fellow. The meticulous organization on the page shows that he knew exactly what he was going to write. If you know the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI), I would guess that he is an Introvert, Thinking, Intuitive, with a mixture of the Judging/Perceiving. His signature is fairly modest when you compare it with most politicians, so he isn't craving attention. He does stay in the background, doesn't he. I can't stand the fellow, but he is quite bright. After all, he did put that idior into the White House.

Posted by: Milton Moore | July 25, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

As a handwriting analyst of 40+ years, I was delighted to see Rove's script. "Bush's Brain" is a clever, smart fellow. The meticulous organization on the page shows that he knew exactly what he was going to write. If you know the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI), I would guess that he is an Introvert, Thinking, Intuitive, with a mixture of the Judging/Perceiving. His signature is fairly modest when you compare it with most politicians, so he isn't craving attention. He does stay in the background, doesn't he. I can't stand the fellow, but he is quite bright. After all, he did put that idior into the White House.

Posted by: Milton Moore | July 25, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I really don't know much about Karl Rove, but I saw a speech he gave at the Clinton Library on C-Span. He seemed to know history quite well as it related to presidential libraries and he gave credit to both Democrap and Repulsican efforts to make these edifices meaningful to the public. I've been to the Clinton Library and find its architecture to be quite apropos for the state of Arkansas. It looks like a mobile home on stilts. You can take the boy out of the country....

Posted by: r man | July 26, 2007 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I love writers like jake above. Living in his own world. Trapped inside a box. Pretty pathetic. Blinded by his politics.

Posted by: TM | July 26, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove=Herr Goebbels

Posted by: ghostcommander | July 26, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is it That the Democrats have forgotten that W.J. Clinton fired 92 from the Justice department, yet they scream about 18. Just a bunch of "failed as humans" who can only sound like a Wambulance!

Posted by: angus-the-scot | July 26, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

My God! You Democrats are scary! Must be all Teamsters or something, eh?
Is this the state of politics in America and is it all Bush's fault?

Remember only you can make you angry. Goosfraba!

Posted by: Beerme | July 27, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the state of American politics is shameless name calling. We can blame the political parties, but ultimately it is our own fault for falling for these political tricks. It is so easy to manipulate people when you can sum up an issue as "liberal" or "conservative" and actually make peoples' blood boil. Karl Rove is certainly one of the people responsible for this sorry state, but he is not the only one, and the Republican Party is not the only party guilty of this low trick. Shame on all of us. Let's get back to being decent people who can accept people and understand them even if we disagree on important issues.

Posted by: Alan | July 27, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

to the pretty sleuth with the small mouth,shiney teeth,perfect nose,half covered high forehead ,that ducktail hairdo and all that innocence behind the hornrims that drives one to distraction, PLEASE,come for a few days to Aspen(St.Regis)
and I will tell you in detail what should be in Carl's book to make it a best seller confession which will wipe off all his sins before man and God.Let me know.

Posted by: verdi farmer | July 27, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

All the White House computers are individually accidentally (ya rrrright!) erased, but this gem of a memo survives.


God, I can't wait for these criminals to pay for their crimes. Hoping for success with the building momentum of the Gonzo hearings.

Posted by: I'm Timmaaay!!! | July 28, 2007 3:14 AM | Report abuse

2008- Is it another stolen election? Please fight for freedom and democracy- make sure they COUNT your vote.

Posted by: priscilla gale | July 29, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

how about a singer , he can help me with the 51st state(state of denial , he help inspire it , so he might as well sing it..

51st state(state of denial )

51st state
An annexation had gone through
Though there was nothing in the press, not a word, not a hint, not a clue
a state, just the same, only lacking a proper name
Save it for debate we'll just call the place the 51st state.

crusading pious pioneers
estranged , they laid claim to terrain , a feigned frontier
the cabal playing possum got all jacked up on turd blossom
growing by the golden gate , the passage to the 51st state

soon it was the in place to be
they followed down the trail blazed by the pnac
there was much fanfare about trust the blinding glare
used to help create the trip out the 51st state.

They create their own reality
We 're an empire now friend can't you see
They're histories actors and you
Are left to study what they do , and as you do , impromptu , they act again!!

there no child's left behind
science and the bible are meticulously entwined
the air is always clear skies clear
healthy forest are abound , and you never ever need to fear
a stooge willing to lie sending yours off to die
no need to contemplate when your living in the 51st state

They create their own reality
We 're an empire now friend can't you see
They're histories actors and you
Are left to study what they do , and as you do , impromptu , they act again!!

though he's said to be austere
the anointed one had god , god whispering in his ear
forsake the meek and poor , go ahead , start your war
that's how you legislate when your living in the 51st state

so hitch your wagon pack your gear
this wilderness is just a smoke screen blown up from fear
tell your friends , next of kin should they ask where you been
you were partying too late , getting loaded in the 51st state

cheers ....www.longlosthome.com

Posted by: longlosthome | July 29, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I see Ms. Akers' budding career as a Washington Post political gossip columnist is really in full flower. Soon she'll be writing regularly for the print edition Style Section. Her fare will consist of useless, vapid claptrap about who wore what to which cocktail party.

A fascist corporate dictatorship or theocracy could be destroying the country, and she'd be all aflutter over who ate what at The Palm. Maybe she can sing, "Life is a Cabaret," too.

This is why some of us so dislike The Washington Post and everything it stands for in this ugly BushCo era.

Posted by: Arcturus | July 30, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"The Incredible Lightness of Being"

--Bush's Brain, Karl Rove

** ** ** ** **
Bush Pioneer Press, A Division of Abramoff, Norquist & Gillespie,10-15 Min Sec, 2007

Posted by: Craig Nelsen | July 31, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

karl rove will write a book about how he tricked the american people into voting for a loser like bush, thus causing death to thousands of americans and more iraqis.
just another day in the life of a political manipulator, still doing the Dirty Tricks he did under Segretti-Nixon.

Posted by: inedal | July 31, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

karl rove will write a book about how he tricked the american people into voting for a loser like bush, thus causing death to thousands of americans and more iraqis.
just another day in the life of a political manipulator, still doing the Dirty Tricks he did under Segretti-Nixon.

Posted by: inedal | July 31, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

karl rove will write a book about how he tricked the american people into voting for a loser like bush, thus causing death to thousands of americans and more iraqis.
just another day in the life of a political manipulator, still doing the Dirty Tricks he did under Segretti-Nixon.

Posted by: inedal | July 31, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

karl rove will write a book about how he tricked the american people into voting for a loser like bush, thus causing death to thousands of americans and more iraqis.
just another day in the life of a political manipulator, still doing the Dirty Tricks he did under Segretti-Nixon.

Posted by: inedal | July 31, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

karl rove will write a book about how he tricked the american people into voting for a loser like bush, thus causing death to thousands of americans and more iraqis.
just another day in the life of a political manipulator, still doing the Dirty Tricks he did under Segretti-Nixon.

Posted by: inedal | July 31, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

karl Rove is one rouge politician, another one is the ex Mayor of New York, the Italian, all the men around him are crooks and were crooks.
We muat by all means study the character of each and every candidate for the presidency in 2008. if we had done so we would not have let the Bush and his gang steal elections and if someone did something they didn't like do away with them, even their own attorneys.

Posted by: Joanne Smith | August 7, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Karl Rove a loose canon ball Americans can't afford to have any more?

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | August 8, 2007 5:07 AM | Report abuse

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