Saturday, July 14, 2007

Collected and who knows?

By Creature

Today in the New York Times we find a somewhat interesting article about a 1973 GOP strategy paper written by none other than a 22-year-old Karl Rove. The paper, found amongst 78,000 pages of documents recently released by the National Archives from the Nixon administration, is predictably wonkish and unsurprisingly devious for a man who created his own math while at the same time advised the president on all things political--and all things criminal.

But the past is the past, and one man's "Reefer Madness" is another man's GOP fund-raising tool, I bring the NYT article up because when interviewed about the newly unearthed position paper Mr. Rove said this:

"When you send something to a White House person," he said, "it tends to be collected and remain."

Collected and remain? Karl Rove selectively seems to forget what happens when you send something--electronically or otherwise--to a Bush White House person. Collected and destroyed, collected and deleted, collected and locked behind an executive privilege wall seems more likely today.

Who would have thought we would ever crave the good old Nixon era days?

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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