Thursday, June 26, 2008
I've been cherishing Karl Rove's remark about Obama - 'Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.' Everybody has commented on this, some pointing out that it's Rove who makes the snide remarks, some making the obvious point that it says more about Rove than Obama. But what does it say about Rove? It says he's ugly, simple as that. He's also clever, fat, bald and he smirks. The smirk is designed to signal that he's happy to be ugly because he's clever. I've known three people exactly like this. They chortle and babble and you don't listen because you're trying not to look at them and you find their manner embarrassing. When you do listen, you realise they are talking nonsense. But, since nobody likes to listen to them, they do very well because, without any evidence, people assume they really are as clever as they say they say are. In Texas an NBC reporter told me Rove was 'a political genius'. I knew at once he hadn't been listening.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 1:34 pm