From Karl who? White House downplays Rove’s role in the LA Times:

“He controlled a great deal of the real estate and no matter how the White House spins his departure, the truth is that he leaves a gaping hole inside the White House,” said Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist who has forged a friendship with Rove despite years of combat.

Honestly, this is exactly the problem with Washington campaign consultants. They’re incestuous.

Brazile was Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000. Gore 2000 was possibly the worst-run campaign for president in my lifetime, in which he ran away from the popular incumbent president and ran away from what he actually cared about (the environment and global warming, in which he was far ahead of his time). I don’t know what she’s won since then. And now she’s described in the media as a friend of Karl Rove? Yeesh.

The sooner we can get rid of this brand of Democratic consultant (see also James Carville and Mary Matalin), the better.