While White House staffers have been busy plastic-wrapping his car, the Los Angeles Times offers a different send-off for the president’s top adviser, Karl Rove, who will leave the administration at the end of the week.
Staff writer Christopher Hawthorne reflects on Rove’s many nicknames, such as “Boy Genius” and “Bush’s Brain.” But it’s Rove’s most common moniker-“The Architect”- that interests Hawthorne most.
He writes: “The architect label suggests precision, strategic savvy and the ability to consider a project from a certain analytical remove—to see the whole chessboard at a glance. It describes the person who sketches out a complex plan but never the one who executes it.”
Hawthorne offers an interesting analysis of the architect metaphor, even suggesting that actual architects wish they could be a bit “more Rovian.”