Karl Rove, flip-flopper

Like some of his fellow Republicans, Karl Rove seems to have experienced a miraculous change in parts of his worldview when Sarah Palin joined the ticket.

Published September 5, 2008 1:04AM (EDT)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When you cover politics (hell, if you've even paid attention to it for about a day or so) you quickly learn that politicians and their surrogates have an incredible ability to peddle utter crap while maintaining a completely straight face. Still, though, I can't shake the feeling that this sort of thing reached new heights of absurdity this week.

Maybe it's because we've really seen the curtain pulled back this week. The recording of the conversation between Chuck Todd, Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy that popped up was particularly revealing. It was a close look at the deep doubts about the Sarah Palin choice remaining in the Republican establishment and, seemingly, even among those tapped to go on television and defend her.

And, of course, the crack research team at "The Daily Show" came through with some similarly illuminating material. Check out this segment from Wednesday night's show -- among the highlights, Karl Rove gets caught in a rather radical shift in his position on the question of what kind of prior experience a vice president should have.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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