Rove: "Democrats would love to have me barbecued"

The former Bush aide talks about his upcoming testimony to Congress about the firings of U.S. Attorneys.

Published March 5, 2009 5:30PM (EST)

Karl Rove is not excited about testifying before Congress about the Bush administration's firing of several U.S. Attorneys.

"If White House contact with the Justice Department is inappropriate, then what are we doing by allowing anybody who has anything remotely to do with the political campaign -- like the general counsel of the Obama White House -- to have any contact with the Justice Department?" Rove told Fox News. "I mean, we named the Justice Department building after the campaign manager of the 1960 presidential campaign -- Robert F. Kennedy."

Rove also -- and in this he's not really wrong -- sees this as a somewhat personal thing against him by Democrats. Speaking of two other former Bush aides who've been subpoenaed, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten, Rove said, "I understand they may be the hors d'oeuvres, but I'm the main course. Some Democrats would love to have me barbecued."

I don't know about you all, but personally, I imagine Rove -- even if coated in a nice dry rub and cooked over a low fire for seven or eight hours -- would be stringy and tough. I'd much prefer a plate of Eastern North Carolina style barbecue pork from, say, Parker's. Hush puppies, slaw and sweet tea on the side, natch.

Damn it, now I'm hungry.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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