Monday, May 12, 2008

Wrong Again, Karl Rove

Starting in February when I moved in with the Acorn Energy folks, I've been keeping a pretty close eye on the Wall St. Journal Op-Ed Page. I can't say I've found a lot of philosophical soulmates on the editorial board there, but Acorn is Nasdaq listed and has its roots in the New York City investment world, so I figure it's a good idea to stay keep a finger on The Journal's energy economy opinions pulse.

I did a little catching up tonight. I saw some pretty strange electricity subsidy numbers I'd never seen before. I learned that New Zealand's Kyoto commitment might force them to ease back on their sheep economy. I found out which books about presidential campaigns are Karl Rove's favorites. And I consider it absolutely outrageous that Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 didn't make the list.

If anyone is fascinated by the intensity of this year's primaries and curious to see things play out between now and November, I suggest you dig wherever you have to dig to find yourself a copy.

It's a brilliant book.

First of all, Hunter S. Thompson can flat out write. With force. With humor. With grace.

Second, his suspension of journalistic rules and conventions is totally transparent and thus, in my opinion, packed not only with irreverence but also with a highly rarefied form of integrity.

And, finally, the story takes place at the political center of a hugely compelling moment in American history.

Nixon had been president for four years. The progressive momentum of the '60s had stalled and maybe died. People on the political left were terrified. And, suddenly, emerging from the Democratic primary came a candidate that offered something new, a candidate that captured the hearts of even the most skeptical, a candidate that seemed like he might just be able to change the game.

I'll leave it at that. Hopefully you'll read on.

And, once again, I don't know what Karl Rove was thinking...