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This is quite a chilling movie, and it makes even more sense to me now that I have finished reading Lee Harris' "Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History." Never mind John Kerry, a world-class loser with a wife to match--what this movie explains is how and why John McCain lost the South Carolina primary to Karl Rove's dirty tricks.
What really chilled me is not that Rove plays dirty against Democrats, but that he plays dirty against Republicans.
The movie begins with an early look at Karl Rove's start with Lee Atwater teaching young Republicans, including "dirty tricks" that the movie takes pains to point out are questionable but not illegal.
Included in the middle year's are stories with on the record interviews and replays of old media stories that make it quite clear that Rove is not above planting a "bug" in his own office (one with a six hour battery life, only 15 minutes of which have expired by the time it is "found"), nor of co-opting a single rogue FBI special agent to "coincidentally" have opponents under supeona just when it matters most.Read more ›
As a nerdy kid, Rove took an interest in republican politics at an early age. As a member of his high school's debating team he would bring stacks of index cards to intimidate his opponents, opponents who didn't know that many of the cards were blank.
In college, Rove broke into the office of a democratic candidate and stole his stationery. He printed up hundreds of copies saying that there would be free food and free beer at the opening of the candidate's new headquarters. He delivered the flyers across campus and skid row. Rove's character was taking shape.
But we really get to know Rove's chicanery and penchant for dirty tricks when he is directing the campaign of the republican candidate for governor of Texas in 1986. With the race at a dead heat, Rove "discovers" and announces finding a bugging device poorly concealed in his office, the day before the candidates' debate. Rove implies that it was planted by the opposition. As the Texas Rangers are closing in on the investigation, a republican judge closes the investigation, and Rove's candidate wins. It turns out the battery in the bug had a life of six hours, and the FBI had determined that only .2 of the battery's juice had been used--fifteen minutes. Was it planted by Karl Rove to make it look like it was from the opposition? The interviewees in this story answer with a decided yes.
Rove's other penchant was mastering the "whisper campaigns" against Governor Ann Richards and Senator John McCain.Read more ›
Now I've established that, let's get down to the nitty gritty...
The documentary, "Bush's Brain" focuses on Karl Rove--some people say he's the man behind the White House throne. The film--based on the book co-authored by James Moore and Wayne Slater certainly adopts that position. Rove's career is examined from his high school days, and many people who've crossed paths with Rove add their perceptions of exactly how Rove wins campaigns. There are details here of Rove behind the scenes on the Clements vs. White Texas governor race. In this campaign, it looked as though White would win, when all of a sudden, a story hit the press that Karl Rove found a bugging device in his office. Never mind that the device had a 1/2 mile range, and a 6-hour battery life. Never mind that the bug had been in the wall "for about 15 minutes." Timing is all, and the media was swept along with the bugging story and the subsequent FBI investigation. Rove's candidate pulled a win.
The documentary also includes interviews with Mike Moeller, Pete McCrea, and Max Cleland--all people who crossed Rove's path and have opinions on how he pulls off a successful campaign. Apparently, the "mark of a Rove campaign" is a "whisper campaign" or "parallel action" involving implications of the general unworthiness of a political rival. It's certainly proved to be a solid tactic, and the documentary includes footage from the McCain bid in 2000.Read more ›
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Here I thought Bush had only one puppeteer, namely Cheney. I never realized how much harm Karl Rove has done to our system of Democracy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by American Citizen
I purchased the item for a friend of mine and my friend loved it and said that is very satisfiedPublished on March 5, 2013 by Adnor Pitanga
Saw this years ago and wanted to purchase it to share with my sister. If you are a Bush fan or Karl Rove fan, you won't like it. It shows Karl Rove's dirty politics!Published on December 1, 2012 by bdrp55
"Bush's Brain" is a eye-opening documentary made in 2004 based on the book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by Loyd Eskildson
I think the title of the book and the DVD is a bit unfair and that the DVD should have been a bit less on Rove and more on how unelected individuals with a short resume can... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by P. Silverman
Carl Rove is sarcastically referred to as "Bush's Brain", implying that Bush - by himself - is unintelligent and incapable of having his own thoughts and positions on public... Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by Keith Kimmel
With the exception of a segment focusing on Fredrick Pokorney (a young Nevadan who died early in the Iraq War), Bush's Brain is relatively passionless. Read morePublished on November 6, 2007 by Kindle Customer
This documentary shows the facts underlying what we already knew about Rove. Well done, but not as great as Michael Moore.Published on October 28, 2007 by Nanabird