Bill Moyers has just outed Karl Rove as an agnostic who has taken advantage of the religious for political gain. Now this is not really news, but it sure was fun to hear it on TV. The irony is hysterical, although Rove is someone that I’d prefer not to be associated with on any level.
Rove himself is deeply enmeshed in some of the scandals being investigated as we speak, including those missing emails that could tell us who turned the attorney general of the United States into a partisan sockpuppet. Rove is riding out of Dodge city as the posse rides in. At his press conference this week he asked God to bless the president and the country, even as reports were circulating that he himself had confessed to friends his own agnosticism; he wished he could believe, but he cannot. That kind of intellectual honesty is to be admired, but you have to wonder how all those folks on the Christian right must feel discovering they were used for partisan reasons by a skeptic, a secular manipulator. On his last play of the game all Karl Rove had to offer them was a hail mary pass, while telling himself there’s no one there to catch it.
You really need to hear this for yourself. Moyers sounds like Keith Olberman or Edward R. Murrow.
Here’s the link, because the embedded video will probably disappear when I click save.