Friday, June 02, 2006

Rove chums, Hevesi bites?

Coverage of the Homeland Security funding flap focuses on allegations of intent to give GOP incumbents in tight races some pork to brag about. There's a more subtle, and to me troubling, interpretation that seems sneakily Rovian. Perhaps the real intent was to cause coastal elites to go berserk, thereby confirming to heartlanders our overwrought sense of entitlement. In other words, to energize the base, not by gratitude but by the much more effective means of resentment.

If so, it seems to be working. Someone was reading choice bits from the tabs on NY1 this morning, and I heard something about ear-to-ear grins in "Podunk America"; and, of course, New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's howler, in front of a college graduating class, no less, about Chuck Schumer wanting to put a bullet in an unfortunate place, couldn't have been scripted better by Ol' Karl himself.