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Holiday Rovery

2:50 PM -- Catching up on our year-end puff-pieces. This is for those of you who worried that The Wall Street Journal might have lowered its impeccable standards under the Murdoch brand. After all, they hired Karl Rove as a commentator.

File this hallucinatory (and, I gotta think, alcohol-fueled) spasm of Rove's under the heading "The lady doth protest waaaaaaaaaaay too much, methinks":

Bush Is a Book Lover
Wherein we learn that the man who can't read a teleprompter read nearly a book a week last year and almost two books a week in 2006. And we're not talking tawdry spy thrillers and bodice rippers here. No, it's strictly ponderous heavyweights for our man:

    U.S. Grant's "Personal Memoirs"; Jon Meacham's "American Lion"; James M. McPherson's "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief" and Jacobo Timerman's "Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number."

    Each year, the president also read the Bible from cover to cover, along with a daily devotional.
And yes, this is The Wall Street Journal, not The Onion.

Makes one wonder how he ever found the time to misrule us so thoroughly?

Rove, of course, feels impelled to tell us that he read even more. (The Bible? Not so much.)

The Constitution, alas, was not on either of their lists.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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