Karl Rove is no longer in the White House and no longer holds a title or literal power in the political sphere – so perhaps his cynicism shouldn’t surprise. But his comment below (about the payroll tax cut) illuminates the cynicism (and failure) of the American political system:
Use it for political theater and then vote the extension and get out of town.
It is appalling that’s it’s acceptable to suggest, in all seriousness, that legislators should make their political decisions based not on what’s best for the American public but based on salvaging victory and political theater. And this comment arouses no shock, no surprise and no outcry.