— Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), on whether Karl Rove “still holds the same stature among Republicans that he once enjoyed.” Others are much more positive:
“I personally don’t know anyone who is as smart or more skillful when it comes to politics,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a personal friend of Rove.
“There’s no one in the current aspect of politics who has a better read on the country than Karl Rove,” said Rep. Tom Reynolds (N.Y.), the former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman. “Not only does he know exactly what’s going on politically by regions of the country, he knows the people back in the states on a first name basis. Considering his orbit to the president, that’s pretty solid juice.”
Rove “now visits the Hill less often than he did earlier in Bush’s presidency,” Roll Call reports.