Karl Rove Grants First Post-Resignation Exclusive To Rush Limbaugh

rushKarl Rove will grant his first post-resignation exclusive to right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. A press release from Premiere Radio Networks states:

Live on the radio airwaves tomorrow, August 15, at 1:06 p.m. ET, Karl Rove will be a guest on The Rush Limbaugh Show. This is the former Deputy Chief of Staff’s first exclusive interview since his resignation from the Bush Administration.

On his radio show yesterday, Rush lavished Rove with praise, calling him “one of the smartest people you would ever run into” and a “fine, upstanding, cheerful, optimistic person just like the president is.”

With his softball questions and divisive partisan rhetorical attacks on progressives, Rush Limbaugh has made his radio show a friendly forum for the Bush White House. And he has been rewarded for it. While the White House hosted a group of ten top conservative radio hosts earlier this month, Limbaugh was treated to his own private confab with Bush. He described it recently on his radio show in the following way:

The president and I, Ed Gillespie in the room who took over for Dan Bartlett. We had cigars and beverages for a couple hours in the Treaty Room up in the residence. It was so much fun.

Just prior to the November 2006 midterm elections, Bush appeared on Rush’s show to emphasize his call for staying the course in Iraq. Limbaugh has also coddled numerous other administration officials on his show, including Dick Cheney, Tony Snow, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld. Expect tomorrow’s appearance by Rove to be similarly treated as love fest.