Karl Rove's Bama Beginnings
The AP's Phillip Rawls recently reminded us of Rove's Alabama connections and his lasting influence on Alabama justice. The article covers the broad strokes of Rove's Alabama history and comments on his impact. This one sentence pretty well sums up Rove's contribution to Alabama politics.
"Alabama might have eventually gotten there [GOP judicial dominance], but the state got there much quicker because of him[Rove]," said Clark Richardson, former president of the Business Council of Alabama.However if you are interested in the tactics used by Rove during his Alabama stint, I'd recommend this Atlantic Monthly article from last November. The article focuses on the 1994 Chief Justice race between Perry Hooper, Sr. and Sonny Hornsby(ultimately decided by 262 votes) and how the race served as a template for the Bush/Gore Florida recount in 2000.
This is a great article in understanding how the Alabama state courts turned from solid blue to deep red in the last decade and how those races informed Karl Rove' political outlook -- indeed the very same outlook he used to take George W. Bush to the presidency.
Though Rove is now embroiled in legal problems, his influence on contemporary American politics is difficult to overstate. But what is just as interesting, but less well known, is that Rove developed his cutthroat strategy and hardball tactics right here in Alabama.