Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dear Mr. Rove


Justin Evans (no relation) wrote a series of letters to Karl Rove--which he promptly sent to D.C.--and has now collected these hilarious, hard-hitting letters in a book that looks and feels suspiciously like the version of the Federalist Papers I was forced to read as a hung-over undergraduate.

Indeed, the back of the book boasts a blurb from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who (ahem) wrote that Dear Mr. Rove is "more important than the Federalist Papers. Well, at least number 47. What was Alexander Hamilton thinking with that one?"

After reading Justin Evans' book, I have come to the conclusion that Justin is doing the work of democracy by reaching across chasms to communicate with "the Other."

To prove this point, let me list the ways in which Justin Evans and Karl Rove are different. (Note to Homeland Security: I'm not condeming these differences, just celebrating diversity):

* Justin served in the military for four years and is a veteran of the Gulf War.
* Karl escaped the draft with student deferments during the height of the Vietnam War.

* Justin is a teacher.
* Karl is retired promoter of Bush's agenda.

* Justin earned a master's degree.
* Karl is a college drop-out (after no longer needing the deferment, apparently).

* Justin is a poet.
* Karl is a memoirist.

* Justin self-published his political satire after no one had the balls to take it on.
* An imprint of Simon & Schuster will publish Rove's memoir for an advance purported to be in the millions.

* Justin is humble (his blog moniker is Untalented Writer).
* Karl is, well, not.

* Justin is funny.
* Karl is funny-looking.

Dear Mr. Rove is available for purchase here (download is $1.25, book is $8... much cheaper than a BLU-82 Daisy Cutter).







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