The week began with CBSNews.com commenters continuing to digest the news of Karl Rove's departure from the White House. As you might expect, opinions on the legacy of the architect of Bush's most divisive political strategies was, well, divided.
In response to an opinion piece by U.S. News and World Report columnist Michael Barrone, which argued that Rove occupied a "unique place in American history, commenter CBS_Oliver agreed Rove's accomplshments were formidable.
"What Rove has done very successfully is establish authorities, mechanisms, and temperament for a successful overthrow of the government by the executive branch and the Republican party in the event of a great domestic crisis," he noted. "No small accomplishment considering where he started from."
SharnCedar was not conviced: "Rove was no genius, the Democrats are just idiots. They scuttled Howard Dean, who had a chance to win the election, and gave us John Kerry, a selfish bozo with zero public appeal."
Commenter grazinggoat just seemed glad to not have to see Rove's face anymore, noting, "The scariest thing about Rove is that he's actually married."
Droopy Drawers: Against The Law, Or Just Bad Taste?
Commenters were even more divided over news that Atlanta planned to ban pants that sag low enough to reveal undergarments by expanding the city's indecency laws.
MichelleM99 thought it was about time something was done about the boxer-exposing fashion trend. "I am 52. I have never allowed the underwear I have on to be seen by others. I was taught to cover it. I have a dress code. The baggy look is awful and more than rude. Ban it nationwide."
Others were less thrilled with the notion of empowering a fashion police. "I thought the Taliban were the ones who got off telling people how to dress," noted sy2502. "If we had to criminalize lack of fashion taste, we would all be behind bars."
(I assume the "we" in this last statement referred to frequent commenters and other pajama-clad Internet-addicts.)
DylanXXV thought the fashion should remain on the streets for its comic value. "I just have to control my laughter watching some of them waddle around trying not to get tangled up in their own fashion sense and need to belong."
SgtRDS says it's just a new version of the same old song. "The rule is almost as ignorant as the style. Back in the day the big bans were on mini-skirts and halter tops, though hormone-driven young men like myself objected. Still, at least those styles were ****, but who wants to see someone's nasty stained boxers?"
Reacting to charges that the law targets black youths, Elvanion disagreed. "I see just as many white kids dressed this stupidly."
Chavez To Linger Longer
News that Venezuela's congress approved constitutional reforms that would allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election and possibly run for decades to come also drew diverging responses.
The decidedly pro-Chavez FeelFree1 posted a link to a 2002 documentary, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," (that has since been taken down forom YouTube for propriety reason) chronicling Chavez's election and the Bush administration's attempts to overthrow him in 2002. Many other commenters applauded the gesture.
But tburzio was less convinced. "Does anyone else see Chavez in a bad play cast as Moussolini? He kinda looks like him. Another century of South American despots entering stage right!"
Possibly Post-DUI Bill Murray: Still Universally Beloved
The news that Bill Murray could face drunk driving charges got busted driving a golf cart around Stockholm and refusing to take a breath test sparked an almost total lack of outrage.
Most commenters took the opportunity to reflect on their appreciation for Murray's acting talent. Commenter shanev137 summed up the general opinion of his run-in with the Swedish fuzz: "Wow, what a crime. Good thing they stopped him before he tee'd off on some petunias or took our some gophers."
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