What people don't understand about the press, Jay Rosen writes, is that reporters care less about ideology than they do about being savvy—"shrewd, practical, well-informed, perceptive, ironic, unseminental." That's what they aspire to, that's what they worship; it's their religion, if you will. Karl Rove is all those things.
That's why the press corp couldn't resist the Boy Genius, Rosen writes in PressThink. Karl understood this about the press and exploited it. He leaked knowing he wouldn't be exposed. Schemed knowing that his misdeeds would be under-reported and his successes admired. And his retirement yesterday was reported the same way: as awestruck as always.