Republican strategist Karl Rove acknowledged last night that he isn't the most popular guy in politics these days -- but he's not the only one.
Speaking at the 92nd St Y Wednesday night, Rove corrected an audience member who referred to ex-veep Dick Cheney as "Darth Cheney" when asking a question.
“No, no, no, no, no. You've got it all wrong!” Rove quipped. “I'm Darth Vader, Cheney is [Emperor] Palpatine!”
The controversial political mastermind who helped engineer numerous successful political campaigns including George W. Bush's victories in 2000 and 2004, was promoting his new book "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight."
“Some journalist once said I don't have nerve endings,” Rove said last night. “So I don't feel too bad. If I listened to what people said about me I'd be stuck in the fetal position.”
“I've tried to be candid in this. It's 531 pages with about 40 pages of footnotes,” Rove said. “I want people to know where I got my information.”
Rove also defended the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq and reliance on intelligence reports that linked the country to WMDs.
“First off, we have to drop this myth that Bush lied about the WMDs,” he said. “In the aftermath of 9/11, the calculus changed. We had to act on the information we had at the time.”