Several years ago I think it was common in the press to overpraise Karl Rove as a genius, and these days the backlash has probably gone too far in the other direction. Adam Nagourney does, however, note the interesting wrinkle that among people who need to put their money where their mouths are -- candidates for office -- there are Rove protégés to be found scattered about all the major GOP campaigns. I suppose some of that could just be efforts to curry favor with the White House, but mostly it seems like a sincere judgment that whatever problems arose in 2006, and despite the small matter of the popular vote in 2000, that Team Rove really did have some prodigious skills.