So, Why is this man laughing?
Karl Rove just may hold the key to George Bush's re-election bid
Rove's problem today is that Bush is locked in a tight race with Democratic nominee John Kerry, and many of the president's policies are unpopular. If Bush doesn't pick up support at his convention this week, Rove will face a new round of criticism for leading Bush down the wrong path.
But Rove discounts the grumbling as excessive nervousness, and he prefers to lighten the West Wing's mood with a little humor. When Card and his deputy were out of town recently, Rove was asked to run a senior staff meeting. He brought in a big tray of Krispy Kreme donuts and announced that he wanted everyone to know how great life would be in a "Karl Rove White House" --if he were really running things. He was joking. Apparently.