Now I wasn’t there, but I suspect that–the White House intention to disregard those worried about a Gonzales nomination–wasn’t quite the jokey Rove’s message, though it’s the Washington Post message of the morning.:
Rove, the president’s deputy chief of staff and the White House’s unofficial ambassador to conservatives, said Bush would disregard the criticism from groups that usually are friends. “He recognizes that’s just in human nature and ignores it,” Rove said in a luncheon interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.
Rove did not comment on the chances of a Gonzales nomination but at one point referred to him as “Justice Gonzales,” provoking laughter. He quickly added that he used the honorific because of the attorney general’s former tenure on the Texas Supreme Court, but among Bush aides he is typically referred to as “Judge Gonzales.”