Karl's been around longer than that himself, and now appears to be on a roll to humiliate his own once little-challenged reputation as the political genius at the end of the yellow brick road. But unlike many Americans who are more tired of being economically splattered and out of work, Karl is gainfully employed in some conservative quarters to be the yeast in a post-presidential rise of George Walker Bush. His latest task of rehabbing Bush could be the most daunting, somewhat like reclaiming the hulk of the Titanic.
Does anybody remember his pollyanna view in 2006 of how Republicans would retain control of the Senate and House, a notion revealed to him by his own mysterious polls? Or that he was a sort-of silent partner in McCain's campaign apparatus with a lot of cheery talk on Fox?
If I remember Thomas Aquinas' first-cause argument for the existence of God, he said no event causes itself. It was so pre-Rovian. Karl seems to cause himself every moment of the day.
For him it has never been whether you win or lose but how you taint the game. During the Bush years he was regularly described as "Bush's Brain." For his own place in history, George could have chosen a brain more carefully.