Supposedly an intellect for the ages, Karl Rove appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning and said this about himself and the controversies he's created: "Let’s face it. I mean, I’m a myth, and they’re — you know, I’m Beowulf. You know, I’m Grendel. I don’t know who I am. But they’re after me.”
My diagnosis--no doubt tinctured by the fact that I think Karl Rove is a bad, bad man--is that Rove is a diletantte who often tries to impress people with literary references that don't necessarily make sense. Beowulf and Grendel, after all, battled each other. Presumably, Rove sees himself as Beowulf and perhaps feels under attack--like the city of Heorot--by Grendel. But I think the allusion he was looking for here was Moby Dick. He's the White Whale (a great description for Karl Rove if ever there was one) and congressional Democrats are Ahab. Or something to that effect.
Either way, Think Progress has the video. Give it a looksee and then carry on with your Sunday secure in the knowledge that Karl Rove isn't nearly as smart as he wishes he was or as others give him credit for being.