Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Buried Alive

Karl Rove's Republican Party got wiped off the map yesterday. But the White House strategist has seen that before.

Rove spent his early years in Kokomo, a town founded on the west side of Fremont Pass during the 1881 silver strike; the town boomed again during the glory years of the Climax Molybdenum Mine, where Rove's father worked as mining engineer. The family left the Colorado mountains for Arvada in the '60s — but they didn't leave their hometown behind for long.

That's because in the early '70s, when Rove was starting his climb to the top of the heap as the executive director of the College Republicans, mine managers came up with a brilliant way to dispose of Climax waste: They buried Kokomo under a pile of tailings.

The town was wiped off the map -- much like the Republican Party yesterday. And today, the political landscape suddenly looks a lot smoother. -- Patricia Calhoun