Next Wednesday, two disparate minds will come together for an evening of peaceful debate and, ideally, jabs with rhetorical flourishes. Also there: at least one protester.
First, the minds: Howard Dean
and Karl Rove
will appear at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
as part of the World Affairs Council of Oregon's 2010 International Speaker Series
Rove, a Fox News contributor and deputy chief of staff to then-President George W. Bush; and Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will discuss America's role in the world, which includes things like foreign policy and other important stuff.
Rove was in the Portland area in 2007 during his carefree days as "Bush's Brain" to help motivate Republicans in general
. Dean was here
Now, the protester: Joe Walsh
, who ran unsuccessfully
in the 2008 Democratic primary against Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), is already preparing for Rove's upcoming visit – or the hour before really – during which he is organizing a demonstration in front of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. If you see someone holding a sign that reads "Rove Gets 25K From World Affairs Council of Oregon," on the Hawthorne bridge on Feb. 10 – that's Walsh.
Dean will also be getting the most out of his stop in Portland. On the day after
The same day as the event with Rove he will headline two fund-raising events
for former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury