And on drums, Karl Rove!

It’s a mostly an artsy-fartsy tongue bath, but the New York Times‘ weekend profile of Condi-as-virtuoso-pianist does manage at least one clever political barb.

“Her favorite opera is Mussorgsky’s epic “Khovanshchina,” not surprising, given her expertise in Russian culture, language and history. It may have special resonance today: it tells of bloody factional strife at the time of the ascension of Peter the Great, made worse by the intransigence of the Old Believers, a fundamentalist Orthodox group opposed to reform.”

Gee, now where have we seen that lately?