Category Archives: Karl Rove

Hillary’s Head Injury Glasses

Karl Rove opened his yap and some stupid fell out and we’re all supposed to be shocked? No one is shocked, certainly not the Big Dog:

Former president Clinton obliterated the former Bush’s brain. Clinton said, “I got to give him credit, you know that embodies that old saying, ‘Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’First they say she faked her concussion, now they say she’s auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead. She works out every week, she is strong, she’s doing great. As far as I can tell she’s in better shape than I am now…I was sort of dumbfounded. You can’t get too upset about it — it’s just the beginning, they’ll get better and better at it. I’m still waiting for them to admit there was nothing in White Water.”

Of course they’ll get better at it. They’re still trying to find something in #Benghazzzzziiii, too. I’m sure in about six months we’ll see the Regnery Publishing start churning out its Jerome Corsi-penned Benghazi exposes (yours free with your subscription to WingNut Daily!).

It’s unbelievable to me that the news media is even bothering to play along. Look, folks. Let me make it real simple for you: when Karl Rove starts trying to delegitimize the presumptive Democratic nominee with a crackpot conspiracy theory, this tells you everything you need to know about every single conspiracy furball the right has ever coughed up about the Clintons, President Obama, etc. Because much as the establishment Republican Party would like to pretend that birtherism, FEMA camps, Clinton’s serial rapist past, John Kerry’s Vietnam War record, etc. are all promulgated by some fringe on the extreme right (that they have nothing to do with!), clearly it’s all been coordinated from the heart of the GOP.

Karl Rove just tipped his hand because he forgot we live in an age where there are no secrets anymore. They’re trying to delegitimize any Hillary Clinton candidacy/presidency based on a weird conspiracy theory that they’ve just started.

Let the chain emails to Aunt Edna and Uncle Elmer fly.


Filed under 2016 Presidential Election, conspiracy theory, Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove, Republican Party

How’d That Work For Everyone

Nancy Pelosi, earlier today:

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”

Jesus F. Christ, woman. Why the hell didn’t you? Why the hell didn’t you impeach Bush and Cheney when you had the chance, too?

When Democrats have power, they refuse to use it when it’s warranted. When Republicans have power, they abuse it to score political points. If Clinton could be impeached over a blow job surely Bush and Cheney could have been impeached over the Iraq War.

This has got to change, Democrats. How’s the playing nicey working for ya? In case you haven’t noticed, Republicans don’t play nicey back. They go for the jugular.

Might want to try it next time you have the gavel — assuming that day is ever allowed to happen.


Filed under Democratic Party, Karl Rove

>The Anti War Movement Is Still Alive

>Karl Rove spoke at UC Santa Barbara Thursday night, hawking his new book and sparking an anti-war protest. You can see video of the protest here:

I have to say I’m very encouraged to see the anti-war movement is still active. I had my doubts. President Obama didn’t start the Iraq War but he hasn’t done enough to end it, and he’s escalated the Afghanistan War, resulting in escalated bloodshed among civilians. This is wrong, people.

We’re coming up on the seventh anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. As they are every year, protests are being planned all across the country. Ask the Great Gazoogle for the one nearest you and make your voice heard.


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>Karl Rove is no longer on the bill for Saturday’s health care conference. Because there were some comments on other blogs questioning where I got the information about Rove’s appearance, here’s a screen shot of the agenda which led me to believe he was on a panel with Jim Cooper:

And here’s the new agenda as of Monday afternoon:

Funnily enough, the only reason I took the screen shot yesterday to begin with is because I’ve only recently discovered my fun “Grab” app and I was playing with it.

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>Karl Rove? Really?


Karl Rove is now OFF the agenda. Check out the new lineup posted.


This morning I received an invitation to an event next Saturday at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Center, the Third Rail of Health Reform: Cost. It’s billed as an “objective discussion of the facts about one of the critical issues of the health reform debate: what to do about rising health care spending.”

Vanguard Health Systems is hosting the event and Gov. Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper will also appear, along with folks from the Rand Corporation, a West Coast think tank. It sounded intriguing and informative so I followed all of the links, whereupon I learned that Karl Rove will be speaking with Rep. Cooper on the topic of “Battling Cost.”

I have a little problem with this. Karl Rove is a divisive, partisan political figure. He has no special expertise in health care or health care costs or anything germane to the issue we are battling. His entire career has been in managing political campaigns.

Karl Rove’s sole expertise is in politics–in particular, the politics of dirty tricks, wedge issues, and political manipulation. He’s a controversial figure, to put it mildly, facing his own barrage of scandals over the U.S. Attorney firings. Putting Karl Rove on a panel on health care costs, of which he knows nothing, is offensive and alienates anyone to the left of George W. Bush.

I can only conclude that this “third rail” event is not intended to be a serious discussion of an important component of the health care debate but rather a political spin exercise.

So thanks, Vanguard Health Systems and Charlie Martin, but no thanks. Karl Rove is the “third rail” of political figures. His presence on a panel of this type tells us everything we need to know about your intentions.

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>Karl Rove Memory Hole

>Hat tip to The Nation for catching this Wall Street Journal asshattery from Karl Rove. Back in February Rove outlined in a WSJ column all of the wasteful spending in the stimulus bill:

There’s also $4 billion for health programs like obesity control and smoking cessation, $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations. Health care also added jobs last year.

IOW, healthcare added jobs so why does that sector need to be part of the stimulus? Rove had a theory:

It is not surprising that the stimulus package is laden with new spending programs. Congressional appropriators, not job creators, wrote H.R. 1. Much of it is spending Democrats couldn’t get approved in the normal course of affairs. And it should not shock Americans that Democratic appropriators would funnel tax dollars to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, unions and other liberal special interests. Putting budgets of political allies above the budgets of struggling families is apparently the new Democratic trickle-down economics.

Yes, pandemic flu preparation is just another spending program that Democrats couldn’t get approved any other way! Just another way for us to put our friends and allies on the government gravy train, sorta the way Republicans did with defense contractors like KBR and Blackwater, except ours are all brown and socialist and poor and stuff.


This is classic projection. Rove was accusing the Democrats of doing exactly what Republicans had done. Because when that’s how you see the world, then of course you will assume everyone behaves the way that you do.

Rove and folks like Susan Collins of Maine were able to convince everyone that pandemic flu preparations needed to be removed from the economic stimulus, noting:

“Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not.”

They said there’s nothing stimulating to the economy about pandemic flu preparations, except when there are:

MADRID — The top EU health official urged Europeans on Monday to postpone nonessential travel to parts of the United States and Mexico because of the swine flu virus, and Spanish health officials confirmed the first case outside North America.

I hope you don’t live in a city dependent upon tourism.

Ooops. Sorry, Nashville!

It would be nice to counteract this European fear mongering by pointing to our brand new cabinet secretary in charge of Health & Human Services (instead of the Utah accountant who is a holdover from the Bush years) and an aggressive pandemic flu preparedness program already funded and already put into motion as part of the economic stimulus package.

Oh, sorry. Republicans are filibustering Obama’s HHS pick and put the kabosh on flu-preparation funding.

I can already tell the debate over healthcare reform is going to be fun, fun, fun.

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Filed under economic stimulus, Karl Rove, swine flu

>Not Like Bush

>“The architect” of the whole, sorry, divisive, culture-war plagued past eight years has a role in the McCain campaign. As if we didn’t know that already:

Eight years after helping George Bush defeat John McCain in a bitter primary, Karl Rove appears to be playing a significant role in helping the Arizona Republican win the presidency.

Rove has downplayed his contact with the McCain campaign, but the former adviser to President Bush met with GOP delegates from Colorado last Wednesday. Rove, who is now a Fox News analyst, told reporters after the meeting that he has friends in the McCain organization who occasionally seek his advice.


A GOP operative said Rove has had a consistent, “medium”-sized role with the McCain campaign.

But John McCain is not like Bush. Not at all.

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>Is This Why Media Were Banned From That Karl Rove Dinner?

>TN GOP flack Bill Hobbs needs to get his story straight about media access to the TN GOP’s Statesmen’s Dinner Saturday night. First he said it is a

“closed ticketed event and historically has not been open to the media.”

Then, after prominent Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander criticized the move, Hobbs did a flip-flop:

GOP Opens Statesmen’s Dinner To Reporters Who Buy Tickets and Wear Blindfolds

Turns out, the Tennessee Republican Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner sn’t closed to the press after all. That’s the news flash from party flack Bill Hobbs, whose email just popped into my inbox with a subject line asking “Fact Checker Off Today?”

“The event isn’t closed to the press,” Hobbs writes. “Entrance requires a ticket. You could have known those things by contacting me before you typed.”

To which, I replied, “I might call you more often if you’d call me back. So you’re saying if I buy a ticket, you’ll let me go in and report on what happens?”

“That has been our position all along,” he shot back. “It is a ticketed event. People with tickets get in. But no recording devices allowed.”

Oh, forget about that “closed” thing then. What an ass. Bill Hobbs is sure to have a long and successful career in the Republican Party.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that Rove himself put the kabosh on media attendance at the event. It seems there are allegations he has threatened a witness in a 2004 Ohio election fraud case currently being investigated by the Dept. of Justice. BradBlog has the goods:

Karl Rove has threatened a GOP high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not “‘take the fall’ for election fraud in Ohio,” according to a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, by Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck.

The email, posted in full below, details threats against Mike Connell of the Republican firm New Media Communications, which describes itself on its website as “a powerhouse in the field of Republican website development and Internet services” and having “played a strategic role in helping the GOP expand its technological supremacy.”

Connell was described in a recent interview with the plaintiff’s attorneys in Ohio as a “high IQ Forrest Gump” for his appearance “at the scene of every [GOP] crime” from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 to the RNC email system to the installation of the currently-used Congressional computer network firewall.

Connell and his firm are currently employed by the John McCain campaign, as well as the RNC and other Republican and so-called “faith-based” organizations.

In a phone call this afternoon, Arnebeck could not publicly reveal specific details of the information that triggered his concern about the threats to Connell. The message to the IT man from Rove is said to have been sent via a go-between in Ohio. That information led Arnebeck to contact Mukasey after he found the reports to be credible and troubling.

“If there’s a credible threat, which I regard this to be,” he told The BRAD BLOG, “I have a professional duty to report it.”

Attempts to reach Connell for comment late this afternoon were not successful.

The disclosure from Arnebeck comes on the heels of a dramatic announcement last week, made at a Columbus press conference, announcing Arnebeck’s motion to lift a stay on the long-standing King Lincoln Bronzwell v. Blackwell federal lawsuit, challenging voting rights violations in the 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio.

Not that our local media would ever ask about such things, since they probably don’t know about them, but it sure would be awkward if they did.

Anyway, follow the link to read the e-mail. It’s certainly troubling.

Then again, maybe Karl Rove is just scared that he’ll run into Sheryl Crow again.

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>Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

>Is everyone ready for a third Rove term? Because that’s what it’s looking like a John McCain presidency will be. Paul Krugman writes:

But the McCain campaign went beyond condemning General Clark’s remarks; it went out of its way to distort them. “This backhanded slap against John as not being a worthy warrior because he just got shot down is one of the more surprising insults in my military history,” said retired Col. Bud Day, who participated in a conference call organized by the campaign. In fact, General Clark had said no such thing.

The irony, not lost on Democrats, is that Col. Day himself has done what he falsely accused Wesley Clark of doing: he appeared in the 2004 Swift boat ads that impugned John Kerry’s wartime service.

The willingness of the McCain campaign to engage in these tactics, employing such tainted spokesmen, tells us that the campaign has decided to go negative — specifically, to apply the strategy Karl Rove used so effectively in 2002 and 2004 (but not so effectively in 2006), that of portraying Democrats as unpatriotic.

I was sorely disappointed that Sen. Obama capitulated so quickly in the face of this classic Rovian smear. It was a phony controversy — a “fauxtroversy” — and it deserved to be mocked. The absolute last thing Obama should have done is treat the mock outrage seriously.

Memo to Democrats: just because the Rove Machine yanks your tail, it doesn’t mean you have to respond every time. It makes you look wishy-washy. It makes you look weak. No, it makes you be weak.

You know, you never see Republicans apologize to anyone for anything one of them says or does–real or imagined. They close ranks. They present a united front.

Look, I was a John Edwards supporter during the primary. When he dropped out, I said I’d support either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama–I could see strengths and weaknesses with both. But my main fear about Obama was that he wouldn’t know how to fight the Swift Boat machine. I was afraid he’d make the same mistakes that sank John Kerry’s campaign: capitulating and apologizing for every comment taken out of context, every word our “liberal” media blows out of proportion, every Rovian smear.

One thing I knew without a doubt: Hillary Clinton knows how to fight back against the kabuki theater that now constitutes our political discourse.

So I have a memo to Barack Obama: don’t apologize out of fear of looking weak. That is the surest way to make yourself look weak. The right wing will be relentless in their attacks, and apologizing at every turn, especially when it’s not warranted, is the surest way to lose in November.

That is all.

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Filed under 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama, Karl Rove

Religion As A Political Weapon

Salon has an interesting story today about one of Karl Rove’s most craven legacies: exploiting religious voters for partisan political gain. Many people blame religious leaders like Jerry Falwell and James Dobson for rallying the faithful to political causes, and while modern politicians have courted religious voters since Jimmy Carter’s day, Rove turned it into a cynical art form.

Let’s dial the time machine back to Ft. Worth, Texas, 1994:

… [T]he Christian right showed up at the Republicans’ state convention in Fort Worth, in 1994, with enough delegates to seize control of the party. The dominant Christian faction tossed George H.W. Bush’s handpicked state chairman and longtime friend, Fred Meyer, out of office and replaced him with a charismatic Catholic lawyer from Dallas. It banned liquor from convention hotels and replaced hospitality-room bars with “ice cream sundae bars,” where chefs prepared designer confections. It summoned delegates to Grand Old Prayer Sessions, required Christian fealty oaths of candidates for party leadership, and made opposition to abortion the brand by which Texas Republicans would be defined. [….] After initially fighting the dominant evangelical delegation at the state convention — proposing Texas Rep. Joe Barton as a compromise candidate for state party chairman — Rove joined them.

The article points out that Rove “found religion, even if he didn’t find Jesus.” It’s interesting and not surprising, since Rove is the rare atheist in the Bush White House, at least according to Christopher Hitchens. The Texas Christian conservatives were enormous patsies; maybe they were so happy to be at the party that they didn’t notice when Rove denied them access to GOP funds and worked to replace their party chairman with the non-Christian conservative John Cornyn.

I wonder if Rove didn’t secretly enjoy playing the religious political novices for fools. Or maybe not so secretly: David Kuo revealed that Rove openly referred to top religious leaders as “the nuts.”

There were all sorts of wonderful things that could be done by harnessing the voting power of clueless Christians. Kuo, who was a top official at the President’s Office Of Faith-Based Initiatives, saw this play out in the most craven of ways:

… Kuo alleges that then-White House political affairs director Ken Mehlman knowingly participated in a scheme to use the [Faith-Based Initiatives] office, and taxpayer funds, to mount ostensibly “nonpartisan” events that were, in reality, designed with the intent of mobilizing religious voters in 20 targeted races.

Nineteen out of the 20 targeted races were won by Republicans, Kuo reports. The outreach was so extensive and so powerful in motivating not just conservative evangelicals, but also traditionally Democratic minorities, that Kuo attributes Bush’s 2004 Ohio victory “at least partially … to the conferences we had launched two years before.”

That’s bang for your buck, eh?

And so a religious-political movement was spawned, the same movement defended by people like Antioch pastor Tim Alexander, who urge the Democrats to follow suit. Thank God they haven’t listened.

Liberals spend a lot of time shouting about separation of church and state issues, while religious people giddy with access and influence have spent little time examining how this has affected their religious values. The religious right never noticed that it has traded mystery for certainty; that, as the late William Sloane Coffin said, their “God is too small … [and] the mirror opposite of the Jesus we find in the four Gospels.”

Some religious voters have awakened from their stupor, as shown by last August’s Pew Research Center study of politics and faith. The Democrats may not be getting Christian right converts, but they shouldn’t expect to, not after the anti-liberal propaganda that’s been spread by the likes of, well, Karl Rove. But the Republican Party is losing conservative religious voters; these folks are just staying home, and all the gay-baiting can’t seem to make a difference.

So it seems in this, Karl Rove’s greatest political triumph, is also his biggest failure. The architect’s glass house is crumbling.

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