It’s POLITICS Season…and guess who’s cleaning his weapons?
He who Must NOT be Named – Karl Rove, the Voldemort (Dark Lord in the Harry Potter books) of politics. And Rove is trying to ensnare you once again in his black magic.
Beware, if you fall within a category Republicans consider “mudbloods!” (wizards and witches who come from non-magical families.) Meaning to Republicans: Non-Anglos, Liberals, Gays, Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims, etc…).
Matt Latimer, a speechwriter to President George W.Bush describes Rove as: less a Voldemort who was “what all the liberals said he was, the villain.”
Rove sowed the seeds of the Divisive brand of politics we are reaping in America, today. I hold Rove responsible for 8 years of George Bush. Bush even described Rove as “The Architect” of his victory over John Kerry in the November 2004 presidential election.
To me, Rove is the reason so many people now dislike and distrust the Republican party. He’s the reason we got politicians like John Ashcroft and Phil Gramm.
What did Phil Gramm do? According to Wikipedia, Gramm: co-sponsored the Gramm-Latta Budget in 1981 which increased military spending, cut other spending, and mandated the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981.
Included in the act was an across-the-board decrease in the marginal income tax rates in the U.S. by 23% over three years, with the top rate falling from 70% to 50% and the bottom rate dropping from 14% to 11%. This act slashed estate taxes and trimmed taxes paid by business corporations by $150 billion over a five-year period.
Rove is also the reason (again to me) that we now have the Tea Party. He’s the reason the Republican party is split to the point they can’t even accept their anointed candidate, despite the pretense of unity. Karl Rove is the reason American politics has become so nasty!
- Rove was accused of being behind a phone poll called a “push-pull poll” that asked voters questions like: would people be “more or less likely to vote for the Democrat Governor Ann Richards of Texas if they knew her staff was dominated by lesbians? Rove naturally denied being involved in circulating these rumors about Richards during the campaign, although many critics nonetheless identify this technique, particularly as utilized in this instance against Richards, as a hallmark of his career.
- One of the more notorious dirty tricks of which Rove is accused is the so-called “push-pull poll” conducted in South Carolina during the 2000 primaries, when George W. Bush and John McCain were vying for the Republican presidential nomination. The poll suggested that McCain, who has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh, had fathered an illegitimate child with a black woman. Rove denied having anything to do with it.
- 1996 Harold See’s campaign for Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court. A former campaign worker charged that, at Rove’s urging, he distributed flyers that anonymously attacked See, his own client. This put the opponent’s campaign in an awkward position. If See’s opponent publicly denied the flyers, he’d be damned anyway. Guess who won? Rove’s client was elected.
- In one campaign, a former Rove staffer reported that a whisper campaign alleging the opponent, a democrat, was a pedophile (a pedophile!?) started with Rove. But that could not be proved.
- In the 1986 Texas governor’s race, when the contest between Rove’s Republican client, Bill Clements, and the Democratic incumbent Mark White was neck and neck, Rove announced he had found an electronic listening device in his office, and cried foul. The furor swung the election to Clements and to this day Texan Democrats are convinced Rove concocted the whole episode.
- In July 2006, conservative columnist Robert Novak confirmed Rove leaked the name of CIA undercover agent, Valerie Plame Wilson. Plame was married to Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who had questioned the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq’s alleged nuclear program. Rove allegedly told the journalists that Plame was “fair game” because her husband had gone public with his criticism.
This is documented online. In some cases, I quote passages in whole or in part…
How can any politician, Republican or Democrat, CONDONE this type of behavior? They do this ALL the time because YOU, voters, ALLOW this to go one. Once it’s your candidate who will benefit, you go along. Now see where it’s taken us. The good candidates run for cover and we get people like Mitt Romney who are willing to DO anything, SAY anything to win!
If Republicans (and ALL politicians) are smart – they will get RID of people like Carl Rove and aim for the moral high ground.
But Republicans won’t. Because these days it’s “Win at ANY Cost” no matter how high. I don’t know how many ethnic and social groups Republicans feel a need to antagonize but they are going for the record!
BEFORE Karl Rove became “The Architect” of Republican politics, we had Ronald Reagan. During a 1984 presidential debate with Walter Mondale, Reagan said: “I want you to know that…I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Brilliant. But then Rove was NOT running Reagan’s campaign, though he did handle some mailings.
Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. It, among other things, gave amnesty to about 3 million illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982. If Reagan ran for nomination today, the Tea Party would OPPOSE him. Imagine that!
Thank Karl Rove for the insidious destruction of the Republican Party. Republicans seem to attract, gather, collect, embrace these destructive forces and revolve in their orbit. The Karl Roves, the Rush Limbaughs, the Glen Becks, the Sarah Palins who have hijacked the Republican Party, but Republicans are too scared to depose these polarizing elements as their icons. What good is it doing for them except to make Republicans appear more and more extremist and out of touch?
Sometimes I speculate the current crop of Republican politicians we have today are not real Republicans at all, just wolves in Republican clothing!
Until Republicans become strong, bold, mature, gutsy enough to say to these divisive elements within their party: “YOU do NOT represent ME!”...they may eke out a few more wins, but I don’t see a rosy future. Maybe I’m the one with blinders!
We need a new, charismatic, yes a COOL republican to come along and rescue the Republican party – because America NEEDS two parties, two sane parties. (Democrats, you’re not off the hook, either.)
Can you imagine a Republican presidential candidate who will tell Rush Limbugh: “You may preach your hate-mongering and disharmony. If encouraging presidential failure and disdain for immigrants and various ethnic groups is your thing IT’S NOT MINE. So hear and know this: YOU do not speak for the Republican party and you especially DO NOT speak for me! You speak ONLY for you”.
A Republican Presidential candidate who will tell Carl Rove: “No thanks. I’ll find another person to advise my campaign.
It’s ONLY when Republicans get such a candidate that they will understand the concept of “cool”. UNTIL THEN, Republicans…NO THANKS.
In May 2008 the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Karl Rove to testify on the politicization of the Justice Department under George W. Bush. The Bush Justice Department was accused of FIRING U.S. attorneys who refused to go after Democrats! (NO concern for job losses, then.)
Lost White House e-mails, CIA leak scandal, Cheney adviser – Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns – one scandal after the other under Bush/Rove? In August 2007, Karl Rove resigned without responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena. Rove is running ads for Mitt Romney…
DO YOU WANT MORE OF THAT?
One of George W. Bush’s nicknames for KARL ROVE is “Turd Blossom” a Texas term for a flower that blooms from cattle poo! That’s documented online too. Just follow your nose…