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Snakes on a plane…...

Karl wants Warren…...

Who’s Ready for Warren? Karl Rove is! The prolific fundraiser and former babysitter of President George W. Bush just cannot get enough of Elizabeth Warren these days. His super PAC, American Crossroads, has a new ad out attacking Hillary Clinton through Elizabeth Warren’s own stirring, populist words.  The Huffington Post is trying to determine whether this is concern trolling or just garden-variety trolling. Perhaps he loves Elizabeth Warren, earnestly. She’s swell. Man, does he ever want Warren to stick it to that corporate fat cat Hillary Clinton. Last week he went on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. Usually guests on Hewitt’s show are just berated with questions about Alger Hiss until they hang up, but Hewitt wanted to pick Rove’s brain about the Red Communist du jour, Elizabeth Warren. Could she destroy Hillary Clinton in the primaries? My god yes, Karl Rove said, before hedging like a coward. GET THE REST OF THE STORY...

The Iraq War…

During a speech at the University of Connecticut in Storrson Tuesday, former Bush White House staffer Karl Rove – known as “Bush’s Brain” for his closeness to the former president – was asked by an Iraq war veteran whether he would apologize for his role in the Iraq war. GET THE REST OF THE STORY HERE ON...

Karl Rove and The Modern Day Money Machine....

The nation was in crisis, and it was shaping up to be the best thing that had happened to Karl Rove all year. On October 2, 2013, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders were meeting at the White House into the evening, desperately trying to come to a deal to end the government shutdown, then in its second full day. A mile up Pennsylvania Avenue, a grinning Rove was plying his guests with premium liquor at the Georgetown Four Seasons. It was no surprise that Rove’s mood was said to be buoyant at the first-ever donor “summit” of his American Crossroads super PAC. Or even that his buoyance came “with a sort of contrite undertone,” as one participant described it to me. For Rove, the famed “architect” of George W. Bush’s presidency turned financial mastermind of the post-Bush GOP, it had been a horrible year of reckoning. He had helped orchestrate an extraordinary $1 billion investment in 2012 Republican candidates through a web of groups like Crossroads, only to see his reputation suffer a devastating blow as bet after bet proved wrong. The humiliation was capped off by his memorable on-screen election night meltdown on Fox News, when the network refused to call the presidential race to his liking. More indignities followed: Two of his top donors died after the election. The big-money coalition he built in his Washington living room had crumbled. And the biggest names in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes had little use for him. Read more:...

The Controller. From The New Yorker....

Politics is a field with a lot of former practitioners: there is a high failure rate, and success comes tinged with a gnawing nervousness that makes it not worthwhile for everybody. Robert Edgeworth, a Virgil scholar who teaches at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, is in politics purely avocationally these days. Edgeworth is practically a museum-worthy example of what is connoted by the word “professorial”: at fifty-six, he has white hair and parchment skin, he wears tweed, and he speaks with great precision. It’s hard to imagine him as a budding politico, but, then, his most active period ended nearly thirty years ago, when he placed himself in the onrushing path of Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political adviser. This has never been a smart thing to do, but Edgeworth, as one of the first of many to find that out, had the excuse of not having been as well informed on the subject as people in Washington are now. The story of Edgeworth and Rove is a well-burnished legend within a very small circle—well burnished enough that just saying “Lake of the Ozarks” is enough to evoke it. The circle is made up of people connected with College Republicans, a group tight enough (it became an independent organization in 1971) that all its significant figures at least know one another’s names. Theirs is a subculture that took form in the mid- to late sixties, at a time when what was officially going on in the United States was a great uprising of rebellious youth and a flowering of liberal politics. The College Republicans were young people who believed that the coming thing was a resurgence of the political right. They felt this so strongly, and loved politics so much, that they devoted...

Make your own Karl Rove memes....

He’s so cute and cuddly, how can you resist? Crank out thousands of your own Karl Rove memes and tape em to your locker. Try it here. 

Karl Rove Quotes…...

Nobody can say it quite like Karl Rove… “As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.” “Just get me a f**king faith-based thing. Got it?” –as quoted in a book by David Kuo, the former second-in-command of Bush’s Office on Faith-Based Initiatives Get a lot more...

Is Doctor Rove in the house?...

Karl Rove dishes out medical advise about Hillary Clinton. Read it here on The American Prospect. 

Karl Rove Cartoons on The Cagle Post....

Find LOTS of great Karl Rove cartoons on the Cagle Post right here. 

Protest Planned for War Criminal in SF...

CONCORD (CBS SF) — Decrying the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush as a “war criminal” who defends torture, protesters are planning to gather in front of a Concord hotel tonight where Karl Rove is scheduled to speak. The event, sponsored by the East Bay Leadership Council, is part of the public policy advocacy organization’s 29th annual East Bay USA dinner, council spokeswoman Molly Walker said. Read more...

Iowa must really love Karl Rove… NOT!...

(Here’s a bit about Karl Rove speaking in Iowa… Poor Iowa) To say Karl Rove’s Sunday talk was emotionally charged would be an understatement. Boos exuberantly punctuated the UI Lecture Committee’s introduction and dozens in the audience stood, turning their backs when President Bush’s former deputy chief of staff and top aide took the stage. A woman charged up an aisle, her hands shaking, as she called for Rove to be arrested. And in a row near the front, a veteran told a different 84-year-old veteran to “F— off” when he asked him to stop shouting. “I’ve lived in Iowa City more than 60 years, and I have never been more ashamed than I am tonight of the disrespect shown by these people,” 84-year-old Bill Olin said. Meanwhile, the “architect” on stage remained seemingly unshaken. Armed with a sarcastic humor and several quotations from prominent Democrats to support his contentions, Rove took on the audience of roughly 1,100 – telling a woman who yelled that that UI wanted the $40,000 speaking fee they paid back, simply, “You can’t have it.” He told another man his comment showed, “a simple, stupid mind, with all due respect.” “Look, you’ve had a chance to make your chants and protests and statements, and I want to have mine,” Rove told the audience. But his critics gave him very little chance, repeatedly interrupting him to call him a liar and war criminal. Sharon Benzoni, the UI Lecture Committee chairwoman, said she had hoped bringing the controversial figure would generate conversation, and she was pleased with the result. “We feel like we really accomplished our goal of stirring up dialogue both inside the lecture hall and outside as people were leaving,” she said. “That’s what we wanted to do.” As...

Rove and McCain? ICK!...

This is a delicious piece by Wayne Madsen. The McCain/Rove defence contractor shake down game By Wayne Madsen EADS Air Force tanker deal enriched campaign coffers of McCain and pockets of Karl Rove. The recent major Air Force award of the KC-45A tanker contract to European Aeronautic defence and Space Co., the parent firm of Europe’s Airbus Industries, and Northrop Grumman involves political payoffs and dubious lobbying by top Republican officials, including GOP presumptive presidential nominee John McCain, according to knowledgeable sources who spoke to WMR on the condition of strict anonymity. Boeing, which proposed its Boeing 777 for the Air Force contract to replace the aging KC-135 Boeing 707 fleet, criticized the award to EADS-Northrop because the 179 A330 aircraft are to be built in France and shipped to a proposed factory in Mobile, Alabama for retrofitting for tanker use. The background to the awarding of the contract to EADS lies at the very heart of the GOP corruption in Alabama that saw the political prosecution of former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman. The award of the Air Force contract to EADS-Northrop was the result of high-level collusion between Governor Bob Riley of Alabama, the White House, and John McCain. It also helped that two senior Bush administration officials, Deputy Secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz and former Vice President Dick Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby once served as highly-paid advisers for Northrop Grumman. When EADS decided it wanted to compete for the lucrative Air Force contract it first required a top lobbyist in Washington to see to its interests. EADS tapped Stewart Hall of the lobbying group Hall, Green and Rupli to lobby for the tanker contract. Hall, Green and Rupli eventually became the Federalist Group with Hall serving as...

Ode to Karl, V2

So Karl is a pundit for FauxNews Think that was tough job for him to choose? He’s out of the closet With a BS deposit Providing the Brownshirts their own muse.

An Ode To Karl

Karl ate Democracy And chewed up DC He riled up the masses To vote for a Dweeb He cheated and weaseled And broke lots of rules And never got caught He must see us as fools But his vision is shattered And his dreams rot away His Republican Reich Has abandoned his play Will we miss you Dear Karl? Well, the answer is clear Like a bad case of acne Or a china shop...

What do you think of Karl?...

We’re opening up the postings here at karlrove.com. Post your thoughts on Karl and what he’s done to this country and the world. We want to hear what you think!

Karl Rove out of the White House?...

It’s a good day for America. Karl is leaving. He’s leaving behind a genuine mess, but he’s leaving!

Winning the Roverian Way...

Published by the Sunday Independent of London But we are now.  The volume is turned up, the newspapers are spread across our laps, and the Web browsers are flashing.  Americans are finally politically engaged because we fear that the federal grand jury investigating Rove and other senior administration officials will show us things we do not wish to see.  A president who promised to return honor to the White House and launch a new era of accountability may have as his most trusted confidante a man who has committed a heinous act of treason by exposing an undercover CIA operative.  And he likely acted in consort with the vice president’s top counselor, I. Lewis Libby.  We are a nation at war and face the internal horror that the people who claim to be leading us through these tremulous years may have betrayed the very people putting their lives at risk in the conflict.  Can that be possible?  In America?  The nation that roars hoary, endless criticisms demanding democracy in distant countries? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.  And the facts of the case may prove to be considerably more disturbing than the act of exposing a CIA agent.  Karl Rove’s involvement means there was probably a grander scheme he was determined to protect.  Small things are not worthy of his mind.  When I first met Rove, he was working endless hours building the donor lists that were to transform American politics.  When he summoned reporters to his office 20 years ago to suggest a listening device he had found on the wall was put there by his Democratic opponent, we all smirked.  But he had us.  We wrote the story and it helped his candidate win.  A few years later, the FBI agent who had...

Big Brains and Little Souls – Published by the Financial Times of London...

All presidents, of course, have essential counselors and confidantes.  Michael Deaver managed the stagecraft of Ronald Reagan and James Baker acted as the big brain for George H.W. Bush.  Bill Clinton’s ascent was given wings by James Carville and Paul Begala.  Karl Rove, however, is an evolutionary step beyond those accomplished political professionals.  President Bush is, in many respects, Rove’s creation.  They are two heads on the same body.  In fact, five years before Bush was to even run for governor of Texas, Rove told a friend he could turn a president’s son into a president.  Bush had the family name, financial connections, charm and looks while Rove was packing the facile mind loaded with ideas and outsized ambition.     There is danger in this co-dependency.  Generally, political advisors do not move into the White House after they have elected their candidate.  Rove, though, has an office in the West Wing and prepares a recipe of policy and politics in the same pot.  Inevitably, a moment arrives when what best serves the nation is not ideal for the political future of the president.  And his record indicates Rove will be inclined to choose his client over his country when he finds himself confronted with that choice.  Re-election of the officeholder and advancement of the party is the primary business.  Campaigns never end.  The White House becomes just another campaign headquarters. Rove is empowered beyond the bounds of what is traditionally proscribed for most political counsels.  Without him, the eldest Bush son is little more than a digger of dry holes on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas, a man who cannot find oil in the lower 48’s richest reserve.  Rove makes plans and protects his most valuable asset, however.  He...

Judy’s Turn to Cry: How the New York Times and a Star Correspondent Led America to War – Published by...

A journalist trying to convince an editor to allow the use of Ahmad Chalabi as a source had a difficult case to make.  While living in exile from Iraq, Chalabi was accused of embezzling millions from his Petra Bank in Amman, Jordan.  Leaving the country in the trunk of a car reportedly driven by Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan, Chalabi was convicted in absentia and still faces 22 years in prison, if he ever returns.  Evidence presented in the trial indicated Chalabi’s future outside of Jordan was secured by $70 million he stole from his depositors.  Chalabi has suggested, however, his prosecution was political because he was involved in efforts to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein in neighboring Iraq. Regardless of the specifics of Chalabi’s resume’, the least able of U.S. editors ought to have brought great skepticism to any information supplied by the exile simply because of his dubious profile.  In addition to his criminal conviction, the U.S. State Department had turned its back on Chalabi after his London-based Iraqi National Congress spent $5 million and an audit was unable to account for most of its expenditure.  “Damn right,” he was quoted as saying.  “It was covert money.” Shortly after his 1989 escape from Jordan, Chalabi began to make contact with CIA operatives who, eventually, funneled an estimated $100 million to his organization, which culminated in a failed 1996 takeover of Iraq by Kurdish forces in the north.  By the time his door was kicked down by security forces that night in Baghdad, Chalabi had been on the payroll of the Department of Defense at the monthly rate of $340,000 dollars and, by conservative estimates, had burned through an estimated $40 million dollars of Pentagon money, which, of course, comes out of the pocket...

Checkmate: Iran Published by the Sunday Independent of London...

And the situation is even more precarious than it appears. Shortly after the Gulf War in 1991, Germany gave Israel two of its diesel-powered Dolphin-class submarines.  The Israelis agreed to purchase a third at a greatly reduced price.  In November of last year, Germany announced that it was selling two more subs to Israel at a price tag of $1.2 billion USD.  Defense analysts have suggested the Dolphin-class boats are a means for Israel to have a second strike capability from the sea if any of its land based defense systems were hit with nuclear weapons.  Unfortunately, the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war is geopolitically afoot and Israel and the American president might not be willing to wait until after the first shot is fired. Initially, Israel was expected to arm its submarine fleet with its own short range, Popeye missiles carrying conventional warheads.  At least three mainstream publications in the US and Germany, however, have confirmed the subs have been outfitted with American made Harpoon missiles with nuclear tips.  The Dolphin-class boats have a capacity to each carry twenty four missiles.  Although Israel has not yet taken delivery of the two new subs from the Germans, the three presently in its fleet have the potential to launch seventy two Harpoons.  The respected commercial intelligence business Stratfor in Texas claims the Harpoons are designed to seek out ship-sized targets on the sea but could be retrofitted with a different guidance system.  According to independent military journalist, Gordon Thomas, that has already happened.  He has reported the Harpoons were equipped with “over the horizon” software from an American manufacturer to make them suitable for attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities.  Because the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf make the Israeli subs easily detectable, two of...

The Last Casualty – Published by the Sunday Independent of London...

The notion of empire is still as misguided today as it was when the legions of Rome were marching the earth.  America and Great Britain, however, have always been able to rationalize our presence in foreign lands with intellectual constructs.  We may have been extracting natural resources and other treasure to sustain our own homelands, but we were educating and civilizing the natives whose countries we were occupying.  We gave them our governmental institutions and our religion and were convinced that we had improved the backward colonies.  We were wrong, of course, and the deadly lesson, whether it was learned by Her Majesty’s armies in Africa or American troops in Vietnam, is that the occupied never want to be occupied.  They will outfight us, out die us, and outlast us because our boots are on their ground.  Through loss, Caesar slowly came to understand that the further his armies were from Rome the more difficult it was for them to retain power.  Geography may be less of a challenge to the modern military, but the battle still offers the same teachings.  And no matter how loudly President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair argue to the contrary, the U.S. and the U.K. are presently engaged in repeating history’s most egregious mistakes with their Iraqi exploits. Both Bush and Blair have tried to convince the world that Iraq had to be invaded as the first front in the war on terrorism.  Stopping al Qaeda and ridding Iraq of Saddam and his torture chambers provided the moral justification for rolling our armies across the ancient plains of Persia.  If the dead are given the truth at the time of redemption, though, our fallen soldiers now know they lost their lives for considerably different reasons...

One Minute from Abnormal – Published by Salon.com...

Early in the presidential campaign, Bush and his entourage were in New York City for a speech and bus tour.  A reporter for a major daily newspaper, who arrived late because of airline delays, was without a schedule and logistical information for the subsequent day’s events.  “I guess I got in about 11:00 p.m.,” he said.  “I called Karen in her room, sort of worried that I might be waking her up.  I was very polite.  I said, ‘Karen, I was wondering if you could give me the schedule, etc. for reporters for tomorrow.’” “I don’t do press,” Hughes said. “And then she hung up on me,” the reporter explained.  “All I could think was she must be big stuff now.  She could have at least been polite.  She didn’t even bother to tell me who I was supposed to call.” Actually, Karen Hughes had become unsettlingly close to her boss long before journalism or outsiders began to take note.  In fact, her worst critics have accused the presidential counselor of living almost vicariously through Mr. Bush.  His career goals and political ideology have been so inculcated into Hughes’ consciousness that she might not be able to any longer discern between her own thinking and the president’s.  Obviously, that is an odd characterization to make of two of the world’s most powerful adults.  There is, however, no shortage of evidence to prompt the speculation. The first time there was any indication of a radio frequency bouncing between the brains of Bush and Hughes was during the governor’s initial state of the state speech in Texas.  Still a simple press hack, Hughes did not take to the riser in the Texas House of Representatives, instead standing off to the side, behind the shining brass railing...

A No Fly Guy- Published by Huffington Post...

I made it a point to arrive very early at the airport.  My reservation was confirmed before I left home.  I went to the electronic kiosk and punched in my confirmation number to print out my boarding pass and luggage tags.  Another error message appeared, “Please see agent.” I did.  She took my Texas driver’s license and punched in the relevant information to her computer system.  “I’m sorry, sir,” she said.  “There seems to be a problem.  You’ve been placed on the No Fly Watch List.” “Excuse me?” “I’m afraid there isn’t much more that I can tell you,” she explained.  “It’s just the list that’s maintained by TSA to check for people who might have terrorist connections.” “You’re serious?” “I’m afraid so, sir.  Here’s an 800 number in Washington.  You need to call them before I can clear you for the flight.” Exasperated, I dialed the number from my cell, determined to clear up what I was sure was a clerical error.  The woman who answered offered me no more information than the ticket agent. “Mam, I’d like to know how I got on the No Fly Watch List.” “I’m not really authorized to tell you that, sir,” she explained after taking down my social security and Texas driver’s license numbers.  “What can you tell me?” “All I can tell you is that there is something in your background that in some way is similar to someone they are looking for.” “Well, let me get this straight then,” I said.  “Our government is looking for a guy who may have a mundane Anglo name, who pays tens of thousands of dollars every year in taxes, has never been arrested or even late on a credit card payment, is more uninteresting than a Tupperware...

Conspiracy Democracy – Published by Huffington Post...

Patrick Fitzgerald has before him the most important criminal case in American history.  Watergate, by comparison, was a random burglary in an age of innocence.  The investigator’s prosecutorial authority in this present case is not constrained by any regulation.  If he finds a thread connecting the leak to something greater, Fitzgerald has prosecutorial authorization to follow it to the web in search of the spider.  It seems unlikely, then, that he would simply go after the leakers and the people who sought to cover up the leak when it was merely a secondary consequence of the much greater crime of forging evidence to foment war.  Fitzgerald did not earn his reputation as an Irish alligator by going after the little guy.  Presumably, he is trying to find evidence that Karl Rove launched a covert operation to create the forged documents and then conspired to out Valerie Plame when he learned the fraud was being uncovered by Plame’s husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson.  As much as this sounds like the plot of a John le Carre novel, it also comports with the profile of the Karl Rove I have known, watched, traveled with and written about for the past 25 years. We may stand witness to a definitive American moment of democracy.  The son of a New York doorman probably has in his hands, in many ways, the fate of the republic.  Because far too many of us know and are aware of the crimes committed by our government in our name, we are unlikely to settle for a handful of minor indictments of bureaucrats.  The last thing most of us believe in is the rule of law.  We do not trust our government or the people we have elected but our constitution is still very...

The Man with the Plan – Published in the Boston Globe...

Rove, President Bush’s Uber-strategist, plays a game no one else knows.  Thus, he and his candidates are the only ones who can win.  In the summer, when it was clear that George W. Bush had animated the left the way Bill Clinton had vivified the right, pundits began to wonder how Rove might gain the voters in the middle.  No analyst earning a retainer from a television network thought the president could win without picking up support from those who were wavering in their decision and were wandering homeless around the middle of the political spectrum.  Rove, though, hardly seemed concerned.  As he always has since the beginning of his remarkable political ascension, “Bush’s Brain” had a plan. Rove’s idea, like all of nature’s most elegant designs, was quite simple: motivate the GOP fundamentalist conservative base to increase turnout and then make reasonable inroads into traditionally non-Republican voter groups.  Obviously, he needed a mechanism to execute his strategy.  These are worrisome times, Rove reasoned, and people are seeking certainty.  Regardless of how impossible it might be to deliver such goods, Rove’s candidate assured the trembling masses that he was just the man to protect them and their children from the evildoers of Islam.  Being Karl Rove also required that he provide iconography and so, suddenly, 30-something mothers, holding their infants, began appearing on network newscasts and expressing their beliefs that they trusted George W. Bush to make safe the lives of their babies.  The mythological “security mom” was seduced by the Texas warrior king.  Mr. Bush’s share of the female vote went up four points over 2000 to 47 percent. The voters not enthralled by the president’s saber, however, were comforted by his faith.  Between the spending of the 527 interest groups and the...

Rove – For the Sunday Independent Of London...

And in Rove’s case, it is likely to get uglier. “Bush’s Brain” has been operating as if he were out of danger in the federal investigation of the leaking of an undercover CIA agent’s name.  He is not.  In fact, stoic prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may have evidence to make a case of perjury and obstruction of justice against Rove.  Fitzgerald’s methodical, circumspect approach has prompted analysts to argue he has disposed of the Rove case after almost three years by deciding not to indict.  However, he has been in the midst of convicting an Illinois governor of corruption and is also investigating one of the country’s largest media moguls.  Rove has not been cleared; other cases were simply further along in the judicial process and demanded Fitzgerald’s immediate attention. Potential charges against Rove would be connected to an e-mail he sent to former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.  After an order from then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to turn over all relevant communications, and subpoenas from the federal grand jury requiring similar compliance, Rove still did not surrender this particular e-mail.  The apparent reason is that it shows the president’s most trusted advisor to be considerably less than truthful with investigators.  Including questioning by the FBI and his appearances before grand jurors, Rove is believed to have given sworn testimony ten times.  In all but one of those instances, Rove said under oath that he did not speak with reporters about CIA agent Valerie Plame until he read her name in a column written by his old friend, conservative Robert Novak.  Unfortunately for Rove, the date on his e-mail to Hadley offers facts that contradict his words and lay the foundation for likely criminal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Rove’s attorney,...