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September 15, 2010

ROVE FACES RIGHT-WING HEAT FOR ACCIDENTALLY TELLING THE TRUTH.... Fox News campaign coverage is supposed to follow a certain script -- the conservative Republican candidate deserves to win, without exception. Last night, Karl Rove forgot his lines and actually offered objective analysis.

Karl Rove and Sean Hannity duked it out tonight over Christine O'Donnell's win in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, with Rove, surprisingly, calling some of O'Donnell's remarks "nutty" and conceding that "this is not a race we're going to be able to win."

"This was about Mike Castle's bad votes," Rove said tonight on Fox News. "It does conservatives little good to support candidates who, at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for."

Rove pointed out that there have been a lot of questions about O'Donnell's finances, and some of her allegations against Castle.

By any reasonable estimation, this assessment of O'Donnell was objectively fair and consistent with what any media professional scrutinizing the race would say.

The problem, of course, is that the right doesn't want Karl Rove, a media professional, to play the role he's paid to play. They want him to be a Republican advocate, regardless of circumstance or merit, using his media perch to cheerlead for the party's candidates.

As a result, former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is calling on Rove to "buck up" because "it's time for unity." Soon after, the Family Research Council, D.C.'s most prominent religious-right group, sent around an item arguing that Rove "seems to have a personal vendetta against" O'Donnell. The headline on the FRC item read, "Stark Rove-ing Mad."

Elsewhere, Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, Pat Buchanan, and Mark Levin, among others, all slammed Rove for his criticism of the Delaware primary winner.

As far as I can tell, no one's actually gotten around to arguing that Rove's comments were wrong, only that he shouldn't have made them out loud.

So, will Rove be forced to apologize? It doesn't seem consistent with his personality, but then again, he rarely faces this much heat from his right-wing friends.

Steve Benen 4:05 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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The problem, of course, is that the right doesn't want Karl Rove, a media professional, to play the role he's paid to play.

Karl Rove isn't a "media professional". He's a right wing super hack who's preferred candidates are not currently actually holding office so he's collecting a paycheck from Fox while on the sidelines.

If you, Steve, can't get this, you'll never get anything.

Posted by: Observer on September 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sort of stunned that Rove said something that connected to reality rather than his usual "Ignorance Is Truth" credo. Very peculiar.

Posted by: MattF on September 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Clearly, the Republican Party is out to sea without mainsail, rudder and compass, and one wave short of a shipwreck.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on September 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

But what does Rush say? That's the Republican bottom line.

Posted by: sjw on September 15, 2010 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

I can't stand the sight of Karl Rove, but there's no denying the fact that he's not stupid...and I think he'll gladly take some heat from Sarah Palin rather than tie a ball and chain of crazy around his ankle. The tea baggers and these lunatics are, let's be honest here, a flash in the pan. We're stuck with them until 2012 when they'll go extinct taking Palin with them. Rove still has his sights set on bigger things and he's not going to waste his time or compromise his future opportunities by getting involved with these freaks.

Posted by: SaintZak on September 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Short version: Karl Rove loses control of his own Frankenstein monster. Monster bites Rove in the ass. Rove shrieks like a little girl.

Other Republicans turn on Rove, and they point and jeer.

They don't notice the monster is heading their way, and that Rove was trying to warn them with his shrieks.

Posted by: Bokonon on September 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell, Angle, Toomey, Paul,
Who's the craziest Republican of all?

Posted by: NealB on September 15, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

It's like everyone has forgotten that Rove is not just some guy on the teevee. He's also the founder and fuhrer of American Crossroads, the shadow-RNC he set up to simultaneously neuter Steele and act as a reservoir for of all that lovely Citizens United unregulated corporate cash to flow into. The fat sack of evil controls millions and millions and millions of dollars and has total discretion about where they get spent.

But that would just be another one of those annoying "fact" things that make teahadists so angry.

Posted by: Another Steve on September 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm astounded.

I never would have thought Karl Rove was a RINO.

Posted by: Al on September 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Thank goodness we live in a country where only Democrats can be condemned for things they've previously said. By the time the elections occur, Rove will be all up in O'Donnell's butt and no one will wonder why he had a change of heart. No one will even bring up that he had a change of heart in the first place. It'll be ancient history, nice to have you back on board, Turd Blossum, take a teacher's pension as a nice gratuity for services rendered.

Posted by: slappy magoo on September 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

The two parties in this fight are actually showing Dems how you fight.

One - Decide that you will fight, because in politics you need to fight to win occasionally.

Two - Go after an opponent hard when they say stupid or untrue things.

Third - hit people for not playing team ball (blue dogs anyone).

I know it's fun to pick out their contradictions, but I'm worried when I start agreeing with Maureen Dowd (Please fight dems...)

Posted by: Samuel Knight on September 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

It finally had to happen. FRC issued a report\phrase that I appreciate and admire. , "Stark Rove-ing Mad." Indeed!!

Posted by: sduffys on September 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

HAHAHAHAHA!
This kin of shit couldn't have blossomed without this turd. Now, he's not crazy enough for the rest of them.
It's little things like this that still make me glad to wake up in the morning and be alive. Without things like this, I'd hope to die in my sleep.
Fuck you, Karl!
How does it feel to be on the receiving end of the poo you flung at your monkey house?
AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on September 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

The problem, of course, is that the right doesn't want Karl Rove, a media professional, to play the role he's paid to play. They want him to be a Republican advocate, regardless of circumstance or merit, using his media perch to cheerlead for the party's candidates.

Benen: is this a complaint or a compliment?

Because it is exactly this type of GOP-style unity and cohesiveness -- if Democrats possessed it -- that would mean we'd possibly now have a public option (maybe even single payer) and torture trials and a sufficiently large stimulus and bank breakups and a carbon tax.

Posted by: Jasper on September 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Each and every name listed is an offspring of Rove Inc.

I am curious where Rush stands, if he's against Rove, I don't even know what to say about that, it's not like Rove is going to bow to Rush.

If he's with Rove, well the maniacs will look even more deranged, and idiots will keep marching.

Either way, the less popular will be even more inclined to zip-it-up. Palin going after Rove proves that she cannot be contained. What is worse, tossing a no-name overboard or telling a very respected political adviser to 'buck-up' ?

And I got a really good laugh with the 'media professional' comment about Rove. Respected, feared, talented; definitely, professional, not even close.

Posted by: ScottW714 on September 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Here's what I think Karl is thinking:

"Holy crap these guys are crazy!! Yes, we "commentators" need to say some outlandish stuff in order to bring in the votes against the Dems. On Fox or Twitter - we can say what we want about the government as we're not running for office, but when the teabaggers are actually electing crazy people AND fighting against the GOP establishment - this becomes a problem. What have we wrought?"

It's like these "leaders/commentators" brought the ball to the basketball game to rile up the troops and found these teabaggers decided to play their own game with their own ball - not only against the Dems but against them.

We need alot better referees than the "news media".

Posted by: Elsie on September 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Rove is an unprincipled whore, but he has always had one guiding maxim- Do What It Takes To Win. He's the Vince Lombardi of politics. He was the force behind Shrub's push for comprehensive immigration reform, because he knows that repubs need Latino votes. Now he's seeing the post-Bush GOP slit its own throat, and he's pissed at their stupidity.

I feel so sorry for him Not.

Posted by: Tim H on September 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

I think it's much simpler than all this: Rove didn't back O'Donnell, and neither he nor any of his cronies are being paid by O'Donnell. Therefore it is strongly in his interest for her to lose. If he acquires a money or power interest in her victory, he'll change his tune.

Posted by: paul on September 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like Robspierre is about to lose his head!

Posted by: Ted Frier on September 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like Robspierre is about to lose his head!

Oh to have him shoot himself in the mouth first so he is rendered mute for a few hours and forced to endure what must seem endless scorn, derision and berating...Just like Robespierre at the end.

Posted by: Rocket J. Squirrel on September 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Rove was also the one who, thanks to his "do what it takes to win" views of politics, created much of the fury of the right-wing conservative base. Therefore, to see Rove now being attacked by his own creation brings a tear of joy to my eye. Remember, the revolution always eats its own before the end. (The American War for Independence wasn't really a revolution, it was a war by a colony for independence from the mother stem). If you're going to cast the American political dynamic in revolutionary terms, then you're going to face that truth.

Posted by: Sisyphus on September 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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