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Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Farah vs Rove

It’s fun watching the right go at each other over Todd Akin’s idiotic statement about rape and pregnancy. Virtually the entire Republican establishment, along with some of the whackos, have called for his head, while a bunch of far right figures are defending him. Karl Rove made an ill-advised joke about killing Akin and now the hard right wants him gone. Joseph Farah is demanding that Mitt Romney dump Rove:

It’s now Rove who is hurting his party, not Akin.

While Akin was back home campaigning, Rove was in Tampa shaking down 70 of the party’s top donors boasting of how his super PAC was going to lead the Republicans to victory in crucial swing states.

According to a Businessweek reporter’s account of that meeting, Rove made the following remark: “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” …

What Rove said behind closed doors is far more disgraceful than anything Akin, a gentleman, ever thought of saying. But an apology is hardly enough to erase a remark like that. So it’s time for Rove to take his own advice to Akin and get out of the way so he doesn’t become a distraction in this race.

As the grand dame of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, said: “Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics. … Rove has been calling on Todd Akin to resign, but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.”…

She is right. In fact, she understates the case. Rove has got to go. This is a man who has never deserved the “genius” accolades heaped upon him by the establishment Republicans. He wallows in the hyperbolic adjective bestowed upon him by purveyors of conventional wisdom who actually believe he was the “architect” of the political victories of George W. Bush.

I don’t know why he’s telling Romney to dump Rove, since Rove doesn’t work for his campaign. He does head the Crossroads and Crossroads GPS groups, but Romney certainly can’t tell him not to spend that $100 million he’s going to spend supporting Republican candidates. But it’s sure fun to watch them throw bombs at each other. Hey, I’d be thrilled if Rove was thrown out of the Republican party. Go Farah, go.

Comments

  1. says

    He does head the Crossroads and Crossroads GPS groups, but Romney certainly can’t tell him not to spend that $100 million he’s going to spend supporting Republican candidates.

    No, because Romney has neither the authority nor the courage to stand up to any of the loonies and haters in his own party. If Romney had an actual agenda, he could call the shots with it; but none of the Republicans do, so it’s their tactics that set the direction of the party, and Rove is the master tactician.

  2. eric says

    As the grand dame of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly…

    To quote Adam Savage: well there’s your problem.

    Romney certainly can’t tell him not to spend that $100 million he’s going to spend supporting Republican candidates.

    Yeah, I’m sure absolutely no backroom conversations happen between PAC organizers and campaigners. That would be illegal! [/snark]

    I’m guessing that Farah is making this suggestion because he reconizes that political reality does not match our legal theater of separateness. Just as Colber and Stewart recognized with their “Colbert super PAC” running gag. The only thing surprising to me about Farah’s suggestion is that he made it in public.

  3. Ichthyic says

    But it’s sure fun to watch them throw bombs at each other. Hey, I’d be thrilled if Rove was thrown out of the Republican party. Go Farah, go.

    +1

    If you look at the ten years of Texas history before the election of W as governor there, you’ll see Rove basically single-handedly masterminded the turning of an entire states political system into a machine to elect republican candidates.

    it’s astonishingly evil the things he did to accomplish that (shady redistricting, disenfranchisement campaigns, and lies on top of lies on top of lies, just to name a few things), and yes, admittedly genius.

    yes, please, republicans, do toss the Rovester out of your party.

    OTOH, I can almost picture Karl becoming a James Bond type villain if he really does get forced out, and I’m only half joking about that. They man is very petty, very cruel, and very smart.

  4. flyv65 says

    I’m so very conflicted: as much as if find to detest about Rove, I like him slightly better for being a thorn in Phyllis Schlafly’s side…

  5. kangxi says

    This kind of reminds me of the Iran – Iraq war, and Kissinger’s comment that he wished it were possible for both sides to lose.

  6. says

    I don’t know why he’s telling Romney to dump Rove, since Rove doesn’t work for his campaign.

    Not even the wingnuts believe that super PACs are separate from political campaigns. Even if they’re wrong in this instance, this is one of the few examples of where they come within spitting distance of the truth.

  7. Dennis N says

    This is the conservative movement. Whoever is to the farthest right wins the wingnuts’ favor. Even if it means defending “legitimate rape”.

  8. Ben P says

    OTOH, I can almost picture Karl becoming a James Bond type villain if he really does get forced out, and I’m only half joking about that. They man is very petty, very cruel, and very smart.

    I have a similar opinion. Rove is a genius political operator matched only by a few elsewhere. He’s conservative, but I think more than he’s really a true believer, he’s just a ruthless opportunist and I think he really likes needling the true believers a bit.

  9. d cwilson says

    OTOH, I can almost picture Karl becoming a James Bond type villain if he really does get forced out, and I’m only half joking about that. They man is very petty, very cruel, and very smart.

    Becoming?

    The man is one angora cat short of being Blofeld already!

  10. Ichthyic says

    The man is one angora cat short of being Blofeld already!

    well then, I think we should work to get a law passed preventing Karl from being able to adopt angora cats at once!

  11. Ichthyic says

    he’s just a ruthless opportunist

    it’s more than that. I’ve seen conversations with him where he talks about being bullied in school by jocks…

    no kidding.

    the man has both an inferiority complex, and a vengeance complex.

    I really do think he often is driven by the idea he is somehow obtaining vengeance for perceived past wrongs.

    he really does sound like a comic book villain sometimes!

    it’s bloody spooky.

  12. mikey says

    “this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics”

    Huh? That’s not in the top 100… of the week!

  13. Big Boppa says

    OTOH, I can almost picture Karl becoming a James Bond type villain if he really does get forced out…..

    I know, I know…we can call him Dr. Weevil.

  14. blindrobin says

    It’s now Rove who is hurting his party, not Akin.

    It’s the fuckin’ party that’s hurting the party.

  15. says

    Farah going after Rove is like one of us trying to pick a spat with Rahm Emanuel. This isn’t wingnut on wingnut crime, it’s an annoying gnat buzzing around a dinosaur who does not notice his presence.

  16. Ichthyic says

    This isn’t wingnut on wingnut crime, it’s an annoying gnat buzzing around a dinosaur who does not notice his presence.

    …and while a dinosaur, it’s still more like a velociraptor than an apatosaurus.

    a vicious killing machine, but still doomed to extinction.

  17. Pierce R. Butler says

    Hey, I’d be thrilled if Rove was thrown out of the Republican party.

    If that happens, I want to start a betting pool on which Dem hires him first.

    Kinda surprised this hasn’t happened long ago: didn’t he admit he is “not a person of faith” back when he was still pulling strings in the White Palace? He’s one of ungodly us!

    That in itself should’ve provoked Atheism+ over half a decade ago…

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