Archive for the ‘Karl Rove’ Category

From Mike Lupica of The NY Daily News –

Bush Mob is Like West Wing “Sopranos”

You are inclined to say that Scott McClellan is like the first one out of The Bada Bing Club, scurrying into the light and looking for redemption, except that it has become clear by now that even the hoods from “The Sopranos” would be out of their weight class with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

The shame of McClellan and this new book of his isn’t that it took him this long to develop a conscience or actual convictions about what he says he saw and heard in Bush’s White House, especially in the runup to the war in Iraq.

The shame of this particular White House, the rock from under which McClellan reappears, is that no one is surprised for one minute about the story he tells, no one is shocked, no one is outraged. No matter how fast the book is selling.

One of the ironies of the hysterical reaction, mostly from the media, is that even a watered-down version of the truth about Bush and his lieutenants could sell this big.

For now the real outrage on McClellan comes from inside the White House, not outside. What McClellan does here is make work for them on their way out the door, because for the first time they will be forced to Swift Boat one of their own.

To save what is left of his sniveling reputation, Rove – noted analyst for Fox News – will have to take down one of his own. They all will, now that somebody from their own club is calling them out as criminals for the way they got us into this war.

You can call McClellan any kind of bum and weasel, a mouse who grew up to be a rat. Nobody will stop you. But when you look at the shameful cost of the war in Iraq, the cost of it in all ways, starting with the dead and the wounded, you tell me whether the real bum here is the one writing the book or the ones he is writing about?

“I would not personally participate in a process in which we are misleading the American people,” former White House counselor Dan Bartlett said on the “Today” show yesterday morning, during McClellan’s appearance there.

To the end Bartlett defends an administration as weak and lousy as we have ever had, Nixon’s without the indictments, at least so far. But then Bartlett comes out of a culture where little Scooter Libby, given a get-out-of-jail card by the President, is treated like some kind of an American hero.

It is different with McClellan. They will get him good.

You were unpatriotic if you tried to go against them in the months before the war. You are some kind of traitor if you cross them on it now the way McClellan does.

McClellan, who helped sell this war the way ad companies used to sell cigarettes and now feels real bad about that, knew something long before he wrote a book: You can only sell war the way these people did if you have a willing and eager buyer.

The buyers in this case were the media. Some of them bought the White House’s huckstering on Iraq because they would have bought anything. Some were afraid to speak out against the huckstering because they didn’t want to look soft on terrorism in a post-Sept. 11 America. All fell over themselves getting on board.

The hyenas Bush still has in the media will make this all about disloyalty. They won’t just try to shoot the messenger – McClellan – they will try to shoot him out of a cannon. They will make him the issue. And when they are through with him, he won’t just be a disgruntled former employee, he will be some kind of threat to national security and if you believe him, the terrorists win.

“He can’t back up his story!” they are already yelling about McClellan.

Maybe he can’t back up all of it. But look where the loudest yelling about Scott McClellan, author, comes from, the authors of a war that Frank Rich described in his own best-selling book as “The Greatest Story Ever Sold.”

McClellan is no hero here, or even close. If he believed all these things when he stepped down as Bush’s press secretary, nobody was stopping him from saying something as soon as he was out on Pennsylvania Ave. He said nothing at the time. No money there.

So he is late in the church service finding religion, late having the stomach to tell the truth about the people that he worked with, looks as if he is only doing it to sell a book.

But take a look at the ones coming after him hardest for the story he is selling this time around. It is those for whom he sold the war, and the ones who helped him do it.

The war lovers will declare war on McClellan now. At least this time somebody actually attacked them.

You’ll pardon us if we don’t jump on the “Yay Scott McClellan” band wagon – what we see is yet another son-of-a-b cashing in on what he knew to be wrong in the first place.

We wish to say to Mr. McClellan –

“What you have done, or more importantly, WHAT YOU DID NOT DO BY CALLING OUT THE UNTRUTHS AS YOU SAID THEM, has led directly to the deaths of thousands of American men and women as well as to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis civilians.

Whatever your beliefs are about ‘Karma’ – we’d hate to be in your shoes.”

If you have the stomach to read about yet another “fine American civil servant just doing his duty” and then finally telling “the truth” – click below for the story of Mr. McClellan’s book:

McClellan Whacks Bush, White House

Not that we’re fans of GW or his cohorts but we’re just curious, Scott – as an admitted liar, what makes you think we should believe you now?

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has written a new book which states that President Bush and Dick Cheney were directly involved in the leak of CIA-operative Valerie Plame’s name.

Unfortunately, the Associated Press has released the story – and, as you know, they are going after bloggers who repost their stories.

We will not post it here, but suggest you read it at this link – it’s a big enough story not to miss!

We will not be posting Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007. We are participating in the STRIKE FOR PEACE.

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“Karl Rove calls himself Moby Dick. One speechwriter sees himself as St. Francis. Another sees him as Iago. All regard Bush as Abraham Lincoln. In Washington, reality is a myth.”

Read the article by Sidney Blumenthal at Salon.com

We love Garrison Keillor! Sit back and enjoy his take on Karl Rove – aka “Turd Blossom” from Salon.com.

Aug. 15, 2007 | What truly cheers me up through these dog days of summer is the thought that two old friends of mine are up north on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and that I am not there with them. I am here, reading the paper, and if I wanted to go to a movie, I could go, and if I wished to use a flush toilet, I could do that, too. But for the grace of God, I could be sitting on the ground, filthy, embittered, a homeless person, eating freeze-dried food and listening to the Master Woodsman tell you what a great experience you’re having and meanwhile the woods are not lovely, just dark and deep, and a cloud of mosquitoes has come out to avenge the white man’s colonizing of North America. I have been on canoe trips, I know what goes on.

Every canoe trip has a self-appointed Master Woodsman. In civilian life he may be a mild-mannered clerk in a cubicle, but out on the trail he is transformed into the song leader, pathfinder, the great helmsman, the tier of correct knots, and the authority on bears. He shows you how to do everything except the things you really need to do, such as 1) move your bowels in some dignified manner and 2) get out of here and find a hotel. Your body aches from sleeping on the ground, your bowels have turned to stone, and you are thinking about “Lord of the Flies” and what it says about the fragility of civilization, but he is relentlessly upbeat. And then it dawns on you: Your suffering is what turns him on. The man is a sadist.

Read the rest.

From Bill Moyers’ Journal –

My Fellow Texan

by Bill Moyers

Like the proverbial hedgehog, Karl Rove knew one big thing: how to win elections as if they were divine interventions. You may think God summoned Billy Graham to Florida on the eve of the 2000 election to endorse George W. Bush just in the nick of time, but if it did happen that way, the Good Lord was speaking in a Texas accent.

Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious, draft-averse, naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God’ anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits. Using church pews as precincts, Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat — a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions. Especially at gay people. It’s so easy, as Karl knew, to scapegoat people you outnumber. And if God is love, as rumor has it, Rove knew in politics to bet on fear and loathing. Never mind that in stroking the basest bigotry of true believers you coarsen both politics and religion.At the same time he was recruiting an army of the Lord for the born-again Bush, Rove was also shaking down corporations for campaign cash. Crony capitalism became a biblical injunction. Greed and God won four elections in a row — twice in the Lone Star state and twice again in the nation at large. But the result has been to leave Texas under the thumb of big money with huge holes ripped in its social contract, and the U.S. government in shambles — paralyzed, polarized, and mired in war, debt and corruption. Rove himself is deeply enmeshed in some of the scandals now being investigated, including those missing emails that could tell us who turned the Attorney General of the United States into a partisan sock puppet.

Rove is riding out of Dodge City as the posse rides in.

At his press conference this week he asked God to bless the President and the country, even as reports were circulating that he himself had confessed to friends his own agnosticism. He wished he could believe, but he cannot. That kind of intellectual honesty is to be admired, but you have to wonder how all those folks on the Christian right must feel discovering they were used for partisan reasons by a secular skeptic, a manipulator.

On his last play of the game all Karl Rove had to offer them was a Hail Mary pass, while telling himself there’s no one there to catch it.

Rappin’ Rove

If you’re missin’ Rove, here’s a little ditty – it’s old, but still “charming.” We particularly like the part about “tearing the tops off little animals!” (hmmmm – can you say “Jeffrey Dahmer?”)

TOP White House political adviser Karl Rove, the mastermind behind President George W.Bush’s political campaigns in 2000 and 2004 and the man known as “Bush’s brain”, will resign at the end of the month.

Read the rest of the story – it’s “for [his] family.”