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Rove: Obama ‘ripped us apart’ by sympathizing with Trayvon’s parents

Karl Rove speaks to Fox News

I hadn’t planned on posting anything else on this blog today concerning the Zimmerman case but this caught my eye and my ire…

The Raw Story

Republican strategist Karl Rove on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of tearing the country apart by sympathizing with the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin.

During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Rove to respond to the possibility that the Justice Department could pursue civil rights charges after a Florida jury’s found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Martin.

“I hope that this is the end,” Rove said. “President Obama politicized this at the beginning of it, I believe, unfortunately, by injecting himself into it and saying that if Trayvon Martin — that if he’d have had a son it would look like Trayvon Martin.”

“We need a president to bring us together, not rip us apart,” he added. “And I hope the Justice Department does not respond to the ill-advised recommendation of the NAACP to continue this controversy.”

At a White House event last year, Obama had weighed in on the tragedy by reflecting on his own children.

“I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened,” the president said. “But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

First Lady Michelle Obama has also said that “it’s important for us not to lose sight of the fact that this is a family that’s grieving — and there’s been a tremendous loss. And we all have to rally around that piece of it.”


Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast July 14, 2013.

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Fox News Gives Karl Rove’s Crossroads Groups Millions In Free Airtime

Karl Rove on Fox News Channel

It’s important to review why the Tea Party groups were petitioning the I.R.S. anyway. They (the Tea Party) were seeking approval to operate under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This would require them to be “social welfare,” not political, operations. There are significant advantages to being a 501(c)(4). These groups don’t pay taxes; they don’t have to disclose their donors—unlike traditional political organizations, such as political-action committees. In return for the tax advantage and the secrecy, the 501(c)(4) organizations must refrain from traditional partisan political activity, like endorsing candidates.  (The New Yorker)         Ed. Note: Emphasis are mine

Think Progress

Though Karl Rove receives a salary from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for his work as a Fox News Channel “political contributor,” his compensation doesn’t end there. The network frequently airs ads by his American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS political committees, as “news,” free of charge.

A review of Fox News Channel broadcasts over the past twelve months revealed that Fox News programs ran all or a significant part of Crossroads ads at least 34 times — an estimated value of more than $3.6 million in free air time. Frequently, the network’s hosts run the ads during Rove’s segments and then allow him to explain and repeat their charges.

On Monday, for example, Fox News aired a significant chunk of a new American Crossroads ad attacking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Noting criticism the ad received from conservative columnist William Kristol, host Martha MacCullum asked Rove: “What say you?”

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Karl Rove Ranks Bush’s Presidency Somewhere ‘Up There,’ Just Below Washington, Lincoln, Reagan, FDR

Karl Rove just can’t seem to get it right on certain issues.   After all, he wrongly predicted the 2012 election would go to Mitt Romney then had a rather embarrassing display on Fox News on election night when he didn’t believe that Obama had won.  Not to mention that many American citizens and foreign nationals around the globe believe Mr. Rove is a war criminal.

So this from the guy who hasn’t gotten anything right since the 2000 election?  I think Rove has been around too long and all the big money deals with deep pocket donors contributing to his various PACs may just be taking its toll on poor Karl.  Not to mention that the Hague wants to have a little talk with Rove’s colleagues from the Bush administration: Cheney and Rove, Rice and Rumsfeld about the “war” in Iraq.  In fact none of the above can travel to Europe at this time…

The Huffington Post

Former President George W. Bush isn’t quite a George Washington or an Abraham Lincoln, his former campaign strategist Karl Rove admitted to ABC News on Thursday, but according to Rove, he’s not too far off.

“The greats, you can’t touch: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, FDR,” Rove said in Dallas at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “But yeah, I’d put him up there.”

Rove’s claim came after an aggressive defense of Bush’s legacy, which he said history would view favorably more quickly than most thought. Bush left office in 2009 as themost unpopular outgoing president in the history of Gallup polling. Rove pointed to arecent poll that showed his popularity at 47 percent to argue that Bush was already experiencing a turnaround.

Rove also said that Bush deserved more positive treatment, claiming that he “kept us safe after 9/11” and “tackled the big issues of trying to reform Social Security, Medicare, immigration, education.” He also defended the Iraq War as “the right thing to do.”

(Watch Rove’s entire interview at Yahoo News.)

Bush’s recent return to the main stage has highlighted the controversial decisions that he made as president, renewing a dormant battle between his supporters and his opponents. While Rove has been one of Bush’s most vocal defenders, writing a column in the Wall Street Journal this week jabbing back at his former boss’ critics, Bush himself has consistently maintained that his legacy doesn’t need defending.

In an interview published in USA Today last week, Bush declared that “there’s no need to defend myself” on issues like the Iraq War.

“I did what I did and ultimately history will judge,” he said.

That said, nobody has ever said you can’t attempt to nudge history into your corner. On Thursday, former President Bill Clinton ribbed Bush on that point, saying that his impressive facility was “the latest, grandest example of the eternal struggle of former presidents to rewrite history.”


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Terry Moran To Karl Rove: ‘Stop Scaring People’ Over Gun Control (VIDEO)

I’m a day late with this, but watching Karl Rove squirm is worth the delay…

Huffington Post

ABC News’ Terry Moran went head to head with Karl Rove on Sunday, telling the GOP strategist to “stop scaring people” with his warnings against tougher gun control.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced a gun control bill, which includes universal background checks, on Thursday.

On Sunday’s “This Week,” Karl Rove insisted that the check would create more red tape, and warned against requiring gun owners to register their firearms. He added that loopholes to background checks would remain.

“You wanna get something done?” Rove said. “Then, stop scaring people. Don’t say we’re gonna keep a registry of all these guns —”

“Stop scaring people,” Moran interjected. “You’re scaring people with this Orwellian sense, that black helicopters and the government are going to confiscate Americans’ guns. That kind of paranoia fuels —”

“Will all due respect, it’s not paranoia,” Rove declared.

“Who is going to confiscate all of the guns?” Moran asked. “The result of this is that all the votes that have been taken since Newtown have weakened gun control,” he added.

(h/t Think Progress)


Fox News · Karl Rove

Rove returns to Fox after 27-day absence

That didn’t take long.  I had hoped his hiatus was more permanent,  but after all, he is Karl Rove…


He’s back — Karl Rove returned to Fox News on Monday night for his first appearance in 27 days.

The Fox News contributor, who was reportedly benched from the cable network, was back on the air Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Rove, who appeared alongside Democratic consultant and fellow Fox News contributor Joe Trippi, discussed the implications of the looming fiscal cliff.

“Gentlemen, welcome back,” Baier said after introducing the pair.

“Good to be back,” Trippi replied.

Rove did not say anything to address his return.

Last week, New York’s Gabe Sherman reported that Fox News president Roger Ailes told staffers to keep the main faces associated with the election — namely, Rove and Dick Morris — off the air for a while. According to the report, producers were ordered to get permission before booking either pundit.

Rove was last on Fox News on Nov. 13, when he appeared on “Hannity” to discuss government regulations. The Nov. 13 “Hannity” show also marked fellow Fox News contributor Morris’s last appearance on the network. Trippi, meanwhile, was last on Fox News on the Nov. 30 edition of “Happening Now.”

During Monday night’s “Special Report,” Rove suggested several ideas to deal with the fiscal cliff and tax policy, including capping itemized deductions at $25,000 or at $50,000. He also said “it’s going to be very hard to get the Republican caucus to go for rates. They’ve offered revenues — they said, look, okay, fine, you won the election. We’ll give you the $800 billion, but let’s find it in a way that has less of an economic impact.”

As the eight minute segment wrapped, Baier told the pair, “Gentlemen, we will do it again. Thanks very much.”

Rove has no upcoming Fox News appearances listed on his website.

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Fox News to Karl Rove And Dick Morris, ‘Bye Bye, Boys’

This is too delightful.  I can hardly compose myself.  Three back to back articles about right-wing hacks and they’re all just plain bad news for the GOP.  However, this one is my absolute favorite of the day:

Apparently lying all day long on Fox News is okay, but getting your election predictions wrong by huge margins, is strictly grounds for the boot on Faux News

Addicting Info

In the continuing, squirming readjustment of the Republican party since the gut punch known as Election 2012, and in a story that’s either completely stunning or pulled from the “why’d it take so long?” vaults, Fox News chief, Roger Ailes, has seen the light and given the boot to crow-eating duo Karl Rove and Dick Morris.

It’s no secret that both Rove and Morris took preposterous punditry to its height during the election – Rove with his infamous post-Ohio “it’s premature!” hissy fit and Morris’ smarmy, smiling, absolute assurances that “Romney will win in a landslide.” In the pre-election culture at Fox News it’s likely everyone would’ve looked away and neither would’ve been called on their crazy. But it’s a new day, the playbook has changed, and this one says both were wrong, both made the boss look bad, both are gone.

Stunning and “why’d it take so long?”

New York Magazine reports that given the new, somewhat chagrined post-election atmosphere at Fox News, it’s time for “freshening story lines – and in some cases, changing the characters”:

According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris.

In other words, gentlemen, you are no longer needed.

Likely they’ll find other pulpits, other soapboxes; other carnivals at which to bark, probably sooner as opposed to later. But until then the airwaves will seem somehow clearer. Take a deep breath and enjoy. Ahhhhhh.


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Anonymous claims it stopped Karl Rove from hacking the vote

Now before you say this is simply not possible, think about a few things:

Also, listen to Thom Hartmann explain:

H/t: Freak Out Nation

Daily Kos

The hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming credit for Mitt Romney’s loss, alleging that ORCA, Karl Rove’s GOTV ubercomputer, was actually a vote tabulation manipulation software.

We began following the digital traffic of one Karl Rove, a disrespecter of the Rule of Law, knowing that he claimed to be Kingmaker while grifting vast wealth from barons who gladly handed him gold to anoint another king while looking the other way.After a rather short time, we identified the digital structure of Karl’s operation and even that of his ORCA. This was an easy task in that barn doors were left open and his wind swept us inside.

Before the election Anonymous sent out a warning to Mr. Rove.  In my mind what I had imagined transpiring was that after the election, Anonymous would release two spreadsheets, the former being the precinct-correct tally, and the second being the post-manipulation tally.  An audit would discover that the “official” tally did not match the pre tabulation numbers, and to no one’s surprise the audit would reveal that the actual vote count matched the precinct-correct tally on Anonymous’ spreadsheet.

But that would have allowed the damage to be done, in order to catch the criminals.  Mitt Romney would have already been declared president, and it would take months of court proceedings to reverse the election, amid cries of “stealing the election!” from both sides.

Had it been effective, it would have ruined the Republican brand forever, or at least the next two years, whichever voters remember longer.  Given that they were so ready to forget the failures of George W. Bush, I don’t have faith in the permanence of that notion.

So the better route was to “close the barn doors” and prevent the manipulation from happening.

We coded and created, what we call The Great Oz. A targeted password protected firewall that we tested and refined over the past weeks. We placed this code on more than one of the digital tunnels and their destination that Karl’s not so smart worker bees planned to use on election night. We noticed that these tunnels were strategically placed to allow tunnel rats to race to the server sewers from three different states.  Ah yes, Karl tried to make it look like there were more than three but we quickly saw the folly of his ploy.

We watched as Karl’s weak corrupters repeatedly tried to penetrate The Great Oz.  These children of his were at a loss-how many times and how many passwords did they try-exactly 105.

The skeptics among us might be quick to dismiss this story, but I say not so fast.  We do know that Anonymous exists, and they have been adept at penetrating servers.  They have revealed gaping security holes, disabled websites in the name of a free and open internet, and even launched cyber attacks against the Pentagon. They stole NYPD surveillance video of OWS protesters. Though unconfirmed, they claim to have stolen one million Apple UDIDs from an FBI laptop.  There is no doubt that Anonymous, however ambiguous or loosely affiliated it may be, is real. And frankly they have proven themselves to be less bullshit prone than our politicians and broadcast media outlets.

Do you remember the hubris with which Karl Rove entered the election? How he was devastated and apoplectic at the Fox News brain trust for having called Ohio for Obama?  Mitt Romney didn’t even have a concession speech prepared, and while it’s easy to chalk that up to yet another inept step in his stumbling campaign, it’s easier to believe that it was a concrete example of his entitlement in action.

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The Huffington Post

Karl Rove, American Crossroads Desperately Try To Explain How They Blew $300 Million On A Losing Campaign

No one lost as much on election night as Karl Rove.

Although he wasn’t running for office, his Crossroads organizations spent more than$300 million on Republican candidates in the 2012 election, with some of the biggest spenders in the conservative movement putting their hopes — and dollars — in the care of Rove. Combined, his groups were the largest single outside force of the 2012 election.

The results were bleak. According to the Sunlight Foundation, American Crossroads, Rove’s super PAC, saw just a 1 percent return on its investments. Crossroads GPS, the political nonprofit arm, saw a 14 percent return.

Rove remained in denial about GOP misfortunes on election night. Even after the networks had called Ohio for President Barack Obama, Rove continued to insist onFox News that Republicans could win the state.

Rove was back on Fox News Wednesday morning after his election night meltdown. He didn’t address his reaction to the Ohio call or Crossroads’ failures but instead argued that Republicans need to do a better job in reaching out to the Latino community.

“Obama kept the coalition that he had in 2008, only it was a little bit smaller,” he said. “This will be the first president reelected sent to second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he got the first term. In fact, there are only two states — two states in the union — where he got a higher percentage of the vote this time around than he got the first time. One is Mississippi, by one quarter of 1 percent, and Hawaii by less than one fifth of 1 percent. Otherwise, he basically held together that coalition, which means if we’re going to win in the future, Republicans need to do better among Latinos and they need to do better among women — particularly single women.”

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Quote of the Day: America’s Billionaires are Pissed Off at Karl Rove

Mother Jones

Via Atriosthis is pretty funny:

“The billionaire donors I hear are livid,” one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. “There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.”….Rove was forced to defend his group’s expenditures live on Fox News on Tuesday night, and will hold a briefing with top donors on Thursday, according to Politico.

If conservative billionaires are looking for something else to be mad about, I’d recommend the Romney campaign’s apparent habit of paying about 50 percent more for TV spots than the Obama campaign. That helped line the pockets of the consultants who both recommended the buys and got the commissions for placing the spots, but it didn’t do much to win the election.

In the end, it turned out that one side ran its campaign like a business, while the other side ran its like a local PTA. Ironically, it was the ex-community organizer who did the former and the ex-CEO of Bain Capital who did the latter.

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ANONYMOUS Puts Karl Rove and American Cross Roads on Notice: We Are Watching You…Do Not Attempt To Rig The Election

I was just thinking earlier today how helpless Progressive Americans would feel if Rove, et al stole the 2012 election as I believe they did in 2000 and 2004.    Then tonight I ran across the following article and video on:

Daily Kos

This will be a short diary.  I just ran across this video from Anonymous warning Karl Rove and his Crossroads group not to “rig” the election. They claim they are watching his servers. I don’t believe the election can be rigged as some do with voting machines.  I do like the idea of an independent Anonymous keeping an eye on Rove.

I must say the whole thing is interesting.   I’m just happy someone cares enough to make sure the election is above board…