One thing about the Sunday Talkers, more often than not it's the same old players singing that same old song. Once in while, you get an Alan Grayson who speaks his mind or a Todd Akin who speaks lacking a mind.
Then you get the next kind of chatterbox, the one who says things you really don't expect to hear -- at least from them. This past Sunday it was the human political piñata , Karl Rove. He was criticizing the GOP, or at least their most public mouthpiece of late, Rafael Cruz.
Rove, who despite having very little to work with, singlehandedly gave this country 8 years of George Bush. What he did with that Texas rube GW was best described in the lyrics of a song from Fiddler on the Roof--, "...and out of a worthless lump of clay, God has made a man, today." That was Karl at his best.
Well, that miracle worker is seeing crisis right here in the Capital City that starts with "C" which stands for Cruz. Rafael 'Ted' has raised more than eyebrows with his shut down the government banter. He's caused some deep ire among the faithful.
For Cruz, it's not just what he's saying, it's how he's going about it. He's not taking orders, he's giving them.
And for arch-conservative strategists, like Rove and the Koch Brothers, he's proven more rogue that their former poster boy, John McCain. With McCain they knew they had a loose cannon, but they had such a need to keep a Black man out of the White House that they felt encumbered to get behind him because to the Republicans, the alternative was untenable. Something they could never live or work with. And the last five years have proven that to be true.
Now comes another rogue. And his crazy side is identical to the minority tea party which is what the GOP has become ruled by. Rove, the Koch's and Adelson don't like it. This guy won't listen to the money men. He's Pinocchio come to life without any strings.
So, there's a plan -- destroy the monster before he becomes too powerful and usurps their control. So they've sent out hatchet man Rove to start felling the old Canadian oak tree. The first chop has begun. Ax man Rove has taken to the airwaves and the press corps and has fired an anti-Cruz missile hoping to take out some branches, if not totally remove the stump from that smirky adolescent.
Here's Karl Rove setting up the clearer thinking, yet still rightwing of the Republican party.
According to Yahoo News, there's three reasons why the Tea Party is losing it's luster during this August. I wish I could say it was because they're coming to their senses, but they're as bat-sh** crazy as ever. Birtherism is up. The party is down with shutting the government. The movement is okay with North Carolina's stricter voting laws. You'd think this would be a banner time for them. But evidently not, and here's why:
1. The anti-immigration Tea Party crowd is being out-crazied
Despite the heroic efforts of Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King, the anti-immigration faction of the Tea Party is being crowded out by voices even farther out on the fringe.
Here's Oklahoma tea party U.S. representative Markwayne Mullin squaring off with the self-professed Tea Party princess. It looks like there's even a tea party wing of the tea partiers. Right of right. Maybe two wrongs don't make a right, but two wrongs certainly make for some crazy people.
And if you're wondering if the birtherism movement is slowing in Congress, just look at this from the Republican Rollcall site:
Mullin is the latest GOP lawmaker to raise doubts about Obama’s place of birth. Earlier in the week, Florida Rep. Ted Yoho said he would back legislation from Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that would, according to Yoho, “look into the birth certificate” issue.
2. The Republican leadership wants no part of Tea Party agitation
For all we know, the Tea Party fizzle may be exactly what the Republican leadership wants. According toPolitico, "House Republican leaders have spoken about immigration only when asked during the August recess."
According to the same article, Tea Party favorites like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz haven't been leading the anti-immigration parade either, despite their opposition to the bipartisan Senate bill. It seems that Senator Cruz is siphoning off conservative grassroots energy for his fight against ObamaCare and the lemmings are following him off that cliff. The only one out there ginning up support for anti-immigration reform seems to be the ever lampoonable Steve King. You all remember this little ditty:
3. Republican money is on the other side
The 2009 town hall outbursts were nationally organized in part by conservative groups FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, which were funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.
But the Kochs support immigration reform, as do Karl Rove and 100 other major Republican donors. As of June, pro-immigration groups had outspent opponents more than 3-to-1.
So, there you have it. The Tea Party is as nutty as ever, but losing a bit of steam. As more and more of them speak out, the more concentrated their support among themselves, but the more fringe of their party their losing. Like in the video above with Rep. Markwayne Mullin, these hardcore Teabaggers are starting to sound like the crazy Christians shouting at the passing cars.
Praise the Lord for that.
Just because you weren't born black doesn't mean you can't act it. Some Republicans today feel you're actually advantaged to be a minority, thanks to affirmative action. So actor, writer and comedian Robert Townsend put together a video that the GOP is going to use. Though Republicans don't believe in providing funds for education, they were able to get those jive ass Koch brothers, street savvy Karl Rove and the always shooting from the hipster, Sheldon Adelson to finance a video so the GOP's right-wingnut, cracker, gun toting, tea party constituents can "game" the system to get more handouts and opportunities from our Kenyan President.
CAUTION: Language and subject matter can be provocative. Might not be appropriate if viewed at work or in other public places. No nudity, but some very clever, heavy and acute satire. Caught watching it might cause you to be thought of as an intellectual. Shee-it!
My frustration with the Sunday political talk shows is through the roof. The guests rarely, if ever, include Progressives, and if they do, they are outnumbered by ConservaDems, conservative Republicans, or "moderates," so their voices are minimized, if not ignored completely (scroll).
That said, there are moments of truth and even levity that make their way into what passes for "debate."
"There's certainly an irony in having Karl, who is the Michael Jordan of politicizing the executive branch. You know let's go back to the firing of nine attorney generals during the Bush years, now being outraged... U.S. Attorneys, sorry..."
Here is some context, via the ABC transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: There's some question about whether Fox News, I think Karl Rove, actually got the subpoena or not. The Justice Department has a record of it being sent. Fox News said...
ROVE: Well let's be clear though. The -- Paul is referring to 9-13.400. These are the guidelines from the Department of Justice itself. It says, "The Department attorneys should take all reasonable steps to attempt to obtain the information through alternative sources, or means. They must first attempt negotiations with the media, aimed at accommodating the interests of the trial of grand jury with the interests of the media", they made no such attempt. "They must also precede any requests to subpoena the telephone toll records by having negotiations with the affected media", none of which they did.
These are the guidelines with the -- which the attorney general himself is responsible for...
ROVE: Well, look yes. I -- I do think so. He's got two problems. One problem is, when he signed the Rose affidavit, he did not abide by his own guidelines. Second, the defense they're offering for it, which was offered by Jay Carney that we're, conflating a subpoena with a prosecution means that what they said -- this was, remember of a criminal conspiracy when they sought the subpoena from the third judge they attempted to get it from, and finally got it from, was not where they didn't really intend ever to prosecute him.
So they were lying to the judge. And then the third one is -- the third problem he has is, on the 15th of May, he says before the House of Representatives under oath, in front of the Judiciary Committee, this is something I'd never contemplate. And on the 17th we learned that he did the Rosen -- the -- the Rosen...
PLOUFFE: I don't think he should go over this. I think if anything, he's guilty of over-zealously trying to uphold the law. And I think we all -- I think this is going to be a helpful process, which is how do we balance in -- in 2013, some of these guidelines go back to 1980 before the internet and email. How do we balance the need to protect national security and secrets, and our interests with the public's right to know, and investigative journalism? I do find out curious that the loudest Republican voice is now calling for the attorney general to go.
Were the same ones a year ago saying, we weren't investigating leaks strongly enough. They wanted a special prosecutor, because they said U.S. attorneys would not be tough enough. And so I think their objections lay less in the principle and substance of this, than almost a Pavlovian response. That if they have an opportunity to take political shots at the administration and the president, they'll...
HUFFINGTON: There's certainly an irony in having Karl, who is the Michael Jordan of politicizing the executive branch. You know let's go back to the firing of nine attorney generals during the Bush years, now being outraged... U.S. Attorneys, sorry...
HUFFINGTON: You know, I agree with you that Holder has to go. But there is a certain irony in the Republican doing...
Here is the entire segment and more:
As usual, Karl Rove has no concept of reality, truth, or common decency:
"George W. Bush's flaws are greatly overshadowed by his virtues, starting with his moral clarity."
Hey Turdblossom, if Bush had any moral clarity whatsoever, he wouldn't have hired you, relied on you, or befriended you.
He also wouldn't have:
And that's just for starters.
"To put this man on a pedestal and to say, 'We want your voice guiding the younger generation,' I wanted to make sure that there was another voice in the room bringing a different story to the people."
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Several students were escorted out of an event at UMass Amherst featuring Republican strategist Karl Rove. [...]
His speech was sponsored by the UMass and Smith College young Republicans clubs.
And Boston Magazine is reporting that protesters shouted “murderer” and “terrorist” at him. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Robert Rizzuto of The Republican tells us that poor wittle Karl got his feewings hurt:
"If you object to that, I want you to show up the next time Hillary Clinton comes here and tell her you disagree with her vote," Rove yelled back as he completely lost his temper on stage. "It's either that or you're saying those people were hoodwinked and that's an insult to those people including Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and others."
You can find more reporting and video footage at CBS 3.
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