Say Goodnight Karl!!!

So, I’ve tried really hard not to gloat over all the karma trickling down on Karl Rove but I’m having no luck whatsoever suppressing it. Sometimes you really do have to celebrate when all those chickens come home to roost.  That gushing sound you hear is all the hot air leaving Karl Rove’s tires.

The money boys are not happy with ol’ Turd Blossom.

The face of the historic $1 billion plan to unseat President Barack Obama and turn the Senate Republican, Rove now finds himself the leading scapegoat for its failure. And he’s scrambling to protect his status as a top GOP money man by convincing disappointed donors to his Crossroads groups that he did the best he could with their $300 million.

Sources tell POLITICO that some donors have called Crossroads officials to ask how their polling could have been so far off, while others are openly grumbling that the groups should have spent more on the ground game. Rival operatives — long frustrated by Rove’s dominance of big GOP money — are seizing on the discontent, questioning whether he’s hurting the cause and privately urging donors to shut him out.

During a secret Thursday afternoon conference call with his benefactors, Rove laid out the analytics behind his assertions to donors that a massive late-game advertising push would expand the electoral map into Pennsylvania and deliver the White House and the Senate.

The call was civil, focusing on questions like, “‘where was my strategy, was it right, was it wrong? What did we find out that we didn’t know before?’ That kind of thing — nothing negative, no recriminations or blame,” said Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard.

Donors “weren’t saying anything like, ‘Hey, you dumb son of a b——,’” added Hubbard, who has donated to both the Rove-conceived American Crossroads super PAC and its secret-money nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS. “It was all very businesslike. It was as if you were in a business conference and you were a retailer and ‘why didn’t this product sell better?’”

The Flim Flam man that brought us 8 years of the disastrous Bush administration couldn’t put the spin to what was a seriously flawed candidate running on a reheat of the Bush Doctrines and Policies with no specifics and promises based on really bad math.  All of that was wrapped up in misogyny, homophobia and racism.  Very bad things are happening to Karl Rove whose national meltdown on Fox has become a youtube lesson in scrambling for nonexistent higher ground.  Nothing worse than delivering the worst results in the election to those who made the biggest investments.

Researchers at the watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation found that Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC came in second to last, ahead of only the NRA, in terms of how much “bang for their buck” they got in this election. The American Prospect explains:

[T]he biggest money-waster of all, you will be eternally gratified to hear, was Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC, which forked out a whopping $104 million and had a “desired result” rate of 1.29 percent. That’s right, folks: The great genius of American Republicanism wasted more of his donors’ money than anyone else. (His non-profit group, Crossroads GPS, did marginally better—a 14-percent “desired result” rate.) Looked at one way, though, American Crossroads had a kind of perfect score: The super PAC supported  zero candidates who won on Tuesday.

Yes, that’s right.  Karl’s super PAC had a success rate of ZERO.  Excuse me while I dance naked in the streets as they tar and feather the snake oil salesman.  This is revenge I can believe in.  Here’s CBS Boston calling him the “most overrated person in politics”. 

The two best words to describe Karl Rove are OVER and RATED.

Rove has managed to spin himself a personal fortune in national politics despite his work in the field. His reputation, however, does not match his accomplishments.

First, there was the George W. Bush primary campaign in 2000. Under Rove’s expert hand Bush lost New Hampshire to John McCain’s maverick, insurgent campaign. Despite all the insider advantages Bush had by January of 2000, Rove’s strategy was a loser.

It was only by running a vicious negative and personal campaign that even went after McCain’s youngest daughter that Turd Blossom, as Bush like to call Rove, was rescued from himself. The negative campaign made up for Rove’s miscalculations and was able to pull Bush from looming defeat.

Lest we forget ….

And Rove’s tenure as White House political director was defined by scandals in the White House involving Rove. Those include the exposure of the identity of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame, as political retribution; scandals at the Justice Department over dismissal of U.S. Attorneys; and a secret political email program set up in the White House.

Let’s dance some more on the man’s grave.  CNN’s Howard Kurtz writes that Karl Rove “rejects reality”.  Isn’t that what Fox News pays all of its employees to do?

As televised theater, it was hard to beat. As political prognostication, it was a head-scratching moment. As partisan warfare, it was nothing short of audacious.

But Karl Rove’s insistence that Barack Obama had not carried Ohio — despite the call by his own network, Fox News, that the president had done just that — represented something larger. It captured, for some long and awkward moments, the refusal of some in the media-and-politics game to accept reality.

And that has been a recurring pattern this year.

We’re not talking here about a bad judgment call by a pundit. Everyone in the commentary business, including yours truly, has made those. If failed predictions were a felony, the jails would be filled with media folks.

Kenneth Walsh at USN asks if Karl Rove’s Political Career is Over?  To which, we pull a Meg Ryan and shout YES YES YES a few times with emphasis.

Many Republicans had been sold on Rove as a brilliant strategist who not only led George W. Bush’s two successful presidential campaigns but could also lead the GOP to better days this year and in the future.

“He over-promised and under-delivered,” says a former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan. “He seems to have just become a spin artist.”

There’s a lot of things George Bush sold us that were so wrong it’s not even funny.  Karl Rove ranks right up there with the invasion of Iraq.  Thankfully, his damage this time up seems limited to Republicans who deserve it.

Just one more. I just love wallowing in a good gloat.  This is from the AJC:  It’s time for Karl Rove to float away in a balloon.

Of course, the real Wizard of Oz moment came Election Night on Fox, when Rove performed his epic meltdown over the numbers coming out of Ohio. If that did not permanently damage his reputation more than the losses themselves, it certainly cemented it.

You see, a good political strategist has to be willing to listen dispassionately to what the data tell him. He does not yell angrily at that data, like a distraught husband refusing to believe that his wife just left him. In that moment, Rove exposed himself as the petty figure that he is.

As Dorothy Gale, D-Kansas, famously put it, “Why, you’re not a wizard at all, you’re just a man! And you’re a very bad man for pretending to be a wizard.”

And after that, as I recall, the defrocked wizard floated away in a balloon, unable to steer a new direction because “I don’t know how it works!”

We’ll know the real verdict by his employment status at Fox News.  That’s where all the washed up wingers go to hypnotize the feeble-minded.  Frankly, it’s about time Fox finds some more believable Flim Flammers anyway.  Bye bye Turd Blossom!  Bye Bye!!

61 Comments on “Say Goodnight Karl!!!”

  1. ANonOMouse says:

    Not only is Karl Rove in the middle of a shitstorm, Fox News is too!! May they all rest in pieces

    • dakinikat says:

      There’s only so many folks those jerks can fool.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        David Frum: GOP Has “Been Fleeced, Exploited, And Lied To By A Conservative Entertainment Complex”

      • RalphB says:

        Saw a video of David Frum on Morning Joe and on Hardball. He was mercilessly correct.

      • peggysue22 says:

        Frum and Mary Matilen were on Anderson Cooper’s show last night. Matilen would hardly give the man a moment to talk, made some snide remark that he was an “intellectual” [obviously a 4-letter word in her book] and reminded him that she’d been involved in politics for nearly 30 years. What Frum did manage to get out was the political entertainment business has damaged the Republican Party, making a successful campaign nearly impossible. Matilen was having none of it. The true diehards would rather pull a Rove, who suggested that the Obama campaign SUPPRESSED THE VOTE by being so vicious.

        You can’t make this stuff up!

        PS: Within a day, Frum had an e-book out to explain the Romney loss. So, it’s not like some Republicans didn’t know the campaign was in the toilet months ago. Only the lies and spin were truly in motion, the true-believer enthusiasm/outrage rigorously fanned by Fox News and the Limbaugh et al crowd

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    No matter how far he has sunk by failing to deliver he couldn’t have sunk much farther than when he “outed” Valerie Plame, another sinister event that has not prevented this piece of crap from being considered a hero and guru with the Republican Party.

    Fox can’t help itself by presenting the dumbest and most corrupt people from pleading the case of the GOP and insisting they be taken seriously.

    Instead they would rather spend their time going after people like Hillary Rosen who made the comment that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life and that was the truth.

    They have stood behind lying Romney yet attacked the president time after time over issues as insubstantial as Fast and Furious that contained no basis in fact.

    Fox News: where liars, cheats, and jackasses are celebrated.

    • dakinikat says:

      Can you imagine how fucked up things would be if they actually got to govern? It would be worse than Dubya. These folks don’t embrace reality at all. They don’t listen to scientists. They don’t read numbers or facts. They might as well install a Secretary of Divination and a Grand Inquistor to support the Fox/Evangelical line of thinking and send every one else home.

  3. ecocatwoman says:

    I just wonder what Rupert Murdoch & Roger Ailes are talking about now. I don’t see either one of them mandating a change of direction/policy. Also wonder if any sponsors are reconsidering their association with all things Faux and/or hate radio jokes.

  4. NW Luna says:

    Hey, unchecked free enterprise. Rove was just trying to make a living and be a jobs creator. What are the Republicans upset about?

    They are so dumb they think their problem was not motivating “their” voters to get to the polls. Oh, their usual R voters went to the polls all right, but could not stomach Romney’s radicalism.

    • dakinikat says:

      Unqualified Have you read this yet?

      Back during the late unlamented era after the Supremes installed W in the White House, it was common to hear assertions from the Beltway types to the effect that the effectiveness of the Bush political campaign demonstrated that the Bush team had the competence needed to run the country.

      This was completely wrong-headed; many of the skills needed for campaigning have nothing whatsoever to do with governing. Smearing your opponent, flattering the news media, and suppressing the vote may work fine against hapless Democrats (back then they really were hapless in a way they no longer are); they’re no use at all in dealing with foreign governments and a troubled economy.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Oh, oh, looks like the FBI uncovered a trove of some pretty “hot” e-mails floating back and forth between Petraeus and his paramour!

    Wonder how long this will take to get into the public press. Seems as though Miss Broadwell was quite the siren, stalked him then “crashed” some events he was scheduled to appear at in order to gain access and his attention. No fool, like and old fool as my grandmother used to say.

    Stay tuned as she is sure to turn up on a Barbara Walters Special where she “explains” all while reaching for a check.

    Next up: the hidden “sex tape” going for million to the highest bidder.

    • RalphB says:

      I read that they had “broken up” after he became DCI but 1000s of emails were still sent. It is going to be a mess.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      I’m so over this already. No offense to anyone here, but to me it’s just another reason that men, in general, shouldn’t be in charge of anything. I’m going to paraphrase Robin Williams here: a man can only have significant blood flow to one head at a time. Women are hormonal? Bull f’king $hit. Most of these jackoffs are hormonal 365 days a year – easily distracted by a female in their line of sight. I’m tired of the viagra/cialis ads & the low T ads. Less testosterone? Maybe they will be less aggressive & be able to keep their dicks in their pants. Just because so many of them can’t control their appendage, they must control women & our bodies. Okay, rant off.

      • RalphB says:

        Damn I would like to disagree with you but, even judging from my own life, I really can’t do it. All a woman has to do to get most men is to find one at a low point and appeal to their ego. We are much too easily manipulated and lack of blood flow may be the problem.

      • RalphB says:

        Hey, no worries I do! I just want to be honest because the truth doesn’t hurt if you know it and admit it. 🙂

    • RalphB says:

      More drip from the Petraeus investigation.

      WAPO: FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say

      The collapse of the impressive career of CIA Director David H. Petraeus was triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him, according to three senior law enforcement officials with knowledge of the episode.

      The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus, the officials said.

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    I stay as far away from Fox as possible but I could not help myself this week by tuning into the aftermath and the “analysis” that was presented for the epic loss.

    I was in luck! Michele Malkin was “howling at the moon” and her face was so contorted it was kind of scary. Later on I was again in luck as Quiterella was marched out in a new wig that defied fashion to offer her take on the whole thing. Amazing to behold!

    With just these two, accompanied by the bitterness that always accompanies Laura Ingram plus the empty headed blonds that make up the Fox Family Network of Airheads, no wonder they were so convinced of a Romney win if left to these dimwitted cow flops.

    The men are bad enough but the women area positively braindead.

    • RalphB says:

      Princess Dumbass doesn’t seem to be aging all that well either. Her fan base may become disillusioned.

      • peggysue22 says:

        I saw a picture of Palin recently [in addition to that headshot at Fox]. Palin has lost a tremendous amount of weight. In the full-length photo I caught, she looked like a stick. And it shows in her face and neck–not in a good way. She was never close to being overweight. I’m wondering if she’s been sick or gotten on some crazy diet/exercise program.

        Something’s going on.

      • RalphB says:

        I saw that picture at wonkette. Something about writing a diet and lifestyle book or something like that?

  7. RalphB says:

    OT but this seems like a really good idea.

    Telegraph: Occupy Wall Street campaigners buy-up debt to abolish it

    The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off.

    Individuals or companies can buy distressed debt from lenders at knock-down prices if it the borrower is in default or behind with payments and are then free to do with it as they see fit, including cancelling it free of charge.

    As a test run the group spent $500 on distressed debt, buying $14,000 worth of outstanding loans and pardoning the debtors. They are now looking to expand their experiment nationwide and are asking people to donate money to the cause.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      That’s a fantastic idea! Too bad the gov’t did bail out average Americans instead of the ungrateful Wall Streeters.

      • RalphB says:

        They could buy the debt up for pennies on the dollar now. Seems to me it would be a good use of some tax money and would help get growth going by deleveraging lots of people. Of course some would say it’s rewarding bad behavior by letting the indebted off the hook, but screw them.

  8. ecocatwoman says:

    Today was declared Malala Day by the U.N. Unfortunately, things haven’t changed in Malala’s hometown where the girls were forced to honor her in private due to security concerns:

  9. dakinikat says:

    oh, gawsh, amc has some 1970s earthquake disaster movie that’s got tons of character actors in it … just saw walter matthieu looking like a 70s pimp drinking a toast to spiro agnew!! roflmao

  10. RalphB says:

    Daily Banter: What Planet does Mary Matalin Live on?

    Picking up again on the theme of Right wing delusion in the wake of the Presidential election, political strategist Mary Matalin’s latest piece of venom against Obama in the National Review really is a sight to behold. The hate and anger spewing from her keyboard takes warped conservative thinking to a completely new level.

    I agree with the author of this post that trying to counter arguments like Matalin’s with facts would be like explaining astrophysics to a dog.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      I have long felt that both Matalin & Carville are not the people they play on TV. Both are histrionic, well paid actors on a political stage, IMHO. I had a friend from college that I cared very deeply for. As the years went by, this once highly intelligent & reasonable person, became more & more Right Wing & horribly belligerent toward my opposing views on all things political. Fortunately we lived far apart & mostly communicated via email. Our last exchange was the final straw & I haven’t talked to him since. I once said that had we lived near each other, one of us would have killed the other. Since he was the one with at least 1 gun, I would probably be the one killed. I know my experience is anecdotal, but I don’t, for even a minute, believe these 2 people are as diametrically opposite each other politically in real life as the characters they inhabit on tv.

      • RalphB says:

        Can’t be, it’s gotta be a huge act.

      • Steven Harnack says:

        I saw an episode of “Family Guy” with Limbaugh poking fun at all of the outlandish beliefs that he espouses leading me to believe that it was the only time that I would ever see the the real man behind the facade.

  11. stanchaz says:

    NO NO NO! You’ve got it all WRONG!!
    The RICH ….absolutely…. need MORE tax cuts!
    A few free cases of Absolut might ALSO be in order
    …to ease the pain of all this constant bickering and criticism.
    There REALLY seems to be some confusion here, ….a lack of clarity.
Perhaps I need to explain “TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS” again?
    After all, it’s things like this that keep Economics Professors like me in business! 
No problem. Except that I am without my graphs and charts. But here goes, anyway:
    Basically , there are two parts to this ancient , time-tested theory. 
    I’m sorry …..did I call this fact of life, this universal constant, this eternal truth..a MERE “theory”?
    My mistake. It is much MORE than a theory. It is simply …..the way things are,
    …the way things always will be, …the way things MUST be!
    Ah, Economics is beautiful, isn’t it?
    Well, to get on: The FIRST part of tickle-down economics is the “TRICK”-le part. 
    If we are going to make any progress, you must realize, you must understand, 
    that this IS all a trick. An elaborate trick , yes, but still a trick.
A trick …where the super-rich are the “trick-sters”,  and you, my poor friends,
    you are the “trick-ees”. Do I make myself clear? Good, then we’ll go on to the second part.
    The SECOND part, dear students of the world, is the crucial “Trickle-DOWN” phase. 
    That, my friends, simply means that the super-rich get to URINATE all over the rest of us
    …and then laugh …all the way to their off-shore banks and tax-shelters.
I hope that I have been helpful. Until next time.
- Professor America
    P.S. In other words, my gullible little friends, the bottom line is this:
    the ONLY acceptable looters in life are the super-rich.
    Anybody else …. is subject to arrest, or worse.
    Got that? Good, you’ll work out just fine. And my apologies for this tedious, long-winded
    explanation of the way things REALLY work. But after all – I AM an Economics Professor.

    • dakinikat says:

      Hi Stan … hmm, I am an economics professor and most of us know and have known for a long time that trickle down economics is a farce. We got that message in the 1980s after a few studies. The chances of you hearing that line from a real economics professor are actually quite slim. I do know a few finance professors that might say that but a lot of them don’t know as much about economics as they should … the folks that say what you’re saying are lawyers, politicians, and Wall Street MBAS who ignore economists. I’d believe you more if you said you had degree in policy or public relations or finance law from an ivy league … 😉

  12. pdgrey says:

    I have had to work so I couldn’t comment since last night. First, BB thanks for bring up Romney’s so called concession speech, the night he gave it, I tried to just listen. I knew I was anxious from waiting in line, the misogynist poll worker, and the silly “straw man” argument my husband tried to start, so I really did TRY just to listen. But when he ended, I thought “this is really who he is”. I just knew I never heard a concession speech like that in my life. The article that put it in words for me where the Historian Scott Farris talks to David Beard of the WP.
    Show me the part where he actually concedes? Where was “The American people have spoken”? Instead it was “so sorry I didn’t win”. Ok Mitt the Twit is a dick, I knew that but this election was not snatched from the jaws of defeat, think 2000. And this is the part that was missing that shocked me, and NO one in the media called him on it. “Many candidates also go out of their way to refer to the winner as ‘my president’ or ‘our president’ to signify that the time for unity has come. MY President, our President! The word unity was not uttered.
    I am still bothered my this speech. I actually tried to erase from my memory the thought he and Ann were praying for Obama. I really wanted to say how I felt and thank BB for writing about it and the feeling of affirmation I wasn’t alone. Anyway, here is the link to the WP.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It’s been bothering me for days. That’s why I was so glad to come across Williams’ article in Salon.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    Great stuff on Rove, Dak. Thanks. The ongoing schadenfreude is soooooo much fun!

  14. ANonOMouse says:

    Here’s a NYT piece with more info. It sounds as if the lover might have been jealous over another lover, or someone she thought was another lover. What a drama

  15. ralphb says:

    Since a lot of trends start in CA and move East, consider the future. The thought alone is worth a smile. Say good night GOP.

    PoliticalWire: GOP Collapses in California

    California has entered “a period of Democratic political control so far-reaching that the dwindling number of Republicans in the Legislature are in danger of becoming mere spectators at the statehouse,” the AP reports.

    “Democrats hold the governorship and every other statewide office. They gained even more ground in Tuesday’s elections, picking up at least three congressional seats while votes continue to be counted in two other tight races… The party also secured a supermajority in one, and possibly both, chambers in the Legislature.”

    Said GOP strategist Steve Schmidt: “Republican leaders should look at California and shudder. The two-party system has collapsed.”

    • socalannie says:

      Yes, I’ve felt anti gop sentiment everywhere here for months. I wasn’t surprised by the election, disappointed about Prop 37 though.

      • RalphB says:

        I’ve heard there was a very dishonest ad campaign against Prop 37. Otherwise it should have passed, since it’s really common sense to label gmo foods and additives.

      • socalannie says:

        Yes Ralph, lying commercials all day long. The big corps poured millions into it. Anyway, I’m sure we will get another shot at it next election, and my political friends have told me they have learned from their mistakes, and will be rewriting the prop and revising their campaign. I think they’ll get more celebs speaking out about it also. I’m hopeful for next time.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      That is one very disturbing piece. For Rove politics is nothing more than a game of chess. He plays to win, at any cost. And the American people? Just the pawns on the board, not really very important at all.

    • RalphB says:

      If Turdblossom were ignored by the media, he would be more of a nowhere man than he is now. But he gets continually rewarded by attention which is publicity for his delusional billionaire fundraising. The Murdoch media, in the WSJ and Fox, should fire him and let him fend for himself. He is as close to pure scum as exists in politics.

    • socalannie says:

      A fool and his money…or, in this case, a fool and others peoples money.

      • socalannie says:

        Speaking of fools with money, its weird to think of some of these rich people spending millions on their stupid pacs to keep from paying what would be less $ in taxes.

  16. Fannie says:

    Fannie sez, it’s not like Petraeus was married to his big fucking toe, we know what he was reaching for in the middle of the night, and it wasn’t his toe. And Holly isn’t sitting by the window watching the rain after 38 years of marriage either. I don’t know who he loves, but I know sometimes that can be the reatest crime of all…………cause it feels like the night will never evah end.

  17. RalphB says:

    Jeez I hope the GOP puts Matalin forward as their spokesperson. They’ll disappear!