Rove: The horns are retractable

posted at 3:10 pm on March 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Karl Rove got interrupted during an appearance at George Washington University on Friday by demonstrators calling for his prosecution as a war criminal. Rove, who had nothing to do with war planning or execution — he ran the political side of the White House — seems greatly amused by the accusation when he answers a question from the audience about why he provokes such strong reactions from his demented detractors (via The Other McCain):

I’ve met and talked with Rove twice now, and he’s been kind enough to cite me specifically as one of his must-reads in the blogosphere. His critics assign far too much power to Rove. The man’s genius lies in his ability to process and retain vast amounts of electoral information and to generate successful political campaign moves with them. He isn’t an eeeeeeevil puppetmaster or a diabolical author of anything except three straightforward national electoral victories, at least one of which the Democrats handed to him on a silver platter.

In person, he’s one of the mildest, friendliest people in politics, and fairly humble and grounded as well. The last minute of this video gives viewers a much better portrait of the personal Rove than the media or his detractors have painted. People who have expressed surprise at how mellow he appears on Fox as a political consultant have just begun to realize that the persona most people assumed of Rove is a fantasy.

His memoirs will make fascinating reading, because I suspect his book will focus much less on himself than the notables that surrounded him over the last ten years. (h/t: Shawn)


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Hah… can i say it first…

Karl Rove, you magnificent bastard!!

Your working on changing your persona from evil world domineering Super Genius…

to a likable guy!

Romeo13 on March 30, 2008 at 3:16 PM

For a bastard, he’s rather magnificent.

ronsfi on March 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM

He isn’t an eeeeeeevil puppetmaster or a diabolical author of anything

Don’t crush my dream.

VolMagic on March 30, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Clearly Rove, Bush and Cheney are kind and gentle human beings. The Left demonizes them because of the positions they hold. It wouldn’t matter who was in office, or who worked in Rove’s position – if they happen to be Republicans they will be portrayed as evil incarnate.

Buy Danish on March 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

I wonder if his tail and horns are manually or electronically retractable.

Funnier if you picture him whipping out a remote control in front of a mirror, he punches one of the buttons and watches his horns and tail extend out.

Weebork on March 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

CE… Rove minion exposed! ;)

CliffHanger on March 30, 2008 at 3:23 PM

I continue to fantasize that one day when these losers stand up and act like losers, someone in the crowd will have something fun for them…eggs, paint, a mild hydrochoric acid solution in a high volume squirt gun, you know…

Jaibones on March 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Rove, who had nothing to do with war planning or execution — he ran the political side of the White House — seems greatly amused by the accusation

Every group has to have a focus. Some have chosen Karl Rove as their object of attention. I have watched him on the various shows, especially Hannity & Colmes. It is amusing to see the steam coming out of Colmes’ ears when Rove is talking and to see him wrap Colmes up like a pretzel.

Tennessee Dave on March 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Love the “taze em” in the background!

crabtree on March 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

CHENEY/ROVE ’08!

Virus-X on March 30, 2008 at 3:26 PM

He’s smooth.

That is guaranteed to get the hate on for some people.

Dare I say it – as smooth as Billy Jeff.

Ares on March 30, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Beowulf reference. Didn’t that have Angelina Jolie in it? heh heh

Sugar Land on March 30, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Rove is the diabolical genius boy Bush brain we all suspected. He eats nails for breakfast and pumps out tacks.

Captain America on March 30, 2008 at 3:36 PM

His critics assign far too much power to Rove.

Karl Rove is said to be one of the chief architects of the present strength [sic] of the Republican Party.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Tase ‘em!

Ha!

About time someone told these punks to shut up.

JammieWearingFool on March 30, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Rover always looks like he would give good hugs.

/girlie

salmonczar on March 30, 2008 at 3:38 PM

More proof that The Left are idiots.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2008 at 3:43 PM

JWF: loved it too. tase ‘em, bro.

gstevens97 on March 30, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Rove is hated, because he’s successful. It’s a simple as that.

Leftist abhor success that isn’t theirs to manipulate.

Kini on March 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM

I continue to fantasize that one day when these losers stand up and act like losers, someone in the crowd will have something fun for them…eggs, paint, a mild [hydrochloric] acid solution in a high volume squirt gun, you know…

Wow… That was unbelievably dumb. Especially the last part about HCL. Sometimes the blogosphere can be a very ugly place.

John on March 30, 2008 at 3:49 PM

As a lover of the ancient Beowulf and the modern book Grendel, I appreciated the reference. It was spot on and true to boot.

Whenever I think of the left’s loathing for Rove, I have to wonder why it was that the Right never demonized or mythologized Carville to the same extent. Oh right, because we are sane.

Dr. Manhattan on March 30, 2008 at 3:54 PM

I’m a myth! – Rove

A pithy myth!

RushBaby on March 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM

RushBaby on March 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Ha!Ha!..Say that 5 times without lisping.

captivated_dem on March 30, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Very enlightening. Nice catch Ed.

Zorro on March 30, 2008 at 4:11 PM

heh. Tase ‘em. funny.

looking forward to the memoirs.

Jewels on March 30, 2008 at 4:12 PM

The Left demonizes them because of the positions they hold.
Buy Danish on March 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

With all due respect, I think you’ve got it a bit off:
The left doesn’t hate Rove for the positions he holds; they hate him because he has gotten in their way, thwarted, if you will, their will to power.
That’s why they hate him with such visceral passion.

billy on March 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Rove is hated by the left because he is smart, successful, has character, a fantastic sense of humor and an extraordinary intellect. Combine those qualities with an angel face, being a genuinely nice guy, and the fact that chicks dig him, and how could the left NOT hate him? The jealousy overwhelms them. Living well really is the best revenge.

JustTruth101 on March 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Why? That’s simple. These nutjobs are prone to conspiracy theories and fairy tales by their very nature. Every conspiracy needs a leader and since they know next to nothing about Rove, the role was open and he fit the bill.

TheBigOldDog on March 30, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Our side: Rove
Their side: Dean

…..Hehehehehe!

ronsfi on March 30, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Clearly Rove, Bush and Cheney are kind and gentle human beings. The Left demonizes them because of the positions they hold. It wouldn’t matter who was in office, or who worked in Rove’s position – if they happen to be Republicans they will be portrayed as evil incarnate.

Buy Danish on March 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

I would have to disagree-Bush, first of all, is hated because he “stole” the 2000 election and was “appointed” by the Supremee Court. Of course, on the Planet BDS, the fact that Gore would never have needed to win Florida if he had simply carried his own home state doesn’t matter. Likewise, it’s irrelevant to them that if Gore had somehow prevailed in Florida, he would have in fact been the first President “appointed” by two Supreme Courts-the national one and the one in Florida.

Bush is also hated because he “can’t speak well”. However, he pronounces the word “nuclear” exactly the same way Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter does.

Cheney on the other hand is hated because he’s not only the “real” President (after all, Harvard MBA Chimpy is “too stupid”) but also worked for the evil Halliburton. On Planet BDS, it’s totally unimportant that Bill Clinton also gave Halliburton no-bid contracts, or that Democrat President Lyndon Johnson was in bed with the firm for decades.

As for the evil Rove, Jason Leopold breathlessly “reported” that he had been indicted in Plame-Gate, but it never happened. So the fever swampers have a legitimate reason to hate his guts as well.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2008 at 4:38 PM

I often wonder why college students in this country are so activist in nature. I guess it is a tradition started in the 1960s era of activists politics. I would recommend, however, that they focus more on their education than politics. Someone needs to whisper to them that the workers in China, India, Germany, Eastern Europe, Mexico etc have moved their cheese. It’s the jobs stupid…Study, learn, and compete or sell rubber dogshit made in Hong Kong, your choice.

Nozzle on March 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

CHENEY/ROVE ‘08!

Virus-X on March 30, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Haha, if only! I’d be aboard.

CP on March 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Our side: Rove
Their side: Dean PLUS THE ENTIRE MSM

…..Hehehehehe!

ronsfi on March 30, 2008 at 4:36 PM

still a pretty even match, an edge to Rove

windansea on March 30, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Since those are all irrational reasons to be consumed with hatred (as was their hatred of Ronald Reagan), I don’t see how that makes my position incorrect.

Buy Danish on March 30, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Ed-

Rove, who had nothing to do with war planning or execution — he ran the political side of the White House …

War planning or execution? Nah. VP of Marketing? Yep.

BTW- You didn’t get a chance to ask him about the push-polling going on in the 2000 South Carolina primary did you?

ChenZhen on March 30, 2008 at 5:01 PM

oops, messed up my tags. sorry.

ChenZhen on March 30, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Democrats have to see Rove as a puppet master to maintain the myth that Bush is a moron.

They assign these elaborate conspiracy to Bush, but then say that he too stupid to put two words together. Well, then there must be someone behind the scenes pulling his strings. That’s where Rove comes in.

They did the same thing with Reagan. They portrayed Reagan as a dottering old man who knew how to give a good speech but not much else; and assigned all of the dodge and parry of the Cold War to his scheming advisers.

29Victor on March 30, 2008 at 5:03 PM

em>ROVE/CHENEY ‘08!

Fixed

ronsfi on March 30, 2008 at 5:07 PM

and who can forget MC Rove
know what I’m sayin’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZre8kEsuw

Buttercup on March 30, 2008 at 5:09 PM

My problems w/K. Rove and his former boss: the irrepairable damage they’ve done to the GOP and the conservative movement. He is so completely over-rated as a political strategist. He and “W” have wrecked the gop and ruined our chances in 2008. They’ve alienated millions of former gop voters who’ve become exasperated and will opt to drop out of the process come 11/4/08. They will vote with their “non-vote” hence enabling the bunging democrat morons to waltz right into the oval office come 1/20/09. One can point the finger of blame at these “non-voters” if one wants but the true blame must be levied at “the wrecking crew” of W, Rove, Mehlman, Martinez and the arrogant GOP Hierarchy. This individual, Mr. Rove, deserves nothing but scorn. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on March 30, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I’m a Myth.

Great line. I think Obama used it, too. The difference is that Obama has created and exploited his autobiography (airbrushing more than Playboy did with Paula Jones) to land him in the White House. Rove’s myth was created AFTER he actually achieved and he had no part in writing it.

Rove Rules.

Angry Dumbo on March 30, 2008 at 5:13 PM

One can point the finger of blame at these “non-voters” if one wants but the true blame must be levied at “the wrecking crew” of W, Rove, Mehlman, Martinez and the arrogant GOP Hierarchy. This individual, Mr. Rove, deserves nothing but scorn. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on March 30, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Bolded section – only one over which each has control. The rest is unaccountable. We vote for our representatives, not the other way around.

Entelechy on March 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Sorry Ed, Rove may be successful and he may even be a nice guy but he falls on the destructive side of this crucial issue.

AZTLAN ACADEMY: COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
By Michelle Malkin • July 12, 2006 11:40 AM

***update: I’m scheduled to talk about the Raza schools tonight on The O’Reilly Factor at approx. 830pm Eastern.***

So, Karl Rove gave his “We are all Americans” speech to the National Council of La Raza–The Race–yesterday. Today, my syndicated column digs into the millions of dollars in Bush administration federal education grants The Race has received for its nationwide charter school initiative.

It’s bad enough the White House lent its prestige to The Race’s annual conference. But did you know the Bush administration has forked over millions of federal tax dollars directly to The Race?

http://michellemalkin.com/2006/07/12/aztlan-academy-coming-to-your-neighborhood/

Speakup on March 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM

With all due respect, I think you’ve got it a bit off:
The left doesn’t hate Rove for the positions he holds; they hate him because he has gotten in their way, thwarted, if you will, their will to power.
That’s why they hate him with such visceral passion.

billy on March 30, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Sorry, I didn’t make myself clear. I meant the positions they held in government not their positions on the issues.

So yes, they hate them because they are (or in Rove’s case, were) in the White House and they aren’t.

Buy Danish on March 30, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Darvin Dowdy on March 30, 2008 at 5:12 PM

There is enought blame to go around, true, but I think Karl Rove has done something that needs to be noticed.

He left the administration in time to become a commentator on the current election.

His wisdom, experience, and vast knowledge is now being added to the “talking heads” of the MSM, and it is making them look like the political hacks and fools that they are.

No longer is his counsil just behind closed doors, it’s on TV for everyone to hear, digest, and some are forced to react to it.

If you listen to him, really listen to him, he knows what he is talking about. Like Newt after leaving the House, he has found a new freedom to speak, and influence the discussion of the day.

I think he knows what damage has been done to the GOP, and this is his way of trying to correct it.

Just my $0.02……

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Wait, the dweeb protester had to read from a prepared script? Wow, the quality of protesters has really declined.

That is just sad — I blame the schools, we clearly aren’t putting enough money in the schools. The protesters of the past are the professors and teachers of today. You know they are doing their best to pass on their knowledge. So it has to be a money thing.
DKK

LifeTrek on March 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Speakup on March 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM

No arguement from me on “the Race“.

This is why Operation Chaos II has to be brought to the floor of the Republican National Convention.

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Elsewhere in wacademia;

GeorgetownU: Santorum Blasts Radical Islamists

“The greatest threat to this country,” Santorum said, is “Islamofascism” or “radical jihadism.”

Cue CAIR’s Islamophobia slur in 4… 3… 2…

Terp Mole on March 30, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Don’t tell me the evil little punks at YouTube have pulled the video!? They seem to be trying to influence an election. Hitleresque. Typical liberal democrats.

bluestater on March 30, 2008 at 6:16 PM

What a turd blossom! ;-)

Mallard T. Drake on March 30, 2008 at 6:16 PM

He isn’t an eeeeeeevil puppetmaster or a diabolical author of anything except three straightforward national electoral victories, at least one of which the Democrats handed to him on a silver platter.

Ed, add yourself to the long list of people duped by the magnificant 8astard himself!

conservnut on March 30, 2008 at 6:21 PM

K. Rove has always known that the truth wins every time. Thanks, Karl!

Travis1 on March 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM

karl rove is feakin aweeeesomez

he cracks me up

Drunk Report on March 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

The reason they hate Rove is because he is a political genius — he handed the Dems two straight losses, one of which no one could predict (2004).

I remember CNN’s Bill Schneider saying that Bush can’t win appealing only to his conservative base, that Rove had miscalculated; well, Rove was right, Schneider was wrong (as usual), hence the hatred.

Richard Romano on March 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM

I used to think of Rove as kindly & unassuming, but when I saw his M C Rove rapper persona, I realized the truth–he’s a gangsta!

jgapinoy on March 30, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Here is M C Rove at his best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln5RD9BhcCo

cjs1943 on March 30, 2008 at 7:24 PM

This individual, Mr. Rove, deserves nothing but scorn.

Darvin Dowdy on March 30, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Agreed. Where is the evidence of Rove’s supposed magnificence? Does it include the ’06 election returns? Were runaway spending and the shamnesty debacles Rove’s brainchildren?

Even if Rove had nothing to do with the current pathetic state of the GOP and even if he actually took steps to try and prevent it, it would seem that his efforts have failed.

Rove may have gotten Bush elected twice but he’s failed the GOP.

Where does this guy’s mystique come from? Is it a reflexive response that Republicans have developed over the years in defense of Rove and the administration from the unhinged accusations of the left? That’s my best guess, but while the left has vastly overstated Rove’s significance over the years, Republicans have done the same.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2008 at 7:35 PM

He is an “eeeeeeevil puppetmaster” to the left for 1 reason and 1 reason only and that is that he beats democrats. Leftists always demonize those who beat them. Other examples include Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and of course Bush and Cheney.

Dollayo on March 30, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Other examples include Newt Gingrich[...]

Dollayo on March 30, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Newt Gingrich and the movement he led with his Contract for America is virtually indisputable evidence of Newt’s greatness. He strengthened the party, as did Reagan. Aside from Bush narrowly being elected twice, where is the evidence that Rove has strengthened the party? Is it shamnesty?

FloatingRock on March 30, 2008 at 7:50 PM

That is just sad — I blame the schools, we clearly aren’t putting enough money in the schools. The protesters of the past are the professors and teachers of today. You know they are doing their best to pass on their knowledge. So it has to be a money thing.
DKK

LifeTrek on March 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

I have to disagree with you. While the political climate at today’s universities does contribute to the problem, the real culprits are the parents of these students. My wife and I are proud of both of our college graduate children but if we had found out that they were doing “protests” like the idiots in this video we would have instantly stopped any financial assistance to them while they were in college. I would bet anything that the majority of protesters on college campuses are nothing more than spoiled children who have never had to worry about the consequences of their actions.

dawgyear on March 30, 2008 at 8:02 PM

I continue to fantasize that one day when these losers stand up and act like losers, someone in the crowd will have something fun for them…eggs, paint, a mild hydrochoric acid solution in a high volume squirt gun, you know…

Jaibones on March 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Nah, that guy in the audience had it right: “Taze ‘em!”

SuperCool on March 30, 2008 at 8:05 PM

He is an “eeeeeeevil puppetmaster” to the left for 1 reason and 1 reason only and that is that he beats democrats. Leftists always demonize those who beat them. Other examples include Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and of course Bush and Cheney.

Dollayo on March 30, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Exactly. They have talk radio and those eeevil purveyors of facts and knowledge in their sights as well.

Buttercup on March 30, 2008 at 8:13 PM

I love it… Tase them!!

As an ex-cop, I am advocating the use of your nightstick officer…

Claypigeon on March 30, 2008 at 8:18 PM

“I’m a myth.”

Brilliant tactical statement. And I believe an honest sign of humility and a team player.

I know people like that, it’s a privilege knowing them.

winemkr on March 30, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Don’t let Bushitler’s eeevil minions fool you: The best trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing people that he didn’t exist.

The Left always has a bogeyman. They have to have bogeymen to explain to themselves why their nicegood politicians and agenda aren’t embraced by America.

I mean other than that Americans are racist, uncaring, materialistic ignoramuses.

misterpeasea on March 30, 2008 at 8:53 PM

I love it “Taze him”!

canopfor on March 30, 2008 at 9:03 PM

The entire talk was on C-Span tonight. You should have posted the last 2-3 minutes v. giving the left wing lunatics any press time. Listen to the last 3 minutes and you know the man’s a true patriot.

BillyRuffn on March 30, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Karl Rove has a weather machine under the White House! >:D

Sometimes he presses the wrong buttons.. :\

Chakra Hammer on March 30, 2008 at 10:43 PM

“I’m a myth.”

Brilliant tactical statement. And I believe an honest sign of humility and a team player.

I know people like that, it’s a privilege knowing them.

winemkr on March 30, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Oh yea.. I’m an enigma.. >:D

Chakra Hammer on March 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM

The creepy thing is, if someone put an oversized Darth Vader helmet on Rove, he’d look just like Rick Moranis in SpaceBalls.

CyberCipher on March 30, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Karl Rove was very eloquent in this talk about the downside to Obama mania. I too am glad he is out of the Admin so he is able to speak publicly about the good that has transpired from the last 7 years. He is better than Newt in this regard.

el Vaquero on March 31, 2008 at 7:49 AM

Our Rove is fabulous, and the left is jealous because they don’t have one!

ctmom on March 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Comparison:

Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld are evil, mean, despicalbe liars when filtered through the MSM. In private or in person they are personable, forthcoming, honest, and likable when presented directly in speeches, interviews, one-on-one meetings.

Obama, HIllary, and Bill however, are the opposite. When seen through the MSM they are likable, speak truth-to-power, and care about the little guy. When the curtain comes down however, we see a different side to them with respect to lies, cover-ups, and even anger (violent or verbal).

Sometimes it is difficult to see the truth. Fortunately, time seems to have a knack for exposing things for what they are and seeing people for their true character. Hopefully, enough Americans will see through the fog before it is too late. (Unfortunately, McCain seems to be cast more in the mold of the liberal personna of Clinton/Obama than Bush/Cheney/Rove.)

jerseyman on March 31, 2008 at 12:23 PM