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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Breaking News, Guest Contributor, Politics | 8 comments

May Day: The Leprous Hand of Rove

Buzz Feed gets it almost right, but the tense is wrong:

Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama? —  The operators’ resentment is real.  And their criticism could undermine the president’s clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America’s most notorious enemy.  —  President Barack Obama making a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

Gee. On May 1, a British tabloid smearer leads the pack with lots of intimate quotes from ex-Navy Seals and “highly placed” US Military stooges, “swift-boating” the killing of Osama bin Laden on its anniversary.

Daily Mail [UK]SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign —  Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign…

Interesting timing, ain’t it?

As Leonard says in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (screenplay by Ernest Lehman):

North By Northwest

Leonard: Sometimes the truth does taste like a mouthful of worms.
Phillip Vandamm: The truth? I’ve heard nothing but innuendos.
Leonard: Call it my woman’s intuition, if you will. But I’ve never trusted neatness. Neatness is always the result of deliberate planning.

And, with North Carolina a battle ground state — so important that the Democratic National Convention will be held there —  an “Anti-Gay Marriage” constitutional amendment appears as a ballot question:

[Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman] was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

Interesting timing, don’t cha think?

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Hey Karl!

Karl plays hide & seek

Rove is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars (much from anonymous donors) to retake the White House, the Senate and hold the House of Representatives. The Washington Post, April 13 2012 “Mystery donor gives $10 million to Crossroads GPS group to run anti-Obama ads”:

Crossroads GPS and its sister group, American Crossroads, hope to spend up to $300 million in the 2012 election cycle, promoting conservative ideas and helping elect Republicans up and down the ballot.

The two groups, which are run by the same Republican operatives and can both collect donations of any size, have become one of the biggest forces attacking Obama and other Democrats. They already have spent more than $11 million on ads against Obama,

And, like any reptile, he’s a creature of habit.

Cute animated advertising mascot

Oh, and the stupid “Obama is a celebrity” attack meme is back. (Like it worked the first time.)

So am I the only one out here to whom this vile electoral crap looks suspiciously familiar?

Thought so.



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog


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  • EEllis

    Yep it’s highly suspect that someone might get pissed about being used in advancement of a canidate they don’t support at the same time the politician starts using them. Maybe you could get a blackboard out and diagram the whole thing. Seriously tho if you don’t mind a bit of criticism. Your posts are a bit hard to read without thinking conspiracy nut. As much because of the layout and style as the content.

  • Gee. And what “conspiracies” have I uncovered that didn’t turn out to be true?

    The Koch Machine? The fake “Tea Party Express”? The Howard Rich ballot measure operation? The Crash of 2008 (I wrote about it on St. Paddy’s day 08 with charts from the Fed)? The wealth inequality issue (2010)? Foster Friess (2010)? And on and on.

    Facts are facts, my friend, and, while I’ve been accused of “wild conspiracy theories” it’s usually the conspirators who use that phrase to attempt to marginalize my work.

    I would love to write simple, straightforward posts on easy-to-understand criminalities. Alas, the world refuses to cooperate, and the intentional distraction of complexity continues apace.

    Results speak for themselves.

  • zephyr

    I think referring to Karl Rove as a reptile is doing a grave disservice to reptiles – which are wired to be reptiles. On the other hand, Rove has chosen to wire himself as a sort of scumball genius. A pity he didn’t fade back into the woodwork when his old boss did. That would have been a real service to America.

    Btw, I like the layout, style, and content of your posts just fine Hart. I have no problem reading them either. Different strokes for different folks I reckon.

  • zephyr

    As if it needs to be said, the swiftboating shtick is a disgusting one. Those who employ it are shameless and wholly lacking in honor.

  • Thanks, Zephyr. And yes, utterly lacking in honor or anything like it.

  • Rcoutme

    In this case it won’t work. Obama and his campaign are already on this one and will likely thwart such efforts.

  • EEllis

    Gee. And what “conspiracies” have I uncovered that didn’t turn out to be true?

    Dude of course you think you are right. If you didn’t then what the heck would you be writing for? I was just saying that your posts give the same feel as you would get from a conspiracy theory wacko. If you don’t mind that it may cause people not to want to bother reading or to not take you stuff seriously then so be it. It wasn’t a bash on content but rather on style.

    Speaking on content it seems to be partisan hack writing with little concern about looking at the issue objectively and primarily with spinning the issue. While it may be possibly to get some useful data there is to much dross to take it seriously. Some prticular points? OK the fact that Obama has been pushing thst Romney said he wouldn’t go after Osama in Pakastan, well it’s just not accurate. Romney did make a comment that it would have limited effect on the war on terror and, this was in 2007, that many were to focused on Osama rather than the oversll goal. There was no indication that he would not of ordered action against Osama. As to the “connection” between this and the other stuff, you state disparate “facts” and the major link is that they are closed together on the page. You make no real effort to show any concrete links as if just mentioning them at the same time is some sort of hard evidence. Whatever.

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