Skip to comments.TURNABOUT: Now calls for Rove to go! Bush adviser 'jokes' about murder
Posted on 09/01/2012 1:42:58 PM PDT by xzins
A growing list of Republicans and conservatives are calling for longtime Republican adviser Karl Rove to step away from GOP campaign efforts after the strategist jested that he might have to murder Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.
William Murray, who heads the Government is Not God Political Action Committee and chairs the Religious Freedom Coalition, said today that the comment was so distasteful as to shame the entire Republican Party.
Congressman Akin made a misstatement on the subject of rape and conception for which he apologized, he said. Apparently Karl Rove believes the apology is not enough and that Akin should pay with his life. Jokes about murder are not jokes when it comes to politicians where the risks of assassination are real.
Conservative icon and founder of the Eagle Forum Phyllis Schlafly echoed the calls for Roves resignation.
Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, Schlafly said in a statement. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics.
The Associated Press reported today that Rove did apologize
But Schlafly says its not enough.
At the very least Rove should make a public apology. Rove has been calling on Todd Akin ...but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.
Joseph Farah, founder and CEO at WND.com, has said Roves got to go.
Just out of sheer decency standards, Fox News should drop him as a contributor, he said. Sean Hannity should stop pumping up this mean-spirited political operative as the architect.
Rove has self-destructed, he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
Yep, if we have to punish a guy for misspeaking, why should the guy throwing the rocks be held to a different standard?
One more reason to flush the GOP.
You have nailed it, ma'am...
Karma. It’s a b!tch.
I don’t know about anybody else, but I am seeing a Divine Symphony playing here...and the music is sweet.
Please everyone just leave rep. Akin alone!
Rove and anyone else should ignore rep. Akin. He will soon lose by dozen points to McCaskil and will join the ash heap of forgotten politicians such as Joe Miller, Doug Hoffman, Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donell, Ken Buck, JD Hayworth etc.
Rove = RINO = Republicrat = Democan = Useless.
What a bunch of weenies.
No one can take a joke anymore.
Everyone is constantly offended by everything.
Grow a set people.
The problem is that where is Rove going to go? Does he hold any official position or is he simply another self appointed critic?
“Yep, if we have to punish a guy for misspeaking, why should the guy throwing the rocks be held to a different standard?”
Wow. You’ve made more of a profound statement than you may realize.
Rove said that if anything bad were to happen to Akin that he might have done it.
Or to the effect....stating he was so angry at Akin for not resigning that he might kill the guy.
What a dumb thing to say!
This is a guy who publicly mocked Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, who advised Mike Castle not to endorse her when he won the Delaware primary.
This is a guy who people hire to run their political campaigns, the fellow who advises them....gulp...WHAT TO SAY PUBLICLY AND HOW TO SAY IT!
He’s a smirky know-nothing who badly, badly advised Dubya Bush and with this latest stupid gaffe, at the least let us de-elevate this man from any great status as a political reconteur.
Rove’s comment is a very toned down glimpse of his vicious cut throat nature. Maybe it is time for the little bug eyed bald ‘architect’ to go back to rap singing.
Akin and family had been receiving death threats and the FBI was involved.
BTW, when was the last time you joked at a public microphone about murdering someone? My bet...you wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing.
More importantly, this was among a bunch of billionaire Republican donors. Rove was trying to ensure none of them gave Akin any money. He was trying to bury him politically. In that effort he made his “murder” joke.
So, he really wanted to kill him off politically, so he jokes about killing him off literally.
I would love to see TURDBLOSSOM walk the plank.
Continuing the theme of persecuting the random sloppy, GOP tongue.
It might help Akin to publicly give Rove a pass on this.
Every call-in show should be asked about Rove’s murder comment, and especially if Rove is a guest.
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I’m a proponent of free speech. Akin, Rove, whoever. We have the right to say what we think.
If it’s something stupid, people aren’t going to listen to you. They’ll think you’re a fool. They won’t vote for you.
Akin is running. Rove is not. Neither am I.
If Akin says something stupid, he can lose votes, lose an election, kill chances for the GOP to take the Senate.
If Rove or I say something stupid, we sound stupid. Maybe embarrass our mothers and kids, but that’s about it.
Rove is paid to say what he thinks, to run his well-connected and well-informed mouth. So are other political commentators. I enjoy listening to them, take it all with a grain of salt.
It’s absurd and unAmerican to get your panties in a wad over free speech.
But ironically Akin was not punished, so why should Rove be punished? There is also the little matter of Akin was not joking while Rove was.
If there is free speech, Jed, then there’s free reaction to that speech.
So, you don’t give an idiot a freebie for saying the malicious.
There are consequences in life for our actions, and Joe Smith is free to walk in tomorrow and call his boss a stupid jerk. And his boss is free to respond.
Amen. Do you suppose Rove is getting the message?
Akin misspoke and apologized. Rove did not misspeak, he meant to say it. Rove wants Akin punished, why shouldn’t he be held to that same standard?
Democrats spent $1.5 million to help Akin win (3 times what he spent himself!)
I dislike them both, but Akin can be replaced by anyone and they would crush McCaskill. Who will we "replace" Rove and his $300 million with?
Rove needs to go back to the turd that blossomed him.
No More HaPPY Hour and Open Bar for Karl..
I’m all in with pushing the despicable Rove out and damn the GOP for its crappiness!
He's a bastard and he needs to GTFO.
Rove is highly over-rated.
Without the Tea Party types, Bush would not have won in 2000 and 2004(we weren’t called the Tea Party then).
When he comes, the remote is used to check another channel—any channel.
Poppin’ Fresh is baked!
Aw, c’mon, Laz. Nobody cares about those eeeeevil socons anymore.
Absolutely. My point exactly. Couldn’t agree more.
The best and most effective discipline is always to let natural consequences occur. Parents need to know that.
Works in the real world, too.
We’ve become such politically-correct pansies that society intervenes by giving the errant a pass or, conversely, lowering the boom prematurely.
If we still had a solid common ethos, the approval or disapproval of a prudent and sober society would keep things in check, shame the shameful.
We’ve lost that. Too bad.
Rove has a national audience thanks to people like Sean Hannity. When he says something stupid, it's not only news, it can affect votes. You and I don't have that kind of audience.
In a just political world, this would lead to a broader discussion of why social conservatives are no longer welcome at the GOP table.
Rove spends his TV time to bash Republican conservatives, he is not on our side.
Karl is obviously quite ill and needs to take some of his own medicine. A little rest from his analyst spot on Fox News will do him [and us] some good.
Akin most certainly did not misspeak. He was misinformed possibly, but he certainly said what he intended to say.
Perhaps Rove will be more circumspect now. I personally am ok with Atkins staying in the race. But that does not mean somehow Rove should not be allowed to have his opinion.
Akin was not joking, he was quasi-mistaken.
Rove on the other hand was serious about killing Akin’s political career by illustrating his point with a jest about actually killing him.
I’ve no doubt which is more despicable.
he is free to have an opinion, we are free to call him an idiot
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