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TURNABOUT: Now calls for Rove to go! Bush adviser 'jokes' about murder
WND ^ | 31 Aug 12 | WND

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 Rove’s 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 it’s 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 Rove’s “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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; elections; karlrove; missouri; rove; toddakin
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1 posted on 09/01/2012 1:43:04 PM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

Yep, if we have to punish a guy for misspeaking, why should the guy throwing the rocks be held to a different standard?


2 posted on 09/01/2012 1:47:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins
Nothing new here. Rove has trash talked every conservative that has passed by.

One more reason to flush the GOP.

/johnny

3 posted on 09/01/2012 1:47:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: xzins
If Rove was such an asset how come not one campaign, even for dogcatcher, has sought to retain his services? Could it be the guy is just another dipshit opportunist loudmouth, like most "consultants?"
4 posted on 09/01/2012 1:48:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: xzins
longtime Republican BUSH adviser and BUSH confidant Karl Rove
5 posted on 09/01/2012 1:50:36 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: xzins
“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.”

You have nailed it, ma'am...

6 posted on 09/01/2012 1:50:44 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: xzins

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.


7 posted on 09/01/2012 1:51:31 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: xzins

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.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 1:52:30 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: xzins

Rove = RINO = Republicrat = Democan = Useless.


9 posted on 09/01/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: hinckley buzzard
+1
10 posted on 09/01/2012 1:53:53 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: xzins

What a bunch of weenies.
No one can take a joke anymore.
Everyone is constantly offended by everything.
Grow a set people.


11 posted on 09/01/2012 1:54:45 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: xzins

The problem is that where is Rove going to go? Does he hold any official position or is he simply another self appointed critic?


12 posted on 09/01/2012 1:54:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GeronL

“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.


13 posted on 09/01/2012 1:55:15 PM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms.)
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To: xzins

14 posted on 09/01/2012 1:55:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: wagglebee; P-Marlowe; cripplecreek; cva66snipe; Elvina; Finny; greyfoxx39; Hilda; kabar; ...

ping


15 posted on 09/01/2012 1:55:58 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: GeronL

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.


16 posted on 09/01/2012 1:57:32 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Fishtalk

bump


17 posted on 09/01/2012 1:58:40 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins
I never trusted Rove, even when everyone here thought he was the greatest strategist ever I couldn't bring myself to believe he was anything other than an opportunist.
18 posted on 09/01/2012 1:58:56 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: xzins
Like most FReepers, I'm fed up with Karl Rove and Fox News treating him as if he were Ronald Reagan, reincarnated. He's a classic RINO and has no use for conservatives. The feeling is mutual. The BS that you can make a joke out of saying a politician should be murdered shows that Rove is not only mean-spirited but far from the political genius he probably thinks he is. Unfortunately, I believe that Karl Rove has his tentacles into the RNC on many levels and won't be going anywhere. Still, just getting his smug, pudgy face off of every other Fox News interview and commentary show would be a small relief for most of us.
19 posted on 09/01/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: xzins

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.


20 posted on 09/01/2012 2:01:40 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: SECURE AMERICA

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.


21 posted on 09/01/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

I would love to see TURDBLOSSOM walk the plank.


22 posted on 09/01/2012 2:05:50 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: xzins

23 posted on 09/01/2012 2:06:14 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: xzins

24 posted on 09/01/2012 2:08:35 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Continuing the theme of persecuting the random sloppy, GOP tongue.

It might help Akin to publicly give Rove a pass on this.


25 posted on 09/01/2012 2:11:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: wagglebee

Every call-in show should be asked about Rove’s murder comment, and especially if Rove is a guest.


26 posted on 09/01/2012 2:12:35 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

For instance:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2925495/posts

A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.


27 posted on 09/01/2012 2:14:41 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: xzins

Silliness.

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.


28 posted on 09/01/2012 2:17:49 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: GeronL

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.


29 posted on 09/01/2012 2:23:20 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Jedidah

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.


30 posted on 09/01/2012 2:24:09 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Jedidah
It’s absurd and unAmerican to get your panties in a wad over free speech.

Amen. Do you suppose Rove is getting the message?

31 posted on 09/01/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: JLS

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?


32 posted on 09/01/2012 2:26:57 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins
Rove is spending $300 million to defeat Obama.

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?

33 posted on 09/01/2012 2:27:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: xzins

Rove needs to go back to the turd that blossomed him.


34 posted on 09/01/2012 2:27:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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To: xzins

No More HaPPY Hour and Open Bar for Karl..


35 posted on 09/01/2012 2:32:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: GeronL

I’m all in with pushing the despicable Rove out and damn the GOP for its crappiness!


36 posted on 09/01/2012 2:33:19 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: xzins
GET.

RID.

OF.

ROVE.

He's a bastard and he needs to GTFO.

37 posted on 09/01/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: xzins

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.


38 posted on 09/01/2012 2:36:02 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: xzins

Poppin’ Fresh is baked!


39 posted on 09/01/2012 2:36:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Lazamataz

Aw, c’mon, Laz. Nobody cares about those eeeeevil socons anymore.


40 posted on 09/01/2012 2:36:47 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: xzins

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.


41 posted on 09/01/2012 2:38:39 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
If Rove or I say something stupid, we sound stupid. Maybe embarrass our mothers and kids, but that’s about it.

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.

42 posted on 09/01/2012 2:39:22 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: xzins

YES!


43 posted on 09/01/2012 2:41:24 PM PDT by mark1973
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To: montag813

Rove spends his TV time to bash Republican conservatives, he is not on our side.


44 posted on 09/01/2012 2:41:24 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins

Never understood how the "strategist" that almost lost to John Kerry is considered an expert.

45 posted on 09/01/2012 2:41:47 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: xzins

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.


46 posted on 09/01/2012 2:43:17 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: GeronL

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.


47 posted on 09/01/2012 2:45:22 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Colonel_Flagg
In a just political world, this would lead to a broader discussion of why social conservatives are no longer welcome at the GOP table.

I suspect the GOPe is hoping that when the GOP loses both house and senate in the next election cycle, we'll have forgotten about the purge.
48 posted on 09/01/2012 2:45:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JLS

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.


49 posted on 09/01/2012 2:47:43 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: JLS

he is free to have an opinion, we are free to call him an idiot


50 posted on 09/01/2012 2:50:13 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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