Rove staffer attack on MRC’s Brent Bozell as “hater” ignites anti-Rove backlash.
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For this and other apparent sins in both his column and radio interview, Collegio casually called Bozell a “hater” with “a long, sordid history” who also “had weird personal axes to grind.” One of which, the hate word surfacing again, was that Bozell supposedly hated Karl Rove.
Host Brian Wilson was clearly taken aback — but time was up. An astonished Wilson ended the segment by saying: “Can open, worms everywhere. Oh my gosh. We’re out of time.”
Worms everywhere indeed.
Within hours the following letter from over 20 of the nation’s prominent conservative leaders was in the hands of The American Spectator. It demanded Mr. Collegio’s head. Addressed to Stephen Law, the President and CEO of American Crossroads, and written on the letterhead of the conservative activist group Citizens for the Republic, the letter reads in full as follows:
February 6, 2013
Mr. Steven Law
President & Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 34413
Washington, DC 20043
Dear Mr. Law,
We, the free men and women of this great nation, affirm everyone’s natural right to speak their mind, but we cannot and will not abide the unjust, personal broadside your aide Jonathan Collegio leveled against a man whose family has dedicated itself to advancing the cause of liberty for over half a century.
This morning Mr. Collegio attacked L. Brent Bozell, III and labeled him as a “hater” twice in an interview. His attack was not grounded in reason or principle; its justification was nothing more than disagreement with your newly formed organization.
Mr. Bozell is what we call in our movement a “legacy.” He has devoted his life to the cause of American conservatism as did his father, Brent Bozell II, who wrote “Conscience of a Conservative” for Barry Goldwater.
Maybe you’ve heard of Brent’s uncle, Bill Buckley, whose words you misquote and twist as the basis for your organization enough to falsely suggest you know something about him.
You may have heard of his other uncle, Jim Buckley, a former U.S. Senator, or Brent’s mother, Patricia Buckley Bozell—both important figures and writers in our conservative movement.
Ronald Reagan often saluted the contributions of the Bozell and Buckley families to the cause of American conservatism.
Mr. Collegio calling Mr. Bozell a “hater” publicly on WMAL radio this morning reflects the language of the establishment Republicans. It is the divisive language of the Left.
Rather than engaging in an intellectual debate, you, Mr. Collegio, Mr. Rove, and others in the consultant class attack good conservatives and Tea Party leaders and members.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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