An info dump sent after GOP candidate nominated.
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Because the email goes straight to the heart of what concerns so many conservatives about both Rove and his new “Conservative Victory Project.”
Here was the famed “Architect” personally sending her an email — effectively a push button dump of anti-O’Donnell material after the candidate had just won the Delaware primary by six points. The same Karl Rove that others knew had appeared in Delaware before the primary to urge Tea Party members not only to support O’Donnell’s Establishment GOP opponent, liberal ex-governor and Congressman Mike Castle, but had quite specifically stressed how critical it was to band together after the primary to ensure the winner was elected in November.
In other words, after the Republican voters of Delaware had made their choice for a Tea Party candidate — a choice Rove did not like and had actively campaigned against — Rove had not only gone on Hannity’s show to attack the winner. Two days later he was sending out a document dump of material attacking the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate — even after he had made a point of saying to Hannity “I’m for the Republican.”
In point of fact — as the angry recipient of this Rove email has documented — not only had Rove refused to close ranks behind the official GOP nominee, something he had been urging when he assumed the Establishment Castle would be the nominee, he was actively sending out material that opposed the new Tea Party nominee.
News of this email comes on the heels of several blossoming Rove controversies that appear to some conservative activists to be clear signs of a pattern of deception. Specifically:
• Deception One: Rove’s claim to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly that “I was the director of the Texas campaign for Ronald Reagan in the fall of 1980.”
The statement was instantly disputed by Reagan staffers, beginning with Reagan biographer Craig Shirley. As the days moved forward, one Texan after another from the 1980 Reagan campaign stepped forward to report that Rove in fact had been a staunch supporter of his old boss at the Republican National Committee — George Herbert Walker Bush — when Bush was the Establishment GOP’s Great Moderate Hope to defeat Reagan. Once Bush failed — but was picked by Reagan at the August convention as his running mate — then and only then was Rove involved. Getting a role in the fall Reagan-Bush campaign courtesy of his then-boss, Texas Governor Bill Clements.
• Deception Two: Rove’s effort to marginalize Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, with Rove lieutenant Steven Law, the head of Rove’s “Conservative Victory Project,” telling the Times that: “We’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem.”
What “problem” is that? Back in August of 2012, when l’affaire Akin was burning up the political hot sheets, because King had the audacity to defend his friend Akin by saying politely that he had never heard such a thing as Akin was asserting — namely that a woman could not get pregnant from a rape. Saying as well of his friend’s controversial statement that “I would be open” to discussing the issue. Liberals instantly tried to make this polite admission of intellectual curiosity into something it wasn’t — that King agreed with Akin. When queried the next day, King ridiculed his critics for what they were trying to do, saying this, in a story the Washington Post headlined as: “Steve King: I’m No Todd Akin”:
“The liberal press and their allies have again twisted my words,” he said in a statement. “I never said, nor do I believe, a woman, including minors, cannot get pregnant from rape, statutory rape or incest. Suggesting otherwise is ridiculous, shameful, disgusting and nothing but an attempt to falsely define who I am.”
He added, “I have never heard of and categorically reject the so-called medical theory that launched this controversy.”
So under no circumstances did Steve King ever agree with Akin. Specifically, categorically saying so. And yet — there is Rove’s Steve Law saying that “we’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem.” Which of course raises the obvious question: If King never said he agreed with Akin — and specifically said he disagreed with him — why is Rove’s group implying something else?
• Deception Three: The other night on Hannity, Rove was busy defending American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project, specifically saying this of the 2012 Texas Senate primary between Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz and Establishment favorite Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Said Rove:
“You mentioned Ted Cruz. We didn’t need, nobody needed to be involved in the Texas primary. We had three good candidates and the best one won. So we didn’t need to be involved in that kind of thing.”
The message? “We” — Karl Rove and his friends at American Crossroads — “didn’t need to be involved in that kind of thing.” Meaning the Texas Senate primary.
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