Tonight, the master manipulator, and Sith Lord, Karl Rove went on FNC’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren in an attempt to continue his theme of disinformation, asserting Sarah Palin is thin-skinned, and that he had nothing to do with an attempt to sabotage Sarah Palin or her supporters:
Hey Karl, newsflash, pal: I accused you. Me. Right here on this blog. Don’t go spinning this off on Sarah Palin. Don’t blame others. Blame me. I called you out. I called you a manipulator. ME. I looked at SarahPac’s statement, posted elsewhere on this blog, but I cannot find your name in that statement, anywhere.
No sir, what you’ve done is to make a confession, but let’s demonstrate that, shall we?
First, let’s read the SarahPac statement:
Setting The Record Straight: Wrong & Misleading
Posted on August 23, 2011
Three years ago DC pundits predicted with glee the demise of Sarah Palin’s political career. This past weekend their tune changed, citing false information that she has made a decision and set a date regarding a future campaign. Any professional pundit claiming to have “inside information” regarding Governor Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public. These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the “politics-as-usual” that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career.
PS – Kudos to CNN for setting the record straight and including Governor Palin’s own words.
Now Karl, it’s not possible that you’ve read this and then told Greta that Sarah Palin was the one making it about you. I made it about you, Karl. Me. To my knowledge, nobody published on this developing story before me. Nobody else that I had heard anywhere made these accusations against you until some time later. What’s worse Karl is that I know that you know it. Others followed, but I went with the story when I began to suspect something watching the footage and re-reading your statements, but in nowhere that I’ve seen (and I’ve looked) is there a single instance of Sarah Palin mentioning your name with respect to this incident. Nice try, Karl. I said it here in this blog. Mark Levin said it to a much larger radio audience later on Monday on his radio show. You are now reacting in an attempt to rescue yourself from the cesspool of your own making. Are you suggesting you came upon SarahPac’s statement out of the blue, read it, and simply assumed yourself to be its object? No Karl, that’s not credible. If somebody else informed you that you might be its object, how did they form that conclusion? Surely not from SarahPac’s statement?
No, you must have heard the accusation of sabotage from some other source. How else would you have concluded SarahPac’s statement was aimed at you? Which source, Karl? Much as I might like to think it was from my little blog, it was more likely Levin’s pronouncement on this own show, with a large audience that might even include you. If so, your statements to Greta were bold-faced lies. If you did actually just happen upon the statement, and having read it cold, concluded it must be pointing at you, I would ask only: Why? There’s only one reason that comes to mind: You knew it was aimed at you because this was indeed your intent. As I said, you’re either confessing to your motives, or your admitting you lied to Greta. Take your pick. Neither alternative sits well with me. Don’t be concerned as that means damnably little to you.
You implied by your original statement on FNC that Palin had to get in by Labor Day, or not at all. You said that. You may attempt to weasel the words, but we have the video. Here it is again:
“This is her last chance,” Rove said. “She either gets in or gets out [after the Iowa visit]. I think she gets in.”
Having seen this quote, or the original footage, most people would naturally conclude that the simplest interpretation of what you said is your honest opinion. The problem is, Karl, you don’t speak in honest opinions publicly, and you’re trying now to back out from under this load before it lands on your head, but it’s too late, this time.
Let’s cut the crap, Karl: For whom are you shilling, this time? You always have clients, or at least prospective clients, so who is it this time? You see, I’m finished dealing with you. I’m going to discover the identity of the client(s,) and I don’t care the identity, because I am going to expose all of this if I can, to the embarrassment of whomsoever may be involved. I will devote a good deal of text to that relationship, and it doesn’t matter to me who your client(s) may be. Said person(or persons) will be exposed along with you.
You might wonder how you could have raised my ire this way, because to you, I’m just another piece on the field, to be played and manipulated. I’ve got news for you Karl: It’s not going to work, this time.
For my audience, let me explain to you what Mr. Rove really is. He’s the kind of creature politicians use for their worst, most devious dirty work. Mr. Rove has analogs all over DC, and around the country. In fact, it’s fair to say there’s a Rove equivalent in every corner of the globe. You may remember my previous discussion of the mindset of these people, but if not, let me explain it again:
Mr. Rove wins when he can push a narrative to the advantage of his client(s.) Mr. Rove doesn’t give a rip about you, any of you, except to push you in a direction that serves his clients’ interests. The easiest way to negate the influence of Karl Rove is to ignore him, completely. Cover your ears and say “blah-blah-blah” until he’s done speaking. Karl Rove is a man who makes his living getting inside your head. Anybody who associates with him or retains his services intends to wage Machiavellian warfare against your minds. Anybody. Read that again. I said “anybody.”
You might wonder how my judgment of Mr. Rove and all who consort with him could be so scathing. After all, he’s just a political hack doing the bidding of some master, right? Well, yes, but also no. As I’ve said before, Rove is the sort who manages narratives in the service of his clientele. Part of the problem with the class of people that Mr. Rove is, and the sort he represents, is that they are of the mindset to manipulate people en masse without any concern for the lives of the people they’re manipulating.
For example, this recent narrative put in play by Rove, and then pushed by Morris, would have led tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands and perhaps even millions of people to believe that Sarah Palin intended to announce over the Labor Day weekend at the Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Let me ask you: Had some many tens of thousands of people arrived in Indianola, Iowa, expecting to hear a campaign launched, what would be the cost if it were not then launched? Would it destroy that potential candidacy? Perhaps, but here’s what raises my blood pressure the most, and it has nothing to do with the politician(s) involved: What would have happened to those individual people?
What would it do to them? Mr. Rove and his clients regard all those people as pawns in their game. The emotional investments, the tireless efforts, the hopes, the dreams, and the aspirations of all those who in such a scenario would arrive expecting an announcement of a campaign would surely be crushed. I think of the young women like my own daughter, who adore Mrs. Palin, who would begin their transformation into political cynics at much too young an age. I think of all the independents who, in this scenario, would have been willing to give politics one last try in the name of all they love about their lives and their country, and how this would permanently disaffect them. To Mr. Rove, and those he serves, all of these would be mere pawns. Not individual people. Not thinking human beings with lives and loves. Just another mass of people to be “played.”
Let me tell you what else this means, in the concrete and honest facts of the matter: Anybody who consorts with Mr. Rove is willing to use and dispose of you like stage props. I mean that. Have you considered how many additional people might flood the roadways leading to Indianola, Iowa, if it had been believed widely that Sarah Palin intended to announce her candidacy for President there? Thousands more? Tens of thousands more? How many more gallons of gasoline? How many hours of labor spent? How many dollars would have been spent in futility, by people some of whom cannot afford to let their money go easily? Sadly, what might have happened on the roadways so packed with people, some of them hurrying from great distances to be there? How many would perhaps not make it home again, all in pursuit of something that might well not occur, because Karl Rove created that expectation? Would Karl Rove or his master(s) be blamed? No. If anyone would be blamed, who would it likely be? Yet who agitated in the direction of such a thing? Who tried to create that impression? Karl Rove, Dick Morris, and any number of their brethren, along with their clients were begging for it. Those clients would be safely well away, blameless.
Now, it’s fair to say that with any large event, even a football game or rock concert, there will always sadly be some number who don’t make it to the event, or having made the event, never make it home. That’s reality. That’s our world, and nobody can be held responsible, right? Sure. That’s easy to say if it wasn’t somebody you knew, but instead some faceless person in the crowd about whom Rove and his master(s) couldn’t possibly care less.
It is this willingness to view people as segments and blocs and masses and numbers that brands Rove and his colleagues as immoral. When he was in the midst of a divorce, he sent out Dana Perino as his spokesperson to handle the press. You may not remember it, but I do, and it was done very much in a manner to maintain the privacy of Rove and his family. I have no issue with that, yet I also know that Mr. Rove demonstrates by that instance that he holds his own life in one respect, but yours in another entirely.
You see, this is the vulgar mindset of crass indifference to your lives that dominates Mr. Rove’s thinking. He doesn’t care about you or even the country. He cares about getting paid and wielding power. He cares about exercising influence on masses of people by shaping narratives for the sake of his clients. You? The individual? You’re just another brick in his wall. He’s building his own tower of Babel. He and those like him care not whether it is built on your corpse, or the rotting hulk of a nation. Neither do those who retain his services.