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Friday, December 9, 2011

Karl Rove's Spectacular Lies

Photo credit: Rove Republican Racket
OK, so Turd Blossom is back and he's attacked Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, on the grounds that she is too close to Wall Street.  It's the sort of jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud lie that has all the vista and splendor of the Grand Canyon.

I mean really.  Look at that damned lie.  It's magnificent.

Immediately, Rortybomb, Baseline Scenario, The Nation, and The American Prospect have all jumped in and assailed Rove.  Here is Mike Konczal at Rortybomb, for example:
To me, the most amusing thing about Karl Rove’s attack ad on Elizabeth Warren is that it shows how adaptable conservative attacks on liberals are.  Because I’m old enough to remember the attempts, mostly by conservatives but by several others, in early 2009 to say that Warren’s Congressional Oversight Panel was way too hard on the banks.
Adaptable?  I don't think so.  This is simply Rove's signature move, and there is nothing adaptable (if adaptable means flexible or changeable) about it.  Remember how he defeated John Kerry?  He took Kerry's strongest feature--his decorated war record in Viet Nam--and turned it upside down.  Remember Max Cleland, former Senator and author of the book "Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove"?  Cleland was turned from a war hero senator to a terrorist-loving former-senator in a matter of months.  This is exactly what Rove is now doing to Warren--attack where they're strongest.  

Unfortunately, in addition to the sheer spectacular grandeur of Rove's Big Lies, they are known to work on American voters.  And the fact that he's still launching these with (so far) no penalty whatsoever suggests that Democrats and the professional left have yet to find an effective response.


  1. For sticklers like myself, it's Max Cleland, but that in no way diminishes your point. The problem (for them, not me), is that such unmitigated horseshit doesn't work as well as it used to. There's an old saying, "the first liar doesn't stand a chance," but due to so much increasingly ridiculous lying on the right, I'm getting ready to revise it along the lines of the boy who cried wolf.
    In Bush's typically tortured rendition, "You can't get fooled again."
    Too bad Brown's too old to get back into nude modeling; he's going to need a job soon.

  2. Thanks so much Hag--we should at least spell the names of the fallen correctly--fixed. We'll see what effect it has on Warren.

    Whether it works or not, it is the signature Rove attack of "attack where they're strongest".