Karl Rove tonight at Rebovich Institute

Karl Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s disastrous and disreputable presidency, is the speaker tonight at the excellent speakers series at Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, Rider University. Rove is also now a Fox News contributor, and columnist at Wall Street Journal. Neither of those items should be at all surprising.

“An Evening with Karl Rove” will be in the Bart Luedeke Center (Student Center) on Rider’s Lawrenceville Campus (map and parking). Speech, followed by a Q & A period (fun!) will begin 7pm (doors open 6pm), seating first-come, first-served. Overflow seating in a room adjacent to the theater where Rove will be speaking, where the speech will be simulcast.

Have any doubt Karl Rove is still relevant?

Well, for one thing, we’re still paying in lives and treasure for Bush’s chickenhawk wars (inherited for better or worse by his successor Barack). But more directly, in our wheelhouse, is Rove’s relationship with Christie and Christie’s use of his non-political federal office as US Attorney stinks of partisan politics in service of the GOP, the wholly inappropriate political relationship Karl Rove maintained  in Christie’s rise (and how those folks made use of their power). Christie owes a great deal to Karl Rove; the degree to which people like Rove own Christie may define Christie’s rise outta Jersey and into the White House, if not this year then maybe next time around.

Looking for more evidence of Rove’s relevance? Just last week, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent out a fundraising email referencing Karl Rove. Santorum ad. Schultz’ email links to a GOP subliminal message ad that quickly flashes a photo of Obama with the words “sworn American enemy” (meant to confuse you that Obama is like Iran’s Ahmadinejad). And connecting it by reference to the Rove-era Bush campaign’s “RATS ad”, in which RATS was briefly superimposed with Al Gore’s picture.

Rove, still a Democratic boogeyman. At Rebovich, Rider U.  Wish I could go, but I can’t. You going?  

Karl Rove tonight at Rebovich Institute

Karl Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s disastrous and disreputable presidency, is the speaker tonight at the excellent speakers series at Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, Rider University. Rove is also now a Fox News contributor, and columnist at Wall Street Journal. Neither of those items should be at all surprising.

“An Evening with Karl Rove” will be in the Bart Luedeke Center (Student Center) on Rider’s Lawrenceville Campus (map and parking). Speech, followed by a Q & A period (fun!) will begin 7pm (doors open 6pm), seating first-come, first-served. Overflow seating in a room adjacent to the theater where Rove will be speaking, where the speech will be simulcast.

Have any doubt Karl Rove is still relevant?

Well, for one thing, we’re still paying in lives and treasure for Bush’s chickenhawk wars (inherited for better or worse by his successor Barack). But more directly, in our wheelhouse, is Rove’s relationship with Christie and Christie’s use of his non-political federal office as US Attorney stinks of partisan politics in service of the GOP, the wholly inappropriate political relationship Karl Rove maintained  in Christie’s rise (and how those folks made use of their power). Christie owes a great deal to Karl Rove; the degree to which people like Rove own Christie may define Christie’s rise outta Jersey and into the White House, if not this year then maybe next time around.

Looking for more evidence of Rove’s relevance? Just last week, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent out a fundraising email referencing Karl Rove. Santorum ad. Schultz’ email links to a GOP subliminal message ad that quickly flashes a photo of Obama with the words “sworn American enemy” (meant to confuse you that Obama is like Iran’s Ahmadinejad). And connecting it by reference to the Rove-era Bush campaign’s “RATS ad”, in which RATS was briefly superimposed with Al Gore’s picture.

Rove, still a Democratic boogeyman. At Rebovich, Rider U.  Wish I could go, but I can’t. You going?  

Comments (5)

  1. tabbycat31

    But you beat me to the punch.  I plan on going and I really hope that I am not the only Democrat in the room.  (My friend who was supposed to go with me cancelled on me).  I also posted a similar message on Facebook with no response.

    I think that Rove is an evil SOB and can’t stand the guy, but at the same time I’m curious as to what he has to say.  

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  2. zi985

    I’m also attending this event and I’m interested in what Rove has to say.  I’m going to ask him about Crossroads GPS/American Crossroads/SuperPACs/Citizens United and if his views on any of those things have changed over the last two years.  It’s pretty clear form everything I’ve read that Rove supports Romney and will use his SuperPAC (American Crossroads) to lash out at the Obama campaign this Fall.  Whenever he speaks on Fox News as a “contributor” (the rare times I actually watch) he consistently bashes Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul but only has nice things to say about Romney (which has caused Gingrich and Santorum to speak ill of Rove).  Rove has completely exploited the rise of SuperPACs post-Citizens United and hopefully there will be a good discussion of this at tonight’s event.    

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  3. zi985

    I couldn’t ask Rove a question directly (I had to write it down on paper and submit it beforehand to the moderator) but my series of questions were the first chosen by the moderator. I asked three questions: 1) Are Super PACs like American Crossroads (which Rove is an “adviser” for) and 501(c)(4) organizations like Crossroads GPS (which Rove also runs) eroding our democracy? 2) Are corporations people? 3) Should Super PACs have to disclose the corporations and super-wealthy individuals that fund its coffers? He literally spent the first 95% of his answer excoriating liberals and Democrats for never having lambasted liberal non-profit groups like the NAACP and the League of Conservation Voters who had also, he claimed, donated large sums of money for political purposes and did not disclose their donors. He basically went on an angry tirade about how Obama and those on the Left are taking part in a double-standard by not demonizing liberal groups that have utilized campaign finance law to their own advantage and how Obama has encouraged the formation of his own Super PAC while simultaneously demonizing the Citizens United decision. He then went on to say that with regard to disclosure, if the Congress believes that disclosure is something that should occur then he would accept it, but he never commented on whether their should actually be disclosure.

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  4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Great. Hope you write it up for tomorrow, especially if you get any questions in. Thanks for the heads-up you’re going.  

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  5. tabbycat31

    Thanks for promoting this as I just really don’t want to be alone there.  

    Any ideas on what I should ask?

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