Republican Party Scrambles to Survive: Fox News Benches Karl Rove

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Karl Rove at a book signing in Birmingham, 2010

By Glynn Wilson

As we reported the day after the presidential election vote of Nov. 6, the lying, spinning career of political animal Karl Rove is on the way down the drain.

Sources inside the crumbling Republican Party and its designated official news outlet Fox News are leaking all over the place and saying even Roger Ailes is ready to bench Rove for his election night meltdown.

Fox has become a symbol of what’s wrong with the Republican Party, the “conservative” movement and the news business in the U.S., and there is no more symbolic toady or “turd blossom” than Rove himself.

Will Rupert Murdoch be next in line to fire Rove from writing his pathetically partisan nonsense from the formerly respectable Wall Street Journal?

Stay tuned.

Rove has already lost his column in Newsweek, because, well, Newsweek is out of business. Maybe they should have known better than to hire a turd like Rove.

Reportedly, Ailes has issued a directive to the staff at Fox. He wants the faces associated with the losing election off the air. That means Karl Rove and Dick Morris, the disgraced pundits most aligned with the Fox anti-Obama campaign.

Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming director Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris. Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped significantly. Shine’s message to staff: “The election’s over.”

Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line on liberal blogs, MSNBC and even on Fox. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, anchor Megyn Kelly reportedly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.”

Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove’s election-night tantrum when he disputed the network’s call for Obama in Ohio. The moment may have been riveting television for Republican sympathizers, and it was reportedly Ailes’s decision to have Kelly confront the station’s statisticians on air, but the incident provided a field day for critics of Fox.

Of course a spokesperson for Ailes is denying any rift between Ailes and Rove. They are supposedly set for a luncheon meeting in “a couple of weeks.” How sweet.

Meanwhile, to prove one more time that Alabama’s near-monopoly news outfit al.com and the three biggest newspapers in the state have been wrong all along about Rove’s role in Alabama politics, Rove showed up in Montgomery Monday night and admitted his roll in state politics, most recently helping out the insurance consortium ALPHA, the modern descendent of the old Farmer’s Federation. That group was started as a populist organization, but is now apparently a conservative outfit.

Back during the height of national interest in the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the Birmingham News and affiliated papers in Mobile and Huntsville repeatedly ran stories and editorials denying that Rove had any role whatsoever in Alabama politics, saying he was “too busy” working in Bush’s White House to care what happens in Alabama.

But a couple of weeks before the election, we put together a story and video the news reporters in Alabama better study if they want to survive the era of the Web Press — or go the way of the Dodo bird and Newsweek. They can read the true, definitive story of Rove’s role in Alabama politics here:

How Karl Rove Took Over the Alabama Supreme Court and Created a ‘No Win Zone’ for Citizens: How the Corporate Republican Courts Turned From ‘Tort Reform’ to ‘Sovereign Immunity’ for Hospitals and Destroyed Americans’ Sixth Amendment Jury Rights

The election of 2012 should prove a couple of things for those who think money is everything in American politics and that lying and election theft works.

Rove raised millions of dollars for Republicans through his deal with the corporate devil American Crossroads, inspired by Robert Johnson’s alleged deal with the devil in the early days of the blues. But they lost the presidential election and Senate and House seats anyway.

And in spite of a plethora of blog posts claiming Rove would steal the election, it didn’t happen. Now there are all kinds of outrageous stories out there in the blogosphere claiming various hacker groups, including one calling itself “anonymous,” hacked Rove’s operation in Chattanooga, Tennessee and prevented his hackers from stealing the election.

We have not repeated those stories and will not link to them, because there is no way to verify these anonymous hacking claims. If they did it, fantastic.

But as I have said all along, you can’t steal an election unless it’s close. The race between Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney and President Obama was never as close as the national media reported it was for ratings and circulation purposes. We reported for months that Obama was way ahead in the electoral college.

According to the official final results, President Obama won the election by 51 percent to 47 percent. He won the popular vote by 4,663,236 votes, picking up 65,387,700 votes to Romney’s 60,724,464. He carried the electoral college with 332 votes to Romney’s 206.

Now it is time to stop paying attention to assholes like Karl Rove. He is bad not only for America. He is even bad for the Republican Party and Fox News. See ya later Turd Blossom.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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