Blame It On Karl!

Karl Rove, George Bush’s hired political gun, has been so successful that he has spawned a number of conspiracy theories in Democratic circles. If something bad happens to a Democrat, you can almost be certain that someone is going to try to pin it on Karl Rove. Here are just a few of the things the left blames Karl Rove for…

Bugging his own office.

“The 1986 governor’s race was a prime example. The contest between Rove’s Republican client, Bill Clements, and the Democratic incumbent, Mark White, was neck and neck, when Rove announced he had found an electronic listening device in his office, and cried foul. The furore swung the election to Clements and to this day Texan Democrats are convinced Rove concocted the whole episode.” — Julian Borger in The Guardian

Scheming To Plant WMD’s In Iraq.

“So you just got to figure that any day now, Karl Rove is going to roll out some grand distraction. As BuzzFlash has predicted many a time, the Bush Cartel will plant WMD’s in Iraq if they can be assured that they will get away with it. So that’s the first thing to watch out for.” — Buzzflash

The Osama Bin Laden tape that showed up just before the election.

“So now the question is, basically, right now, how will (the Osama Bin Laden tape) affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I’m a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, that he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.” — Walter Cronkite on Larry King

Having Paul Wellstone Killed.

“When I suggest Republicans may have been involved (in the crash of Paul Wellstone’s plane), I do not mean the average GOP voter. I mean the troika that runs the government, consisting of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld.” — James Fetzer in the Duluth Reader

The Forged Memos Peddled By CBS.

“People have been — people in the media have been intimidated. The media has changed in the last four years. People have changed in the last four years. They’ve had a very very direct, aggressive attack on the, on the media, and the way it’s handled. Probably the most flagrant example of that is the way they set up Dan Rather. Now, I mean, I have my own beliefs about how that happened: it originated with Karl Rove, in my belief, in the White House. They set that up with those false papers. Why did they do it? They knew that Bush was a draft dodger. They knew that he had run away from his responsibilties in the Air National Guard in Texas, gone out of the state intentionally for a long period of time. They knew that he had no defense for that period in his life. And so what they did was, expecting that that was going to come up, they accentuated it: they produced papers that made it look even worse. And they — and they distributed those out to elements of the media. And it was only — what, like was it CBS? Or whatever, whatever which one Rather works for. They — the people there — they finally bought into it, and they, and they aired it. And when they did, they had ’em. They didn’t care who did it! All they had to do is to get some element of the media to advance that issue. Based upon the false papers that they produced.” — Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Getting Jeff Gannon Into White House Press Conferences.

“But Rove’s dominance of White House and Republican politics, Gannon’s aggressively partisan work and the ease with which he got day passes for the White House press room the past two years make it hard to believe that he wasn’t at least implicitly sanctioned by the ‘boy genius.'” — Dotty Lynch, CBS

Mailing a video and documents that showed Bush’s debate preparation to the Gore campaign.

“During the 2000 presidential campaign, we were obviously treated to more Rove chicanery when the following Associated Press story hit the wires: “A woman who worked for a media company that produced ads for President George W. Bush’s campaign was indicted for secretly mailing a videotape of Bush practicing for a debate to Vice President Al Gore’s campaign.” Yes, that videotape, along with a 120-page briefing book, just happened to turn up in Gore’s headquarters as fast as the CD-ROM turned up in Lafayette Park.” — Wayne Madsen, Counterpunch

Spreading rumors about John McCain.

“Seven presidential campaigns later, Rove masterminded a deluge of disinformation against John McCain, whose upset victory in New Hampshire had given him a shot at the Republican nomination. Word was spread among South Carolina voters that McCain had fathered a black daughter out of wedlock (McCain had, in fact, adopted a Bangladeshi girl), that McCain was a homosexual, that McCain’s wife had a drug problem and so on.” — Robert B. Reich, The American Prospect

Revealing that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent to the press.

“I have reason to believe that it was the political office that at a minimum confirmed it and the political office was Karl Rove.It was a reporter who told me it was Karl Rove and that’s as far as I want to go right now.” — Her husband Joseph Wilson accused Rove of spilling the beans and then recanted

And those are just the columnists. Once you really get deep into the fever swamps in places like the forums of The Democratic Underground, you find posts blaming Rove for planting protestors at the Democratic debates & arranging for SUVs to flip over so Bill Frist can have a chance to get good press by helping the people who were injured.

Whenever something goes wrong, they just blame it on Karl…

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