Why Does Karl Rove Hate America So Much?

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Oh, boy. Another chance to say something good about Detroit. Nothing gets a bigger rise out of a certain element among you loyal Lawners than when I utter anything even faintly complimentary about my hometown. For reasons I may never fully understand, I would incite less mouth-foaming if I sang the praises of Tehran. So, needless to say, I'm gonna go with Detroit.

This morning I see in The New York Times that the revered American political philosopher and arbiter of public ethics, Karl Rove, is accusing Chrysler-Jeep Corp. of delivering a crooked "Chicago-style" payoff to President Obama by sponsoring a halftime ad during the Super Bowl based on the auto industry's robust and dramatic comeback after a federal bailout. I get it. I understand that all of the FMS out there (foamy-mouth syndrome) is about the bailout. Forget that the loan we gave our most important indigenous manufacturing industry didn't come close to putting it on equal footing with the permanent safety-net subsidies all of our global competitors get from their national governments or that the bailout saved thousands of jobs or that it helped stave off a replay of the Great Depression.

The Rush Limbaugh/Karl Rove crowd wanted to see a storied American industry fall into its wormy grave anyway, just to fulfill their dystopian ideology.

Dubya's Architect says the Super Bowl halftime ad starring Clint Eastwood amounts to political advertising for Obama. So this morning I went back to view it again on YouTube. See what you think. Here's Eastwood's script:

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It's halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.

It's halftime in America, too. People are out of work, and they're hurting. They're all wondering what they're going to do to make a comeback. And we're all scared because this isn't a game.

The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now Motor City is fighting again.

I've seen a lot of tough eras, a lot of downturns in my life, times when we didn't understand each other. It seems that we've lost our heart at times. The fog of division and discord and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead.

But after those trials we all rallied around what was right and acted as one. Because that's what we do. We find a way through tough times, and if we can't find a way then we'll make one.

All that matters now is what's ahead and how do we come from behind. How do we come together? And how do we win?

Detroit's showing us it can be done. And what's true about them is true about all of us.

This country can't be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again, and when we do the world's gonna hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it's halftime, America, and our second half is about to begin.

So what do you think? Is all of that patriotic faith-in-the-nation stuff just a bunch of pro-Obama propaganda? If it is, what's the Republican line instead?

I guess that would be Mitt Romney's line instead: that this country is a bunch of limp-wristed Euro-socialist tit-suckers who need a great big kick in the ass from their betters in the top 1 percent.

I could go with that as a national debate. Great. Fine. Detroit as the Capital of Comeback, Bain Capital as the Oracle of Moral Authority.

Every single time anybody on television says anything positive about America, I believe the Republicans should be given an opportunity under the equal time doctrine to come on the air and talk about what a useless gob of excrement America has become. I think we will be able to vote on those two choices come November.

All right, ladies and gentlemen: foam your engines!

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Jared Heath
Jared Heath

Its just more of the us vs them distraction that the Republicans have been pushing for most of my life.

Its necessary to distract the masses with polarizing ideological drivel so the ultra-rich side of the party can continue to abuse them without any of them paying attention.  The only people paying attention are the liberals and moderates, who the Rep brass have demonized to the point that the religious conservative base in general views them all as loonies.

Likeicare
Likeicare

Only Karl Rove could take this ad and turn it around for his agenda.  Clint should be pissed at him

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I always found Carl Rove to be a slimy bastard..He reminds me of a bad slumlord, who jacks up the rent and then refuses to kick back into the property, letting it rot in front of your eyes..He's pissed because like someone else said here, Chrysler borrowed from the republican playbook ala "Morning in America" and ran with a common theme that we could use more of, National Pride. To me, It's about to be the second half and we need to make sure the good guys stay in office..

Carl
Carl

Karl Rove does not hate America.  He hates the people of America because we have not given him the recognition he feel he deserves as "The Architect".  He may even hate himself because. in spite of everything he says and does, nobody give him the time of day!  He is basically a nobody!

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I bet he got beaten up a lot in middle school. What a jerk. At least Lee Atwater realized the error of his ways before he died of brain cancer. This guy STILL thinks he is cool and connected. Wrong, Karl, wrong.

Architect
Architect

Karl Rowe is not an Architect.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

So you're saying that big business is not your enemy on those days when your version of big government deems it worthy of subsidy? Just trying to keep up with all the players here. Don't want to be hating the wrong class or political party.

RTGolden
RTGolden

There is a quote by Henry Kissinger that pretty much sums up the difference between the great Presidents of our history and slew of slack-jawed mouth breathers we've had in the Oval Office since the end of Eisenhower's term:"The great statesmen of the past saw themselves as heroes who took on the burden of their societies' painful journey from the familiar to the as yet unknown. The modern politician is less interested in being a hero than a superstar. Heroes walk alone; stars derive their status from approbation. Heroes are defined by inner values; stars by consensus. When a candidate's views are forged in focus groups and ratified by television anchorpersons, insecurity and superficiality become congenital."

This can be applied equally to democrat and republican, President, Senator, or Representative.  We don't have presidents anymore, we have fronts for various interest groups, lobbies, and opportunists.

JimS
JimS

On apologies: it's set up this way, by the Foxzis: You have to be a full-throated know-nothing drunk Jingo Imbecile, or you're an apologist. Take your pick.

catbird
catbird

Never did like Rove much and really wasn't GWB's biggest fan either...don't know why Rove is still in the public eye. He should have retired when Bush left office.

Itbrad
Itbrad

Great column, Jim....keep up the good work.

ggg
ggg

I am a total Honda cheerleader who rented a car and the car I got was a Dodge Avenger.  I was so blown away that when it comes time in the next year to get a new car, I'm going to look at an Avenger.  Or a Charger, in my dreams.  But I totally loved the Avenger.  I have read great reviews of it.  Honda is still great, but I think I might buy American for the first time.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

wierd everyone in Detroit is happy because they are recovering..great.  To bad people down here are all to quick to wish unemployment and death to our economic engine, AMR.  where is our bailout?

catbird
catbird

That Dodge Challenger is a pretty nice piece of Detroit iron...reminds me of the classic drive movie "Vanishing Point"....

footmeetA$$
footmeetA$$

Karl Rove doesn't hate America. He just hates the America that came to be after the slaves were freed!

Syd_nancy
Syd_nancy

Clint made a great movie about an old line worker in Detroit. He was a natural. Rove's just pissed they did'nt use Chuck Norris. Go Detroit.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Got a question or two. Is the former mayor of Detroit back in jail or is he still living in Southlake unable to make restitution to those he ripped off. And Jim, are folks still digging up their loved ones and moving the bones to a new locale.

Guest
Guest

So anyone who says anything positive about America is shilling for Obama?

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

Well, when you consider Eastwood's own word:"It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America," Eastwood said of the Chrysler ad. "I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK."I got this from a Fox News interview with Eastwood. Rove is full of it.

JimS
JimS

Sorry, didn't see this when you posted. I have never been against big business. I worked my way through college on the assembly lines of Detroit amidst of all kinds of hard-working people lifting up their families by working for big businesses. When I talk about  he one percent, I'm never talking about businesses. I'm talking about the money-hoarders who sit on the wealth the government has given them by slashing their taxes and then refuse to invest it in American businesses until they get a white president again. The super-rich in this country are the real enemies of all business, big and small.  

Ouch
Ouch

i was about to shut it down, but now have to hang on for J's reply.  The most valid comment of the day.

JimS
JimS

Richard Brookhiser on George Washington's first campaign for office:"Washington ran for the House of Burgesses in 1758 while still serving as a colonel in the militia. He could not be at the polling place on Election Day, but he delegated a friend, Lt. Charles Smith, to tend bar in his absence. We know from their correspondence what the Washington campaign served: 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 34 gallons of wine, 46 gallons of beer, two gallons of cider (probably hard), for a total of 160 gallons of booze. There were 397 voters. Washington won. If you're not the candidate of Change, be the candidate of Have Another."http://www.cbsnews.com/stories...

Larry
Larry

Ya got your pith and vinegar goin on Jim.

Montemalone
Montemalone

He should have retired before Bush got an office.

Tim
Tim

 I rented a Dodge Charger and took it on a road trip up to New Mexico.  It was a great ride for the 12 hours each way - road / wind quiet with a little growl , powerful and it even got 33 miles per gallon. The seats felt OK after sitting there all day  - not bad for a little muscle car fantasy! Don't know if I could ever justify buying one - But I sure would rent one again!

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

Im honda guy tried and true, but when I had to have som e body work done on my ride, I got a new Chrysler 300 as a rental, and damn, I was impressed.  Certainly not the chrysler of 10 years ago

Ed D.
Ed D.

AMR has $4 billion in cash and doesn't need a bailout. Their bankruptcy is just a ploy to break contracts and screw the taxpayers by dumping their underfunded financial obligations on the government.

JimS
JimS

B'lieve so, on the re-departure of the dear departed. I didn't say I was moving there.

JimS
JimS

In a sense, yes, since everyone shilling for the other side says only negative things about America.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Looks like he gave the voters what they wanted.  Subsequently, he gave this Nation what it needed in it's infancy.  He also brought a dignity to the highest office that very very few modern presidents even come close to.

Look Jim, you'll never hear me or see me flogging a sitting President.  Regardless of party, liberal or conservative I respect the Office and the man (or woman, when events turn out that way) sitting in it.  I was appalled at the way Clinton was castigated by the Right when he was in office.  I was a young soldier at the time, and this was my Commander In Chief they were assailing.  I felt the same revulsion toward the left when Bush was in office.  I feel it now when I see President Obama being attacked for various things.  My only wish with President Obama would be that he would stand up FOR America.  He may never have apologized for this nation, but he certainly was apologetic for it, and that doesn't sit well with me.

JimS
JimS

That's what I was going for.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

by the way, its a lie that the pensions are being dumped on the taxpayer.  the PBGC is funded soley on the funds that companies pay into the PBGC to insure their pension plans.  It happens to be ran by the government, but it isnt run on tax revenue like other government entities

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

trust me, i know.  I hate trying to pass sarcasm on the internet (in reference to a bailout.)  I still dont like people wishing 28k local people out of work though

RTGolden
RTGolden

Except, little more than three years ago, the roles were reversed, and four years before that.  When Bush was President, the Dems couldn't condemn the country, the government, or economy fast enough.  Likewise, when Clinton was in office and running for re-election, it was the Reps doing the harping again.  This happens every election year.  Isn't there  a pending flood you could cover, or perhaps a local political figure you could flip-flop your opinion on?

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Say it enough and it becomes true, right Jim?

Which major party candidate started his administration out by apologizing for America?  Can you remind me of that, please?

blue pencil
blue pencil

 Um, three years ago, the economy had tanked under Bush -- thanks to many of the deregulation policies the Republicans had championed and continue to champion -- the deficit had ballooned -- thanks to Bush's prescription program and his unpaid wars -- we never found the WMDS, bin Laden had escaped and the US was universally despised for engaging in torture. Soooo, it wasn't simply a matter of who was in power getting attacked by the disloyal opposition. Bush certainly provided plenty of ammunition.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Hate to burst your bubble, but I don't watch FoxNews.  I do watch Fox Sports and Fox Entertainment, but not Fox News.

Some of you people are fucking morons.

Brad
Brad

 A perfect example of a Fox News education.

Sam
Sam

 Allow me to sum up that Politifact article - Sure, everything Obama said amounts to apologizing for America, but he never actually used the words "i apologize", so therefore he never apologized, take that wingnuts, nyaah nyaah.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

It's never been Obama, but that hasn't stop a one-term failed Governor who didn't run for re-election because he wouldn't win from spreading the lie.

Which you seem to want to do.

Mittens claim deemed a lie by Politicfact:

http://www.politifact.com/trut...

It may also upset you to know Obama's also a US citizen.

Guest
Guest

 http://www.politifact.com/trut...

Do we really want to start off a post that repeats a well-worn lie that has been repeated enough that people believe it to be true with "say it enough and it becomes true..."?

JimS
JimS

Just give me the quote, Dave. I would think that would be easy for you.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

There is a big difference between "saying negative things about America" and making a bad decision.

President Obama apologized for our foreign policy of previous administrations as one of his first public comments after taking office.  His wife made the famous "finally proud of America" comment.

Reasonable people can disagree.  What pisses me off is when people assign sinister motives.  Look at your writings, Jim, and you will see what I am talking about.  Compare yourself to Fareed Zakaria.  Y'all are pretty close politically, but you have a long way to go to catch up to his class.

JimS
JimS

I'm not aware of that happening at all, except in the minds of Fox News wackos. Which major party put our economy and jobs in the toilet? Which one is getting it all going again? Which one couldn't find the WMDs? Which one got Osama? Which one preaches that working people and teachers are leaches? Which one is putting them back to work? 

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