Saturday, December 1, 2007

And This Guy Was "Bush's Brain"

Karl Rove on Charlie Rose Image credit: screen capture of Karl Rove's interview with Charlie Rose by Cujo359

A couple of weeks ago while being interviewed by Charlie Rose, Karl Rove let fly with this whopper:

ROSE: But you were opposed to the vote.

ROVE: It happened. We don’t determine when the Congress vote on things. The Congress does.

ROSE: You wish it hadn’t happened at that time. You would have preferred it did not happen at that time.

ROVE: That’s right.

Rove Tries To Rewrite History: Claims WH ‘Opposed’ Politicizing Pre-War Iraq Vote

Now, this was news to just about all of us who survived that time with our memories intact, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, both Democrats (the link above has quotes). No surprise there, right? What's interesting is that even a few former Bush Administration officials, like Ari Fleischer, Dan Bartlett and Andy Card, also dispute Rove's version of history. Here's Fleischer's account as quoted in the Washington Post:

Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary at the time, said Daschle had pressed Bush over the summer to bring the matter to Congress but for consultation, not necessarily a vote. Bush decided to seek a vote authorizing force, Fleischer said. "It was definitely the Bush administration that set it in motion and determined the timing, not the Congress," he said. "I think Karl in this instance just has his facts wrong."

Rove's Version of 2002 War Vote Is Disputed

[h/t Think Progress].

As Steve Benen notes:

Confronted with this reality, Karl Rove did what we'd expect him to do: he repeated the lie as if reality had no meaning.

Rove repeated his assertion in an interview yesterday, pointing to comments made by Democrats in 2002 that they wanted a vote. "For Democrats to suggest they didn't want to vote on it before the election is disingenuous," he said.

Rove could have very easily explained that he misspoke during his interview last week, or misunderstood the question. But not this guy -- he lied, got caught, was thrown under the bus by his former colleagues, and then went back and repeated the lie all over again.

Rove Against The World

Confronted with a truth that seemingly everybody knows, Rove continued to lie his ass off. How smart is that? This guy was "Bush's Brain". With that quote for the WaPo, Fleischer gave him the perfect out. As Steve Benen noted, he didn't take it. Arianna Huffington notes:

It was a satiric tour de force worthy of Jonathan Swift or Stephen Colbert -- but Rove wasn't joking. He actually expected us to buy his load of b.s. Watching Rove, two things were perfectly clear: his disdain for the truth and his contempt for the American people know no bounds.

Karl Rove's Shameless, Remorseless, Soulless Attempt to Rewrite History

It makes you wonder how functional Bush's auxiliary brain, the one in his own head, is working to have ever trusted this guy.


Anonymous said...

It makes you wonder how functional Bush's auxiliary brain, the one in his own head, is working to have ever trusted this guy.

It's the same thing that makes a mistress who marries the guy who divorced his wife to marry her think "He LOVES me. He wouldn't do that to me!"

Cujo359 said...

That's a good analogy, although I think it would be a better one if both had left someone for each other. Bush has never demonstrated much regard for either the truth or the public, either. You might say they were kindred souls. At least, you might say that if the phrase wouldn't make you gag if you used it in this context.