Friday, July 22, 2005

Why would Hoeven listen to Rove?

With the ongoing investigation into "Plamegate," let me say a few things that I've learned about Karl Rove: He will stop at nothing to take out another political candidate. He's always played dirty and "Plamegate" is no exception.

There is an LA Times article from last weekend (which conveniently didn’t get widely reported) shows just how low Karl Rove is willing to sink to try to destroy a political opponent:

Prosecutors investigating whether administration officials illegally leaked the identity of Wilson's wife, a CIA officer who had worked undercover, have been told that Bush's top political strategist, Karl Rove, and Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, were especially intent on undercutting Wilson's credibility, according to people familiar with the inquiry. Although lower-level White House staffers typically handle most contacts with the media, Rove and Libby began personally communicating with reporters about Wilson, prosecutors were told.
A source directly familiar with information provided to prosecutors said Rove's interest was so strong that it prompted questions in the White House. When asked at one point why he was pursuing the diplomat so aggressively, Rove reportedly responded: "He's a Democrat."

So Rove was willing to expose a CIA operative with noc status because her husband - a respected diplomat - had the balls to stand up and speak out against the Bush administration. And the best part is that Rove actually justified this by noting that Wilson is a Democrat (even though he contributed $1000 to President Bush’s 2000 campaign).

And let's not forget back in 1994 when Rove was running the campaign of an Alabama Supreme Court candidate, he initiated a whisper campaign that labeled his opponent, a respected incumbent judge, a pedophile. Yep, that's classy.

Rove is the ultimate political hit man, and now the White House is covering up his role in the "Plamegate."

Will be there soon be a "Hoevengate?" Why was Governor Hoeven meeting with Rove last month? He says it was to discuss Devil’s Lake (but now the Administration is sandbagging our state on that), but frankly that’s BS.

Karl Rove doesn’t do Devils Lake. Karl Rove does politics.

As the conservative blog Say Anything noted, “Gov. Hoeven is traveling all the way to D.C. to talk to the GOP’s number one political strategist about floods? I’m not buying it. Hoeven is meeting with Rove to discuss strategy for 2006.”

Does this mean Hoeven is planning on brining Rove style dirty tricks to our state? We’ve already seen GOP chairman Ken Karls start lobbing ridiculous smears. What can we expect next? Our state has a tradition of high-minded, civil campaigns. We don't want a negative campaign in our state.

Karl Rove should be the last person our Governor takes advice from. Just say no to Karl Rove.