I want you to try to imagine that any political commentator-activist other than Karl Rove had “joked” about murdering a sitting U.S. member of the House of Representatives and a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
At the very least, you might expect the leadership of the party supported by this major fundraiser to denounce him.
At the very least, you might expect Fox News to relieve him of his duties as a Fox New contributor.
It has been two weeks since Karl Rove made his infamous statement about Rep. Todd Akin to a small group of Republican high donors. Yet, there have been no denunciations from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Neither has Fox News given him his walking papers. In fact, if anything, Rove seems to be more visible on Fox these days without even any tough questions about his irresponsible, reckless statement that should disqualify him from any active participation in the 2012 election – either as the lead of a major super-PAC spending tens of millions or as a paid political commentator.
I can tell you this: Many regular commentators have been dropped by Fox with much less excuse.
And just think about the hubbub that was stirred by Todd Akin’s misstatement, directed at no one personally, that set off Rove’s anger and his decision not to fund the only Republican candidate in the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Rove is a disgrace to the Republican effort to win the White House and the Congress for Republicans. He has become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
While he apologized privately to Akin for his remark, he is still withholding funding of his candidacy, even while Akin remains the only viable candidate to win the Senate seat in Missouri.
What is going on here?
Why am I seemingly the only public person in America shouting about this outrage from the rooftops?
Why do you suppose Democrats aren’t expressing any outrage about Rove? I’ll answer that question for you: because they know he is a liability to Republican victory in November. Why is it that Republicans can’t see it?
What we witnessed two weeks ago from Rove is the kind of temper tantrum he is famous for in politics. He exhibited it in 2010 when he refused to support Christine O’Donnell as the nominee for a Senate seat in Delaware. He exhibited it again in 2010 when he refused to support Sharron Angle as the nominee for a Senate seat in Nevada – the Senate seat held by Harry Reid, no less! He exhibited it again when he refused to support Joe Miller, the nominee for a Senate seat in Alaska.
He didn’t support their bids to win because they weren’t his favorites to win the nomination – just as Todd Akin wasn’t his choice.
Meanwhile, Todd Akin’s embattled campaign to win that Senate seat in Missouri is short of cash. His television ads have been suspended. Had Rove turned on the spigots for this winnable race that would not be the case.
At the very least, Romney should be able to convince Rove to stop playing personal politics by depriving Akin of funding and to start playing national politics by refunding him. Every seat is critical in the bid to retake the Senate from the Democrats.
What is Fox News thinking by repeatedly calling on Rove as an expert on this political race when he has made the most irresponsible statement by any Republican activist this year?
What is Romney thinking about when he allows Rove to deprive funds to a viable and worthy Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate?