WASHINGTON — Karl Rove is discovering those who live by the insult can die by the insult.
The political guru is coming under a withering attack in the establishment media and by Democrats for recently suggesting Hillary Clinton’s new, thick glasses may indicate she has a brain injury.
Ironically, while Rove has severely criticized fellow Republicans for making remarks he felt would invite ridicule, he is compiling quite a “ridiculous” track record himself.
WND has compiled a Top 10 list of Rove bloopers over the last few years, including the time he:
1) Joked that Missouri Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, should be killed for making a controversial comment on rape. Rove reportedly apologized, but not in public.
2) Picked a fight with the most popular woman in the GOP, Sarah Palin. He called her “enormously thin-skinned” in August 2011. Before that, in October 2010, Rove said he wasn’t sure Palin had the “gravitas” to be president. His beef with her stretches all the way back to his lackluster support for Palin as John McCain’s running mate. In September 2008, he said she was not the most qualified candidate for the job, and when asked if Palin would make a good president, he replied, “I don’t know.”
3) Rappin’ Rove. Granted, it was a skit at the notoriously irreverent Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in March 2007, but some might see it as a uniquely undignified performance for someone who complained that Palin didn’t have gravitas.
4) Angered Iowans by "gratuitiously" attacking Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Rove associate and American Crossroads President Steven Law told the New York Times: “We’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem. This is an example of candidate discipline and how it would play in a general election. All of the things he’s said are going to be hung around his neck.” Iowa Republican Kevin Hall shot back: "Steve King is beloved by Iowa conservatives and if you go to war with him, we will go to war with you." King easily won re-election.
5) Argued, on-air, with Fox anchors over the result the network was predicting in Ohio on presidential election night in 2012. Megyn Kelly, amused and perhaps irritated, then went down the hall, live on camera, to get the information direct from the pollsters.
6) Verbally attacked a co-panelist on Fox so severely in March that host Chris Wallace, after admonishing Rove to "be more collegial," ended the segment by calling it "the least collegial panel I've ever seen."
7) Shoved a female protester who approached him with handcuffs to make a "citizen's arrest" in Beverly Hills, California, in March 2010.
8) Responded to protesters chanting, "We are the 99 percent" by chanting back, "No, you're not" at an event in Baltimore in November 2011.
9) Attacked the integrity of another Republican woman, saying Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell had said “nutty things,” while Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Palin came to her defense.
10) Saw donations to his three Crossroads groups plummet by 98 percent after "declaring war" on the tea party and spending nearly $325 million on the 2012 elections with little to show for it.
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