Karl Rove Exposed.!

H/T DailyKos This is unbelievable, except it really isn’t. Anonymous, has leaked a confidential internal directive from Karl Rove’s shadowy, billionaire-funded American Crossroads GPS. This shows how blatantly dishonest the right is and the lengths that they will go to win elections without talking actual issues. Here is the memo in its entirety:

Aug. 24, 2011

From: KR

To: All Internet Operatives and Interns

Re: Internet Operations — For Immediate and Aggressive Implementation


Hello Gang,

You’ve all been working hard, and it’s paying off. Obama’s numbers are plummeting as I type this. Congratulations all around. But we can’t afford to be complacent now.

I just want to briefly go over a few Mission Points with you.

1. Main mission: Infiltrate all liberal web sites, posing as disaffected liberals with liberal-sounding user names, icons and signatures. (Reference Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kucinich, FDR, Smedley Butler, Bill Clinton, etc.)

2. Express. Disappointment. With. Obama. (Whining pays double!) (jk!)

3. Push primary challenge. Push third party. Push Green. Push Socialist. Push write-in voting. Push non-voting to “send a message.”

4. Effective memes/talking points:

“Obama is a DINO.”
“Obama is no different than a Republican.”
“Obama has sold us out.”
“It feels good to vote your conscience.”
“It feels good to stick to your principles.”
“Don’t be trapped into voting for the lesser of two evils.”
“We need to punish Obama and the Democrats by not voting.”
“We’d be better off with a Republican in the White House.”
“Obama is a war-mongering, torturing, corporatist shill.”

I simply cannot emphasize this point enough: No meme is too extreme or radical. “Obama is worse than Bush!” “Obama is a war criminal!” Remember: the reader thinks he is reading the opinion of a fellow liberal. It’s all about peer suggestibility, people. Keep expanding the Overton Window. The more you push a radical notion, the more likely a slightly less radical notion becomes acceptable. Someone else said it this way: “The bigger the lie, the more likely people will believe it.”
So take it over the top. Absolutely nothing is outside the realm of plausibility. “Obama is an alien from the planet Negron.” I like it!

The libs are disappointed that Obama hasn’t turned America into a socialist paradise by now, but they’re lazy and spoiled, not savvy and proactive like us. They think that by whining on a liberal web site they’re engaging in some sort of “activism.” They’re “holding Obama’s feet to the fire.” They actually believe that DC policymakers or their staffers somehow have the time to read every ridiculous liberal blog. They don’t get it that the only ones reading their whiny little rants are–wait for it–other liberals. So they’re actually doing a whole lot of heavy lifting for us with all their dis-motivating buzz-kill, and we want to encourage them as much as possible. When your enemy is engaged in a circular firing squad, pass them the ammo!

Look, we suckered all those nutjob Christian fundies out of their votes and their money. LIberals are almost as easy to fool!

You’ve done great work so far. At this point, many of the liberal blog sites are virtually indistinguishable from RedState. (And can you imagine us on RedState trashing our own candidate? Riiiight.) On most liberal sites, anyone praising Obama is hounded and laughed out of town. Seeya later, blackwaterdog! We, with the help of the libs, have made it uncool to approve of or admit to liking Barack Obama on a liberal web site! Obama-trashing is now in vogue! Is this a great country, or what?!

Remember, in 2000, the Greens helped us put George in the White House by chanting that Al Gore was the same as Dubya! That George W. Bush was the same as the biggest liberal around! And libs bought that! They’ve obviously got a serious masochistic streak, so let’s hand them a whip! (Can you imagine what America would be like today if we’d had that commie wuss Al Gore in the White House for eight years? Gives me goosebumps!)

The Internet was liberals’ most effective weapon against us, for spreading lies and motivating other libs to vote and volunteer and donate, but not any more! Now the only effect of liberal blog sites is to sap enthusiasm and deter liberals from voting, period. We have monkey-wrenched our enemy’s strength and turned it into a liability. The Republican Party owes Karl’s Keyboard Kommandoes a huge debt of gratitude. You were instrumental in keeping Democrats home last November, and look what happened: we took back the House! I only wish I could thank you all in person. Mmmwahhh!

I know most of you work at home, but here at Crossroads I sometimes hear you guys yelling across your cubicles. “Hey, rec me on Kos! I’m owning those liberal schmucks! That’s another Prius-load of Dims staying home! Spurn, baby, spurn! It’s a beautiful thang!”

Gotta love that energy!

But we can’t let up now. Now is the time to work even harder to sow and fertilize discontent out there in lib-land. The debates have begun and soon a front-runner will emerge for the libs to focus on and sling their mud at, instead of their own guy. (Go Ricky! Either or both! The Ricky/Ricky ticket! Anybody but that grotesque, hideous beotch from the Klondike!)

If Obama manages to steal a second term, he could be an unfettered loose cannon and inflict irreparable damage on our Republic. Two words: Supreme. Court. We just can’t afford to let Obama pack the SCOTUS with liberal activist judges.
The long-overdue Citizens United decision means that finally our friends in business will no longer be muzzled from speaking out politically, so now our voices will have the full force of our resources behind them. Here at Crossroads we’re poised to spend $20 million for ad campaigns spreading the truth, and the sky’s the limit.

And we also have to acknowledge the work of our fellow patriots at the RNC and Heritage and CFG and AEI, etc., and all the private grassroots blog-warriors out there as well, such as the excellent Advantage Consultants. You guys are our Republican Underground, freedom fighters prosecuting our mission in the trenches on a daily basis. And don’t think we don’t recognize your commendable job of scrubbing all the filthy liberal lies out of Wikipedia.

Here are some helpful answers to your Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Some libs are wise to us. A Rand Paul staffer got caught on Daily Kos last year. What if I am called out as a mole or troll?
A: No problem; actually an opportunity. Simply accuse the accuser of being a troll for Obama and the DNC, of trying to stifle dissent. (Libs are suckers for that kind of stuff.)
Say, “It’s not a crime to criticize the president!” Or, “So I’m not allowed to say anything bad about Obama?” It’s a straw man that works every time. Try this: “Nobody’s gonna shut me up! I’m gonna keep on speaking out! Attica! Attica!”

Q: What do I do if the libs confront me with Obama’s accomplishments? What if they start rattling off all the liberal crap he’s foisted on the American people?
A: Just come back with the “warmongering corporatist torturer” bit (I know–he’s a piker, he sucks at it, but some of them will actually believe that). Mere laughing dismissal is often very effective. Usually all it takes is an LOL. Call your attackers “Obamabots.” Accuse them of mindless fawning, of worshipping their “saviour.” Dismiss the positive, accentuate the negative. Reference Paul Krugman and Glenn Greenwald. We know Obama hosed us on the debt ceiling deal, for example, but the libs think he sold out. That’s the spin we want to push. And it won’t hurt to ramp up the vitriol and nastiness. We want to make every liberal site an unpleasant place to visit.

Q: What if some of this criticism does reach Obama’s radar and he starts going even more leftist or tries to kick Republican butt? Won’t that backfire on us?
A: Nothing would be better! Bring it, O man! We’ve already managed to inform a big chunk of the electorate that Obama is in truth an angry, racist, America-hating communist. If we can goad him to the point where he stops playing rope-a-dope with us and starts acting like the thuggish, belligerent, socialist dictator we know him to be in reality, we win. We want nothing more than for him to lose his temper and get all pushy and uppity (I love that word!) and uncompromising. Heck, if he gets uppity enough, we might have some traction on an impeachment move. Admittedly, it’s frustrating that he has kept his cool no matter what we throw at him. His phony act of being so consistently goddamned adult and steady and reasonable and sober and bipartisan is what has made all our people in comparison look like stubborn, childish, maudlin, jingoistic, perverted, hypocritical, narcissistic, grandstanding, demented, ignorant, freak-show corporatist whores who don’t give a shit about America. And they’re not. Not at all. Nope. Not all of them. No way, Hozay!

Q: Is our work really that effective? I mean, how many people actually read these liberal blogs?
A: Your work is very effective, or we wouldn’t be paying you. True, the people who visit these liberal sites might be a tiny percentage of the population, but they are the most political, the most likely to get involved in organizing, volunteering and fundraising. In other words, the core. If we can raise enough doubts among the core, and constantly reinforce those doubts through peer suggestibility, we will in essence drive a stake through the heart of the Democrat party. And that is a good day’s work, my friends!

Q: He got Osama bin Laden. How the hell do we spin that?
A: Easy: “Obama assassinated a foreign leader without a trial.” “Obama should be tried for murder before an international court of law.” “They didn’t even read bin Laden his Miranda rights, or offer him counseling!”

People, the bottom line is that I don’t care what you do, or what it takes. We get it. The libs don’t. We know it’s all about votes, and the money and enthusiasm and volunteering that gets votes. The guy who goes to the White House in 2013 will have either an R after his name, or a D. Do we want the party of Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi and Sherrod Brown in our house, or do we want the party of Grover Norquist, Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers? So, all eyes on the prize, which is: Keeping those godless, America-hating libs away from the voting booths!

We want to make this the new theme song of the Democrat party:
(To the tune of the In-N-Out jingle)

Sit it out!
Sit it out!
That’s what a Dem-ocrat is
All about!

Onward to the Hundred-Year Majority!

And remember: The month’s top poster wins a dream lunch with KR!

Yours in liberty, free enterprise, and purity of purpose,



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24 thoughts on “Karl Rove Exposed.!

  1. I call bullshit. No way they ever commit to print their true contempt for the fundies, especially to low-level grunts.

    1. Agreed, came down here to call bullshit as soon as I read the same line. It gets worse after that.

    1. Don’t take it down. That’s what THEY do. Put it in strike-through with a mea culpa at the top. We’re supposed to be better than them.

  2. Even though it is indeed a snark, hopefully it will make people THINK before they attack the President. I have no doubt that this particular snark mirrors reality on some level…lol

    1. Aww, quit the mindless fawning. What are you… worshiping your Saviour?

      OOPS… that was kinda obvious, huh? Sorry.

  3. Lulz.

    and just really…omg what to say.
    Oh I know. Wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

    actually I’m just trying to deflect suspicion from myself. omg I’ve been un-masked. Curses! Foiled again by ‘tards on Kos!!!
    I’m not really upset with Obama! No! it’s a plan I was given by Karl Rove, we email all the time! And of course NO ONE could possibly be annoyed by Democrats, no one could possibly have thoughts and feelings that do NOT fit into talking points handed down by the party. if a person DOES NOT AGREEE 100% with Mike Tate et al they must be Under-cover Rove Operatives. Like ME! I am paid mega-bucks to come here and feel alienated. Our political processes are PERFECT! Obama is PERFECT. and by god there are NO real socialists, block all their remarks. Because you know Karl is right socialists ARE evil, Mention of them proves the satanic nature of the commenter.
    Since I’m paid by Rove, I will use the R word with impunity! this is retarded!
    my 2 fave lines are “The guy who goes to the White House in 2013 will have either an R after his name, or a D”
    Lol what insight! oh yeah, sounds like The Architect to me
    the part about Obama not reading Osama his Miranda rights.
    omfg Nobody’s gonna shut me up! I’m gonna keep on speaking out! Attica! Attica!

  4. After reading the headline, I was afraid I was going to see a picture of his Evilness naked. Then I read the missive. It’s unimpressive. I’ll wait and see if Kos actually latched onto something or if it’s bullshit.

    By the way, whoever Annie K. is—he/she needs to either lay off the caffeine or see if medication will help. The posts are getting steadily odder and more incomprehensible.

  5. Jeff, you do everyone a disservice by confusing satire with an actual leak. It’s like re-printing an Onion story as actual news. Just because you want something to be true doesn’t make it more credible, but it damages your credibility when you willfully overlook the evidence that this is a hoax. Remember the end of Dan Rather’s news career.

    1. STFU, Ray Ray. You need to wait for your IQ to rise up into the mid-double digits before you even BEGIN to think about mocking someone like Jeff over something like this.

      Inarticulate, dim-witted “pot” calling naive “kettle” black.

      Homer Simpson, Ray Ray?! (*laughing*) If there were EVER a real life inspiration for Homer Simpson, hands down, you’re it.

  6. Relax Jill. I already acknowledged that it is probably a fake but as Aunt and inf say one that is steeped in truth.

    MEA CULPA – there for everyone to see!

    Had it bee nanyone but Rove’s name attached i probably would not have believed it to begin with. As I also said the whole basis of Astroturf Wars is that this is how they act.

    jim I offered to take it down because I thought that was best not to be a weasel. I was under the impression that THEY never take their stuff down nor admit their mistakes.

    Finally Jill, I remember the end of Dan Rathers career very well. He took a huge beating from the right wing for airing a story that had been proven true 10 years before he aired it. Everything he aired in his story, was all well documented right in this book: http://www.amazon.com/Shrub-Short-Happy-Political-George/dp/0375757147/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314539583&sr=1-8

  7. No way that’s legit. And to those who don’t think President Obama should be criticized for governing like a 90s Republican, how would you suggest we ever get a genuinely progressive president if we make our support unconditional? If we are content to support someone simply because they are not as crazy as Rick Perry, how will we ever get a progressive in office?

  8. “I already acknowledged that it is probably a fake but… one that is steeped in truth.” Yes, and “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

    Or perhaps you would prefer: “It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, ‘Under the guidance of our Leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days’; or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, ‘Thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!'” In this case, insert Koolaid for water.

  9. Jeff Simpson, I suggest you do not take this down but edit the post to say this was merely snark from DailyKos that caused a bit of a storm there.

    I do think the Democratic Party has been effected by bad tactics, to the point they can’t be liberal presidents or leaders which is why we haven’t seen any improvements. But that is more systematic because the last far left president that came into office had a bullet put into his head when driving in Texas. (Although Lyndon B. Johnson I think would be technically the last ‘liberal’ president, afterwards Jimmy Carter moved everything to the right by introducing Neoliberalism, and shit got real from there.)

  10. You had me going for a while. I was skeptical, but can anyone find anything in this piece that Rove or someone like him hasn’t probably said? It’s absolutely true that they think we’re stupid, dogmatic, and gullible (in psychiatry, we call this “projection”). Let ’em go on thinking it. We’ll surprise them.

  11. I don’t care if it’s satire or the real thing. The fact that it seems like something those scumbags would do IS THE REAL ISSUE. They have no depths that they won’t sink to in order to grab another dollar or another office.

    Screw em. Besides, we can tell the concern trolls from the real thing any day of the week. Lots of us (me included) have a lot of problems with Obama, but we don’t need stupid comments like “He’s as bad as Bush” to make that point. Taking the extra level of thought over blind reaction is why we evolved past Republicanism in the first place, and why we’ll vote Obama back in against pretty much any GOP.

    Besides, if Obama got more “uppity”, a lot of us would be more fired up to vote for him!

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