Is Karl Rove Working for Hillary?

Anthony Freda

“Politics is not a matter of speaking the truth, but rather a question of being believed.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

George W. Bush had a cute nickname for his trusted and feared political hatchet man.

He called him “Turd Blossom”

A telling moniker since the term refers to a flower that blossoms from a heap of dung. Turning crap into political produce is what Rove does.

According to political operatives, he is pulling his dirty tricks against the GOP candidate this time around and working with the “opposition” in typical Machiavellian fashion.

Some of the devilishly unethical campaign shenanigans that just happen to have occurred on Rove’s watch include:

The False Flag:

In 1986, Rove was part of the gubernatorial campaign staff for William Clements.

Just before a debate between Clements and Mark White for TX governor, a bug magically appeared in Clements office.

Many people in the know believe Rove planted the bug so his candidate would gain sympathy from the press and people.

The Preemptive Leak to a Compromised Source:

According to writer James Hatfield, in 2000 Rove leaked George W. Bush’s cocaine abuse allegations to the author and then revealed information Hatfield himself had a felony conviction. (His past then became the credibility issue, not W’s cocaine habit and the publisher withdrew the book.)

Say what you will about Trump. It is clear his own party bosses have no love for him and are looking to 2020 as the next chance to run an establishment Neocon lackey.

Rove reportedly leaked the truth of Bush’s cocaine arrest to James Hatfield for his book “Fortunate Son” in 1999 as a preemptive strike.

(The documentary “Horns and Haloes” examines his story in detail)

The story then became focused on the character of the messenger instead of W.

The Ugly Whispered Smear:

In 2000, Bush faced stiff competition from Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War hero who appealed to Republicans and whose campaign was being run by one of Rove’s rivals from Texas, John Weaver.

Rove was blindsided when McCain destroyed Bush in the New Hampshire race.

Rove and Bush moved on to the South Carolina primary, where they ran a tougher campaign, questioning McCain’s commitment to pro-life policies, baiting him into going off message and co-opting his own image as a maverick.

In South Carolina, McCain faced a nasty whispering campaign about his mental health, his wife’s battle with prescription drugs and whether he had fathered a black child out of wedlock.

Can’t imagine where such rumors started.

(The McCains had adopted a Bangladeshi child from Mother Teresa’s orphanage.) Bush wins by a wide margin in South Carolina, and by March, McCain is out of the race.

The Release of Forged Documents That Tell the Truth:

The Killian memos controversy, or Rathergate, involved six purported documents that painted a damning portrait of U.S. President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73.

CBS reported that these documents were written by then-Lt. Bush’s National Guard squad commander, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian.

These documents were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the Presidential Election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to verify the documents.

Several experts concluded the documents were obvious forgeries.

Killian’s secretary, Marian Carr Knox, described herself as Killian’s “right hand” during much of the 1970s.

She believes what the documents actually say is true.

Knox says she didn’t type these memos, but she says she did type ones that contained the same information.

“I know that I didn’t type them,” says Knox. “However, the information in those is correct.”

Who was the author of these mysterious documents?

The chairman of the DNC, Terry McAuliffe, suggested that the memos might have originated with long-time Bush strategist Turd Blossom.

The whole affair had the effect of discrediting the message and messenger, even though the content was accurate.

Fast forward to 2016 and political operatives have reported that the Clinton campaign is working with Turd Blossom to smear Trump and install her highness as the next president.

Say what you will about Trump. It is clear his own party bosses have no love for him and are looking to 2020 as the next chance to run an establishment Neocon lackey.

They cynically see a Clinton victory as their best hope to rally their base behind the GOP in the next election.

Illustration: Anthony Freda