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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:48 PM
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Rove's Connection To Valerie Plame And An Extensive History of Foul Play
This may be old news around here, but this information is new - and shocking - to me. First I read the Oct. 7 Harper's Weekly that contained this nugget:

The Bush Administration rejected calls for an independent counsel in the matter of Valerie Plame, whose identity as an undercover CIA operative was revealed by at least one senior White House official, possibly Karl Rove, in retribution for her husband's skeptical remarks about the president's case against Iraq.

Rove, the president's political adviser, denied being the source of the leak, though he was reportedly fired from George H.W. Bush's 1992 reelection campaign for leaking damaging information about a rival to Bob Novak, the very columnist who exposed Plame in July.

Plame and Rove, it was reported, attend the same Episcopal church.

http://www.harpers.org/weekly-review /

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I was unaware of that connection, but Rove's 1992 work for Bush reminded me of an old profile of Rove and his early connection to the Bush family.

Rove, 48, was born in Colorado, grew up in an apolitical household and caught the political bug after the family moved to Utah. In 1971 he quit the University of Utah and moved to Washington to become executive director of the College Republicans.

In 1973, he and the College Republicans were accused of encouraging dirty tricks during the Watergate campaign year of 1972. The Republican National Committee, which was then chaired by Bush's father, investigated and eventually exonerated Rove, who blames political opponents from his chairmanship race for spreading false allegations.

But Rove acknowledges that, in 1970, he used a false identity to gain entry to the campaign offices of Illinois Democrat Alan Dixon, who was running for state treasurer. Once inside, Rove swiped some letterhead stationery and sent out 1,000 bogus invitations to the opening of the candidate's headquarters promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing."

"It was a youthful prank at the age of 19 and I regret it," Rove says.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns...

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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:59 PM
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1. Is Rove married--does he have any children? Any pics of his family?
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:03 PM
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3. I Think Politics Dissolved His Marriage
He has had a Bush connection for 25 years, having first met George W. Bush while working as an assistant to Bush's father at the RNC in 1973-74.

In 1977, he moved to Texas to work for the elder Bush's political action committee, and in 1978 helped George W. Bush in his unsuccessful race for Congress.

Rove left the elder Bush's presidential campaign and moved to Austin in early 1979, in part to try to save a failing marriage. There he went to work for Bill Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas elected in this century.

The marriage eventually dissolved, but the move to Austin launched Rove on a 20-year crusade to remake the political face of the state.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns...

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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:29 PM
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7. So Rove's not married now?
He's single? Hear that girls and boys?
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:33 PM
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9. He Is Rather Fetching in His Own Way
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jburton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:48 PM
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10. eeewwww!
:puke:
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:57 PM
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13. Deleted
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 08:58 PM by Must_B_Free
Deleted - double hit
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:57 PM
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14. He'd Rather be Feltching in His Own master's exit Way
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 09:00 PM by Must_B_Free
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remfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:58 PM
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15. He reminds me of Baby Huey for some reason
:shrug:
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:00 PM
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2. Ashcroft Adding To The Slime
This is from DU's own Top Ten Conservative Idiots:

Last week John Ashcroft vowed that he would not rest until he tracked down the person who murdered his wife. No wait, that was O.J. Simpson.

Last week John Ashcroft began a full investigation of the Bush administration to determine who leaked the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak, dismissing calls for a special prosecutor. Despite minor issues, like, say, the fact that Karl Rove was a paid consultant to three of Ashcroft's political campaigns back in the 80s and 90s, the Crisco Kid doesn't seem to think a special prosecutor is necessary to avoid a conflict of interest.

Odd, really - Ashcroft used to be a big fan of special prosecutors. Back in 1997 he appeared on CNN's "Evans & Novak" to express his indignation that a special prosecutor was not appointed to investigate important matters like Al Gore's alleged use of a government telephone while fundraising. See - important matters, not like all this boring national security stuff.

"...You know, a single allegation can be most worthy of a special prosecutor," said then-Senator Ashcroft. "If you're abusing government property, if you're abusing your status in office, it can be a single fact that makes the difference on that." My, my, how times have changed.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10 /

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nannygoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:05 PM
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4. Another article that provides background about Wilson
and mentions the Rove church connection:

Man behind the furor
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25492-20...

<snip last paragraph on page 2>
Wilson said he and his wife have attended the same Episcopal church as Rove. Wilson
quoted Valerie as saying, "Perhaps the next time we are taking communion I should
introduce myself so he can see that I have a face and a name other than 'fair game.' "

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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:27 PM
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6. The Paragraph Before Provides The Despicable Context
Even though the White House has said Rove wasn't involved, Wilson made clear yesterday that he has no intention of backing off from his assertion that Rove at least condoned someone's making telephone calls to reporters about his wife. He said he took a call from a reporter who quoted Rove as saying: "Joe Wilson's wife is fair game."

Wilson said he and his wife have attended the same Episcopal church as Rove. Wilson quoted Valerie as saying, "Perhaps the next time we are taking communion I should introduce myself so he can see that I have a face and a name other than 'fair game.' "

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nannygoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:07 PM
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5. God that second photo is sickening.
Evil, traitorous bastards. I hope they rot in hell.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:29 PM
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8. You Really Get The Feeling That
They understand no joy except corruption and villainy. If ever there were a portrait of moral bankruptcy, it is that second photo.
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eileen_d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:54 PM
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12. The only thing missing
are the horns. I might need a retina replacement...
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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:51 PM
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11. it brings a chill to my heart to see Bush,Rove, and Wolfie sharing a laugh
yuck.
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DrFunkenstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 03:46 PM
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16. Seriously, I Get A Chill From Their Laughter
n/t
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:26 PM
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17. Rove belongs to a church?
Maybe he's just there getting salient points to report back to Satan.
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ignatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:44 PM
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19. Sure they belong to a church, it's good for "bidness" doncha know?
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gulliver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:30 PM
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18. Which two in the White House are the traitors?
One things for sure. Oust Bush/Cheney and the two traitors will be ousted with them.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:45 PM
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20. What gulliver said.
Smirk and Sneer are Public Enemies No. 2 and No. 1 respectively.

"Frog march 'em out in handcuffs."



As for the chimp:



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