Years from now, when your teenage children ask you when the word hypocrisy lost all meaning, tell them that it had been on death’s door for many a year; but on May 10, 2008, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes hammered the last nail in its coffin.
Rove, the Fox disinformation fixture was on Hannity and Colmes last night opining about the sudden revelation that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempted to barter the soon to be vacated Illinois seat of Barack Obama for political favors and cash. Rove used his basic dishwater approach, pleading for a wait and see approach toward Obama, while smearing him within the margins of his statement. Though Obama deserved the benefit of the doubt, he should be implicated by association, as that has apparently become the tradition when it comes to Illinois scandals.
Though Obama was:
“not involved in these specifically [sic] actions…I will remind you though that when Blagojevich ran for governor in 2002 one of his earliest and most enthusiastic and visible and vocal supporters was …state senator Barack Obama…when Obama got into a contested primary in 2004…one of his earliest and biggest backers was Blagojevich himself.”
Rove also agreed with Hannity’s assertion that Obama was “friends with all these guys” involved in the “Chicago way”:
“..these are all things that have a rich and long and unfortunate history in Chicago, Illinois politics.”
Rove also complained that Obama’s rebuke of Blagojevich’s behavior was not harsh enough, and that corruption was a speficifically “Democrat problem”.
One would think that Rove, Colmes and Hannity had never heard the name Abramoff. The New York Times reported in 2006 that Rove and members of his staff received, no less than 25,000 dollars in dinners and tickets for events for access to White House policy and policy makers. Abramoff himself revealed during his trial that he often bragged of his connections to Rove, and literally sold access to the White House to his other lobbying clients. A House Ethics panel found that there had been 485 contacts between Rove and Abramoff between 2001 and 2004. Susan Ralson, Rove’s secretary,
“was asked to withhold an endorsement from a Republican candidate for governor of the Northern Marianas Islands, an American commonwealth in the western Pacific where Mr. Abramoff had clients; Mr. Abramoff was backing another candidate.
On Oct. 31, 2001, the report said, Ms. Ralson sent an e-mail message to Mr. Abramoff that read: “You win 🙂 KR [Karl Rove] said no endorsement.” [and yes, despite the dramatic reenactment here, there really was a smiley face before the initials]
Abramoff list of fraud and influence peddling was so extensive that he was forced to plead guilty in three seperate courts, on three consecutive days to the charges. The last of these convictions was handed down in a DC federal court where Abramoff was found guilty of trading meals, travel and sports tickets in exchange for political favors from Rove and his staff among others. And this all just happened two years ago!
But, of course, its ancient history when the time comes to smear the Obama administration. Its forgotten by the supple and pliable liberal Colmes. Its forgotten by Hannity, when convenient, though only weeks ago he referred to Abramoff as “my friend”; and its certainly forgotten by Rove, who has successfully shed the appellation ‘turd blossom’ to be re-born as Fox’s resident ethics correspondent. Hypocrisy never stood a chance.