We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!
~ Karl Rove at a "Billionaire Fundraiser" via Bloomberg
Given the current FBI investigation of threats against Congressman Akin and calls for acts of violence and rape against his family and staff, joking as to the potential murder of Congressman Akin is deeply disturbing. I am certain he misspoke.
~ Statement from Akin's congressional press secretary Steve Taylor via Talking Points Memo
Tyler said Rove called the embattled Senate candidate and "spent about three minutes" explaining that he didn't know there had been a reporter in the room and that he would not have made such a comment if he'd been aware of her presence.
"After about three minutes, Todd asked: are you calling to apologize?" recounted Tyler, who said that Rove responded in the affirmative.
"Todd was gracious and he accepted his apology," Tyler said, adding that the episode had not changed Akin's determination to continue his campaign: "Akin's in it to stay."
Bloomberg's reporter unethically misrepresented herself to gain access to a private meeting, while reporters who followed the SPJ code of ethics were turned away.
~ Spokesman Jonathan Collegio of Rove's Crossroads Superpac
The financier knew that I was a journalist. At no point was I presented with, nor did I agree to, restrictions regarding the information I heard. Upon my arrival at the breakfast, I was not asked if I was a journalist. I gave my name, identified the person who had invited me, was handed a wristband, and ushered into the dining room.
~ Businessweek reporter, Sheelah Kolhatkar, quoted by CNN
That’s about as hilarious as a rape joke.
~ Ryan Bomberger, blogger for Life News and president of the Radiance Foundation
Congressman Akin made a misstatement on the subject of rape and conception for which he apologized. Apparently Karl Rove believes the apology is not enough and that Akin should pay with his life. Jokes about murder are not jokes when it comes to politicians where the risks of assassination are real.
~ William Murray, head of the Government is Not God Political Action Committee and the Religious Freedom Coalition, quoted by World Net Daily
Just out of sheer decency standards, Fox News should drop him as a contributor. Sean Hannity should stop pumping up this mean-spirited political operative as ‘the architect.’ Mitt Romney should denounce his remark and ask Rove to step aside in this campaign.”
. . . Rove has self-destructed.
. . . Akin apologized, too. But that wasn’t enough for Rove. Akin has shown he is a much bigger man than Karl Rove. It’s time for Rove to go.
~ Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of World Net Daily
Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics.
. . . This stunning attack on Akin is now reported as a joke. Sorry, Karl, it isn’t funny to joke about murdering a Congressman.
Rove tried to excuse his obscene joke by saying he would not have said it if he had known a reporter was in the room. That makes his statement worse! Is murder the kind of secret political advice Rove gives to Republican donors and candidates who hire him?
A private phone call by Rove to Akin to sort of apologize does not erase the public offense. At the very least Rove should make a public apology. But even that can’t wipe out his gross political mistake.
Karl Rove is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. We don’t want any more of his advice in secret briefings or publicly on Fox News. Missourians don’t want politicians from other states telling us who to run for the Senate.
Rove has been calling on Todd Akin to resign, but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious, and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.
~ Republican Anti-Feminist Phyllis Schlafly on the Eagle Forum Blog
Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn’t follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s example with a big, fat apology – to Akin – the whole party goes down in flames come November.
I don’t mean every Republican will lose, but there is great political peril in not sealing the hole in Republican armor that has opened in Missouri and instead permitting it to remain a Democratic pressure point. Further, “for the good of the country” (the mantra accompanying the party-wide chorus of pleas to Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race), Republicans must resume funding Akin’s viable campaign ASAP, after cutting it off in a mad fit of political pique. Finally, every one of them – the party standard-bearer, party bosses, congressional delegations, allied pundits – should come together for a group smack on the head, as in, “What were we thinking?”
~ Conservative author Diana West on her blog, August 24
"Will no one rid me of this meddlesome hayseed?"
~ comment by JerkCade on Wonkette
Yeah, but unless it's forcible murder, he probably won't die from it...
~ comment by Peckerwood Pete on Wonkette
Was he talking about legitimate or illegitimate murder?
~ comment by OneYieldRegular on Wonkette
Sanctity of Life!
~ comment by MissTaken on Wonkette
Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer… Dead!
~ comment by FlownOver on Wonkette quoting Animal House
~ comment by BaldarTFlagass on Wonkette
I suppose he will "take him on a hunting trip"
~ comment by mavenmaven on Wonkette
Are the Republican's the Mafia?
~ comment by pprty on CNN Political Ticker
So, what's wrong with a little sunlight in the deep, dark recesses of the republican underbelly?
~ comment by frontgate on CNN Political Ticker
Akin only espoused what they believe, but won't publicly say, thats why they want him whacked. The only thing missing at the RNC were nurses going up and down the aisles dispensing medications.
~ comment by Bill NY on CNN Political Ticker - making a Jonestown Cult Kool Aid reference
Well, he committed treason outting Valerie Plame, why shouldn't he be caught urging murder now?
~ comment by regertz on CNN Political Ticker
The Republican party exposed for all to see.
This is when they start to devour each other.
Dinner is served.
~ comment by Babylon on CNN Political Ticker
A perfect illustration of right-wing mentality-a reporter "unethically" reported on Rove's comments to murder a Republican senatorial candidate. By the way, isn't Rove's remark an act of terrorism? A little water boarding should be in order.
~ comment by rosslaw on CNN Political Ticker
hamrove would look good in an orange jumpsuit
~ comment by rr4real on Huffington Post
Leave it to Karl Rove to make Todd Akin look good by comparison.
~ comment by My2Cents on Huffington Post
Is there a Hallmark card for "Sorry I publically said I wished you were dead"?
~ comment from By Any Definition on Huffington Post
Karl Rove has a way of shutting these things down. fb.me/1r05UIKfi— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 1, 2012
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 31, 2012
#ProLife week in review: Rove jokes about murdering Todd Akin. Eastwood mimes slitting Obama's throat. Romney vows to repeal Obamacare
Is Karl Rove sending a coded message to pro-life fanatics? Kill Akin to gain the Senate politi.co/Q7fr4H— Comrade Lemonton (@lemonton) August 31, 2012
Clear there's a big disconnect on Akin candidacy between GOP leaders in DC and actual GOP voters in Missouri: publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/08/s…— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) August 30, 2012