By now everyone’s heard about Karl Rove’s boorish behavior toward Sheryl Crow and Laurie David after they attempted to engage him in a conversation about global warming at the White House Correspondents Dinner. I don’t know what part of Rove’s public persona had accidentally given Crow and David the impression that he was accessible and open-minded, but I suppose it was worth a shot.
According to Laurie David, Rove “immediately got combative [and] launched into a series of illogical arguments.” Later, when Crow touched Rove’s arm to get his attention and continue the conversation, he snapped at her: “Don’t touch me!” And when she said “You can’t talk to us like that—you work for us,” he snarled “I don’t work for you—I work for the American people.” (How out-of-touch is an administration that thinks the American people it works for are part of some sort of abstract theory and not actual people?)
Anyway, I get a kick out of any story that shows Rove to be a rotten human being as well as a worthless public servant. Every little bit helps.
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I was going to try to work the phrase “Machiavellian mofo” into this post, but it didn’t work. Feel free to use it.