Karl Rove Makes Ridiculous Comparisons When Discussing New Jersey Bridge Scandal

roveI’ve sometimes joked that the movie Groundhog Day should be the official movie of the Republican party.  The premise being that it just seems like nearly everything that comes out of their mouths is just the same old predictable rhetoric and talking points.

So when I saw that Karl Rove took a discussion about the bridge controversy going on in New Jersey concerning Governor Chris Christie and tried to make it into one about Benghazi and the IRS — I really wasn’t shocked.

When I read the headline, I literally did a “facepalm.”

Rove said on Fox News:

“The amount of attention paid to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi at the same time and the coverage of the IRS pale in comparison.”

He then pathetically said that due to how Hillary Clinton handled Benghazi, “I think it will be hard for Democrats to turn this into an issue.”

This entire segment was actually pretty comical as Rove is clearly a Chris Christie supporter and obviously was doing everything he could to avoid discussing the bridge controversy, continually trying to shift subjects to unrelated issues.

Even when another panelist tried discussing what the staffers who have been implicated with this scandal must have been thinking, Rove laughably brought up Benghazi and the IRS again, saying:

“So did Benghazi, and so did the IRS.  It came out of appointees of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

First, when Benghazi first happened there was a ton of media attention on what happened. The only reason why the story went away (for everyone but Republicans) is because there is no Benghazi scandal.  The “Benghazi scandal” has been debunked so many times that the real issue should be an investigation into the lies and misinformation many Republicans have perpetuated about the entire situation.

Now as far as the IRS issue from a few months ago, I’m not sure what Karl Rove saw, but from my end the media was all over that situation as well.  For several weeks it made headlines.  Oh, until more facts came to light showing that there wasn’t really any “scandal” to begin with.  Facts showed that liberal groups were also targeted by the IRS, essentially ending any real “controversy.”

Well, at least for most people — but of course not for Republicans.  They’re going to continue trying to perpetuate these fake scandals as long as possible because millions of their voters are gullible enough to believe them.

I just found it hilarious (and pathetic) watching Karl Rove do everything he possibly could to turn a segment about the New Jersey bridge controversy into a discussion about unrelated topics like the IRS or Benghazi.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Jim Bean

    Rove’s talking point is based on the fact that in the first 48 hours, ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted 88 minutes to talking about Bridgegate while in that past six months, those same networks have devoted only 2 minutes and 8 seconds to covering the IRS/Tea Party thingy.

    • whats your point?

      and six months from now (if there’s no/minimal scandal) the Christie story will only get 2 minutes also. Is there a point to your statement?

      • Pipercat


      • Gary Menten


      • Pipercat

        That too!

    • Jason Rains

      Where are those numbers coming from? I remember the IRS thing being all over the news when it first came out.

      • Pipercat

        Think of a dark, dank place…

      • Gary Smith

        His ass.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I remember is slowing down when a BUSH APPOINTEE was found to have initiated it on his own!

    • CMH01

      When you find out your talking points are lies, then you should stop using them. Compare the first days of the IRS ‘scandal’ with the first days of ‘Bridgegate’ if you want to have an actual comparison.
      Your ‘facts’ are similar to the way I spent more time using calculus in 10th grade than I’ve used it in the last 5 years outside of school.

      • Jim Bean

        You issued a valid challenge so here’s what I did: First, I Googled “IRS targeting Tea Party ABC NBC CBS. I went through the first 18 pages of hits to see how many were attributable to ABC/NBC/CBS. There were very few – 4 or 5 at most. Then I Googled “Christie bridge closing ABC NBC CBS”. I got five hits on the first page alone. I didn’t take calculus so I’ll defer to you and rely upon your integrity to tell me what it means.

      • Frank

        try using republicans instead of tea party

      • Pipercat

        … better yet, conservative groups.

    • jimhummel

      Maybe they are smart enough to recognize a real scandal when they smell it.

      • Jim Bean

        The definition of a ‘real scandal’ being, ‘unbecoming behavior by my political opponents’, I suppose?

      • jimhummel

        No, that’s a Republican definition, my friend. When definitive EVIDENCE supports the wrongdoing, that’s a real scandal.

      • Jim Bean

        (Lets test your theory)

        Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

        Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing — in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing — occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.

        (Link to follow)

      • Jim Bean

        Or better yet, Google ‘Declassified transcripts of Benghazi briefings released Armed serivces committee’ and take note of who’s NOT covering the story. That will give you a better sense of which of your favorites are keeping it ‘real.’

    • Evil Genius

      How many minutes were devoted to the “IRS/Tea Party thingy” in the first 48 hours? Apples and oranges, my pointy headed friend. Apples and oranges.

  • katherine norton malek

    Karl Rove is ALWAYS hysterically funny. The Pillsbury Dough boy of the Rep. Party. Who still listens to the guy who predicted a landslide Romney shoe-in even as Romney was preparing his concession speech … “but, but, there are still votes coming in, not counted yet, exiting polls are always skewed, so many variable , but but ….” If it had been a Monopoly game board, he’d have turned it over & huffed up to his bedroom. Why do media outlets even give ppl like him, Palin, Cruz any attention at all. They’ve achieved nothing but regurgitate talking points.

    • AlbertCat

      Didn’t Fox or somebody interview or put on some talk panel Arthur Laffer not long ago? Arthur Laffer, folks…. the guy who made up (obviously out of whole cloth) the “Laffer Curve” and Trickle Down Economics! A spectacular 30 year failure…. so let’s ask him what he thinks…. Oh he thinks minimum wage is really “the black teenage unemployment act”.
      Why would anyone ask this fool about anything? Of course, he didn’t disappoint as you see. Still dangerously and completely clueless.

  • Gary Menten

    GOP Scandal Cover-Up Checklist.

    1. Deny any knowledge. Ridicule reporter’s questions.
    2. Destroy tapes, delete emails, destroy hard drives, shred documents.
    3. If you botch step 2, fire a few top aides, hold a press conference and blame them. Make sure they know to plead the 5th when subpoenaed and that they understand they will be rewarded down the line with a job offer from a GOP affiliated PAC.
    4. Have Karl Rove and Reince Priebus scream “Benghazi, Bengazi!” on Sunday morning talk shows.
    5. Try to destroy those hard drives again, in case you missed some.
    6. Double-check to make sure there isn’t anyone you forgot to pay off.
    7. Obstruct investigation by claiming “executive privilege” everywhere possible.
    8. Go on TV, state “I am not a (insert term of your choice here, ie “crook, bully, witch, child molester, etc.”
    9. Keep trying to drag President Obama into it.
    10. Prepare letter of resignation. Deny everything. Say you want to spend more time with your family.

    • 1JudgeNotLestYeBeJudged1

      Love it! Sadly true though.

  • Gary Menten

    Hey Karl? Are all the votes in yet?

  • Sandy Greer

    GOP always whines the American public gives short shrift to Dem scandals.

    It’s the Holier than Thou attitude of the GOP.

    GOP present themselves as Holier than Thou. We can forgive foibles of folks who are ‘human’: We don’t expect perfection.

    But those Holier than Thous: The higher the pedestal, the harder the fall.

  • PaDelta

    No wonder the IRS investigates these GOP-Tea Party groups.