Tea Party Patriots play the Nazi card
A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email Tuesday featuring a photoshopped image of the GOP operative in an SS uniform.
“Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove’s Face,” reads the subject line of the email, from Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.
The email features a photo illustration in which Rove’s face is grafted onto a photo of a uniformed officer in the Reichsführer-SS, an elite rank during Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. The lower left-hand corner of the photo features the inscriptions “Reichsführer-SS” and “K. Rove,” and appears to match a photo of SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler.
Tuesday afternoon, more than five hours after the fundraising email went out, Tea Party Patriots issued a public apology to Rove.
“We apologize to Mr. Rove,” Martin said in the statement. “While we may have strong disagreements with Mr. Rove on the future of conservatism, we want to be clear this imagery is absolutely unacceptable and are working to ensure this type of mistake doesn’t happen again.”
If a Democrat or Independent had put any of the Republicans in Nazi gear you would be able to hear the hue and cry from across the country. They would have been outraged, despite the number of ”Hitler moustaches” one sees on Obama signs.
Karl Rove actually magnanimously accepted the apology and said they needed to get get back to the business of beating democrats or something to that effect.
How far will those in the tea party go to destroy the Republican party? That is the question that Americans need to be asking themselves. In some ways, the blame rests with the Republicans who were more than eager to hop aboard the tea party bandwagon, until it stopped being a winning ticket. Now many are not willing to play the purist role and realize that conservative purity does you no good if you can’t win elections. Its really all about math and percents.
It seems that the the tea party candidates run one election ahead of people finding out how screwed up their politics really are. The 2010 wave certainly didn’t carry the day last election. Why? Voters saw the truth for what it really was– a bunch of purist unrealistic hot air.