"Wha?" twittered Cubachi in response to a midmorning tweet on something we'd just seen on Fox:
FASCINATING. Karl Rove on Martha MacCallum's show is telegraphing free political advice to Christine O'Donnell & says he'd told RNSC to promise her funding.
"It must be the new social-networking thing," we tossed back. Hell hath no fury, and Rove's scorning of the freshly minted Delaware Republican Senate nominee on Hannity Tuesday night had loosed the Hounds of Hell amongst the candidates and their supporters. O'Donnell mentor Sarah Palin was the first among equals, the Mama Grizzly rearing up to face down the unteachable old dogs who would savage O'Donnell's reputation. In case you missed it, TPM has a handy blow-by-blow of this new kind of televised debate:
O'Donnell's nomination has created deep divisions between the Republican Party and right-wing activists [TPM's tendentious term for Tea Partiers]. Last night, Rove bashed O'Donnell — and her chances of being elected — and insisted that she's said a lot of "nutty things." He was attacked by some right-wingers for those comments. O'Donnell whacked him back in a televised interview this morning. And then Rove responded to O'Donnell and his right-wing critics, daring them to 'prove me wrong.' Then Palin slammed Rove. Now it's Limbaugh's turn.
Rove tried to spin it in his favor on Fox this morning, not realizing a seismic shift had occurred while DC slept:
My job as a Fox analyst is to call it as I see it. My job is not to be a cheerleader for every Republican. Now I've got a different role outside my Fox role, and that's where I'm raising 50 million dollars to elect Republicans to the Senate.
Reportedly a behind-the-scenes consultant for O'Donnell's primary opponent Mike Castle, Rove was already limping badly last night when alpha grizzly Sarah went for the jugular:
[Christine O'Donnell's] going to have to learn very quickly to dismiss what some of her handlers want. Remember what happened to me in the VP. Remember I used to have to sneak in my phone calls to you guys … She’s gonna have to dismiss that, go with her gut, get out there, speak to the American people, speak through FOX News and let the Independents who are tuning in to you, let them know what it is that she stands for, the principles behind her positions …
Some of these good old boys — and I have nothing against Karl Rove personally, yanno, he's the "expert" [finger gestures quotation marks] — but, Bill, some of these folks, they are saying that people like Christine O'Donnell and others, Tea Party Americans can't win because they don't want them to win. Because they know that a Christine O'Donnell, a Joe Miller from Alaska … These folks are gonna shake it up, and they are going to do what's right for America, not necessarily what's right for a political party machine.
This robust new form of political debate — spread out over days and weeks and months, disintermediating the moribund "gateway media" by exploiting the panoply of old and new media — will surely be the death knell of the stilted, you-will-each-have-five-minutes-for-your-reply affairs that still pass for televised debates.
The last word goes to our friend and sometime mentor Dan Riehl, who diagnosed the underlying cause of Karl Rove Syndrome last night on the Tammy Bruce Radio Podcast:
I think it's a combination of arrogance, ignorance and a lust for power and an egotism, that they believe they are so smart and so above everything that they can say and do whatever they want.
Listening to DanRiehl interviewed by HeyTammyBruce on ChristineOD victory. Why do I enjoy this more than MSM?
Update II: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link.
Update III: Larwyn's Linx at Doug Ross Journal links.