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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 15, 2010 05:40 PM

That’s what one listener just called Karl Rove on the Sean Hannity show. The conservative base is in full-scale revolt. This is a good and healthy thing.

Close political observers of and on the Right know that the revolt against Big Government/Open-Borders Rove/Bush-ism has been brewing a long time. See here, here, here, and here, for example.

Mark Skousen sums it up well:

Rove covers the financial crisis of 2008 briefly in his book, only two pages, but blames the entire affair on the Democrats’ failure to support Bush initiatives to regulate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were “the true villains.” If only the Democrats had granted the Bush Administration the regulatory powers it sought, the crisis would have been minimized, according to Rove.

Funny, Rove conveniently fails to mention the role of Bush HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who was accused of corruption and cronyism with Countrywide and other financial institutions. In 2004, Jackson worked hard to increase Fannie’s and Freddie’s “affordable” housing goals for minorities with subprime lending. And under his leadership, the FHA reduced its down payment requirements from 3.5% to zero in the midst of the financial crisis!

Sorry, Karl, but you can’t blame the financial crisis on just the Democrats. There was plenty of blame on both sides of the aisle.

Rove defends Bush’s prescription drug law as an example of “compassionate conservatism,” noting that it introduced free-market competition and health-savings accounts, and thus reduced the costs of this additional Medicare benefit. But then Rove denies that the new entitlement enlarged the welfare state!

By that kind of reasoning, he probably would defend Bush’s signing of the minimum wage law increase in 2007, which has destroyed millions of jobs for teenagers and minorities. So much for compassionate conservatism…

Finally, what about the collapse of the Republican Party during the elections of 2006 and 2008? Surely Karl Rove would take some responsibility for this political debacle? Actually, no. In his chapter, “Republicans on the Run,” he says the Republicans lost not because of the unpopular war in Iraq, immigration reform or excessive deficit spending, but because high-profile Republicans were indicted on corruption charges (Tom DeLay, Mark Foley, et al.).

I could find only one mention in the entire book where Karl Rove claims to have made a serious mistake in policy (p. 457, regarding Katrina). Meanwhile, he devotes page after page describe his successes, such as the war in Iraq, whose long-term outcome is still uncertain.

I actually enjoyed reading his book, especially the details of his family life, his encounters with critics and working in the White House. It’s a fun read, but ultimately, his book might better have been titled “Living in Denial.” Tragically, we’re still paying the price of the Bush-Cheney blunders. If they had done a better job of running the country, President Obama wouldn’t have huge majorities in both houses of Congress, and much of his agenda, including socialized medicine, wouldn’t be law today.

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Allahpundit at Hot Air: Video: Rove doubles down against O’Donnell

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You all know how many times I’ve said we can’t demand Dems clean their house until Repubs clean theirs.

The cleaning is underway. Hallelujah.

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Yesterday: Rove bashes O’Donnell; O’Donnell supporter at victory party strikes back; NRSC cuts and runs; Soros Republican Castle won’t back O’Donnell; Update:NRSC flip flops, Rush Limbaugh weighs in: “Balls to the wall”

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