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Karl Rove's puny haul; Kendrick Meek's mother; BP's happy news; Blago's brilliance

Karl Rove's new fundraising group pledged to raise $52 million to spend on Republican candidates in November. Based on last month's tally, it may take them a little longer to reach their goal -- 21,667 years, to be precise.

Rove's group raised only $200 last month,according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service. The group, a 527 organization set up by Rove and Ed Gillespie, is called "American Crossroads." But now it would seem American Crossroads is at, well, a crossroads.

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Missed Tuesday's debate in Florida between Democratic Senate candidates Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene? Allow us to present you with these excerpts from the St. Petersburg Times:

Meek: "How dare you attack the character of my mother.'' Greene: "I'm not attacking your mother. I'm attacking you.''

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This just might be the best news we've heard since learning that BP CEO Tony Hayward got his life back and is again yachting. The Wall Street Journal got a copy of BP's in-house magazine, Planet BP, which sent a BP "reporter" to the Gulf and found out that things are not as bad as you might think reading other, non-BP publications:

One seafood entrepreneur tells BP that "there is no reason to hate BP." A tourism official says, "BP has always been a very great partner." Planet BP further reports that many "businesses -- particularly the hotels -- have been prospering because so many people have come here from BP and other oil emergency response teams."

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Disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be in legal trouble, but you can't help but admire the many managerial innovations he brought to state government. Former Blago aide Bradley Tusk, testifying in the former governor's trial, told jurors about how he would sign or veto bills without consulting the governor. This time-saving innovation allowed Blago to spend more time practicing obscenities.

--Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez

By Dana Milbank  | June 22, 2010; 10:02 PM ET
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Comments

Poor fatso. Maybe he should go to Crawford Village and ask its Idiot for dough.

Posted by: analyst72 | June 22, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Did 'Planet BP' mention the hundreds of millions of dollars in free crude oil BP has distributed to the people of the Gulf? It is free for any and all. 'Planet BP' could have done a whole spread on the company's magnanimous contribution of crude; one has to admire their humility in not highlighting it. Discretion being the better part of valor, and all that.
Besides, I hear the folks that repair document shredders have been working around the clock at BP since "operation share the wealth" started. Isn't that BP just wonderful?!

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 23, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

LOL

The Tea part folks have made Karl Rove impotent shriveling and broke.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH the irony of it AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh the irony HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | June 23, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

LOL

The Tea party folks have made Karl Rove impotent shriveling and broke.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH the irony of it AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh the irony HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | June 23, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove, through his tool in the White House and in alliance with Cheney, did more harm to this Republic than anyone since the Civil War. Because of him, most of us will die at work instead of at home. Don't write off his insidious ability to work his Mephistophelean machinations within the system in the future.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | June 23, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

It is truely criminal when all you have to do is throw money to an election to get the results you want. If you took the money element out of this equation the people voting would mean more to me. As it stands... I dont feel the people get a fair shake when so much money is involved. In the 21st century... and all the media available.. you would think that in an election year there would not be a media outlet that would deny the politician airtime to get their points across. Its rediculous to pay millions of dollars on 30 second ad's that I cnat tell are accurate or not. The lying.. the slanderous remarks in these ad's serve no purpose... except what they are intended... to slander the opposition. Iam almost positive that PBS would contribute air time ... for a modest donation of course... In the 21st century... I see no need for the politician to fly to every state in the union... kissing baby's... Its a computer world... its a cable TV world. Come into the 21st century.

Posted by: BobbyYarush | June 23, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Who in his right or even wrong mind would give a penny to this fat slob?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek, you did not "win" the debate.

http://bit.ly/bY1BmA

Posted by: saintpetersblog | June 23, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Rove's group will refile and say it was a
"mistake" it was really 2 million.

but by then, he would have gotten another 250K from people how are worried about the dems winning again.

Posted by: newagent99 | June 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Love it Rove is probably one of the dirtiest, sleeziest, crooked politicians we have ever had the unfortunate opportunity to contend with. America, I am proud of you.

Posted by: kathlenec | June 23, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

nobody wants to give loafhead any money, boo hoo, even right wingers can see what a despicable, corrupt coward he is.

Posted by: calif-joe | June 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

What a shame! Our man Barack can raise WAY more money than this. I remember Obama promising no less than 20 times that he would not accept ANY money from special interests. Heck, he squeezed nearly a cool mil from big oil alone! Rove, you stink at raising money from special interests!! And Obama, your continued pattern of lies and corruption are sickening. I thought we were getting a new, better way with that "HOPE and Change" hype 53% of us bought into. Shame, shame.

Posted by: edwhite3 | June 23, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

$200? BWAAAAHHHHHH!!!! Oh I'm quite sure that Mr. Rove also has his own set of numbers on this like he did on the polling - so $200 is really the $52 million he claimed he'd raise. At least in his alternate reality. So much for the power of "The Architect". The Architect of the near destruction of this country.

How's that permanent republican majority working out?

Posted by: JilliB | June 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@analyst72...i second your comment...couldn't "w" give him some cash to start up his business after all the great advice he gave him (to be the worst president of all time!)?

Posted by: dc1020008 | June 23, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

He embezzeled $3.25 of the donations to go buy himself a milk and a chocolate chip cookie from the commissary so he could sit on the front steps and cry...

Posted by: ozpunk | June 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Rove is a disgraceful and corrupt ex staffer. I wouldn't give the chump a nickel (and apparently i'm not alone).

Barack Obama is a disgraceful and corrupt President. I would't give the liar another vote.

Hopefully an experienced leader with at least a shred of integrity will finally run for President in 2012. I could care less from which party he/she hails. But I for one have had enough of this corrupt regime we now have in the White House, and in Congress.

Posted by: edwhite3 | June 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

American Crossroads actually raised 400 dollars, but Rove spent 200 of it at McDonalds.

Posted by: creatia52 | June 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This is really a surprise to me too.

I thought a lot of Republicans had amnesia about everything that occurred from 2001 to 2009.

Apparently, some of the actually remember.

At least they remember Karl Rove.

I also understand that there was a convention a few months at which Bush spoke. I recall Bush blissfully predicting he'd make millions giving speeches without ever having to answer questions about the unreasonable things he did during his presendency.

At that convention in Texas, apparently people in Texas only agreed to pay $5 to hear what Bush had to say.

As expected, Bush took no questions.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Rove and Obama should both be banished to irrelevance in American politics. They are both corrupt, untruthful, and incompetent. They both have done great harm to our nation. The right should be ashamed for its support of Rove, and the left should be ashamed for its support of Obama. Enough is enough.
Let's not make excuses for these despicable individuals. They are indefensible.

Posted by: edwhite3 | June 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Rove and Obama should both be banished to irrelevance in American politics. They are both corrupt, untruthful, and incompetent. They both have done great harm to our nation. The right should be ashamed for its support of Rove, and the left should be ashamed for its support of Obama. Enough is enough.
Let's not make excuses for these despicable individuals. They are indefensible.

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This, This and more of This.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | June 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh turd blossom, is there not a well you can't foul?

Posted by: trident420 | June 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

You mean $200 was all he reported to the IRS

Posted by: JRM2 | June 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep, JRM2, that schiester Rove probably did get more dirty money than we think, but only reported $200 to the IRS.

Rove had better be careful if he's getting into tax evasion. It's my understanding that current federal statute for tax evasion carries penalties of mandatory time in federal prison; three times the amount evaded in financial penalties, plus court costs; or a high-level cabinet position in the Obama administration.

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