I am not exactly a fan of Karl Rove, but I’m even less a fan of this kind of confrontational “street theater.” This incident illustrates exactly why. Rove was in effect denied the right to speak by those who decided on their own to silence him, and that is unacceptable behavior.
Local CBS reporter Dave Bryan, who filed the above video report, also described what happened in a post to his station’s website.
About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn’t contained to his book.
Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a “war criminal” and worse….
One woman, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, approached him with handcuffs and said she was there to make a citizen’s arrest. Jodie Evans charged him with “outing a CIA agent…you lied to take us to war…” and “totally ruining the country.”
…. Another woman screamed at Rove, “The only comfort I take is that…you’re going to rot in hell.”
Rove, meanwhile, charged that the people shouting him down were an example of the “totalitarianism of the left…they don’t believe in dialog…they don’t believe in courtesy. They don’t believe in first Amendment rights for anyone but themselves.”
Rove was forced to end the book signing and leave. The idiots at Code Pink achieved nothing with this stunt except to elevate Rove’s status as a victim of their own self-righteousness. Their behavior was foolish, it was wrong, and it has no place in American civil discourse.