Wranglin’ Rove

Turd Blossom is counting heads on the Senate Judiciary Committee and threatening to blacklist any Republican who votes against Bush in the investigation of the administration's unauthorized wiretapping.

The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in November.
"It's hardball all the way," a senior GOP congressional aide said…
Over the last few weeks, Mr. Rove has been calling in virtually every Republican on the Senate committee as well as the leadership in Congress. The sources said Mr. Rove's message has been that a vote against Mr. Bush would destroy GOP prospects in congressional elections.
"He's [Rove] lining them up one by one," another congressional source said.
Mr. Rove is leading the White House campaign to help the GOP in November’s congressional elections. The sources said the White House has offered to help loyalists with money and free publicity, such as appearances and photo-ops with the president.
Those deemed disloyal to Mr. Rove would appear on his blacklist.
Not totally unexpected, considering that if even a couple of Republicans defect from La-La Land and seek asylum back in Realityville, finding that the president violated FISA, it could lead to impeachment proceedings. Nonetheless, it’s just appalling that this is what the actual state of our union has come to--a slimy, power-grubbing, unelected bastard strong-arming elected representatives of the people to ensure that the Man Who Would Be Dictator can continue to operate outside the law with impunity.

But enough of my disdain. Trampoline at RCFYA notes:
I thought Cornyn and Sessions reeked of sinister undertones during the hearings yesterday. It is now clear in no uncertain terms: a vote for the Constitution = a vote against the Administration.
ReddHead at firedoglake adds:
The fact that some GOP aide is talking about Rove's tactics while they are still ongoing says to me that some folks in the party aren't happy about being pushed around by Karl. Or being told what they ought to think or do in terms of the Constitution -- by a fellow who clearly doesn't care one bit for protecting it, since his sole interest seems to be shutting down any potential for impeachment.
And I’ll let the inimitable Maru the Crankpot close out the commentary:
If these guys had any ounce of integrity or balls they would gang up on the miserable little shit, tell him to STFU, then pound his fat pimply ass into jelly.

(Real Conversation for Your Ass, firedoglake, WTF Is It Now??)

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