Here is video of the incident from CBS News:
When asked about the incident by Bill O’Reilly, Rove said, “Well, you know, what was interesting was I thought this was a well-organized event, it was supposed to be a prestige venue as my publisher said and it was the first and it will be the last book tour stop I have where there was not security. But, you know what? I wish there wasn’t so much attention paid to it. Because I had a fantastic swing through California.” Rove then went on to tout how many books he sold in California.
This is a different tone from Rove than at the time of the confrontation on April 30 when he said that citizen’s arrest attempt “shows the totalitarianism of the left.” At this point we all need to stop and ask ourselves how a democratic concept like the citizen’s arrest could possibly reflect totalitarianism. Keep in mind that Rove was confronted by a woman in a pink hat not the secret police. (Although judging from his Bush administration track record, a secret police is an idea that would tickle Rove’s fancy).
The idea that Karl Rove of all people would complain about totalitarianism is absurd to say the least. Here are just a few of the highlights from Rove’s Bush years, secret prisons, never charging detainees, torture, the outing of a CIA agent, lying to lead the United States into an unnecessary war, and a secret illegal wiretapping of his fellow American citizens. I am sure that Karl Rove does want the American people to go back to sleep, stop paying attention, and forget about his crimes. In the case of Rove, Rumsfeld, Cheney and many others in the Bush Administration, I hope they get harassed every time they appear in public. They will never face criminal charges, but the American people should never be allowed to forget what these individuals did in our names.