By now, you've probably read some version of the Sheryl Crow/Karl Rove encounter. It happened Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Not for the first time, I'm reminded that some people deemed "brilliant," e.g., Rove, are actually little dim bulbs. Read on.
Filling in with back story. For reasons not altogether clear, Rove was invited to sit at the New York Times table. It seems that the Gray Lady has become less reliably sane as she ages. But that's not the real issue.
Also attending the dinner were singer Sheryl Crow and Laurie David (she who produced the Al Gore Oscar-winning flick, "An Inconvenient Truth"). Crow and David have been visiting colleges with their Stop Global Warming tour. And when they were introduced to Rove, they asked him if he'd think about taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. You already know where this going, don't you?!
David and Crow cited scientific evidence about global warming. What were they thinking? Bushies. Don't. Do. Science.
Well, of course, they knew that. And predictably, Rove morphed rather quickly from peeved to furious. He huffed and he puffed and he attempted to blow them down.
David and Crow write a bit tongue-in-cheek about the exchange, which includes this tidbit:
In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. (sic) Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon s he did so, Sheryl (Crow) reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, "Don't touch me." How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow?
Unfazed, Sheryl abruptly responded, "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us." Karl then quipped (sic), 'I don't work for you, I work for the American people." To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, "We are the American people."
At that point, Mr. Rove apparently decided he had had enough. Like a groundhog fearful of his own shadow, he scurried to his table in an attempt to hibernate for another year from his responsibility to address global warming."
According to today's New York Times,:
Recriminations between the celebrities and the White House carried over into Sunday, with Ms. Crow and Ms. David calling Mr. Rove "a spoiled child throwing a tantrum" and the White House criticizing their "Hollywood histrionics."
So who you gonna believe? Yeah, me, too.
Here's the Main Message in all of the above, global warming notwithstanding.
Karl Rove said: "I don't work for you, I work for the American people." Read it again and inwardly digest. His snide rejoinder is BushCo's fundamental truth.
The Bushies do not work for all Americans. They carefully select the Americans for whom they "work." They have accomplished this by manipulating elections, the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Pentagon, the Department of the Interior, the World Bank, and Homeland Security, just for starters. The only time BushCo comes even close to mingling with "the American people" is when it's deemed a good photo op. Think New Orleans and Virginia Tech.
Last November, the American people told BushCo in no uncertain terms that we're fed up and rising with their malfeasance, corruption and self-serving governance. The number who are revolted by this administration has grown hugely over the past six months or so, even drawing many of BushCo's former chosen ones. Our message is unmistakable: "You work for us, and we are most awfully displeased with the job you are doing. Point of fact, if we could get our collective act together, we would fire you. All of you. Not in 2008. Now!"
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "We have respect for the opinions and passion that many people have for climate change'.I wish the same respect was afforded to the president."
Cause and effect, Mr. Fratto. Consequences. Respect is earned. George Bush no longer deserves a scintilla of respect, if indeed he ever did.
You go, Sheryl and Laurie!