July 17, 2005

"The Rove Must Resign blog swarm is gathering momentum quickly."

I was just trying to get a picture of the blog swarm around Karl Rove. Googling, I found this, from the Swing State Project, from back on June 23, predating the connection of Rove's name to the Plame story. What was happening back then? Rove said something that supposedly "us[ed] September 11th as a political wedge issue." The Hotline Barometer thought this was going to be really big. The Swing State Project enthused: "The Rove Must Resign blog swarm is gathering momentum quickly."

Way back in February, Polipundit wondered "Will a Blog Swarm Follow?" a Little Green Footballs story about the theory that "the fake CBS memos were planted by Karl Rove to discredit Dan Rather, and divert attention from President Bush’s 'draft dodging.'" Since bloggers of the right formed a successful swarm that brought down Rather, it's understandable that the left would want to do a good swarm of its own. How elegant it would have been if the swarm-worthy evidence had come from the fake CBS memos.

Then there was an actual physical "swarm" of people -- WaPo used that word in a headline -- around Rove's house back in March, 2004. Remember that? People were banging on his windows and chanting "Karl Rove ain't got no soul." What was that about? Not Valerie Plame, of course.

What comes first, the evidence warranting swarming, or the person you want to swarm? And how many times can you try to get up a swarm that fails and then believably call for a swarm when some entirely new story breaks? At some point, you're the boy who cried "wolf" -- or should I say the blog-hemisphere that cried "swarm"?

12 comments:

Dave Schuler said...

While the target may be Rove the actual game is the president. If Rove should resign does anyone seriously believe that the swarming would end there?

Frankly, I don't care which party is doing it. I'm damned tired of government by impeachment.

Ann Althouse said...

Dave: I think these swarmers are the type who've always regarded Rove as Bush's brain -- his alter ego. So to attack Rove is already to attack Bush directly.

Dave Schuler said...

They're reading (and believing) their own press releases.

Mark said...

The Left doesn't have any blog swarm victories, do they? I'm uncertain about this because I have to remember that I live in the right-blog reality and may not have gotten all of the news.

Even the Trent Lott thing started as a right-blog swarm.

L. Ron Halfelven said...

Mark forgets the left blogswarm that forced the resignation of Jeff Gannon. Yes, the Jeff Gannon. After a triumph like that, you wonder why they even bother going after small-fry like Karl Rove. Pergaps they just want to avoid the impression of resting on their laurels.

EddieP said...

Whenever I try to visualize a dem or left wing swarm, all I get is a vision of a Lemming stampede.

Gateway Pundit said...

Ann- The swarm is like a bunch of bees going back to the hive only to see it has been moved or destroyed.

The gig is up!

5 said...

Rove is guilty of "something" and obviously a much hated man. But if this happened in Clintons term..... I swear, B*sh could eat a baby on live TV and it would be a "good thing" for the child.....ggggrrrrrrr.

who do you have to blow to get a President impeached around here?

Jim C. said...

tony, if you want to impeach Bush because Karl Rove didn't out a CIA employee who wasn't undercover, by all means go for it. But don't expect a Democratic president or Senate or Congress for a few decades.

Bruce Hayden said...

Actually, the last president was impeached - for lying under oath.

Band Dee said...

Why do you suppose Rove's mother commited suicide? Was it because she couldn't live knowing she had created such evil? Or did little Karl's sickness come from living with a suicidal mother? Or was his real fathter's rejection of them both the real reason?

Any thoughts?

Band Dee said...

Why do you suppose Karl Rove's mother commited suicide? Because she couldn't live knowing she had created such evil? Or did little Karl get so sick from living with a suicidal mother? Or was his real father's rejection of them both the real cause? Any thoughts?