[For those readers who don't know: "Turd Blossom" is one of the affectionate nicknames given Karl Rove by his former boss, George W. Bush, the Nicknamer-in-Chief...]
This is, to the best of my ability, a verbatim transcript of Karl Rove’s comments last night on Fox’s “On the Record,” after he had laid out the case for Republicans to sue the president—but not to impeach him—for abuse of his executive powers:
“You have to take your hat off to the Cynic-in-Chief who sits in the Oval Office of the White House. The President of the United States is cynically suggesting a constitutional crisis in order to fatten the bank accounts of Democratic fundraising groups and in order to try and energize Democratic turnout for the fall elections. The Speaker of the House has said “We will not consider or take up this issue,” there is no serious Republican leader who has stepped forward and said “Here‘s the bill of particulars that justifies this extreme action,” and yet the President of the United States sends out his press secretary last week to stir the waters and suggest this is true. How cynical…how pathetic…this man is playing with the American people by suggesting a constitutional crisis where none exists. Shame on him and shame on those people in his administration who participate with him, and shame on those conservatives and Republicans who help him along. The president wants nothing more than Congressman Yoho of Florida to step forward and say “We’ll do it”. He wants nothing more than Republican and conservative leaders to step forward and say,” We agree, we ought to try and impeach him.” That’s what the president wants, just like he wanted people to step forward on the birther issue, because he knew it undermined the credibility of Republicans and conservatives and served his, President Obama’s, purposes.”
Karl Rove has thereby revealed Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, among others*, to be dupes of Barack Obama, unwittingly serving Obama’s nefarious purposes!
To my knowledge, no President of the United States has ever been sued by Congress over the performance of his duties. Such an unprecedented lawsuit may be a step short of impeachment (it's also legally baseless), but it surely suggests, Boy Genius to the contrary, a “constitutional crisis”.
I’ll give Karl Rove this much, though: there is indeed among us a “Cynic-in-Chief”. I just think that Rove, perhaps out of his usual self-effacing modesty, has misidentified that person.
[Thanks to Media Matters for providing the video from which I transcribed Rove's remarks]
*On the impeachment issue alone: Alan West; Mike Huckabee; Glenn Beck; Andrew Napolitano; Andrew McCarthy; Jeff Babin; Aaron Klein; Blake Farenthold; David Seaman; pledgetoimpeach.com; Mark Levin; Alan Keyes; Judge Jeanine Pirro; Joseph Farrah etc.