STRANGE BEDFELLOWS AND STRANGE DAYS, INDEED.
* Editor’s note: You can’t make this stuff up, folks. You just can’t.
Karl Rove, the politico considered a mastermind of the Bush White House, broke down the upcoming presidential election Friday during the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s annual speakers forum, but wouldn’t predict the winner.
“It’s a very close race. The advantage should be to Obama,” Rove said during a follow-up interview. “The fact that he’s not way ahead means this is going to be a very close election with a lot of twists and turns, and anybody who tells you they know how it’s going to turn out is fooling themselves.”
The Chamber’s “Perspectives 2008″ event at the Sacramento Convention Center drew more than 2,500 people, including scores of business leaders and elected officials from around the region.
In addition to Rove, speakers included Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (yeah, we’re scratching our heads, too), political pundits Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas, author Deepak Chopra and comedian Frank Caliendo.
In an interview with The Sacramento Bee after his speech, Rove talked about Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“She’s had an extraordinary impact. The number of people enthusiastic about voting for McCain doubled. We have rarely seen a vice presidential candidate have such a visceral relationship develop so quickly with the American people.”
Later in the program, Kennedy urged the audience to embrace clean forms of energy.
Investing in wind, solar and other alternative energy sources would be good for the American economy, Kennedy said. He said major upgrades are needed to the nation’s energy grid and to how the energy market is run.
“Good environmental policy is good economic policy,” Kennedy said. “There is no bigger advocate for a free market economy than I am.”
Rove got a “warm” welcome outside the hall from thousands of protesters, who had come from as far away as San Francisco to call for his immediate arrest.
For his crimes against humanity, the environment and the U.S. Constitution, Karl Rove should be in jail, not invited to speak at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Chamber of Commerce describes its annual “Perspectives” event “as a day of stimulating dialogue and provocative banter.”
However, inviting Karl Rove to speak at this event would be like inviting Pol Pot, Hitler or Efrain Rios Montt, the engineer of the Mayan genocide in Guatemala during the 1980s, to the convention center!
“The door opens at 8:30 AM and the event starts at 10:00 AM,” according to an action alert from Sacramento for Democracy. “Let’s greet the attendees as they go in with lots of colorful signs describing how we feel about ‘Bush’s Brain.’ Since Rove ignores Congress’ requests, maybe we can come up with a little surprise for him.”
“Robert F. Kennedy, Jr will be there to talk about environmental issues, so you can bring a pro RFK, Jr sign if you have one. Deepak Chopra will be there, as well as the hilarious comedian Frank Caliendo,” the action alert added.
For a great article about Rove’s visit to town, read R.V. Scheide’s “Race to the Bottom” column in the Sacramento News & Review, http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/Content?oid=823262