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Anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly has taken to her blog at the website of the Eagle Forum — the anti-LGBT organization that she founded in 1972 — to call for the resignation of Republican political operative Karl Rove over remarks he made about U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). Thursday morning at a fundraiser for his super PAC, American Crossroads, Rove reportedly said of Akin, whose remarks on rape and pregnancy have made him notorious in recent weeks, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
“We should sink Todd Akin,” [Karl Rove] said, according to Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar. “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
“Karl Rove is an embarrassment to the Republican Party,” she wrote. ”We don’t want any more of his advice in secret briefings or publicly on Fox News. Missourians don’t want politicians from other states telling us who to run for the Senate.”
The ugliness of American politics today can be directly traced back to Schlafly’s vituperative, apocalyptic, character-assassinating campaign against the ERA. In Slander, her 2002 contribution to American letters, Ann Coulter described Schlafly as “one of the most accomplished and influential people in America” and “a senior statesman in the Republican Party.” Coulter was right. Karl Rove only perfected what Phyllis Schlafly invented. And the wild, filthy rhetoric of Coulter and some of her screaming reactionary colleagues owes a great deal to Schlafly. We are lucky, come to think of it, that Schlafly flourished in the days before cable.
Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics.