Dear Karl, Hey, sorry we compared you to Himmler. Sincerely, Tea Party (UPDATED)

Holy Godwin’s law.  We already know that the Tea Party really doesn’t care for Karl Rove or his Conservative Victory Project.  But earlier today, Jenny Beth Martin sent out an email with a photoshopped image of Karl Rove in an SS uniform. ???Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove???s Face??? reads the subject line.  Tea Party activists should know better, of course, as Democrats have often used similar smears against them. And apparently the Herr Rove picture wasn’t sanctioned by the group.

Here’s the apology from Tea Party Patriots.


February 19, 2013

???In an email sent under the banner of Tea Party Patriots, a manufactured image of Karl Rove was added to the email which Tea Party Patriots did not know about or approve.  The image, which was added by an outside vendor, Active Engagement, was inappropriate, wrong and we have ordered them to immediately cease further use of the image.

???We apologize to Mr. Rove. While we may have strong disagreements with him on the future of conservatism, we want to be clear this imagery is absolutely unacceptable and are working to ensure this type of mistake doesn???t happen again.???

– Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder and National Coordinator

So who thought it would be a good idea to dress Karl Rove up in a Nazi uniform? These guys. Active Engagement is “a cutting edge, digital multimedia political fundraising firm founded by Richard Norman in 2009.” Nothing is more important to these guys than “clearly communicating your compelling message to your supporters.”

Hey, the “news cycle doesn’t wait for anyone, and if you don’t get your message online immediately, your organization will get left behind. Active Engagement has the tools and staff to launch compelling landing pages and capitalize on the momentum when it’s your time to shine.”


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UPDATE: Here is the Active Engagement apology:

An email that was sent earlier today under the banner of Tea Party Patriots included an offensive image of Karl Rove.   The image was obviously a photo shopped image of Mr. Rove, a well-known political figure.  The image was selected in error from an extensive group of images available publicly online and was adjacent to the image that Tea Party Patriots approved for use.  The email that included the image was not approved by Tea Party Patriots.  Active Engagement, L.L.C. takes full responsibility for this error and is attempting to contact everyone who received the image to explain the error.  More importantly, Active Engagement, L.L.C. apologizes to Mr. Rove for this mistake.  Active Engagement, L.L.C. does not believe there is any place in political discourse for images such as these.