A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email Tuesday featuring a photoshopped image of the GOP operative in an SS uniform.
“Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove’s Face,” reads the subject line of the email, from Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.The email features a photo illustration in which Rove’s face is grafted onto a photo of a uniformed officer in the Reichsführer-SS, an elite rank during Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. The lower left-hand corner of the photo features the inscriptions “Reichsführer-SS” and “K. Rove,” and appears to match a photo of SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler.
The Nazi charge is the latest attack in a war, that in fairness to the Tea Partiers, Karl Rove started. Rove decided he wanted to be kingmaker in every Republican Primary, a pretty arrogant power grab. But regardless of the provocation, labeling Rove a Nazi has just done more damage to the Tea Party brand which is pretty important when your whole movement relies on re-branding the far right of the Republican Party.