Karl Rove heckled by protestors on book tour
Promoting his new book "Courage and Consequence," former presidential advisor Karl Rove got a hostile reception from some protestors in Beverly Hills. A small band of demonstrators, including a member of the anti-war group Code Pink, interrupted his remarks to a larger, friendlier crowd, calling him a liar, war criminal and more. As you can see in this video from KCAL, Rove responded by saying the protestors showed the "totalitarianism of the left... They don't believe in dialogue... They don't believe in courtesy. They don't believe in First Amendment rights for anyone but themselves."
Whatever folks think of Rove's role in the Bush White House and his philosophy, I hate to see political demonstrations ruin a book tour. Books are crucial for the exchange of ideas, and authors deserve the right to speak to their fans. (Remember, just last year William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn faced cancellations on a book tour because of their past relationship with a radical leftist group.) If you object, picket outside the gathering place, organize a boycott -- fine, whether you're protesting Rove or a Democrat. But don't mess up the evening for folks who want to hear what an author has to say.