The audience that appeared for Karl Rove's book signing for his latest piece, 'Courage and Consequences' seemed easy-going and conservative enough, comfortably nestled in affluent Thousand Oaks, California.
But that proved to be an inconvenient illusion as protestors and demonstrators casually revealed themselves from both his audience and from outside, calling him 'War Criminal!', buying copies of his new book and tearing it up in front of his face, and demanding Rove's arrest for war crimes and crimes against humanity. American parents who had lost children in the Iraq war, ex-military personnel, average civilians and students alike were on the scene to protest the man known as "George W. Bush's Brain" and "The Architect."
The manager of the Borders book store in Thousand Oaks specifically announced that Karl Rove strictly forbids any and all recording of his signing appearances, preventing us from getting interior footage of the altercations. One customer who actually purchased a copy of the book -- but expressed sympathy with the ex-Navy serviceman who tore up his copy of 'Courage and Consequences' right after he paid for it -- was apparently dragged out of his seat and halfway across the store by Rove's bodyguards, before being slammed up against a door frame. The police were called at once but declined to make an arrest, instead placing the burden of a citizen's arrest upon the victim. (He is currently considering whether to press charges and/or sue Rove's bodyguards.)
We must credit the two officers from the Ventura Sheriff's Department, who responded in a calm yet commanding, attentive and respectful attitude at all times. One officer even confirmed the protester's right to be there, provided that certain rules were followed regarding non-obstruction of traffic.
Rove and entourage ducked out the back door and quickly made a beeline out of there. Better watch your back, MC Rove...looks like you made some enemies, gangster!