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Portrait of Karl Rove

Does Scandal's Cyrus Beene stand in for real-life manipulator Karl Rove?

Snake in the Garden” aired March 28, 2013. Families of choice and families of origin played front and center; much loss, sadness and grief in the latter. Hollis cries for the loss of his own child but does not care about how the evil he does affects all the other children of the world. Jake has CIA Director Osborne murdered and makes his death look like a suicide. Cyrus self-servingly tells Fitz that the Defiance rigging will be decided by history as good or bad, whether he, Cyrus, was a hero or not. Mellie emerges as a great truth teller when she does an intervention with Fitz about his drinking. Fitz might be crying too, at least on the inside. On the outside, he takes Cyrus back into his confidence.

Who Could the Cast Resemble in the Real Life Backstory?

As is true for everything else in Scandal, I trust that in the portrayal of the characters there are many layers folding, unfolding and re-folding in again, and that each person in the cast is most likely a conglomerate of several people, some real and some fictionalized.  However, having said that, for some of the characters, certain real life people come to mind. Here are a few people who could have served as part of the inspiration for the characters depicted in the show.

Hollis Doyle – oil tycoon, lobbyist – part of cabal that rigged election

Could Hollis be a lobbyist for the Koch Brothers?  In the real life backstory, in the 2012 election, according to Forbes, the Koch Brothers gave $23,500 dollars to Democratic candidates and $1.162 million to Republican candidates.  The brothers, Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, are climate crisis deniers who are big in oil and gas, love pipelines, and are principal owners of the multi-national corporation Koch Industries. They also are funders of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group that writes sample legislation for state legislatures to use. Hard right wing Republican laws.  Are there any other kinds these days? Here is a partial list of ALEC members; they do not like to make their identity public.

Cyrus Beene – Chief of Staff to President – part of cabal that rigged election

Could Cyrus be playing Karl Rove, who was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for George W. Bush, who called him “The Architect” of his 2004 presidential campaign? Read the review of Bush’s Brain, which includes many examples of Rove’s dirty tricks (much too kind a phrase).  Read there and here about the brazen election theft in Georgia, 2002, that stole the Senate race from liberal and well-liked incumbent Senator Max Cleland (D), a paraplegic veteran of Vietnam, and gave it to conservative Saxby Chambliss (R).

This chilling documentary film unfortunately is not available now. Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob are the directors and producers. In an email correspondence with Mealey, he said that he would explore again having it available from Amazon. The film is based on a book by James Moore and Wayne Slater, Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential and can be purchased at Amazon.

A question that has been lingering with me since the night of Rove’s meltdown on Fox News, November 6, 2012: Since it looked like Rove expected a rigging in Ohio and did not know that it was called off, who did call it off? The Koch Brothers? The junta in the basement of the Pentagon whom we saw torturing Huck in Scandal? Someone else? So, Rove might just not be the top dog after all, and we need to keep our minds open. Could the Koch Brothers be giving Rove his marching orders? Or perhaps they work in a loose collaboration when convenient?

I have described here some of the important ways voting rights activists helped prevent the rigging of the 2012 presidential election. However, all of this notwithstanding, my questions about who ordered the rigging, who called it off, when and why still remain.

Verna – murdered Supreme Court Justice – part of cabal that rigged election

Although she was a part of the rigging, she wants to be remembered in a good way, leave a good legacy. She has a change of heart and on her deathbed she calls in Fitz and David Rosen to confess her role and the rest of the cabal’s crime of the century. Too bad that to protect himself, Fitz murders her in front of our eyes, before David gets there.

She could be made up of parts of any of the justices who voted to stop the recount in Bush v Gore and therefore selected Bush as President in the Florida 2000 election crime, including Sandra Day O’Connor. A vote to stop the recount in Bush v Gore politicized the actions of the Supreme Court and so O’Connor helped to hand the election to Bush.

Since both Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas had a conflict of interest and should have recused themselves from the Bush v Gore lawsuit, they too could have been part of Verna. Thomas was appointed to the Court by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush’s father.  Scalia’s son Eugene had been promised a job with the Bush administration, if Bush was elected.

So there we have it: democracy continues to die with a mix of alcoholism, denial, lies, murders, lobbyists, aides to the president, the Supremes and rigged elections.

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Sheila Parks is an ardent feminist, internationalist and peace & justice worker. She is the founder of the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots and the author of WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME, The Perils of Electronic Voting Machines and Democracy’s Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) Elections.