As Karl Rove travels to Alabama this week to hawk his memoir Courage and Consequence, his two most prominent Alabama targets are calling him a charlatan and urging authorities to stop ignoring his role changing the nation's political map by bogus federal criminal prosecutions against Democrats.
In exclusive interviews, Democratic former Gov. Don Siegelman and Republican whistleblower Dana Jill Simpson urged the nation's journalists and Congress to grill Rove much more aggressively.
"Rove is a pathological liar," Siegelman wrote me in response to Rove's denial that he helped frame Siegelman on federal corruption charges in 2006. Siegelman, Simpson and others have cited evidence that the White House ruined Siegelman's re-election campaign as part of a nationwide plan to rely on what a DOJ chief of staff in 2005 called "loyal Bushies" as prosecutors.
Siegelman was tough also on watchdog institutions.