Karl Rove, Anti-Gay Congressman Glitter-Bombed at Minnesota Conference: VIDEO

There's a great debate to be had over the ethics and efficacy of glitter-bombing. But what bothers me about the latest glitzing is that it appears to have missed its mark, Karl Rove, as he signed books at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference in Minnesota. Maybe I'm wrong, but by the end he looks disappointingly not glittery.

A separate bombing of Congressman Erik Paulsen, as he accepted the Friend of the Family award for his efforts to put an amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state constitution, seems to have hit the target - but it's hard to tell.

Here's the bombers' press release.

Watch both bombings, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Will he have to go to a physical rehab facility to get over his glitter bomb?

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Oct 8, 2011 9:41:02 AM

  2. juvenile, pointless, backfiring and they can't even do it right. congratulations, tools.

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 8, 2011 9:58:20 AM

  3. The "bombers" are lucky they haven't been arrested for assault yet. Which is what this is. As well as juvenile, publicity-seeking antics.

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 8, 2011 10:10:58 AM

  4. tar and feathers worked better

    Posted by: mld | Oct 8, 2011 10:19:44 AM

  5. Either use indelible ink or just stop. And what are they saying about gay people? That we're a just a bunch of silly fairies who use glitter of all things as a weapon, that's what. Cringe.

    Posted by: ynot | Oct 8, 2011 10:23:51 AM

  6. Operationally, they all seem to suck.

    We're "The Gays"; if we can't do it well, we ought not to be doing it at all.

    We got standards, after all. ;)

    But seriously, they are glitter-bombs, in action & in result. Make it more effective & I might be on-board.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Oct 8, 2011 10:39:08 AM

  7. I think karl rove is so slimey with dirty pac money he wouldnt glitter if you dunked him in it.

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Oct 8, 2011 10:52:17 AM

  8. It seems the bombers get all caught up in the moment and too excited/nervous and loose control, thus unable to properly execute the glitering. It appears clumsy and as stated above, do little for our cause.

    Posted by: zeddy | Oct 8, 2011 12:20:48 PM

  9. GOMEZ said it best

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 8, 2011 12:21:49 PM

  10. These "activist" are pathetic. And their little glitter throwing looks petty and vindictive and gives gays a bad name. I wish I had a bb gun to shoot them with and tell THEM to stop the hateful glitterbombing and act like adults instead of overindulged superficial children.

    Posted by: will | Oct 8, 2011 12:50:33 PM

  11. Glitterbombers need to stop before getting glitterbombed becomes a right-of-passage / badge-of-honor for the anti-gay ring leaders that get dusted with sparklies.

    Throwing glitter just makes us look pathetic and ineffectual. Stop it.

    Posted by: Jexer | Oct 8, 2011 1:19:04 PM

  12. For all you glitter bitters, tell me your ideas on effective direct action? We often complain here that we need to "go to the barricades"—that's what he's actually DOING (though I agree the execution could be a bit better). What are you?

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 8, 2011 1:27:21 PM

  13. It's pathetic. If you can't hit the target by putting a pie in their face, then just don't bother.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 8, 2011 1:46:35 PM

  14. Jexer, I believe you're right. Being glitter-bombed could beomea a rite-of-pasage for socially conservative leaders. But even more than that, they could nullify the effects of these "attacks" if they glitter-bombed THEMSELVES. Why not? The glitter is harmless and it might be the perfect "in your face" statement to the gay community. The only alternative for gay activists then would be to do something more extreme to get attention - and this would border on dangerous or illegal activities. This more extreme action (throwing food, vulgar displays, etc..) would play right into the hands of social conservatives, who would then benefit from the inevitable backlash against a return to 1960's style activism.

    I have been a social conservative for over 30 years and can tell you that there is nothing socons love more than seeing liberals engage in this kind of confrontational behavior. The question is do either of us, socons OR liberals really need a repeat of the 1960's? Personally I'd rather win on the basis of ideas than because liberals scared people away with extreme behavior.

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 8, 2011 1:54:40 PM

  15. Oh give it a rest. So what if they want to glitter bomb a few bigots. Big deal. Are we all so conservative now we can't be a little outrageous. What are we fighting for? The right to be ourselves or to be just like them. Karl Rove has done far, far, far worse than glitter bomb.

    Posted by: Joey | Oct 8, 2011 2:04:34 PM

  16. Too bad it wasn't Polonium dust.

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 8, 2011 2:05:54 PM

  17. amen joey. i can't believe the hate. when was the last time any of you commenters engaged in public activism? not writing a check to charity, but physically putting yourself out their to voice your anger and dissatisfaction in a public way – perhaps making enemies, perhaps messing up, perhaps humiliating yourself? these people are attempting, in a self-consciously limited way, to stand up for our rights. it may not be your style, but they're going to bat for us nonetheless. the notion that glitter bombing tarnishes your own respectability is a pathetically ego-centric response to these events, and puts a lot more stock in social status than it does in the politics at hand. it's glitter folks. get over it!!!

    the tea party has proven again – and the GOP knows this full well – the fringe in any movement is generally responsible for pushing everyone, even the center, in a particular direction. these folks are our allies in the fight against small-minded fundamentalism. like i said, they may not do battle as you would, but they're our brothers out there. what they're doing takes courage. support them! and save your ire for our common enemies.

    Posted by: dougfan | Oct 8, 2011 2:26:14 PM

  18. Thank you JOEY, FRANK, & DOUGFAN. Well put.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 8, 2011 2:47:41 PM

  19. Karl should have learned the hard way during the years at the WH that he's only good a funding campaigns. He was completely ineffectual when in office and ultimately ignored by Bush and Cheney. His reputation as a campaigner is intact, but he's not a inside the beltway player. Just like anyone else who sold their soul to politics he's gotten nothing out of the bargain either. Gay issues are the least of his problems.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 8, 2011 7:03:46 PM

  20. More Glitter! It's a legal slap in the face, and great video Naming and Shaming.

    Posted by: castaway | Oct 8, 2011 8:14:13 PM

  21. The first few commenters are on point. Juvenile and makes gay activists look like idiots.

    Grow up.

    Posted by: Donald Douglas | Oct 8, 2011 11:16:20 PM

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