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Karl Rove Signings in Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks Take Dramatic Turn

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Karl Rove's Courage and Consequences book tour wasn't safe from protestors in Southern California yesterday when he visited Thousand Oaks and Beverly Hills. The day began in Ventura County at a Borders where a handful of protestors remained outside on the sidewalk. A couple of them made it inside and one apparently ripped the book front of Rove before he was "dragged" away from the Senior Advisor to Former President George Bush. The police were called, but no arrests apparently made (video above).

But that was a just a warm-up. Later in the evening at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, his reading had a flare for histrionics, thanks to about three protestors--at least two of them were from anti-war group Code Pink--in the audience (video below). "The only comfort I take is that you're going to rot in hell," one screamed.

Rove stood his ground and went on defense: "With all due respect, this goes to show 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 anybody but themselves."

After his talk, he left without signing books, disappointing some audience members. Today he's in Fresno and tomorrow in La Jolla.