About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn’t contained to his book.

Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a “war criminal” and worse.

The fans came to get their books signed, but they never got that chance.

One woman, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, approached him with handcuffs and said she was there to make a citizen’s arrest. Jodie Evans charged him with “outing a CIA agent…you lied to take us to war…” and “totally ruining the country.”

What a twit.

1. Rove is not Bush, and Bush didn’t lie us into a war. See our section The Big Lie for details.

2. Valerie Plame was not outed by Rove. Her CIA employment was known to every player in Washington. Even the Democrat Washington Post concluded that it was self-promoting Joe Wilson – her husband — that drew attention to Plame.

3. Was Iraq ruined? In 2003, it had been in the grip of a genocidal tyrant for decades. Today, that tyrant has been tried, convicted and executed, and the nation has had five democratic elections, with voter turnout higher than the US. If  that’s ruination, too bad Bush didn’t “ruin” a few more.

Meanwhile, Rove got at least one word in, noting:

… that the people shouting him down were an example of the “totalitarianism of the left…they don’t believe in dialog…they don’t believe in courtesy. They don’t believe in first Amendment rights for anyone but themselves.”