Club for Growth President Chris Chocola charged that Republican establishment figure Karl Rove cares more about the Republican brand than Republican "core beliefs." "What Karl Rove and some of the establishment groups only care about is the brand," he said during an appearance on CBS´ "Face to Face." "They only care if someone´s a Republican or not. They don´t really care what their core beliefs are. I think voters actually care what their core beliefs are." Rove and Chocola are expected to butt heads in 2014 over a number of upcoming House and Senate races,
Comments: I can´t say that I disagree with him. Chocola has always been a strong conservative. It really bothers me that those of us who expect the rule of law to be enforced and uphold the Constitution are pilloried and considered "extreme."
#3, we keep hearing that conservatives didn´t stay home in the last election. Did they or didn´t they? And if they did, was it because they honestly saw no difference between Romney and Obama? None whatsoever? Not the slightest distinction in terms of, say, fiscal policy?
And if conservatives DID stay home on November 6, then they have only themselves to blame if the conservative candidates for senator, representative, or state office in their districts didn´t get elected.
I DIDN´T stay home. I held my nose, voted for Romney despite the resentment of having yet another Bush1/McCain/Bush2 progressive pushed down my throat and having my vote taken for granted. I voted for a guy who I knew would run the country into the same "one world" hole as his predecessors, just a little more slowly. I surrendered my values and better judgement to vote for this guy, and what did I get for my trouble? I lost. Thanks Rove. Now go away.
According to Real Clear Politics, Romney lost by a whole point seven percent. He got a larger % of the vote (48.1%) than McCain did (44.5%), and Obama got a smaller % in 2012 than he did in 2008 (48.8% vs 52.1%).
Whatever the reason he lost, there is no statistic or fact to back up the emotionally exploitive (and boring-us-to-tears) claim that conservatives, Tea partiers, or Evangelicals stayed home. So if you folks insist on continuing the silly Purists vs Establishment RINOs spat, at least base your arguments on facts.
These stupid little cat fights need to stop. Karl Rove believes in the same free market, pro growth, low tax, less government principles as Chocola. He balances his approach to elections with electability. There can be no denying we ran some terrible candidates the last two cycles. We can all co-exist. Otherwise Dems win.
The thing I don´t get it is why Romney never gets included in the critical assessment of candidates who lost easy win elections. At the time, some (note the qualifier here) Romney supporters appeared to be immune to reality. They simply asserted that he was a severe conservative and a superb candidate who would beat Obama handily in November, and told the rest of us to get our minds right about Mitt Romney or get lost. Many who now falsely blame conservatives/evangelicals for costing Mitt the election were quite dismissive of the need to build common ground with conservatives then.
At the time, a whole series of Mitt´s mistakes were mispresented as signs of the impending fulfilment of Romney´s inevitability. Bad polls were denied as false prophecy trying to hide an impending GOP landslide. Serious, glaring political errors were simply dismissed by those who knew that "Romney Knows Best." Now we find out nobody knew what they were doing. Remember Mitt running off truffle hunting in Pennsylvania because Florida was "baked"? Remember the Oracle Rove casting out the blasphemers of Fox News for calling the election? Remember Mitt Romney sitting in his hotel room with an acceptance speech on election night?
If I had to describe the Romney Campaign in two words they would be "delusional incompetence." The Romney acolytes who helped make that happen need to understand that, or we will all be condemned to repeat it.
I was always glad Repubs had a man like Rove until I realized how vicious he was. Rove is harder on Repubs than Dems. He is mild and reasonable when speaking against a Dem..only comparing ´policy´ issues. But give Rove a Repub that is not part of Estab or in his pocket suddenly Rove is mean, visious and tried to destroy. Posters who say: can´t we all just get along are really saying for us all to follow Rove and not try to be independent. Posters who scream and cry against candidates that are trying to change the status quo are sure to get bashed. I do not respect anyone who claims to support all Repubs. It is a lie. They only support estab Repubs and attack anyone else. They hypocrisy is nauseating. The same posters write the same mantra about all getting along while bashing the ones they don´t like. Yes, we have finally figured out who the guardians of the GOP are. They are like Journalisters. Guess we can call them Roverlisters.
I am growing weary of articles about Rove. We did it the "elite way" for the last 2 Presidential elections and lost. Rove and Priebus are out of tune, and need to be gone. It is time to clean house. Republicans need a new Contract with America that resonates with the People. Republican wusses have allowed the democrats to define them, this has to stop. Who resonated throughout the last election cycle, Priebus or the democrat Debbie Wasserman Shultz?
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