In the aftermath of their presidential election defeat, many Republicans took out their frustration on Mitt Romney and his staff. Their manifold shortcomings and mistakes, both in terms of judgment and technical gaffes, were raked over with consummate thoroughness by conservative commentators. But with Romney sensibly gone to ground (though he will break his silence this month at the annual CPAC conference) and his advisors making poor targets on their own, that got boring after a while. So with the people who determined the GOP fate in 2012 no longer such inviting targets, the spleen of some conservatives
It really isn´t all about Karl Rove. It´s about Rove and his PAC and the Big Money behind a concerted effort to support so-called ´moderate´ Republican candidates. It´s about wiping out the Tea Party influence that got Rubio, Cruz and Paul elected. It isn´t about returning to grassroots conservative values. It is about shifting political power from one Party to another.
#1, why isn´t Karl Rove as entitled to raise money and support candidates as anyone else? Those who don´t want his guidance are free to send money to any other PAC? I´m pretty sure that if Sarah Palin opted to use her formidable PAC funds to actually support political candidates, it would be fine with her fans. There are many PACs out there. Choose one you like instead of declaring Karl Rove has no place in the political fundraising arena.
Republicans and conservatives can sit around handwringing and finger pointing to the cows come home but nothings going to change unless they figure ot how to stop election fraud,especially in swing states.
They also have to figure out how to reach and motivate millions of voters who don´t bother to vote.One of the reasons for this is a lot of non voters don´t see a difference in the parties. The right knuckling under to immigration is the latest example.This started with Bush´s push on immigration,we´ve been going downhill ever since.
There is a big difference between a PAC supporting their preferred candidate and a PAC trying to influence the nomination process in order to eliminate potential candidates. One is a legitimate part of the election process, the other is kingmaking.
Amusing. These articles in defense of Rove are sweet. Anyone with half a brain can read between the lines.
Rove and his backers chose unwisely. They mucked things up, they exposed themselves as more interested in power and position than principle. They relentlessly attacked conservatives within their own party, and now they are crying foul. Tough. Stop whining. Go to a cocktail party and don´t let the door slam on your way out.
I believe the only ones "whining" are the ones who seem to fear Karl Rove. Man up and realize that the act of supporting a particular candidate means other candidates are being voted against. It´s the way primaries work. I assume all of us are free to go with the one we prefer. I won´t demand those I don´t prefer not be allowed to participate.
I despise this man. He thinks he´s so smart. He might be but he´s also clueless about his fellow Republicans. If he chooses another candidate in 2016 - I won´t vote. Period. Well unless the Tea Party runs someone. But no one will win against the current system the Democrats have set up. They´ve brought election stealing to an art form.
What #2 said. IMO, If the GOP has gotten to the point of bashing anyone for raising millions of dollars to elect Republicans, there is no hope. Karl Rove DID donate from his PAC to Rubio AND Cruz and many other "tea-party" endorsed Conservatives. It´s time to stop allowing the "msm" to play the GOP like a pathetic violin and tell US who is good and who is NOT good in the GOP. "Karl Rove "frog-marched out of the W.H. in handcuffs". Anyone remember that line? Good grief!
WHY can´t we learn to focus on what UNITES us, rather than our differences? Why turn our backs on each other, when we´re our own closest allies? We´ll never be successful unless we consider saving our PARTY just as important as saving our COUNTRY. I´m not a Rove fan, but have we really become so rigid that we can´t tolerate differing views? Don´t we trust our fellow Republicans to make their own good judgments? As long as we continue to view fellow Republicans as enemies the Demos can just sit back and laugh as we continue to self-destruct. Why any conservative would want to satisfy the Demos, the libs or the media is beyond me.
I watched Karl Rove on Hannity´s show Wednesday night. He tried to sound reasonable. I have no problem with him wasting another three hundred million like he did in 2012 if there are enough fools to trust him with their money. Karl was the one who came out of the box declaring war on the Tea Party. That doesn´t build co-operation among groups who may want to support GOP candidates. Karl is a has been politically that has no other skill to keep him out of trouble.
Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch should get some credit. Fox News gives the Ruling Class GOP the canons to silence ordinary Americans. As Mr. Codevilla explains, the main point uniting the Ruling Class (which includes both R and D) is a deep disdain for ordinary Americans. This motivates Rove,the Bush crowd, Beltway GOP in general. Big Time. It isn´t principle because they have none. It´s not accurate to say any of us could compete with Rove. The Ruling Class has staged a successful revolution in the US. As Codevilla says, the majority of Americans who identify as R are orphaned, have no political party to represent them and their views. Rove is part of a larger point.
FTA: "But those reviling and writing off Rove need to get a better grip on reality"
Oh, really? I think that it´s YOU and others in the Rockefeller wing of the party that need to get a grip on reality, as you currently have no such grip.
The next election cycle will go a long way in pointing out to the Rockefellers, that the Tafts no longer look to them, nor will they adhere to their big government philosophy, which runs counter to conservatism. Yes, the GOP will lose badly, without conservatives voting for their worthless candidates.
People like Rove, miscreants who gain fleeting popularity, yet command a disproportionate amount of influence, are the kinds of people who take a good thing, and turn it to garbage that no one wants anymore.
No it really isn´t about Rove; it is about the audacity of certain people to think they know what is best for ´we the people´. If you don´t believe that, here is my prediction. Jeb Bush has already been the chosen presidential candidate by the ruling class. This is all a set up for that point in time. Rove and others are guiding us to that end. If that is the result, many more Republicans will not turn out to vote, since we don´t need another mushy Bush. As far as loving their family, I think they are wonderful people; but we need a leader with better ideas than any of them have or will have.
Read Angelo Condevilla´s article in today´s Lucianne and you will know what I mean.
Mr. Rove adheres to a double standard. If his candidate wins the primary, he expects and most of us do support that candidate. If the candidate he did not support wins the primary, we expect, and rightly so, him to also support that candidate. However, he doesn´t and funds are held back from that campaign. It´s his guy or nobody. That´s not the way it should work. If we have to hold our nose to vote for his candidate why shouldn´t he support ours?
As for Tobin, he´s eternally been little more than a relentless shill for the R jurno est; in the mold of Parker, Noonan, Coulter, Brooks, Goodwin etc. The next time he has an original idea about anything will be the first time.
Ron Fournier is on fire. Liberated (my word) from the responsibilities of editing National Journal, the 20-year-veteran writer has become Washington´s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you´d be wise to start reading him. (To dispense with the compulsory narcissism: I used to work for Fournier at National Journal, and I consider him a mentor, so, yeah, I´ve got skin in the game. (Snip)Specifically, Obama promised too much, overestimates how weak he is institutionally, overestimates how strong Republicans are, and retreats to the comfort of a small group of advisers who exacerbate his
HELENA — The news that Sen. Max Baucus may resign his seat to become U.S. ambassador to China could throw a new wrinkle into the 2014 race for his Senate seat, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock would appoint Baucus’s successor. Would Bullock appoint his own lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who’s already a top Democratic candidate for the seat that Baucus planned to vacate anyway, through retirement? Neither Walsh nor Bullock would comment Wednesday evening. Appointing Walsh would make him an incumbent U.S. senator, immediately upping his profile in a race that already includes Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and four
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Chris McDaniel sits atop a wave of conservative Republicans challenging sitting U.S senators from their own party, wielding a tea-party trifecta of endorsements from the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks. Yet McDaniel is unlikely to receive support from any of his tea party idols in the Senate who, in part, owe their own elections to those same groups. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida won´t take sides in GOP incumbent primaries because of his own experience of running against the establishment´s pick. Neither will Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who rode tea party support to take down a three-term incumbent.
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A group of climate scientists and economists are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other stationary sources. These critics see a “massive seizure of power” by the agency. The scientists and economists, including the former chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Committee, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that the agency does not have the authority to permit greenhouse gases from stationary sources. According to the group, such a permitting scheme is a “naked power grab of the most cynical sort.” “There is no avoiding that this rule is a massive
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Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
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The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
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John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he´s already ruffling Republican feathers. In a profile published late Tuesday night by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana. "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress," said Podesta of what Obama´s White House team faces.
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
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