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Will Republican Superdonors Rein
In Karl Rove And Other
GOP Rogue Elephants?

Forbes, by Ralph Benko

Original Article

Posted By:mikkins2, 7/4/2013 8:52:02 AM

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” ? Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking The Republican Party’s senior operatives publicly are committing the cardinal sin of promising to spend tens of millions of dollars of its most generous donors’ money to lard up on data: knowledge. What, instead, is required — to restore its ability to make good, winning, decisions — is virtue: understanding. This critical distinction appears lost on the politicos.

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Bingo!
Rove is selling a product, not trying to win elections. Knowledge is nothing if a person is incapable of understanding and acting upon it. That is what leaders do. Roves goal is to control all the facts and figures, and dole it out for a fee.

The good part is that people are waking up to the fact that Rove is no super-human political genius, he is a data-mining egghead who happens to have gotten lucky a few times in the past and will do anything to keep his influence.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: STLstudent, 7/4/2013 9:01:27 AM     (No. 9408365)

I just yesterday received another fund-raising letter from the RNC. Will I place a personal check in it and return it? -- No!

I will (1) place a vulgar note in the envelope (I am so ashamed of myself), and (2) return it in their postage-paid envelope. No money or support to the honor-less, unprincipled Republican Party. I send money only to liberty-obsessed candidates.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/4/2013 9:09:04 AM     (No. 9408378)

Too late. They´d become democrats before they´d join the Tea Party.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/4/2013 9:09:46 AM     (No. 9408381)

Ted Cruz Missile !

Can we clone this guy and flood the field with his Dopples ???

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Reply 4 - Posted by: uno, 7/4/2013 9:12:59 AM     (No. 9408390)

#1 - Just send a 5x7 picture of a RhINO...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MirJoy, 7/4/2013 9:18:51 AM     (No. 9408403)

What makes Forbes Magazine think that Karl Rove is a rogue Republican? Rove is Establishment Republican personified as is Forbes Magazine.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 7/4/2013 9:26:13 AM     (No. 9408417)

Problem is: Karl Rove and his ilk represent the big-money "superdonors".

That is why a new party, funded by millions of smaller donors, is needed. 10-million donations averaging $100 equals $10 Billion. If the great middle class gets agitated enough, it could happen.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Avogadra, 7/4/2013 9:31:55 AM     (No. 9408423)

The fortunes of the Republican Party, and of the republic, depend on the GOP’s superdonors demanding the Grand Old Party rediscover its core mission of championing small-r republican American principles, including liberty and constitutional rights.

Hooray! At least the guy who wrote this article in Forbes gets it. Rove and company are about making money for themselves, not about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The reason the Declaration of Independence is so powerful is that it speaks to essential values within the heart of every person. The Rovians do number crunching and inspire nobody. Will the Republicans figure this out in time to save themselves? I doubt it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Brittany, 7/4/2013 9:43:11 AM     (No. 9408451)

Can the Tea party and its friends make contact with those superdonors? Only 243? With us conservatives (and independents) at their back we could win big. Surely those 243 have the knowledge to bypass the consultants and find good people to run a campaign and even cut down on voter fraud. It would be a better solution than a 3rd party...We don´t have enough TIME LEFT to get one up and winning. We´ll be lucky to get through 3 1/2 more years.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 7/4/2013 9:49:16 AM     (No. 9408461)

Unless themRpubs actually start working for us, instead of being the right wing of the democrat party, they can spend all of the elitist dollars they can get, but it won´t help. I see no scenario where my local RINO will ever again get my vote, nor the Repub candidates they run. I´m all in on a conservative third party.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Brittany, 7/4/2013 9:53:51 AM     (No. 9408473)

Second thoughts: are the superdonors profiting too much from the current corruption to join us? Would they like the idea of a good tax system or are they profiting too much from the current one. Do they profit too much from stifling the potential competitors of small and medium businesses by regulation and access to the ´best lawyers´ by regulation?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/4/2013 10:07:00 AM     (No. 9408504)

People think the "superdonors" write their super checks with no expectations of something in return? Politics is neither charity nor altruism. They pay for results, and Rove et al haven´t delivered on their promises of "moderate" electability. Not McCain, not Romney...and whoever is being pitched as next. As for a "third-party", check your ballot access laws. Unless you´re Ross Perot writing checks, it´s not easy...and then there´s that sticky problem of nominating a candidate. A few weeks ago Rubio would have been a shoo in. Rubio anyone? A few months ago Chris Christie. A year or two ago David Petraeus.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 7/4/2013 10:07:28 AM     (No. 9408505)

One of the dumbest columns I have ever read. Forbes is slipping.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/4/2013 10:18:37 AM     (No. 9408537)

Every day, another plea from the GOP or the Republican Senators comes in the mail. I have the shredder right next to the door. I bring in the mail and shred it before I even hang up my hat. The latest one had THREE envelopes of various colors and the instructions that I should put a maximum amount on a check and send them incrementally this summer.

Just like a mortgage payment! Right. As if!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 7/4/2013 10:44:56 AM     (No. 9408594)

Disregard Malcolm Gladwell´s books and this article at your own peril ...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Polecat49, 7/4/2013 10:52:24 AM     (No. 9408610)

karl rove wants to be a king maker, BUT, I don´t believe he is qualified to operate a two hole outhouse. It is an utter shame that the republican national committee and Fox News think he is God´s gift to humanity.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: calgrammy, 7/4/2013 11:34:56 AM     (No. 9408687)

Any Ldotters get a email from John Boehner begging to send at least $10? I forwarded to my family and friends with a big LOL and HELL no. My cousin couldn´t stop laughing when he called me. I didn´t respond to the email,didn´t want men in black showing up at my door.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: absalom, 7/4/2013 12:34:36 PM     (No. 9408791)

Neither new nor insightful. Home truth is direct and simple. The GOP was forged during the Civil War as a party of government, evolving into a secular progressive party during the Gilded Age and then morphing into a party of big business and corporate interests were is remains mired today. Stone cold reality that a 8th grader understands. For sure, the GOP has nothing to do w/the principled conservatism of Burke and De Maistre; and never did. A party to replace hustlers like Rove and buffoons like Bush, aka Obama´s usher, is way overdue.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: belwhatter, 7/4/2013 3:42:26 PM     (No. 9408997)

What is there left of the R party? apart from a few of it´s newest and brightest stars, they are just yes-men/women aisle crossers, compromisers and porkers. It is past time for a new party with principles, those of the Founding Fathers and constitutionally responsible. I get mail from the Rs daily begging for money and to fill out the same idiot questionnaire - still asking the same questions after five years - don´t they ever read them? I guess not, stupid is as stupid does.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/4/2013 3:43:29 PM     (No. 9408999)

IMHO Rove is never going to help conservative candidates. His idea of the perfect candidate is Dem lite. I doubt the man has any steadfast beliefs other than promoting his own ´brand´ and money. I wish FOX would drop him. I like Pat Caudell more than Rove and he is a Dem.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/5/2013 12:21:29 AM     (No. 9409411)

Am I the only one that thinks Karl should be neutered ? There is just something unlikeable about the man.

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