The more I’m forced to watch this rotund little man scribble on his whiteboard like a toddler with crayons, the more he reminds me of the Humpty Dumpty character in Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass. Look closely at Karl and what do you see? If Humpty wore glasses, Karl Rove he would be. Mr. Rove’s scorn toward the Tea Party and the conservative base of the Republican Party is indicative of the fear he and other RINOS have of their destructive lurch to the left coming to an end. Their newest target, Sen. Ted Cruz, terrifies the elitist big
I picture Rove more as a wagon trail boss, driving the team slowly away from their intended path, away from their intended goals. Goodbye, Karl. You go ahead and take what folks will go over Donner Pass. The folks that want to survive this ´GOP Winter´ will wait out the season for spring, and then we´ll get back on the right path.
I am angry at FOX for giving Rove a platform let him go on the other propaganda networks.. Hannity would do himself a favor by NOT having Rove on with him either. I turn off the program when I hear Rove. FOX is no longer Fair and Balanced. Playing both sides against the middle makes me sick.
fta: ( in case you needed to be reminded of Rove´s phenomenal success rate) "For those that may have forgotten, Rove and the GOP establishment backed David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz, Trey Grayson over Rand Paul, Bob Bennett over Mike Lee, Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio, Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey and Gerald Ford over Ronald Reagan. While bashing candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle and Todd Aiken, they backed those big winners, Linda McMahon, Tommy Thompson and Carly Fiorina." Palin ain´t the problem, Cruz ain´t the problem, the etch a sketch entrenched republican hacks are.
This character, Karl Rove is indeed repugnant. On a program last night he used the words "we want" relevant to Republicans so I would like to know to what position he was elected or appointed. I would venture to say he does not speak for conservatives.
A bit testy today aren´t we. And Paula, you need to go take a cold shower. Karl Rove is a numbers guy. He can tell you the statistics in all 435 congressional districts in the Congress. He´s a mechanic. He deals in aggregate politics. He supports primary candidates that he thinks can win the general election. You may have not liked George Bush, but Al Gore would have been much worse. (I personally like George. He never once lied to my face.) Karl got George elected by targeting districts. You really can´t win elections without guys like Karl. I belong to the Tea Party Express and I am active in a local Tea Party in San Diego. I vote for Tea Party conservatives, but I also listen to Karl. If you don´t win elections, you don´t have power, and the Democrats do whatever they want to push the Socialist agenda. We need to win the Senate in 2014 and the Presidency in 2016, fighting among ourselves isn´t going to get us there. It´s a numbers game, and don´t forget it.
I once liked Karl Rove, but those feelings have eroded over the years. He isn´t going to sell his brand of Liberalism to the base of the Republican Party. Look at what has happened to the people he has endorsed on the Republican side who lost the last two Presidential elections.
If they were as good as he said they were, we wouldn´t have that monster in the White House right now. Way to go Karl. Fox, you aren´t helping matters by keeping him on the air. He turns Conservatives completely off. There is such a thing as being too fair.
#10 - we don´t take the fight to Rove...he takes it to us and is publicly, actively trying to destroy the patriots trying to save this country - you and your children - from an evil, corrupt oligarch.
The article is spot on and to your point Rove´s numbers do not mean squat anymore. He and the GOP consulting crowd pick, advise and men and women who only help to consolidate their power by staying on message.
The FACT is that amateurs came to the scene with principals and a conservative message and had much greater success than ROVE right out the gate in our first contest in 2010 election if you will.
Now we are a lot more seasoned and hardened and savvy to the tricks and utter corruption that permeates politics and are crushing enemies of freedom and liberty like Rove, the elites, the democrats and the media.
It´s kind of funny that Karl Rove has become the target for so many. I suspect he´s not bothered a bit. He´s not elected to any office, he´s free to raise money and spend it wherever and whenever he finds a political cause he likes. Good for him. I always enjoy listening to his numbers, as #9 states. Beyond that, folks are attributing powers to him that he can only dream of having. It´s all, as I said, pretty funny.
It´s funnier when you substitute Sarah Palin´s name.
It´s funny that Sarah Palin has become the target for so many. I suspect she´s not bothered a bit. She´s not elected to any office, she´s free to raise money and spend it wherever and whenever she finds a political cause she likes. Good for her. I always enjoy listening to her thoughts. Beyond that, folks are attributing powers to her that she can only dream of having. It´s all, as I said, pretty funny.
Just a couple of points. I´m not defending Karl Rove nor do I agree with all he has to say. I take what he says with a grain of salt. He was right in 2010 as regards to the Senate. We (the Tea Party) ran some pretty flakey candidates in States where we could have won with an establishment candidate. Those damn numbers again. Also, Karl didn´t support either McCain or Romney in the primaries. Like a lot of us, he laced up his boots and tried to make the most of a poor candidate. If we finally get a Tea Party candidate on the ballot for President, I sure as hell would want Karl on the team, crunching the numbers.
Nobody should think that Fox News is a conservative news source. They plaster their 24 hour news cycle with GOP rino`s because they don`t want to alienate these people. If they do, they`ll lose access. No access, no guests, no guests, no ratings. It`s all about ratings.
Sarah Palin and Karl Rove. Sarah is more of a man than Rove will ever be. She hasn´t changed over the last 5 years, a true Constitutionalist and she isn´t afraid to show it. Rove blows with the Washingtonian wind.
Rove is the giy who estimates the size of a herd by counting their droppings. His type once had an advantage is gathering and analyzing such data that the internet has eroded. In the meantime Rove seems to have steadily lost sight of something an old colleague of his, Lee Atwater, was an expert at - the skill it takes to form messages that will help change the direction of the herd.
When the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) over majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the president´s signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator, ObamaCare. Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we´d grow to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.
A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates. The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014. Scott Braddock reported on Tuesday that “in recent weeks, various Texas business interests have told Quorum Report that Boehner has been telling them that he will start holding immigration votes not long after the filing deadline has passed.”
The historic IT disaster known as the Obamacare web site has been of intense interest to me, since I´ve been a Senior Software Engineer for decades, and I have personally participated in, witnessed, and reported on (as a technology reporter) a number of IT disasters. But even so, the size of the Obamacare web site catastrophe on October 1 still takes my breath away. When I first heard, shortly after October 1, that there was 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov, I quickly rejected that figure, because it´s impossible.
In politics, process matters often nearly as much as — if not more than — substance, and the procedure by which the filibuster was weakened last week by Senate Democrats is likely far more problematic than the rank hypocrisy of their doing so. It is hard to view the Democratic majority’s use of the “nuclear option” as anything other than an admission of weakness and of curbed ambition. After the increasingly problematic Obamacare debacle, it seems as though President Obama and his fellow Democrats have given up the hope of governing through a national consensus. Instead, Obama has signaled that
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On Tuesday, November 12, Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air. Contrary to the rumors, Sasse wanted to say, he hadn’t secretly vowed to oppose McConnell’s leadership if elected. In fact, he hadn’t been asked to make such a pledge and would never have even considered it. That was the plan, anyway. As soon as Sasse sat down, McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded “every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader
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Fresh off the disastrous rollout of Obamacare which Senate Majority Leader Reid and (now former) Speaker of the House Pelosi rammed through Congress using unconventional procedures and with zero Republican support, his extremist wing compelled him to make yet another ham-handed move which predictably will hurt his party in the long run more than it will help it. Since the issue has for the most part been poorly explained in the major media, let me explain what has happened and why I think this will prove a major miscalculation.
A great deal of attention has been focused on the political fallout that Democrats in Congress will face because of their support for ObamaCare. Beyond video of Mary Landrieu in 2009 saying just what Obama was saying about people being allowed to keep their old health plans, surely the video of Nancy Pelosi that we had to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" ought to be part of any Republican´s campaign against Democrats in the congressional midterm elections.
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A major GOP donor who told Breitbart News Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made disparaging remarks about the Tea Party movement and about Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) continues to stand by his original story after claims that the reports were not accurate. This individual reported that on the Oct. 30 fundraising call American Crossroads’ Karl Rove and Steven J. Law held with McConnell, “McConnell specifically talked about Mike Lee by name, specifically talked about Ted Cruz by name, and he specifically talked about the Tea Party by name,” the donor told Breitbart News in response to a
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Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than