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Karl Rove Is Right about
Republican Reformers

National Review Online, by Quinn Hillyer

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/7/2014 5:04:59 AM

Former presidential adviser Karl Rove may be a lightning rod for some conservative complaints these days, but his March 27 column in the Wall Street Journal sounded the right notes for everybody on the right side of the political spectrum. Entitled “The New Republican Reformers,” Rove’s column highlighted the central truth that Republicans and conservatives usually do well when they are seen not just as obstructionists, but as practical problem-solvers. I saw this firsthand last year when I ran in a special election for Congress — in which whatever else went wrong (I finished fourth in an unexpectedly foreshortened nine-way primary, eventually

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Even those who dislike or distrust Karl Rove can hardly disagree with the concept of changing the country´s perception of Republicans (establishment or anti-establishment) as obstructionists by using reform in ways that help rather than block. I appreciated Hillyer´s inclusion of Mike Pence as one of the underappreciated reformers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rinktum, 4/7/2014 6:40:09 AM     (No. 9800622)

Sorry, I don´t trust Rove. I don´t like him and I believe he has done things specifically to trash conservatives when it was totally unnecessary. Therefore, his opinion is of little value to me. Of course, we must offer conservative solutions to the problems we face, but Karl Rove is not a champion of conservative thought. In my opinion, he wants to be a king maker above all else. He is not a team player unless you are an establishment candidate. Otherwise, he sees you as the enemy. As far as I am concerned Karl can take his little white board and go home. He has done enough damage.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/7/2014 6:42:58 AM     (No. 9800626)

When the Commies are on a roll we need to be the party of "Hell No !"

This posture does not prevent a careful explanation of our position and it´s alternatives.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: philsner, 4/7/2014 6:52:41 AM     (No. 9800631)

No. This is how we lose.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: reilly, 4/7/2014 7:25:12 AM     (No. 9800661)


Listen, Quinn, Karl Rove lost the government in 2006. He must leave or., i swear, it happens again.
Get him the hell off the stage.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: bubby, 4/7/2014 7:56:12 AM     (No. 9800700)

Karl the Republicans have a lot of good ideas about healthcare and the economy and how to create jobs but the msm isn´t going to report any of those. You idiot Karl the msm´s job is to portray the Republcans as haters of minorities and gays and lovers of the rich. Karl just go away.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ruready?, 4/7/2014 7:57:23 AM     (No. 9800701)

The GOP is obstructionist and if they had any honesty about them they would take a deep breath and admit it. The GOP likes the government debt (never yet have moved to reduce it - only slow it down), they love their jobs more than the country they serve and they pass bills in secret against the wishes of their constituency.

The GOP is a bunch of moderate, pretty boys that love the cushy jobs and the status quo. They are standing in the way of true reform - look how they react to Ted Cruz. Republicans define obstructionist.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 4/7/2014 8:49:32 AM     (No. 9800771)

Rove is as disingenuous as ever. He wants us to present solutions. Fine. Conservatives have, but he uses those ideas to attack conservatives.

When Rove was the primary influence in the Bush WH, we got ideas like the No Child Left Behind Act, the Prescription Drug Act , and huge debt increases, every one a disaster.

This is just his way of trying to regain relevance. That is not going to work with those who have seen his true colors.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/7/2014 9:23:26 AM     (No. 9800821)

The New Republican Reformers, eh? I have to smile. Is this vintage Rove or what? I knew he was somewhere thinking up a new label for the same stale ideas. Here it is. Instead of saying we need solutions not obstruction, Rove offers a cute new label NOT concrete solutions. Sorry Karl, too cute by half. He trained conservative voters to view the GOP establishment with disdain after being lied to in the last two Presidential elections.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/7/2014 9:30:18 AM     (No. 9800834)

Ok then Big BOY, where are the GOP´s solutions? All I hear is a lot of whining!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/7/2014 10:55:13 AM     (No. 9800991)

The solutions are follow the constitution, promote free markets and capitalism. But this is not what Karl Rove means. We don´t need new rules, or reaching out to liberals, who are searching for someone to agree with them on breaking those rules so they can do anything they want. Karl Rove wants to run the GOP, but that is the people´s job, Karl.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dman, 4/7/2014 1:06:02 PM     (No. 9801199)

Karl´s thinly-veiled attempt to appropriate Mark Levin´s call for a "New Republican Party" won´t fly.

That´s why I´ve quibbled with Levin´s wording. We need a new conservative party, free from the control and influence of the GOP Elites. They won´t leave the party, so we must.

A "New Republican Party" is simply putting lipstick on a p.. er, elephant.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: absalom, 4/7/2014 2:11:48 PM     (No. 9801283)

Rove´s ´problem solving´ mantra is a code for more busybody government; doing stuff for people they should be doing for themselves and destroying initiative in the process.
We are in our current leadership nadir because voters have forgotten the wisdom of our Founders. As Jefferson told us; ´Government is best when it governs least´.

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