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Why Karl Rove is Smiling Today
New Yorker, by John Cassidy

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/22/2014 5:37:30 PM

Karl Rove, fresh from outraging Democrats with his remarks about Hillary Clinton’s health, was on Fox News last night, and, once again, he was looking pretty happy with himself. As it became clear that establishment Republicans—i.e., those supported by Rove and his big Super PAC—had bested their Tea Party-affiliated rivals in a number of key G.O.P. primaries, Rove flashed his gnashers and told Megyn Kelly: “The reason Republican candidates are winning is because they are uniting the party.” Presumably, Rove wasn’t talking about Mitch McConnell, the lugubrious Senate minority leader, who does a good job of uniting the Democratic Party but


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Reply 1 - Posted by: William1, 5/22/2014 5:47:47 PM     (No. 9858449)

By all means, Karl. You are uniting the party so its members will fit into a phone booth, after you chase out those unruly conservatives and Tea-partiers.

But, hey, the Republicans still have a berthing dock on the ballot, even if the party becomes a super-minority party. Karl has inched ever closer to Nelson Rockefeller´s image for the republicans.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 5/22/2014 5:49:43 PM     (No. 9858450)

You have it backward, #1. The winning candidates in the primaries so far indicate how the tea party movement has moved the entire party to the right, not to the left as you suggest. Nelson Rockefeller would not be able to garner many votes in todays GOP.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 5/22/2014 5:56:08 PM     (No. 9858457)

"Immigration reform" (aka Amnesty) will define this, #2.

The GOP, like Scripture points out, cannot serve two masters. Wall Street and Main Street are at odds on this issue.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 5/22/2014 6:00:59 PM     (No. 9858466)

Every election, the TEA party picks up a few more seats and RINOS are barely hanging on -- they are far from emboldened and have to vote conservative or they are eventually toast.

Rove is good about putting a brave face on things, but his days are numbered.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/22/2014 6:05:02 PM     (No. 9858470)

#3, actually immigration "reform" and "amnesty" are not synonymous. None of the proposed plans from our side grant amnesty. The Democrats are the ones who are stipulating that. Sometimes, it behooves to see what´s in a plan or a bill before we begin knee-jerking in protest.

I am very much in favor of bringing back some form of the old guest worker program. That worked very well and can do so again, with some modifications. There are many things we can do to improve our immigration system that don´t come anywhere near granting amnesty to those who are here illegally. And yes, of course, the borders must be better secured. When our border patrol is ordered not to arrest and not to detain, we have no border enforcement at all.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nina584, 5/22/2014 6:35:36 PM     (No. 9858502)

Fat face may be happy now but if last time millions of republicans stayed home he better get ready for more millions staying home next time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 5/22/2014 6:39:57 PM     (No. 9858509)

I have a question. Has anyone heard any Republican state that part of our plan is they must go to back of the line? That is, while they "await citizenship" will they really actually be deported to wait in line like everyone else? If not, this is why some of us continue to consider immigration reform and amnesty as meaning basically the same thing. If they get yo stay, continue food stamps, their elderly newcomer relatives continue SS and Medicare, then why is it not basically amnesty? Serious question here, perhaps I have not heard the GOP plans correctly.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 5/22/2014 6:43:45 PM     (No. 9858514)

Please don´t call up ugly illusions. Think of peace and beauty.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: periwinkel, 5/22/2014 8:29:03 PM     (No. 9858619)

#5 I don´t care what the Republican Reform Immigration Reform Plan states...when it gets to the conference committee it will be amnesty and open borders because that is what the Democrats, Chamber of Commerce and the Establishment Republicans want. The Republicans OWE the Chamber of Commerce for all the money spent in these primaries and elections coming in November. Believing in anything else is believing in Unicorn Fa-ts.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: periwinkel, 5/22/2014 8:29:59 PM     (No. 9858620)

Apologize for second post. It should be Republican Immigration Reform Plan. Sorry.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 5/22/2014 9:32:30 PM     (No. 9858671)

Yeah sure, immigration reform isn´t amnesty. The RINO apologists remind me of the black idiots that blindly follow the Democrat Party.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 5/22/2014 9:42:01 PM     (No. 9858678)

Rove is right.
The Republicans are uniting.
On Tuesday night ,Ben Sasse called McConnell and then sent McConnell a $ 2,000 campaign contribution.
The Senate Conservative Fund , Erick Erickson and the Madison Project all endorsed McConnell on Tuesday night.
I guess they´re RINOs now.
Tomorrow, Rand Paul will hold a joint news conference with Mitch McConnell in Louisville
and will campaign for him.
Matt Bevin is a sore loser and he said he will not support McConnell and
will not encourage his tea party supporters to vote for McConnell.
Which is fine, a free country and all.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/23/2014 12:16:33 AM     (No. 9858769)

Guess old Karl "planted the seed" and the media ran with it. Propaganda works two ways.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/23/2014 6:15:13 AM     (No. 9858864)

#7, to my knowledge, all of the various GOP plans require "back of the line". Some of the plans have very stringent restrictions on who can be eligible, even then. I´m not sure about the deportation while they wait. Most of the plans require immediate registration into a computer base, with a sorting out of who might be eligible for a temporary work card, who for a green card, who has to be immediately deported, and so forth. Kay Hutchinson had a plan to send everyone home for five years, or some such, before they could apply for legalization (not the same as citizenship). To me, "reform" means getting control of the problem, documenting who is here, what they are doing and if they can be given permission to work. None of the plans allow for the government assistance citizens are entitled to receive.

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