• American Crossroads,  Karl Rove

    Karl Rove: Count Me Out


    Karl Rove, you can count me out, as well.

    Erick Erickson over at Red State has this to say about Rove’s latest attempt to sideline and marginalize Tea Party conservatives.

    American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it.

    It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, etc., etc., etc. are really hacked off that people have been rejecting them. In 2012, about the only successful Republican candidates were the ones who directly rejected the legacy of these people.

    So now they will up their game. They don’t like being shut out. They blame the tea party and conservatives for their failure to win primaries. They’ll now try to match conservatives and, in the process, call themselves conservatives.

    And, Michelle Malkin finishes Rove off with this missive.

    This is war.

    But of course, for Beltway establishment strategist and GOP control freak Karl Rove, it has been war on grass-roots conservatives for years now. The New York Times reported this weekend that Rove and the deep-pocketed donors whose coffers he drained futilely this past year are doubling down on stupid. Rove, Inc. will re-commit to a new group that will “protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”

    Who needs Obama and his Team Chicago to destroy the Tea Party when you’ve got Rove and his big government band of elites?

    So, Karl, count me out.

    As a grassroots type conservative, I have seen first hand over the years, how your big government Republicans have subverted conservative principles AND lost elections to far too liberal Democrats.

    All Tea Party conservatives know that you form these consulting gigs to make mountains of cash for yourself and cronies, while peddling government solutions to your rich clients.

    Sounds like Obama and his crony capitalism crew – there is NO difference.

    So, Karl, don’t count on my support, or my vote.

  • Chris Christie,  Karl Rove,  Paul Ryan,  President 2012,  Rudy Giuliani,  Sarah Palin

    President 2012: Karl Rove Expects Sarah Palin, Chris Christie and/or Paul Ryan to Enter Presidential Race?

    GOP Political operative Karl Rove on Fox News Channel last night

    Texas Governor is the candidate of the hour, but Karl Rove makes the case that more may enter the Presidential arena.

    ROVE: We’ve got a good field. I don’t think that’s the end, though, of the field. I think we’re likely to see several other candidates think seriously about getting in, and frankly, they have time to do so.

    November 22 is the first deadline to file papers to get on a ballot — that’s the last day somebody could get in without starting to lose their place in some of the early primaries or caucuses.

    I suspect we’re likely to see an early September, late August — people taking it seriously.

    SEAN HANNITY: All right, who are these people you suspect might get in?

    ROVE: I think Palin.

    HANNITY: You do think Palin?

    ROVE: Well, I think she’s going to look seriously at it. I don’t know if any of these are going to actually get in, but I think that the nature of the field, and the fact that we’ve now got three candidates when we could have had four, five, or six major candidates is going to lead people to say “Well, I could be in that contest.”

    Palin has got a pretty active schedule in early September. I think Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are going to look at it again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all three of them gave serious consideration to it….

    HANNITY: I’ve talked to Governor Christie a lot and he says “No way”.

    I was more convinced Gov. Palin after I saw her and interviewed her Friday night at the Iowa state fair that she might get in now.

    Paul Ryan, I don’t think has given any indication. What makes you think those two will get in — meaning Ryan and Christie.

    ROVE: Well, two things. There was an event in New York — [co-founder of Home Depot] Ken Langone pulled together some big moneyraisers and met with Christie and said “you need to think seriously about this.”

    And it’s not just the meeting. What happened afterwards — from what I picked up around the country — I talked to a number of people who had picked up the phone and called Christie to tell him they thought that he ought to run. These are Republican activists, Republican donors, movers and shakers, activists around the country.

    And the same on Paul Ryan, and I’m starting to pick up some sort of vibrations that these kinds of conversations are causing Christie and Ryan to tell the people who are calling them “Well, you know what, I owe it to you. I think I will take a look at it.”

    Whether or not that happens or not, I don’t know, but I’m just picking that up that people have some sense, some belief that these two guys are going to take a look at it.

    I agree that Sarah Palin is a wild card in the race fro 2012 and should Sarah enter the race, the conservative field would be scattered all over the map. I, also, predict that should Palin run, so would Rudy Giuliani which would really divide the GOP Presidential delegate distribution.

    I can foresee a scenario where the GOP nomination comes down to the California GOP primary election in June (likely, a winner take all election) or a “brokered” convention – much like Ford Vs. Reagan in 1976.

  • Karl Rove,  Mitt Romney,  President 2012,  Rick Perry

    President 2012: Will Rick Perry Flop Against Obama in the General Election?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry salutes as he addresses the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on Friday, July 29, 2011

    The GOP knives are now out for Rick Perry.

    To a sizable slice of the Republican base, Rick Perry looks like the conservative, charismatic presidential candidate they have been waiting for in the 2012 campaign.

    To many GOP elites, however, the Texan looks more like a general election flop in the making.

    Few Republicans will say as much in public, for fear of offending the conservative grassroots or antagonizing Perry, a powerful official who’s known to hold a grudge. But in private, in some quarters of the party a sense of apprehension has set in about the prospect of another Texas governor’s candidacy.

    Even operatives who believe Perry would bring significant assets to the 2012 campaign – his job-creation record among them – acknowledge that there are real doubts about whether a brash, Southern hard-liner like Perry can win votes in the crucial swing states needed to capture the White House.

    “I think there’s Texas fatigue in Ohio,” said former Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett, a longtime party leader who sits on the Republican National Committee.

    “I’ve mentioned Rick Perry to a bunch of people and he comes up, frankly, a blank,” Bennett said. “From a grassroots standpoint in Ohio, I don’t see much. I don’t see much support and I don’t see much excitement about it.”

    Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason explained that Perry has a “ways to go” when it comes to introducing himself to a national audience – “especially the independents and more moderate Republicans.”

    “Texas is really far from Pennsylvania, not just geographically. We don’t relate at all,” said Gleason, who urged Perry to “come and tell the people of Pennsylvania how he plans to create economic opportunity.”

    I think if Mitt Romney can get past the early debates in fairly decent shape, then a Rick Perry candidacy can fizzle.


    Perry will split votes with Michele Bachmann, unless Sarah Palin either runs or endorses him.

    Having to run against Mitt Romney and Karl Rove looks like it will be an especially BRUTAL exercise – as this story amply demonstrates.

    But, Perry will be OK against President Obama, who by April of next year may very well be toast.

  • Day By Day,  Jeb Bush,  Karl Rove,  Sarah Palin

    Day By Day December 1, 2010 – Spin

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Chris, what Americans have to remember is that Karl Rove is a stalking horse for Jeb Bush and the Bush family “Blue Blood” GOP dynasty. President George W. Bush, as his father did, drove the Republican Party off of a cliff and should NEVER be allowed to have any real power within the party again.

    I don’t think Sarah Palin spends too much time worrying about what Karl Rove and his minions say. Her basis is support are grass roots Republicans who will vote in GOP Primary caucuses and elections.

    The voters will decide the next Republican nominee for President – not Karl Rove and the Bushes.


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  • Christine O'Donnell,  Day By Day,  Karl Rove

    Day By Day September 21, 2010 – Civil

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    American voters, whether they be in Delaware  or in other states, do not like national political pundits telling them what to do. Suffice to say the verdict on Christine O’Donnell will be decided at the polls in November.

    Karl Rove has had his say and O’Donnell promptly raised over $2 Million.

    Now, talk about coordination of message.


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  • Barack Obama,  Black Panthers,  Harriet Miers,  Karl Rove,  SEIU

    Day By Day by Chris Muir August 12, 2009 – Labor Shortage!

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Besides the obvious SEIU union thuggery during the Obamacare debate, I see on today’s morning Obama News (NBC television) that the Obama Justice Department and Congress are ramping up the investigation of Karl Rove and Harriet Miers. Allegedly they were involved during the Bush Administration in the politicization of the United States Attorneys – particulary the firing of such in New Mexico.

    Hello – the United States Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. Remember when Bill Clinton assumed the Presidency and on day one he fired ALL of the United States Attorneys?

    I find it particularly interesting that in the Obama Administration Justice Department, the Black Panthers are receiving a “free ride” and that hater Karl Rove receives so much attention.

    Is there any wonder why President Obama is sinking like a stone in the Presidential approval polls?


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  • Karl Rove,  Meghan McCain,  Twitter

    Meghan McCain Says Karl Rove Creeps Her Out By Following Her on Twitter


    The above is a parody of Meghan McCain’s Twitter Stream

    How does dear Meghan know that Karl rove doesn’t have a staffer handle the followers for him?

    Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. That’s creepy. I joined Twitter a few months ago; so far, it has been a liberating way to transition from political to personal blogging. It’s allowed me to share the less-serious aspects and humorously uncensored moments of my life. But there’s also been a downside: I am now being followed by Karl Rove, and my local sheriff, and God knows how many other political pundits. We need to take Twitter back from the creepy people.

    Uh, Meghan, Maricopa County, Arizona Sherrif Joe Arpaio is NOTon Twitter. Apparently, someone is impersonating him – much like the staffer who wrote your dad’s (Senator John McCain’s) initial tweets.

    The Twitter creeps gets stranger. My local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, as the author of America’s Toughest Sheriff, is notorious in his own right) recently sent me a Tweet about an answer I gave a fellow Twitter follower. He tried to tell me to go easy on them. It’s really scary when the guy who houses his inmates in tents in the summer and whose most visible public-relations success involves pink underwear, boxers, and handcuffs tells you to tone it down. The sheriff also inexplicably Tweeted me to say my mother owes him $10. Say what?

    But, OK, anyone can make a mistake and maybe your mother owes the Sheriff money for covering up something or not.

    Flap thinks this commenter to Meghan’s blog has the whole situation summed up:

    You denigrate Rove’s tweets as boring, although you are the one writing about them. Whatever people think about Karl Rove, he is unquestionably one of the most interesting political minds in a generation. Dumb and uninteresting are not adjectives that even his many political foes level against him. On the other hand, what exactly is it that you have accomplished for which people should read your shlock? You’re enjoying your 20 minutes of fame on your dad’s coattails. It appears that you fancy yourself as something of a conservative-liberal crossover. That’s fine, really. It’s easy because it’s en vogue these days anyhow. But don’t assume that you should be a model for, or be listened to by, the conservative movement. There is something amusing about how today’s moderates decry traditional conservatives as outmoded purists even while castigating them in their own superior sense of self-righteousness.

    Don’t like Karl Rove or your Sheriff following your tweets? Then don’t put the details of your life on the Internet – that’s like what the public Internet is for. And maybe consider getting a real job and a life.

    Amen, Bro.

    By the way, Meghan,  @Flap has blocked you – you creep me out.

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  • Barack Obama,  GOP,  John Boehner,  Karl Rove

    Obama Delivers an Opening for the Republican Party

    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today delivered remarks on the House floor about the President’s budget that taxes, spends and borrows too much and Democrats’ taxpayer funded non-stop spending binge. He also spoke about the GOP’s better solutions that would allow middle-class families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn.

    So, says Karl Rove.

    Republicans sense the opportunity. The House GOP leadership deputized the top Budget Committee Republican, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, to prepare an alternative budget. The GOP budget won’t raise taxes, gets spending and debt under control, and will result in a stronger economy with more jobs. House Republicans plan a major selling effort back home during the coming recess. Minority Leader John Boehner is already up on YouTube extolling the plan.

    Senate Republicans will not prepare a complete alternative, but they will offer a robust package of amendments, with a wave of proposals for each of the three weeks the upper chamber will devote to the budget. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander foreshadowed the GOP’s theme by saying the Democratic budget taxes, spends and borrows too much.

    Remember him?

    The GOP should immediately prepare and promote their alternatives to the Democrat’s tax and spend largess.

    Flap thinks another “Contract with America” is being written.

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  • David Shuster,  Karl Rove,  Twitter

    Karl Rove Vs. David Shuster in Twitter Flame War – “Wait Until the Book – You’re In There”

    David Shuster on MSNBC’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    Twitter has arrived and @karlrove knows how to hype his upcoming book.

    Maybe MSNBC’s and Shuster’s TV ratings will improve when Rove goes on his show?

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  • Barack Obama,  Guantanamo Bay,  Karl Rove

    Poll Watch: Obama’s Decision to Close GITMO Met With Mixed Reviews by American Voters


    Terrorist Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    President Barack Obama’s decision to close GITMO has met with mixed reviews by American voters.

    U.S. voters are closely divided over whether the government should close the terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.

    Forty-four percent (44%) agree with President Obama’s decision to close the camp within the next year, while 42% disagree in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure which is the best course to follow.

    Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters, however, still say safety is more important to them than fairness in determining where the terrorist suspects should be imprisoned. Just 19% put more emphasis on fairness, while 13% are not sure which is more important. These numbers are virtually unchanged from the findings in November.

    Sixty-nine percent (69%) say the suspected terrorists at Guantanamo should not be given all the rights of U.S. citizens. Only 16% disagree, and 15% are not sure.

    Just 26% say the suspected terrorists should be tried in U.S. courts. Fifty-nine percent (59%) support the Bush Administration position that they should be tried by military tribunals. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.

    Again, the responses to both these questions are almost identical to those in a survey last July.

    Looks like Karl Rove’s comments the other day are not too far off the mark.

    The “campaign architect,” as he is commonly called, built a case against President Barack Obama’s order to close Guantanamo, an overseas CIA detention center where terrorists and other “enemy combatants” are held. Obama’s order could enable terrorists to be tried in U.S. courts, to be given undeserved rights afforded American citizens and could cause damaging long-term effects, Rove said.

    “One year from now, Gitmo won’t be closed,” Rove said. “If it is, there will be an uproar in the U.S. about where to put these people.”

    In one of President Barack Obama’s first acts as President, it looks like a change of Bush Administration policy that does NOT enjoy the overwhelming support of the American people. Well, Obama has left himself a year to decide how to close GITMO.

    The closing of Guantanamo Bay = symbolism over substance.

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