February 4, 2013

#WINNING! Karl Rove to run “Conservative Victory Project”

…Which we know, because he broke the news at the NYT, a bastion of conservatism.  Seems Rove thinks he can play the left’s game against the right:  define conservatism down so that centrist RINOism becomes the new “conservative right wing,” and the TEA Partiers, constitutional conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians can become the new fringe Birchers.

Of course, this has the effect of positioning the far left as moderate, but that doesn’t matter much to Mr Rove, whose hanger-on status — following a series of high profile losses and a 5-7 year history of bad party advice — is becoming legendary.  And to the base, particularly troublesome.

Which is why we should simply just cut the umbilicus now and let Rove, et al., finish off the GOP.

Washington Examiner:

[…] some of “the biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.” This new “Conservative Victory Project” is backed by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads 527 organization and its goal, according to Crossroads president Steven Law, “will be to institutionalize the Buckley rule: Support the most conservative candidate who can win.”

RedState already has two posts up on the Times story, and Daniel Horowitz is the least forgiving:

In light of their smashing success electing candidates like Tommy Thompson, Rick Berg, Denny Rehberg, George Allen, Heather Wilson, and Linda Lingle, they will expand their roadshow into the primaries during the next election cycle in search of the next candidate who is indistinguishable from his/her Democrat opponent. … One by one, people like Karl Rove seek to crush another sacred belief of the conservative base. All social issues? Gone. Enforcement before amnesty? No way. Stay strong on taxes? Forget about it. Fight Obamacare? That’s a done deal. Folks, we must win back the soul of the Republican Party before we can affect any positive change.

[…]

Missing from both Erickson’s and Horowitz’s posts is any mention of the one candidate actually named in the article as a target for “weeding out” by Rove: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has expressed interest in running for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Senate seat.

Do Erickson and Horowitz support King? If all Rove does is weed candidates like King out, as Erickson admits someone should have done to Akin, will Rove’s effort really be that bad?

Exactly! If all Rove is going to do is weed out solid conservatives, what’s the harm?  Then the left will like us and moderates will embrace us and we’ll have a thousand years of well-managed, big government technocratic rule — which is precisely what everybody but the odious teabaggers want anyway.

Honestly: how can you say you love your country but distrust your government?

The founders and framers?  Fringe extremists who can’t hold an intellectual candle to Bill Kristol, Karl Rove, David Brooks, or Joe Scarborough.  So why not just jump on the team and come on in for the big win?

(h/t JohnInFirestone)

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 1:28pm
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  1. That’s a done deal. Folks, we must win back the soul of the Republican Party before we can affect any positive change.

    aka overcorrection

  2. I don’t know why but every time I see a picture of Karl Rove, all I can think about is George Steinbrenner’s insult for Hideki Irabu (see item 6).

  3. Jeff, the end of this post seems to be missing…

  4. Last November Rove threw away almost half a billion superpac dollars trying to get 8 senators elected. He got 2. ‘Karly, you’re doing a helluva job!’

  5. the people what write the big checks want to make sure they’re not giving large amounts of money to rape-maundering weirdos

    can you blame them?

  6. Yes, better they should support Democrats who go on to lose to Democrats.

  7. Just think, if Karl Rove had gotten his way, Marco Rubio wouldn’t be in the Senate to win Rush Limbaugh over to amnesty.

  8. it’s all so very frustrating

  9. I’m reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it’s conservatives who are the real Republicans in name only, and that it’s time to drop the label.

  10. “What do you think of Republican principles?”

    “I think they’d be a good idea.”

    (Apologies to Mahatma Gandhi.)

  11. It’s time to drop the label.

    I agree. Especially since they have declared war on the TEA Party.

    I thought it was only Ds who wanted a homogenous party? I thought wrong.

  12. If the far-Left didn’t hate Karl Rove because of his time spent mentoring Bush, he’d make the prefect #KeptCon. But he’s neither kept nor conservative, so a new one! #IneptCon

  13. Folks, we must win back the soul of the Republican Party before we can affect any positive change.

    Before we try to win it we have to find it. That right there is the hard part.

  14. It seems the far-Left will win this little Republic by default. There’s just not enough people who can band together long enough to wrest control from the weakened GOP, much less from the solidified and well-connected Left. We’ll have to wait for them to self-destruct, and hope the coming despotism doesn’t last scores of years.

  15. so is Karl super enthusiastic about the possibility of a Tagg Romney run you think?

    I honestly couldn’t hazard a guess

  16. It seems the far-Left will win this little Republic by default.

    I’m thinking they can have the bits whose existence they acknowledge. Those of us in flyover country may have to start our own. I wonder how long it’ll be before any of the Important People miss us?

  17. the superball jackpots would go way down

  18. The Important People will miss us as soon as they need to raise money and recruit men for what remains of the armed forces they will continue to gut.

  19. At this point it feels that all labels are destroyed. Democrat means “keep your head down and hope it’s not collapsing,” and GOP means, “wish you were cool enough to work for the Democrats.”

    Makes me almost apolitical at the moment. But it is fun throwing all those stupid letters in the trash.

  20. We’ll have to wait for them to self-destruct, and hope the coming despotism doesn’t last scores of years.

    1917 – 1989 = 22!

    Yay!

  21. barackyland

    Last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals censured the EPA for “an unreasonable exercise of agency discretion,” telling it to base its mandates on realistic production projections rather than wishful thinking.

    The EPA has since engaged in another imaginative exercise: pretending the courts don’t exist. It promptly issued a 2013 mandate that’s even more unrealistic than the previous one.

    Next year, refiners will be forced to “buy” 14 million gallons of nonexistent cellulosic biofuel. Perhaps we should be thankful the EPA doesn’t want them delivered by unicorn.

    link

  22. George ClevelandTampaYankee just couldn’t admit that every time he saw Irabu he thought ‘I rob you’, for, admitting as much he’d confess he was punked to have hired the chump in the first instance. So it came out fat-fatty-fatso. This is how certain established elite folk work: they’re extremely forgiving . . . . . . of themselves.

  23. so is Karl super enthusiastic about the possibility of a Tagg Romney run you think?

    I am thinking Chris Christie and Meghan McCain would be perfect.

  24. Meghan has milked that disenchanted young republican thing til its teats are sore and I’m hoping she doesn’t have an encore

    plus it’s Tagg’s turn now to flash his cleavage

  25. so is Karl super enthusiastic about the possibility of a Tagg Romney run you think?

    Tagg will have to wait his turn behind Meghan McCain and George P. Bush.

  26. oh.

    now the hotairs are saying Tagg isn’t gonna jump in

    so Meghan’s back in the game i guess

  27. George ClevelandTampaYankee just couldn’t admit that every time he saw Irabu he thought ‘I rob you’, for, admitting as much he’d confess he was punked to have hired the chump in the first instance.

    Served him right after stealing him from the Padres. I LOL’d.

  28. Rove decides to purge “his’ Party of those undesirables while his actual ostensible opponents have their own method of dealing with intra-Party problems.

    Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has found himself at the center of a growing controversy, with accusations swirling of a questionable friendship with a Florida eye surgeon being investigated for Medicare fraud, improper flights to the Dominican Republic and alleged patronizing of prostitutes — including underage girls — while in the Caribbean nation.

    In some states, these allegations — and the fact the Senate Ethics Committee has joined federal investigators in looking into the explosive claims — would be enough to sink Menendez. But in New Jersey, that may not be enough to topple the Hudson County political boss, who runs the political machine for a part of Jersey known for being rough and tumble and who easily won reelection last year.

    “Six years is a long time,” said Democratic former Sen. Robert Torricelli , who left the Senate a decade ago under his own ethics cloud. “I think Bob Menendez is a very tenacious person, and he has the advantage of six long years and a fairly forgiving political environment in New Jersey.

    “I wouldn’t be wasting time on a Bob Menendez political obituary,” he added.

  29. I wonder how much it would cost to buy off Rove, Frum, McCain, et al and persuade them to sit out the next election.

    Maybe hiring a bunch of B-list celebrities and holding some bitchin’ cocktail parties to which they’re all invited would be enough?

  30. OT: Juan Williams was expounding about gun control on the FauxNewz panel again today. I muted him most of the time, but I heard him once say that the government doesn’t want our guns, even after many in the government has said that they do.

    What a fucking tool.

  31. He said we’re all paranoid, including Tucker Carlson and Charles Krauthammer, cranky.

    I say he’s not paying attention.

  32. In the American system, a Constitutional Convention — which has never been held since the Constitution was adopted — is the last stop before revolution. It was intended as a way for the people to end-run the political establishment; if enough states request a convention, Congress has no choice but to call it, and the resulting proposals go straight to the states for ratification, bypassing Congress. It’s a way to make drastic changes when the political class has blocked smaller ones.

    Are we there yet? I don’t think so. But we’re getting closer all the time. Political class, take note.

    link

  33. He has his blinders on. In history, registration always leads to confiscation. Then again, lefties don’t study history, they make it up.

  34. Then again, lefties don’t study history, they make it up.

    And yet somehow the stories all end the same. Almost as if that Santayana guy knew what he was talking about.

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  36. I have it on good authority that a buncha suburbanites with AR-15s can’t fend off U.S. gubmint troops, so it cannot be that the gubmint wants to disarm us as a prelude to tyranny.

    Ergo, wannabe tyrants are morons to bother disarming the populace with anything but their irresistible charm.

    Also, WTF do you need a Sherman Tank for?

  37. wtf do you need lubed kleenex for?

    a dogged marketer created the demand is why

    much like the propaganda sluts at CNN are creating demand for all manner of firesticks and such

  38. I’ve actually managed to shut up a few lefties of the “Second Amendment = musket” school by pointing out that at the time the BoR was ratified private citizens could, and did, own fully-armed and crewed warships, suitable for taking prizes on the high seas and raiding coastal towns.

    It wasn’t a rare thing, either. There were more than 500 American privateers in the War of 1812.

  39. Lubed Kleenex are the greatest thing since microwaved cantaloupe. And they’re good for the nostrils too.

  40. Now you’ve got me going. I’m incensed about this. What do you have against lubed cantaloupe?

  41. What do you have against lubed cantaloupe?

    Nothing — I just wouldn’t want my sister to marry one.

  42. Good news for Rove. I think pulling a 2008 all over again with Romney pretty much weeded the conservatives out of Rove’s homey little ditch. And if he keeps losing doing the same dumb shit count on Rove’s money to dry up too.

  43. I’m reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it’s conservatives who are the real Republicans in name only, and that it’s time to drop the label.

    I’m down. How about the Constitution Party? I’m already a Constitutionalist.

    The Important People will miss us as soon as they need to raise money and recruit men for what remains of the armed forces they will continue to gut.

    I’m thinking they’ll get hungry before then.

  44. Cantaloube is a frog of another color.

  45. dicentra asked:

    Also, WTF do you need a Sherman Tank for?

    I’m guessing you haven’t tried to drive through Houston during rush hour…

  46. Rove is rebutting on Hannity. To considerable effect, I might add.

    That said, he’s still primarily focused on electing Republicans.

  47. It’s at least got to be comforting that Charles Lane is willing to stand with Rove and Cantor.

  48. Bill Kristol is on that boat, too.

  49. That’s odd, since I thought I heard Kristol put himself in direct opposition to Lane on this score. Maybe I misheard.

  50. And Krauthammer, of course, opts to press some vague sort of comity. But what, I begin to wonder, does comity get one in a world in which death-dealing has been turned into an industrial process, if anything other than ultimately a bullet to the back of the head in the basement of the Lubyanka?

  51. Ah, we are talking about two different topics. Kristol is okay with dealmaking rather than making Obama own the sequester. I misunderstood that you were speaking of the drone program.

    Never mind.

  52. girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
    sequestered monies what frustrate the fascists

  53. Better Place’s ambitions to wean the world from oil have shrunk to just two countries as the electric car infrastructure startup said Tuesday it would shutter its North American office and stop investing in its Australian operations.

    […]

    In October, the California Energy Commission approved $3 million for the eTaxi project, which Better Place will now withdraw from as part of its retrenchment.*

    when California comes begging for monies I hope our congresswhores remember the eTaxi and resist their porky porky chris christie compulsiveness

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