Skip to comments.Karl Rove's grand slam (Leftist crying in his Schlitz beer over fundraising)
Posted on 06/06/2012 7:03:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
It is far too early to predict the election returns for November. Forecasts today are subject to dramatic change based on events yet to happen, but:
If the election were held today I now believe Mitt Romney and the Republicans would win it because more of their voters would be motivated to vote and more of their large donors are motivated to donate. Romney would win the White House with a narrow victory. Democrats would gain House seats but fall short of regaining control. Even if Senate Democrats retain nominal control they would not be able to pass significant legislation without the permission of ever-filibustering Republicans. At least one of the liberal Supreme Court justices is likely to leave before the end of the next president's term, and if that president is Romney, the right could control the court for a generation.
I believe these outcomes would be a disaster for America. I will do what I can to oppose them in columns and in a 5,000-word e-book I am writing that will put the consequences of the election in brutally stark terms that I hope will energize supporters of the president and Democrats. But I believe today that the most likely outcome is a Romney victory, and warn the president and all Democrats of the grave consequences of the current enthusiasm gap among large donors and grassroots voters.
Which brings me to Karl Rove, who has inspired the wealthy donors of the ideological right, the Republican Party and many of the most corrupted and powerful special interests who will donate between $1 billion and $1.5 billion before the carnage of this campaign is fully done.
The inability of Democrats to play in the same league as Karl Rove financially is a humiliating debacle that might be unprecedented, measured by comparing wealthy donors of one party to wealthy donors of the other, in the history of presidential politics. This parallels an enthusiasm gap of voters that creates what I believe is the current Republican edge in the election.
The president and Democrats seem befuddled by how to react to the Citizens United decision, while Karl Rove understands with crystal clarity. Rove mobilizes his army, rallies his wealthy, organizes his venture and puts his money in the bank.
The large donors of the right and Republicans give a damn far more than the large donors of the left and Democrats.
The armies of the right and Republicans have generals with the clarity, vision and will to win of Karl Rove while the armies of the left and Democrats do not.
The will to win of the large donors of the right is powerful and seemingly unlimited while Warren Buffett, the wealthiest Democrat in the land, does comparatively modest fundraisers and sings folks songs at his annual meeting, while many other wealthy Democrats give modest donations compared to the right and gratuitously opine about why they will not do more.
The issue following the Citizens United decision was a no-brainer from the beginning. It is not hard to explain simultaneously attacking the Citizens United decision, and all it represents about the corruptions of our politics, and supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement, while also calling on the wealthiest Democrats to meet the challenge from Rove and his donors on the right by giving equally massive (and equally affordable for wealthy Democrats) donations to Priorities USA, Majority PAC, House Majority PAC and other independent and party groups.
So far the president and Democrats have done neither. Their treatment of Occupy Wall Street ranged from ambivalent to shabby. Their attacks against Citizens United were impotent and timid. Their inability to effectively compete against Rove is pathetic and inexcusable.
Democrats today are neither winning the issue nor raising the money. This is the triumph of Rove's grand slam and the tragedy of the anemic Democratic response that is a failure of their not having the will to fight for principles they believe in, or the will to win the war that Rove and Republicans are waging.
For today the president and Democrats must urgently rally their voters, workers and donors with a new-found sense of urgency and mission. Stay tuned next week for a grand chessboard move I will propose for the president. Karl Rove has hit a grand slam in the fifth inning. It is time for Democrats to swing for the fences.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hills Pundits Blog and reached at brentbbi@webtv
When Dean raised all that money online....’cool’ says the left.
When Obama raised 3/4 of a billion in 2008...’awesome’ says the liberals in unison.
When Obama was projected to raise a billion in 2012...’what a guy’ says the knee-pad media.
When Republicans raise money, the system is corrupted.
A President Romney would be well within his rights to try to appoint as many Mormons as possible to the courts.
He and Mittens were made for each other.
I’m convinced that if socialism was sinking into a pit of fire, those two would throw out a lifeline, just so the status quo could be maintained.
Better than Obama, but that ain’t saying much.
This guy does not get it: Its the economy. Not fundraising.
they have a condescending view towards people. They think its all about marketing not good ideas/product
And results. The results of all the bunk over the past 4 years has led to an even worse economy. Results matter, and it been an epic fail.
I, myself, love the Occupy Wall Streeters. They are the best advertisement there is for Conservatism. We could pay them to continue lying around, looking like slobs, making messes, and being arrested, all in the name of being leftist. They sure make us look good!
“When Republicans raise money, the system is corrupted.”
Yep,and the Wisconsin win was obtained by election fraud.
What an incredible bunch of poor losers.
How much more do they charge for defecation on a police car or do they throw that in for free?
A billion $ here, a million $ there doesn’t really matter all that much
when your ideas are bankrupt and are bankrupting our once
Money is one thing but intensity is another.
Let’s look at the facts in this election cycle. Scott Walker just took out the unions big time. More voters came out in the recall primary to vote for an unopposed Walker than the Dems did for their candidates.
In WV, Ark and KY, Obama only got 60 in the Dem primaries against a felon in prison in TX from WV, a lawyer living in TN in the Ark primary and a “no thank you” ABO in KY. Does ANYONE here ever remember anything like that in a presidential election period?
Heck, if Ted Kennedy could have got 40% against Carter in a few states early in 1980 he might have taken him out.