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Rove's Diagnosis
Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2007 | Robert D. Novak

Posted on 07/28/2007 3:47:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove, President Bush's political lieutenant, told a closed-door meeting of 2008 Republican House candidates and their aides Tuesday that it was less the war in Iraq than corruption in Congress that caused their party's defeat in the 2006 elections.

Rove's clear advice to the candidates is to distance themselves from the culture of Washington. Specifically, Republican candidates are urged to make clear they have no connection with disgraced congressmen such as Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley.

In effect, Rove was rebutting the complaint inside the party that George W. Bush is responsible for Republican miseries by invading Iraq.

MCCAIN VS. THOMPSON

Sen. John McCain, trying to keep his sinking Republican presidential campaign afloat, scheduled a fund-raiser for the same day -- Monday -- that Fred Thompson is holding his first Washington money event. McCain's reception is in the same suburban Virginia neighborhood where Thompson lives.

McCain's $1,000-to-$2,300 per person "intimate lunch" is being held at the McLean, Va., home of Wes Foster. He is chairman and CEO of Long & Foster, a major Washington area real estate firm. Thompson is holding a reception that night at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Washington.

A footnote: Alabama Atty. Gen. Troy King, McCain's state chairman, attended a private fund-raiser for Thompson in Mountain Brook, Ala., last Monday night. However, as an invited guest, King did not pay the $1,000 price of admission and said he was still committed to McCain.

PENTAGON EARMARKS

Sen. Tom Coburn, frustrated with the Pentagon winking at earmarks, wrote Defense Secretary Robert Gates July 19 requesting a critique of all Defense spending items asked by members of Congress to determine whether they "are for necessary national security purposes or to satisfy the parochial self-interests of politicians and defense industry lobbyists."

Coburn has experienced difficulty in getting information from the Pentagon on more than 300 earmarks contained in the Defense Department authorization bill. Over the past five years, such earmarks have cost taxpayers $55 billion. Coburn has not received a response from Gates at this writing. He has failed to mandate such critiques by legislative action.

Earmarks cited in Coburn's letter to Gates include more than $40 million for 21st Century Systems Inc. (21 CSI), sponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson. In defending the earmark for a company that employs his son, Nelson claims support from the Pentagon.

Solicitations for a Sept. 12 fund-raising reception in Washington on behalf of ailing Sen. Tim Johnson give the impression he will be present at the event, but in fact there are no such plans.

Sources close to Johnson say he will not decide his schedule until he is back in the Senate, and there is no firm schedule yet for that. Johnson has not been seen publicly since suffering a brain hemorrhage last Dec. 13, but his staff has been raising funds for his re-election campaign in South Dakota. His campaign has $1.75 million cash on hand.

The $1,000-to-$2,300-a-ticket reception will be held at the home of Johnson's fellow South Dakotan, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and his wife, transportation industry lobbyist Linda Daschle, on Foxhall Road millionaire's row in Washington. It has been speculated that if Johnson cannot run, Daschle could attempt a political comeback.

GROUCHY GINGRICH

Contrary to reports that Newt Gingrich lost control in one of his temper tantrums at a breakfast last Monday sponsored by The American Spectator magazine, the former House speaker was variously described as "grouchy," "cool" and "arrogant" in assailing his critics.

Gingrich made clear he would not be seen anytime soon engaging in multi-candidate debates with opponents for the presidency, disdaining them, as he said Charles DeGaulle once labeled his competitors, as "pygmies." But he did not rule out an eventual candidacy.

A footnote: Republican leaders report that the most enthusiasm among grassroots activists is for Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul.


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1 posted on 07/28/2007 3:47:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If I posted what I really thought about Rove my post would be deleted by the moderator.

Let me just say this, instead:

Rove’s a Genius, this I know, because the RNC tells me so.


2 posted on 07/28/2007 3:58:22 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Kaslin

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz...


3 posted on 07/28/2007 4:00:48 AM PDT by claudiustg (You know it. I know it.)
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To: Kaslin
Rove probably has a point.

But he and the President need to take responsibility for not forcefully defending the war--over and over and over again.

They didn't need to be zealot crazies like Cindy Sheehah, but getting out the GOOD NEWS from Iraq and showing the progress there (instead of relying on the LAMESTREAM MEDIA to do it!) would have been wise.

And, to Rove's point, if the "dissatisfaction in Congress" was a determining factor, well that just shows ME how inept the Republicans were at pointing out the corruption in the Democrat party.

Let's face it: both parties have their whackos. The fact is, the Democrats did not have any of their corruption exposed or trumpted.

Harry Reid's shady land deals? silence. Nancy Pelosi's vineyards and her wages? silence. That crook (Jefferson, was it?) down in Louisiana? barely a mention.

Even when the Foley story broke, Republicans should have been all over the Democrats for supporting that Congressman in Massachusetts who had an affair with his intern then got a chairmanship....sorry, I forget his name.

They needn't have defended Foley, just attack the damn 'rats.

This "new tone" stuff doesn't have to be implemented when you're being targeted for destruction. The "new tone" works only when you're clearly in charge--and when it comes to the press, the Republicans are NOT in charge.

4 posted on 07/28/2007 4:00:58 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: claudiustg

ROTFLMAO!


5 posted on 07/28/2007 4:05:17 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Kaslin

“A footnote: Republican leaders report that the most enthusiasm among grassroots activists is for Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul.”

That statement destroyed any credibility (in my mind) that this article may have held. Sorry, but something this crass and bogus calls ALL facts into question.

LLS


6 posted on 07/28/2007 4:19:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Kaslin

This is news?

They just figured this out?

Heck, Rush has been saying this about the election SINCE the election.


7 posted on 07/28/2007 4:20:23 AM PDT by Breyean
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To: samtheman
Rove’s an expert that bothered to examined the data. You are some guy who mindlessly repeating what the Politically Corrupt “News Media” tells you to think.

So since the prove Liars in the Junk Media tell you it all about Iraq, of course the Know Nothings mindlessly accept that as dogma.

Curious. The Democrats did NOT even run on Iraq. They ran AWAY from it. Not one Democrat campaign ad was run here in Dark Blue MN about Iraq. Thousands were run on “the culture of corruption”, not one on Iraq.

8 posted on 07/28/2007 4:23:30 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ignorance can be cured by education, stupidity is a terminal condition)
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To: Kaslin
"Republican leaders report that the most enthusiasm among grassroots activists is for Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul."

One needs to carefully distinguish between"enthusiasm" and "manic psychosis".

9 posted on 07/28/2007 4:25:48 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("We have met the enemy and he is us." -Pogo)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Same song, 50,000 idiot chorus.

President Bush went out and gave several forceful speeches on Iraq the last couple of weeks.

How much media coverage did you see? That right NONE.

In fact, AP, the primary source of wire reports for all broadcast and published “news”, simply ignored 3 hours of the President on Iraq to spend ALL its coverage on a Reporter;s stupid question about Libby.

So instead of mindlessly repeating the same whine at the President on EVERY thread, how about the Perpetually Pouting Posse on the fringe Right finally grow a spine and try attacking the Left on something ONE time?

10 posted on 07/28/2007 4:27:23 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ignorance can be cured by education, stupidity is a terminal condition)
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To: MNJohnnie

‘Rove’s an expert...”

LOL

Yea, he sure was spot on when he kissed LaRaza’s ass.

MH you’ve missed your calling on the comedy channel.


11 posted on 07/28/2007 4:52:15 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: samtheman
If I posted what I really thought about Rove my post would be deleted by the moderator.

Why? Is there some sort of protection program for Rove? If so, who else?

12 posted on 07/28/2007 5:00:36 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: Kaslin
FWIW, this was exactly Rush Limbaugh's analysis of the 2006 elections too.

Here in OH, it's hard to figure it out. Dickie Morris says that 16% of indies, who voted Republican in 2000 and 2004, voted Dem last election.

While it's true, as Rush says, that if you don't have a person in the military or know someone closely who is over there, the war really doesn't affect your daily life, the constant drumbeat of casualties and bad news CONVINCES people that it does.

On the other hand, other than the war, the single biggest thing that changed from 2000 to 2006 among Republicans was their willingness to spend money and get caught in scandals. That hurt, a lot. Look at Vitter: the dual standard is ridiculous, but it's a fact of life. CLEAN UP YOUR ACT, REPUBLICANS! You can't take dirty money; you can't cheat on your wives; and you can't straddle the fence on spending.

13 posted on 07/28/2007 5:05:06 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: Breyean
Heck, Rush has been saying this about the election SINCE the election.

Limbaugh echo syndrome.....

14 posted on 07/28/2007 5:07:10 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Made in China: Treat those three words like a warning label)
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To: Kaslin
Sen. John McCain, trying to keep his sinking Republican presidential campaign afloat, scheduled a fund-raiser for the same day -- Monday -- that Fred Thompson is holding his first Washington money event.

"OK people! When the phone rings, just say what's on the cue card: 'Thank you for calling the John McCain Presidential Campaign Charity Telethon. How much is your pledge?' Stay positive, everyone!"


15 posted on 07/28/2007 5:16:00 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: Kaslin
A footnote: Republican leaders report that the most enthusiasm among grassroots activists is for Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul.

Hmm. And the color of their sky, is that in the report?

16 posted on 07/28/2007 5:25:29 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Kaslin

They all miss Katrina - the most clever move was the rats spinning that one as “all Bush’s fault.”


17 posted on 07/28/2007 5:26:38 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Kaslin

Rove refuses to admit the hatred free people have for globalism and open borders.


18 posted on 07/28/2007 5:33:19 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (The FairTax and the North American Union are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Kaslin
Wasn't Rove one of the bunch that dreamed up NOT firing Rumsfeld until AFTER the '06 election?? Has to be one of the ten all-time STUPIDEST political decisions ever !!!
19 posted on 07/28/2007 5:33:23 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: JMack; Travis McGee

I think travis is still here.


21 posted on 07/28/2007 5:41:10 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (The FairTax and the North American Union are mutually exclusive.)
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To: ovrtaxt

The next Presidential candidate had better address sovereignty....if we still have any.


22 posted on 07/28/2007 5:43:06 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: samtheman
Here's the problem with Rove:

His one good idea, which was getting more evangelical SoCons to come out and vote, did not account for what would happen next.

He allowed SoCons to believe that the administration which was elected with their votes would care about them and their issues, which was essentially a lie. He failed to understand, or didn't care, that the SoCons with the image of power almost within their grasp would terrify or repel millions of OTHER voters who hitherto were within the big tent, or were persuadable.

And his "genius" has been contagious, so that Democrat political operatives who want to copy him are busy building up the nutroots culture.

Polarization, in a country which has already demonstrated itself capable of Civil War over political questions, is very bad.

If we ever fight another one, Karl Rove will rightly go down in history as one of its architects.

And his OTHER big idea, the "Hispanics are key" one - that's so stupid, it doesn't even require comment.

23 posted on 07/28/2007 5:52:54 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Trails of troubles, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: MNJohnnie

In So Fl they ran Iraq commercials against Shaw and was a big reason why he lost(foley hurt too)


24 posted on 07/28/2007 5:57:37 AM PDT by italianquaker (When will pelosi ask congressman ellison to apologize for his 9-11 remarks?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
both parties have their whackos

Scorecard - Republicans - 3 (more or less, now that James Trafficant is in prison) - Democrats - I don't have the number, but it's ALL of them.

26 posted on 07/28/2007 6:10:39 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
That statement destroyed any credibility (in my mind) that this article may have held. Sorry, but something this crass and bogus calls ALL facts into question.

What do you have against Gingrich and Paul, from a conservative standpoint?

Gingrich is the penultimate conservative when it comes to govt. Although, I will admit, that lately he's signing on to some things that I have to scratch my head over.

Paul's message has been so twisted by people that even I am not sure where he stands. But. When I listen to him talk about conservatism vis-a-vis government, I have to agree with him.

27 posted on 07/28/2007 6:13:49 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: raybbr
VP Gingrich sounds more and more comforting to me. Take a look at this with almost 18,000 views.

Our own "Phoney War" - Newt Gingrich (youtube) .

28 posted on 07/28/2007 6:42:05 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Earthdweller
VP Gingrich sounds more and more comforting to me.

No argument here. It would still put his conservative mind in the Oval Office.

29 posted on 07/28/2007 7:03:32 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Kaslin

“Karl Rove, President Bush’s political lieutenant, told a closed-door meeting of 2008 Republican House candidates and their aides Tuesday that it was less the war in Iraq than corruption in Congress that caused their party’s defeat in the 2006 elections.”

Nice try Karl LaRaza Rove. Bush holding hands with Ted Kennedy, shoving CIR and amnesty down our throats in a critical election year is what divided the party. Bush risked it and Bush lost it. Take some responsibility.


30 posted on 07/28/2007 7:09:08 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
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To: raybbr

Check out my new tagline as of today...


31 posted on 07/28/2007 7:11:13 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: Earthdweller
Can't argue with that either. I hope Thompson is as conservative as he seems. One never knows what happens once they get into office. (GW "compassionate conservative" Bush)

By the way, "compassionate conservatism", I now feel, is just renaming Clinton's "triangulation" policy.

32 posted on 07/28/2007 7:14:47 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: ovrtaxt; JMack; Travis McGee

He was banned for quite some time, then un-banned.


33 posted on 07/28/2007 7:24:58 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (y)
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To: JMack

Turkey would not tolerate independent Kurdish control of Iraq.


34 posted on 07/28/2007 7:25:17 AM PDT by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!)
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To: FreedomPoster

Tagline fix.


35 posted on 07/28/2007 7:26:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: raybbr
Conservatives will have to hold their noses when it comes to some issues about marriage but when you compare it to Hillary’s staying with a scumbag so she could get elected to push Marxists views on the country I think it’s a go.

Pro-life and the WOT trump everything else for me. Immigration is a hot button but social conservatives in general are mixed on it depending on which Church you attend and the numbers of illegals in their state.

36 posted on 07/28/2007 7:28:48 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: Kaslin

The Republican party needs Gingrich - just NOT as its candidate.


37 posted on 07/28/2007 7:30:14 AM PDT by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!)
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To: raybbr
Newt is an opportunist... plain and simple. I think Newt will say and do anything that will further Newt’s situation. He can be liberal when needed, staunchly Conservative, as green as al, attack our side during the height of a political battle, hangs around libs including hildebeast, is an adulterer and a philanderer... and is morally bankrupt.

paul may have some great Conservative beliefs... but ISOLATIONISM and SURRENDER, as well as blaming America for 9/11 is a MAJOR flaw that I cannot accept... no more than I would buchanan.

One thing I will NOT do, is to stop fighting liberals and dims and surrender the Whitehouse and any chance of regaining the House or Senate in 2008... all because I’m pi$$ed at Bush and the RNC... which I most certainly am. Dat is how I sees things.

LLS

38 posted on 07/28/2007 7:35:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Kaslin
A footnote: Republican leaders report that the most enthusiasm among grassroots activists is for Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul.

The writer is on crack!

39 posted on 07/28/2007 7:45:08 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Rove probably has a point

Really and who signed off on all the earmarks?

I would probably modify his statement.."Republican candidates are urged to make clear they have no connection with Bush"

40 posted on 07/28/2007 7:53:01 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Kaslin
Rove's clear advice to the candidates is to distance themselves from the culture of Washington.

I guess that's why Rove and Bush supported the career RINO Republicans in 2006.

Rove is in legacy building mode.

41 posted on 07/28/2007 7:57:05 AM PDT by airborne (ATTENTION PA FREEPERS !! https://contribute.gohunter08.com/contribute.asp)
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To: org.whodat
Ron Paul reminds me too much of this guy....


42 posted on 07/28/2007 8:01:16 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Let's face it: both parties have their whackos. The fact is, the Democrats did not have any of their corruption exposed or trumpted.

Harry Reid's shady land deals? silence. Nancy Pelosi's vineyards and her wages? silence. That crook (Jefferson, was it?) down in Louisiana? barely a mention.

Pelosi was investigated locally

Marc Grossman, United Farm Workers Union: "It is patently illegal for any grower to even discuss a union contract, which is the only way you can supply union workers, without the workers first having voted in a state conducted secret ballot election."

I asked Peter Schweizer, the Hoover Research fellow, if he had researched those facts before he called Pelosi a hypocrite.

Peter Schweizer: "It's really for her to explain why there is this inconsistency. It's not my responsibility to go and find out how every single particular circumstance is handled on the Pelosi vineyard."

The 1975 Agricultural Labor Relations Act is pretty clear, what Peter Schweizer suggests would be illegal. Growers like Pelosi can't just hire workers from a union, but workers can unionize on their own and then negotiate with growers after they have organized. Schweizer told me this morning he would call me back and clear this all up -- he hasn't. We've left several messages.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=politics&id=4804677

Apparently the union isn't big in the Napa Valley because wages and working conditions in its vineyards exceed union demands. This is not a defense of Pelosi. When false accusations are made and exposed, it makes the accuser look suspect. I wish we would check things thoroughly before launching an attack.

This "new tone" stuff doesn't have to be implemented when you're being targeted for destruction. The "new tone" works only when you're clearly in charge--and when it comes to the press, the Republicans are NOT in charge.

I thought Dems were the professional victims. It makes me cringe when we do it.

43 posted on 07/28/2007 8:10:17 AM PDT by lucysmom
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To: Kaslin

Our congressman Pombo lost to a rookie dem. Every commercial, and there were quite a few, was about corruption. He never fought it, the idea stuck in peoples minds, and he lost. The war, to my recollection, never even came up.


44 posted on 07/28/2007 8:13:48 AM PDT by bubbacluck
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To: samtheman
Rove’s a Genius, this I know, because the RNC tells me so.

Hmmmmm.......let me guess. Ex-RNC'er Kenny Mehlman told you.

Right?

Couldn't have been Mel Martinez---there's no word in Spanglish for "genius."

45 posted on 07/28/2007 8:23:37 AM PDT by Liz (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin

Corruption is just a symptom for a lack of party discipline.

Republicans in Congress just ran hog wild because their own leadership refused to lock their heels, limit their excesses, reward loyalty and punish disloyalty.

This was their leadership in the Congress proper, in the republican party, and ironically from George W. Bush. The latter was the strangest.

I have come to the conclusion that President Bush, with a republican Congress, believed in a strange doctrine that lived, intermittently, in the late 19th Century Presidents.

Simply put, that the President should deal with foreign policy, and leave domestic politics up to the Congress. In domestic issues, the President is just the executive of the wishes of Congress.

To support this idea I can point to three things: the lack of Presidentially sponsored, ordinary domestic policy issues (setting aside the WoT laws); the lack of Presidential arm twisting and vetoes to new laws; and the frequent use of the Presidential Signing Statement, in which he stated how he interpreted the new law and intended to execute it.

But without the discipline and self controls from the Congressional leadership, the republican party, or the President, the Congressional republicans just behaved abominably, and were correspondingly punished in the election.


46 posted on 07/28/2007 8:36:07 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: Liz

Probably Kenny. But it used to get repeated alot so who knows where I picked it up.

You don’t hear it so much since 2006.


47 posted on 07/28/2007 8:50:31 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Kimberly GG; taxed2death; kellynla
Nice try Karl LaRaza Rove. Bush holding hands with Ted Kennedy, shoving CIR and amnesty down our throats in a critical election year is what divided the party. Bush risked it and Bush lost it. Take some responsibility... Yeah, Rove sure was spot on when he kissed LaRaza’s ass.

Rove went to La Raza as GWB's emissary to personally reassure them that US laws would not be enforced for these invaders.

"Genius" Rove's understanding of laws as the glue that holds our democracy together is appalling, perhaps criminal.

CASE IN POINT: On another thread, kellynla wrote: "For those who think just refusing to allow illegals to gain employment, free medical care and welfare etc, they will voluntarily go home......take a look at MS-13, a violent gang that originated in El Salvador, involved in murders and maiming. The MS-13 gang members are here illegally looking for membership, no experience required but must speak Spanish. According to the FBI, MS-13 is operating in 42 states throughout America and expanding! "

It's an outrage that invaders and their cadres have ALL the rights. It's time Americans footing the bills for these invaders have OUR rights enforced by federal law.

We need Tancredo or Hunter to initiate legislation that would impose severe penalties for "hate crimes against Americans," crimes like stealing our identities, cloning our cell phones, fraudulently registering/voting, and looting the tax assets of Americans.

We need to be protected from these criminals. All of these crimes (and more) should come under legislation labeled:

"Hate Crimes Against Americans."


1 - Invaders' using illegal ID or documents
2 - Invaders' Federal income tax evasion
3 - Re-entry into USA after deportation
4 - Obtain/Operate vehicles with illegal ID
5 - ID theft/fraud - Social Security fraud
6 - Knowingly gaining employment fraudulently
7 - Recruiting other illegal aliens workers
8 - Transporting illegal aliens across the border
9 - Harboring &/or housing illegal aliens on American soil
10 - Endangering Americans by undermining US national security
11 - Registering/Voting using fraudulent documentation
12 - Conspiracy to violate federal statutes
13 - Uttering false statements to public officials
14 - Obstructing law enforcement

48 posted on 07/28/2007 8:52:07 AM PDT by Liz (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire)
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To: samtheman

Nice to know Kenny took time from shopping for satin sheet sets at Bed, Bath and beyond to pimp (oops, I mean pump) up the RNC.


49 posted on 07/28/2007 8:56:17 AM PDT by Liz (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire)
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To: Jim Noble
Polarization, in a country which has already demonstrated itself capable of Civil War over political questions, is very bad. If we ever fight another one, Karl Rove will rightly go down in history as one of its architects.
That's an interesting take you have on this because my criticism of him actually goes the other way, that he spent too much time emphasizing the organizational side of the campaign and successfully kept Bush out of the political arena. That he is part of the "new tone" of making nice with the liberals.

Do you really believe that in 2006 the Republicans lost because they were too partisan?

50 posted on 07/28/2007 8:56:35 AM PDT by samtheman
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