Skip to comments.Why Would I Believe Karl Rove Now?
Posted on 08/23/2011 5:35:34 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
You know what I think of Karl Rove, and it isnt pleasant. He doesnt say anything without some ulterior motive, and he seldom throws air-time away on loose, unfocused talk. He even makes up his own small white-boards for television interviews so he can make his points visually. No, a guy like this never says or does anything without a purpose in mind. Over the last several days, since he made his statements regarding Sarah Palins potential official entry into the GOP field, something hasnt felt right about it. Two things I know about Rove are that he hates to be seen as having been wrong, and what he really hates is to lose. His value to the establishment as a political strategist isnt based on the accuracy of his political prognostications in public, but instead on his ability to manipulate results by the disinformation he spreads in the media. Often times, the analysis he offers on TV are aimed at some purpose other than that which would seem apparent. Due to this, Ive begun to wonder what his mention of Sarah Palin is really intended to accomplish. Its the reason I included a question mark in my coverage of Natalie Nichols article from yesterday. I simply dont trust the guy. Theres always an angle to what hes doing, and hes effective. Now, with Dick Morris tweeting that he thinks shell announce September 3rd, I cant help but smell a rat.
I went back to the original article in which I read the account, and I was even able to scare up a portion of the video, and so I took a look at what Rove said, and considered what it might be intended to accomplish, apart from what he seemed to be saying. In my view, here is the critical nugget:
This is her last chance, Rove said. She either gets in or gets out [after the Iowa visit]. I think she gets in.
Who says its her last chance? Why would any of us assume that Governor Palin would choose this moment to begin complying with the narrative of the medias pet political analysts? Its not as though any of us actually believe either that Karl Rove wants Sarah Palin to succeed, or that hes some sort of detached, objective source of political wisdom. What Roves statement proposes is a ridiculous premise: Its then, or never. Why would Rove wish to deliver such a message? He certainly isnt saying it to help Sarah Palin. I think he wants to paint the picture of a candidate who must get in over Labor Day weekend, or just as well stay home. Could this be because Rove is trying to push her to a premature declaration, or to push us into a false belief based on his dubious assertions?
Why would Rove do that? Roves interests lie with some other agenda, but not in advancing a Palin candidacy. What if he could score a substantial knock on her via an expectation game hes now helped foment among us, knowing that shes better served to wait a while longer?
Would I enjoy it if she did announce on the 3rd? Sure, since I plan on being there, but then again, I am not so worried about the particular date of her announcement that the lack of one on that day would throw me into a tail-spin of despair or send me scurrying off to some other campaign. Im a grown-up, and Ive waited longer for things of much less importance. Truth is, if thats not the best day for Sarah Palin to announce, in her own judgment, and by her own criteria, I dont want her to announce just to suit me. I want her to announce on the day she believes will make for the best effect in pursuit of victory. Ive said it before and Ill say it again: I am prepared to wait until hell freezes over, or she herself tells us otherwise, and if she ultimately decides not to run, Ill be fine with that too, because I support Sarah Palin, candidate for President or no.
Right now, theres a lot of huff and puff over Rick Perry, and as I mentioned before, this Savior-of-the-Day mentality isnt something we Palin supporters have ever accepted, so why go with the talking heads claims of their prescribed dates and times now? No, Im not falling for it. If she announces that day, or any other day, I will be equally thrilled at the prospect. There isnt a time limit on my support, and in truth, my support of Governor Palin isnt limited to Presidential politics, so Im not inclined to get too attached to what Karl Rove asserts, one way or the other. Im done buying the premises such people try to lay out for us, knowing that all too frequently, its intended to push us in a direction we would not otherwise knowingly or willingly go.
Ive said it before, and at some length a month ago today, and Ill say it this one last time: Leave the strategy to Governor Palin. Why am I supposed to feel hurried anyway? I know who I support, and all the other people already in this race will still be there a month from now even if Governor Palin should decide not to run. While I dont view that as likely, so what if she did? Two things would remain true even in that case: I would still support her as a tremendous advocate for our values, and I would still be able to decide whether to support (or not support) one of the other numerous candidates. What I wont do is talk myself into arbitrary, dubious, artificial deadlines for which there is no actual basis in fact, never mind letting Karl Rove talk me into one. Thats just silly. The real deadlines are a good bit later, and for me, my deadline is that day on which Texans go to vote in the primaries, next March. Thats the only deadline Im worried about, and Karl Roves claim of some nonsensical cut-off date is just more typical DC-insider political garbage, and media manipulation. No, I am prepared to wait. Sarah Palin has said it herself: There will be no mistaking her decision on the day she announces it. I expect Iowa on September 3rd to be one thoroughly enriching event, and I am going there to enjoy the fellowship of others like me, and to listen to whatever Governor Palin has to say. Im not going there expecting to hear an official campaign launch. Im going there to support her and the Tea Party folks who are hosting the event. She said the time-frame of the end of September should cover the range of dates during which we could expect some sort of announcement. I believe her, and its as simple as that. Theres no sense in falling prey to some well-laid Karl Rove narrative.
We shall see.
But if and when Gov. Palin makes her stand, it will be up to us to do the fightin' along side her. She trusts us to do that and will lead us all the way.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to trust her.
Governor Palin will run if she knows in her heart that no other candidate will do the complete job that needs doing; that will be able to win the war she knows must be fought and won.
If I may, I believe this quote from General Patton describes what's coming, "We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way!"
If she runs, she has our full support. If she doesn’t, who ever she endorses will have a great chance at winning. We’ll have to see who that is, and where he or she stands on issues before we’ll support that candidate. (She endorsed McCain over JD here in AZ. I understand why she did it. It’s never wise to follow anyone blindly.) That being said, I think she will run.
Sarah has been vetted so completely, we all know what we’re getting.
Oooo, that is very dark. That would mean, in terms of the MarkAmerica article, the Rove secret dark horse is Jeb, and that the hard count operation, designed to draw Palin offside into a premature action, was a setup to pave the way for "Savior Jeb." Whom my wife will never vote for in a million years, even if we totally lose the republic over it, because of his effete role in the Terri Schiavo fiasco. So thats the mission: the Bush royals must also go down in defeat, right along with the Marxists.
The win in 2000 was within 537 votes of being a loss. Why? Because Karl Rove, in his infinite wisdom, sent Bush, in the last week before the election, to California--a state he ended up losing by about 20% of the voters. Not to Florida, a swing state where he had a good chance of winning, and where he ended up clinging to his narrow victory for more than a month, but to California.
And you still think he's a genius?