Skip to comments.Karl Rove Tries To Sabotage Newt’s Iowa Surge
Posted on 12/07/2011 11:24:44 AM PST by TitansAFC
Karl Rove isnt officially affiliated with any of the GOP candidates, but if you listen to him, its becoming increasingly clear he has a favorite. Were not the first to notice, but Karl Rove seems firmly in the Mitt Romney camp. Whats more, hes goes on TV a lot to lob attacks at just about every other candidate.
Rove has taken a stab at just about every candidate other than Romney, and on Tuesday it was Newt Gingrichs turn. With multiple polls showing Newt Gingrich surging in Iowa, Rove took to Fox News, to undermined the former speaker:
If in the polls newt is leading by 10 or 11 or 12 points going into the Iowa caucuses and doesnt win by that margin people are going to say, well, he didnt meet his mark. That is a challenge for somebody who has not built organization.Basically, Rove is framing the Iowa caucuses in such a way that, even if Newt wins, a victory by less than 10 points is interpreted as a loss. Roves point is that Gingrich has momentum but no organization, which means he is likely to underperform relative to his poll numbers, and thus that hes all fluff. If Newt does win Iowa on January 3, expect Rove back on TV making the same argument.
Add Tuesdays appearance to a long list of attacks against everyone but Mitt that TPM has been tracking for months now. As each candidate rises and falls, Rove is there to swat them away.
Since Newts rise, Rove has dedicated the last week or so to naming Newts flaws. Way back in October, and well before the infamous Libya flub, he questioned whether Herman Cain was up to the task. And when Rick Perry was considered a serious threat to Romney, Rove was quick to point out that Perrys position on Social Security, which he called a Ponzi scheme, was politically toxic. (Rove would know, seeing as he was an adviser to Bush when he tried to privatize Social Security, but thats beside the point). Perry was up-and-coming, and Rove tried to scare supporters away.
Its one thing for Donald Trump to play Republican king-maker, but Roves approval comes with a lot of cash. Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romneys own super PAC, Restore Our Future a connection that both Crossroads and Romneys camp has denied is meaningful. Either way, the Rove primary is an important one to win, and while Gingrich may be surging in Iowa and South Carolina, it seems hes got a long way to go on this one.
Just go away, turd blossom.
And that tells you all you need to know...
***Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romneys own super PAC, Restore Our Future.***
Restore our Future? ROF?? (time travel?)
Don’t these Political Action Committees have to sponsor a specific candidate or platform in order to collect money?
Who ever Rove is for I am against. He should flush himself down the toilet and do us all a favor.
Rove EARNED his “conservative” cred
by being the hatchetman for Romney and the DNC.
I don’t think Karl is as popular as he might think, so this may just backfire on him/Romney.
Rove. A fallen star...
If I knew nothing about Mitt, knowing he’s Rove’s fav would be all I need to know. *flush*
I dont think Karl is as popular as he might think, so this may just backfire on him/Romney.
Agree. If anyone sinks Newt’s run it will Newt’s own pasted history and the peoples rejection of it. Not something done or said by some talking head.
While Rove continues his attacks, the left is gearing up to finish Newt off. If you’ve got the stomach, read Roger Simon’s vile attack in politico. The first of a title wave. I dislike Newt but no one merits such a simpering, arrogant blast as Simons. There will be no open and free election in 2012.
Title should be tidal.
And remember Bush & Rove supported KBH's bid to unseat Rick Perry as Governor.
Rove was attacking Perry over the ranch rock when his poll numbers were up.
So Team Bush is squarely behind Willard.
Karl Rove the Architect who turned landslide election victories into nail-biters.
Still pushing hard for slick Mit the Mormon I see?
Rove speaks of organization but he has no legitimate way to measure the heart of true conservatives who will crawl across broken glass to prevent Romney from getting the moticvation. The coalescing behind Gingrich overpowers the organizational weaknesses Rove perceives.
I don’t think Rove really supports Romney. I think he backs him as the Dole of this cycle who will pave the way for Jeb Bush in 2016, his real(and the Bush family’s and the establishment’s) objective.
To prevent Romney from getting the NOMINATION. One shouldn’t type and talk on the phone at the same time.
Taking Newt out of the equation for a moment... As one who worked on a several major Republican campaigns during the Bush-43 years I can say first hand that Rove has nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives.
I'd hope it could be a referendum on the beltway, but the way the polls are going that ain't going to happen. Newt is an idea man but, he is not about to rock the beltway boat. He'd be hugging Nancy again in a matter of weeks, I fear.
Everytime I see his bloated RINO face, I get sick. Please join your buddy David Gergen and get a job at CNN.
Remember how furious the arrogant, pompous Rove was when O’Connell beat the establishment republican, Castle to run against Coons? the republican party would not give her any funding...she was the Tea Party Candidate and Rove is anti Tea Party.
Rove wants Romney and is shocked at how well Newt is doing without the big bucks Romney has...I am fed up with Fox News
Rove is a hired campaign manager.
If grass roots can be done for free.
who needs “a Rove”, just like the internet exposed the fake reporters of the newspapers, the grassroots have negated the need for “any rove”.
this is a personal turf war
If Rove is so good, how did GWB go from a lead in the polls to losing the popular vote in 2000?
Karl Rove is a damn fool.
Colin Powell, Peggy Noonan, and George Will are saving a seat at the table. They're hoping the architect claims it before Christie shows up and eats all the pie.
ahahah - I am SO enjoying the meltdown of the EILER&F club:
Establishment Ivy League Elitist Republicans & Friends -
Along with Tokyo Rove, there’s Wills, Kraughthammer, Coulter - and even Greta seems to be nervous - et al.
They never envisioned a time they would not be the ruling cabal that decides who our candidates will be.
I love the new look on Romney’s face. The plastic smile in the blank face has turned into a deer-in-the-headlights look with a “But but - it’s MY TURN!” confusion.
They are all staring irrelevancy in the face. The bubble is leaking out of their champagne. Panic is setting in and becoming palpable.
and now, today, the ACU has endorsed the Trump debate AND McCain has endorsed Romney. One-two punch.
I’m buying stock in popcorn.
I’m actually smiling these days.
Rove....you magnificent evil, conniving, clueless bastard! Just STFU and go somewhere by yourself, in fact, take your elitist Rino friends & Romney with you! Just STFU!
Who even listens to that troll anymore?
You should have the Moderator delete that remark. Its not appropriate here! Not cute at all.
Rove is anti-TEA Party. He was always bashing Sarah Palin. He hates independent thinkers and fighters, so naturally Newt is in his cross-hair.
Like Trump said, "Rove is highly overrated and basically a loser."
Lily white legs!!!
If I could have reached through the TV and grabbed that little twerp..............
Think even Hannity had enough of him.
OKAY! I didn’t watch Hannity tonight. I will watch the replay.
I mean, I switched channels right after Sarah’s segment to watch Criminal Minds.
Poofter Tucker Carlson is quite full of himself now that he is no longer a liberal on MSNBC, and is now a dyed-in-the-wool pseudo conservative on dyed-in-the-wool pseudo conservative Fox News Channel.
And of course is now a serious journalist what with his Daily Gleener web site.
(His face seems to always be saying “take me seriously-—PLEASE!” LOL)
Wow Hannity got bugged by him? Cool!
screw you, Rove. I detest you.
So, if Newt win by a greater margin then 10 points, you’ll tell Romney to concede, Rove puke?
Sarah did look *more herself* tonight, saw a little of the sparkle, smile and upbeatness that was missing in the last interview.
Only watch the *Tucker* part if you want to get mad, LOL.
And that tells you all you need to know...
p.s. What exactly will Wall Street Romney do about the Federal Reserve?
Hannity ain't the only one that got bugged by the little twerp.
He is 110% in Mittens corner and isn't bashful about it.
I DESPISE Tucker Carlson, so I’ll watch it.