Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rove: The GOP Sets Its Sights on the Senate in 2014 (original)
Wall Street Journal ^ | May 1, 2013 | Karl Rove

Posted on 05/03/2013 2:21:47 PM PDT by Innovative

Of the 35 Senate seats up for grabs next year, 21 are held by Democrats, 14 by Republicans. Six Democratic seats are in states (W. Va., Ark., S.D., Louisiana, Alaska and Mont.) that Mitt Romney won by at least 10%. Only one Republican seat is in a state (Maine) that President Obama won by more than 10%.

To take control of the Senate, however, Republicans must win a net of six seats. They won that many seats in 2010 but lost two seats in 2012, leaving the Democrats with a 53-45 margin today (independents Bernie Sanders in Vermont and Angus King of Maine caucus with the Democrats.)

The quality of GOP campaigns will matter as well. Republicans must go toe-to-toe with Democrats on ObamaCare, spending, deficits, the president's social agenda and, where appropriate, their opponent's character. But even done effectively, this won't be enough.

The GOP has an outside chance of a Senate majority. To win, Republicans must also offer a compelling and substantive agenda for America's economy, jobs, health care and fiscal situation that attract discerning independents (and the occasional disgruntled Democrats) on whom victory will depend. 2014 represents a great opportunity for Republicans: they'd better not let it get away.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; republicans; rove; senate
I don't see how anyone can disagree with this. A Republican takeover of the Senate is critical to stop Obama's agenda.

Note: A thread with similar title was posted, which was a commentary on Rove's article, but the article written by Rove was not posted, so here it is, so people can read it directly.

Here is the link to the commentary on the commentary:

GOP could take Senate in 2014 if it avoids self-destructive candidates (Tokyo Rove knows best...)

1 posted on 05/03/2013 2:21:47 PM PDT by Innovative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Innovative

You forget about the RINO’s like McCain and Graham, who will gum things up and work with the Dems, need to win at least 10 seats to be effective.


2 posted on 05/03/2013 2:24:31 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

And Tokyo Rove will be there to ensure we lose in any race HE doesn’t get HIS way.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 2:28:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Karl, you are a reg’lar rocket scientist.
I was focusing on the Senate last go around.
The Presidency too! But that was for naught because yall can’t seem to herd cats.


4 posted on 05/03/2013 2:31:33 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Scott Brown in NH? Hmm. First I heard of that possibility.


5 posted on 05/03/2013 2:32:12 PM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

With Rove’s input into GOP policy,
as evidenced by his most recent successes (?) ,
it will be like riding on the “Titanic”


6 posted on 05/03/2013 2:34:01 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Trueblackman

Well, Graham is going down this cycle.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 2:35:15 PM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Thank you Captain Obvious, Karl. Stop running your mouth dooming candidates you don’t have a hard-on for, and we may have a shot.


8 posted on 05/03/2013 2:35:19 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

In 2012, establishment Republicans like Karl Rove and American Crossroads preferred Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican Senate primary, with their donors backing Dewhurst against Cruz.

“nuff said”


9 posted on 05/03/2013 2:36:37 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

How conservative is Mike Rogers for the Michigan seat?


10 posted on 05/03/2013 2:37:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Hey Rove ~ that last Presidential election ,
or the one before that ..
how did that work out for ya ??
The GOPe and Rove , what a combination !


11 posted on 05/03/2013 2:37:01 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Republicans must go toe-to-toe with Democrats...
********
And when have they ever done that??? We must have all missed this sudden outburst of political courage. /sarc


12 posted on 05/03/2013 2:40:57 PM PDT by Starboard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Trueblackman

Chip away at the state level.


13 posted on 05/03/2013 2:41:10 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Innovative
To win, Republicans must also offer a compelling and substantive agenda for America's economy, jobs, health care and fiscal situation that attract discerning independents (and the occasional disgruntled Democrats) on whom victory will depend.

14 posted on 05/03/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson; Innovative
And Tokyo Rove will be there to ensure we lose in any race HE doesn’t get HIS way.

Beat me to it. I'm almost sorry to hear the matter has Rove's attention and that he'll be "on the case". Bad news for good guys.

I should think that his principal concern will be directed to protecting RiNO incumbents and nominees-presumptive (anointed princes) against Tea Party/Main Street primary challengers, moreso than to trying actually to defeat Democrats in the general.

15 posted on 05/03/2013 2:43:17 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Bratch
Rush today beat the RiNO's flatheaded about that "gotta win the middle" / "Hispanics" stuff. He was quoting a political number-sifter who demonstrated that Hispanics had nothing to do with Romney losing: It was driving away conservatives that did the Romneybot's candidacy in.

That crack of his before the Texas primary last spring, while explaining why he wouldn't visit Texas at all, was as illuminative as a big white rocket from the Titanic:

"They [conservatives] will come to me when I'm the last man standing."

Gosh, Mitt. Didn't know you cared so much.

16 posted on 05/03/2013 2:47:55 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

What does Dick Morris and Frank Luntz say? /s


17 posted on 05/03/2013 2:50:04 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Hey Karl

Its about which candidate can excite the electorate to get them out to vote !
It’s not about “Whose turn is it to run for office”
Get out of “The Beltway” mentality , because that isn’t where the voters are located


18 posted on 05/03/2013 2:50:05 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mylife

Why, I don’t know yet — but I’m sure I’m all ears! ;)


19 posted on 05/03/2013 2:55:54 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends



Free Republic Stays Afloat with Donations from Our Awesome Membership!

Please Make Yours Today!

20 posted on 05/03/2013 2:59:31 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

That’s what we’re dealing with in MA. Gabe Gomez, from my hometown, is the Republican candidate to face Ed Markey. He calls himself a “new kind of Republican”. What that means is liberal. Why aren’t Democrats “new kind of Democrats” and more Conservative? They never stray off the liberal reservation.


21 posted on 05/03/2013 3:01:59 PM PDT by surrey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson
And Tokyo Rove will be there to ensure we lose in any race HE doesn’t get HIS way.

"Moderates" are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum who will happily hand a race to democrats just to say "we told you so". If they want to moderate someone so bad, they should moderate the party that actually needs it.
22 posted on 05/03/2013 3:02:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

Equally important is getting ROVE away from the money pot at RNC Hdqrs.


23 posted on 05/03/2013 3:21:14 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Trueblackman

You forgot about liberals like Rove who are out to destroy the conservative movement in America, and attacks the Tea Party all the time.


24 posted on 05/03/2013 3:32:46 PM PDT by stockpirate (Planned Parenthood, murdering black children one baby at a time.......where is the outrage)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

2012 was supposed to be a cake walk for some of the Seats. Instead the Pubblies lost 2.

I hope the GOP has a better plan than they did in 2012.


25 posted on 05/03/2013 3:35:44 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative
Hmm. Let's see. Karl Rove is the poster child for the elitist Republican establishment, most of who are RINOs and Progressives. And these geniuses gave us Dole, McCain, Romney and every other milquetoast candidate ever dreamed up. So if he has his sights set on the Senate, you can bet the DemocRat Progressives in the Senate will still be in the majority but under the (R) emblem.
26 posted on 05/03/2013 4:21:55 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Innovative

If the GOP gets Karl Rove candidates... it will lose Senate seats in 2014


27 posted on 05/03/2013 5:02:40 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson

Count me out on anything and anybody connected to Karl Rove.


28 posted on 05/03/2013 6:00:07 PM PDT by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mylife
Karl, you are a reg’lar rocket scientist.

Rove absolutely torpedoed a number of Republicans he didn't like ... most notably in Delaware. He'll do it again.

He is in my estimation however, a wonderfully instructive case history. No one has ever gotten to spend more to achieve less in the entire history of American Marketing: Budgets of BILLIONS and paltry results. The real genius lies in his getting clients to continually repeat the process.

Who can forget his classic mismanagement of the 1st GW Campaign, single-handedly turning a slam-dunk landslide into a nail-biter; a cliff-hanger that had to be settled in court, at a cost of near $1 Billion? Quite amazing. But let's not forget that GW hired him only after he had totally f88ked up key parts of his Dad's campaign in '92.

Hannity, whose brain is apparently just a life-support system for his hair-do, calls Rove "The Architect." It's a painful reminder that even the Titanic had an architect.

29 posted on 05/04/2013 10:47:30 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kenny Bunk

What is with Hannity’s fascination with Dick Morris and Frank Luntz?

Barforama!


30 posted on 05/04/2013 12:32:52 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: mylife
Hannity The Hair-Do, whose boyish fake earnestness could piss off a nun, has never been able to wrap his 8th-grade mind around the Constitutional Legitimacy question, or the much simpler Cold Case Forgery Story. Not that I would expect an opinion, but the least he could do is mention the topics as newsworthy. Hair-Do, does the name Sheriff Joe mean anything to you?

He's in good company with the other talk show people on that score, though. A political movement like "Conservatism" is in real trouble when it's public spokesmen seem to be for the most part former rock'n'roll disc jockeys, many of whom have had even less formal education than Hair-Do. They are simply not really good political philosopher material. Hair-do, in his endless quest of seeking the approval of adults, is a friend of Mark Levin the Lawyer, and even he has nothing to say about Constitutional Legitimacy, despite his learned tome on the Constitution, Guess his copy lacks Article II.

Right Wing Talk Radio? Negative Bullshiite which is HURTING the cause of Conservatism and is so focused on what an SOB The Mombasa MF is, they never get around to Program, Plan, and Leadership. In this they help TMF.

Wake up FReepers. Four million of their devoted listeners couldn't even make it to the polls. Probably too busy buying Gold Bars, SleepNumba Beds, ID Protection Programs, Freeze-Dried Apocalypse Rations, and Computer Back Ups, the selling of which is the REAL job of these ani.

31 posted on 05/04/2013 2:05:34 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson