Skip to comments.Rove: The GOP Sets Its Sights on the Senate in 2014 (original)
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.
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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:
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.
And Tokyo Rove will be there to ensure we lose in any race HE doesn’t get HIS way.
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.
Scott Brown in NH? Hmm. First I heard of that possibility.
With Rove’s input into GOP policy,
as evidenced by his most recent successes (?) ,
it will be like riding on the “Titanic”
Well, Graham is going down this cycle.
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.
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.
How conservative is Mike Rogers for the Michigan seat?
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 !
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
Chip away at the state level.
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.
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.
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.
What does Dick Morris and Frank Luntz say? /s
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
Why, I don’t know yet — but I’m sure I’m all ears! ;)
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.
Equally important is getting ROVE away from the money pot at RNC Hdqrs.
You forgot about liberals like Rove who are out to destroy the conservative movement in America, and attacks the Tea Party all the time.
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.
If the GOP gets Karl Rove candidates... it will lose Senate seats in 2014
Count me out on anything and anybody connected to Karl Rove.
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.
What is with Hannity’s fascination with Dick Morris and Frank Luntz?
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.
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