Skip to comments.Rep. Justin Amash 'most liberal Republican,' GOP strategist Karl Rove says
Posted on 07/09/2013 6:21:18 AM PDT by DarkSavant
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Video has surfaced of GOP strategist Karl Rove calling U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, the "most liberal Republican."
Speaking during the Aspen Ideas Festival in late June, Rove criticized Amash's reputed staunch libertarian stances on legislation as antithetical to tackling issues in Washington.
The swipe came during a June 27 panel discussion about whether to include some libertarian tenets in Republican policy, which Rove cautiously advocated.
"The most liberal Republican is Justin Amash of Michigan. Far more liberal than any other Republican," said Rove, who was senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush.
"And why? Because he is a 100 percent, purist libertarian," Rove said, "and if it's not entirely perfect, 'I'm voting with (Democratic House minority leader) Nancy Pelosi."
Amash, who has racked up various accolades from conservative think-tanks and nonprofits for being among Congress' more conservative members, subtly shot back on Twitter.
"Which House Republican votes least often with Nancy Pelosi?" he tweeted Sunday night, linking to an OpenCongress.org scoresheet showing Pelosi votes least often with him.
An Amash spokesman declined further comment.
In any case, Rove might have been mistaken altogether, having cited National Journal magazine rankings as his source.
Each year the publication ranks what could be termed as the most "liberal" Republicans.
This year, Amash was ranked as the fifth most liberal GOP congressman. The top spot actually went to Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y.
Another National Journal piece from this year said that among Republicans, Amash voted least often with his own party.
Amash is known for voting against legislation he deems unconstitutional, regardless of which party is pushing a certain bill.
That propensity has drawn the ire of critics who accuse Amash of being needlessly obtuse on issues like providing aid after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
Supporters fiercely defend his libertarian approach to legislating, and he has garnered substantial political celebrity among more conservative elements of the GOP.
Libertarian news site Reason.com posted the Rove video Monday. The site appeared to take umbrage with his characterization of Amash.
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He went to Aspen just to tell us this?
Which private jet did he use to fly there?
Who paid for his trip?
Rove is a much bigger problem than some no-name from MI.
I gather Amash is quite libertarian but I prefer that to Karl's gop*e.
(from the article ~:” .. Speaking during the Aspen Ideas Festival in late June, Rove criticized Amash’s reputed staunch libertarian stances on legislation as antithetical to tackling issues in Washington..”
I trust Karl Rove as much as I like and trust Nancy Polousey !
ENough said !
Can't be true, for two reasons:
1. Karl Rove was moving his lips.
2. If Amash was "the most liberal Republican" Rove would be running him for president.
All the liberals return there, like the swallows to Capistrano.
Rove is the Devil. But I dislike Amash too. Amash is an Arab who complained when McCain compared Ahmadinejad to a monkey. Disturbing.
Rove detests libertarians. Amash has some pretty solid libertarian credentials.
You mean somewhere, someone in the GOP-e is far worse than Graham, Rubio, Mclame and Flake? I’ve never even heard of this Amash dude until today.
Aspen Ideas Festival? I’m so happy they decided to hold their ideas festival in a grass roots Republican stronghold like Aspen , Colorado., There you will find the best of conservative ideas- a great place to rebrand the Republican party with the working folk and middle class not just the rich republican elite. This is a good move!
Weasels smell bad, insists Pepe Lepew...
Rove, the author of many failed campaigns, needs to STFU.
It’s like Nancy Pelosi trying to tell us who the most liberal Democrat is.
Thanks Karl. Get lost...
Besides, what Conservative group goes to Aspen to brain-storm?
Why not simply rent a room at the DNC? Same difference...
Amash has stumbled once or twice but he’s far superior to anyone that Rove would prefer.
That's what rubs Rove raw. The Constitution is is enemy, which is why he is mine.
Rove is of the Bush School....that “conservatism” means social conservatism...and those are people to be “pandered to.” He’s probably trying to drive a wedge between social and libertine conservatives to make way for his estab candidate....