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.
Political consultants wouldn’t recognize a political principle if they tripped over one.
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....
Only someone as clueless as Rove would equate libertarian with liberal.
Of Michigan congressional republicans, Fred Upton is the one I would vote off the island first.
I'm tired of the two headed Beast's good politician/bad politician kabuki play they keep snookering US with, to keep us sleeping and not pay attention to what they're building.
If Rove doesn't like U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, then that sounds like a dog whistle to send him a donation.
Upton is the lightbulb guy, right?
Yeah he needs a CFL screwed up his ass then yanked out quickly.
Rove got really stupid about the time he divorced...what, his second or third wife?
....and now I’ll need six months of therapy to get over that visual!!!!! (hope Obama Care will cover it)
Amash is so liberal he was booted off committees when RINO BONER clensed all the TeaParty/Conservatives from Committee positions a little over a year ago.
Hey Karl, tell us again how much Money you wasted on RINOs in the 2012 Campaign cycle.
He has been a total disaster so far as Republican projects are concerned.
See Karl Rove--Dysron, Quack or Mole, and some of the linked pieces that analyze Rove's behavior and "achievements."
the Bush School - Big powerful government doing good.
They are the anti-Reagans - Government isn’t the problem, it’s the answer.
Amash is no tea party conservative...he just pretends to be.
His position on abortion is gross.
Be careful of the libertarians...they are far from conservative on several important issues.
Riiiiight. I’d just listen to the Bald Faced Liar Karl Rove for advice on candidates. /s
Rove is a washed up has been, that spent his political career screwing over Conservatives and is now wasting Millions on the Promotion of Open Border RINOS.
Look at Amash's record. He's no conservative.
I gave up supporting the Turds in the punch bowl. Just because Karl Rove says they taste great doesn’t mean I am gonna give it a try.
Jorge Delano Arbusto
They all had one thing in common. They tried to kiss the Left’s ass and got kicked for the effort. Millions try to tell them the ass they were kissing was attached to a donkey that will kick em in the head. So the party Leaders suffering from repeated head trama slaps on more lipstick and goes chasing after the Donkey.
So, what else is new?
I am curious to know where Ron Paul ranked on the list. Anyone know?
A liberal RINO like Rove is callign a constitutionalist Republican like Amash “liberal”? How rich!
Amash made the news when Boehner tried to punish him and a few other annoying tea party favs by taking away their committee assignments. Bad Bad Boys - go to your rooms and stay there. (My district was reconfigured in the 2012 election, and Amash is my rep now - hope he is what he appears to be).
You mean this position?
20 January 2012. "The proper function of government is to protect individual rights--life, liberty, and property. I believe that life begins at conception, and it is unconscionable that government would sanction the taking of the helpless and innocent. I will always vote against government funding of abortion and will fight to protect life at all stages. I am proud to meet Right to Life of Michigan PAC's endorsement criteria as a candidate for Congress."
Yes indeed, that certainly is gross. What a gross liberal this guy must be. I need to start blindly following Karl Rove's lead.
However, he was one of only 7 Repubs to vote against banning abortions based on gender selection.
"To say it another way, of the 242 current House Republicans, Mr. Amash ranks number 236, or in the bottom 3 percent, with respect to his pro-life voting record," Douglas Johnson - National Right to Life Committee.
229 of the GOP in the House have a 100% NRLC rating. Amash is 62%.
You're making the common mistake of basing your opinion on what a politician says rather than what he does. Many libertarians are NOT social conservatives...Amash falls into this category.