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Rep. Justin Amash 'most liberal Republican,' GOP strategist Karl Rove says
MLive ^ | July 08, 2013 | Zane McMillin

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.


TOPICS: Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: tokyorove
I remember in my young and stupid days when I liked Rove.
1 posted on 07/09/2013 6:21:18 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: DarkSavant

Political consultants wouldn’t recognize a political principle if they tripped over one.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 6:24:06 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: DarkSavant

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.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 6:25:05 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: C. Edmund Wright
If Karl doesn't like him, then I do ping.

I gather Amash is quite libertarian but I prefer that to Karl's gop*e.

4 posted on 07/09/2013 6:25:23 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: DarkSavant

(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 !


5 posted on 07/09/2013 6:26:16 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: DarkSavant
Rep. Justin Amash 'most liberal Republican,' GOP strategist Karl Rove says

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.

6 posted on 07/09/2013 6:27:58 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Party - 'We're partisans only for principle.' www.SelfGovernment.US)
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To: Zathras
He went to Aspen just to tell us this?

All the liberals return there, like the swallows to Capistrano.

7 posted on 07/09/2013 6:28:58 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (America's Party - 'We're partisans only for principle.' www.SelfGovernment.US)
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To: DarkSavant

FUKR!

Go away


8 posted on 07/09/2013 6:29:19 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: DarkSavant

Rove is the Devil. But I dislike Amash too. Amash is an Arab who complained when McCain compared Ahmadinejad to a monkey. Disturbing.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 6:29:40 AM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: DarkSavant

Rove detests libertarians. Amash has some pretty solid libertarian credentials.


10 posted on 07/09/2013 6:30:54 AM PDT by GSWarrior (When someone points at the moon, don't stare at his finger.)
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To: DarkSavant

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.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 6:31:18 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

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!


12 posted on 07/09/2013 6:36:54 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: DarkSavant

Weasels smell bad, insists Pepe Lepew...


13 posted on 07/09/2013 6:37:55 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: DarkSavant

Rove, the author of many failed campaigns, needs to STFU.


14 posted on 07/09/2013 6:38:05 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: DarkSavant

It’s like Nancy Pelosi trying to tell us who the most liberal Democrat is.

Thanks Karl. Get lost...


15 posted on 07/09/2013 6:41:22 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Besides, what Conservative group goes to Aspen to brain-storm?

Why not simply rent a room at the DNC? Same difference...


16 posted on 07/09/2013 6:43:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: DarkSavant

Amash has stumbled once or twice but he’s far superior to anyone that Rove would prefer.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 6:43:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DarkSavant
Amash is known for voting against legislation he deems unconstitutional, regardless of which party is pushing a certain bill

That's what rubs Rove raw. The Constitution is is enemy, which is why he is mine.

18 posted on 07/09/2013 6:46:20 AM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Rove says Amash the most liberal republican.

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19 posted on 07/09/2013 6:48:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

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....


20 posted on 07/09/2013 6:49:29 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: DarkSavant

Only someone as clueless as Rove would equate libertarian with liberal.


21 posted on 07/09/2013 6:50:33 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Of Michigan congressional republicans, Fred Upton is the one I would vote off the island first.


22 posted on 07/09/2013 6:55:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EternalVigilance
If Amash was "the most liberal Republican" Rove would be running him for president.

Seems Rove, as do many other GOPe, just has trouble with that whole "Libertarian-leaning" segment of the country.
23 posted on 07/09/2013 6:58:20 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: DarkSavant
The demonrats and the rinos are two heads of the same Beast and Rove does its bidding.

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.

24 posted on 07/09/2013 7:00:17 AM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Animal Farm meets 1984 in A Brave New World. Crony capitalism, chaos and control.)
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To: DarkSavant

25 posted on 07/09/2013 7:01:10 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: montag813
Amash is an Arab who complained when McCain compared Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

Darryl Issa is also an Arab, and he's pretty sound. WND's Joseph Farah is also Arab.

It might just be that Arabs don't like Arabs attacked on facial features as a general principle. There are better ways to insult Achmadinijad than by describing his appearence as Simian. Its the cheap shot. Just like attacking Dennis Kucinich on his height, it can come back you with Santorum or Jindal, etc.
26 posted on 07/09/2013 7:06:51 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: cripplecreek

Upton is the lightbulb guy, right?


27 posted on 07/09/2013 7:09:37 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Yeah he needs a CFL screwed up his ass then yanked out quickly.


28 posted on 07/09/2013 7:13:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DarkSavant

Rove got really stupid about the time he divorced...what, his second or third wife?


29 posted on 07/09/2013 7:13:51 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: cripplecreek

....and now I’ll need six months of therapy to get over that visual!!!!! (hope Obama Care will cover it)


30 posted on 07/09/2013 7:36:50 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Mamzelle

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.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 7:38:53 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: DarkSavant
Karl Rove has a formidable ability to remember things. His problem is that he has the analytic ability of moss growing on the shady side of a rock. Thus he impresses people at first blush, but has no clue as to how to change people's thinking.

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."

William Flax

32 posted on 07/09/2013 7:40:46 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: C. Edmund Wright

the Bush School - Big powerful government doing good.

They are the anti-Reagans - Government isn’t the problem, it’s the answer.


33 posted on 07/09/2013 7:46:17 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DarkSavant
Just keep in mind, if Karl gets his way you will be faced with voting for this or staying home in 2016:


34 posted on 07/09/2013 7:51:42 AM PDT by DManA
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To: VRWCarea51
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.

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.

35 posted on 07/09/2013 11:02:35 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

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.


36 posted on 07/09/2013 11:20:53 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51
No, there's no need to base your opinion just on Rove.

Look at Amash's record. He's no conservative.

37 posted on 07/09/2013 11:26:26 AM PDT by what's up
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To: DManA

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

Juan McAmnesty

Wilt Romney

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.


38 posted on 07/09/2013 11:28:03 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: DarkSavant; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
Karl Rove Attacks Fellow Republican

So, what else is new?

PING!

39 posted on 07/10/2013 5:13:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I don't always vote, but when I do, I SURE AS HELL DON'T VOTE DEMOCRAT!)
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To: DManA
Look, I know all about voting for the non-perfect GOP candidate to stop some Marxist like Obama from winning. However, if Jeb wins the nomination in 2016, I'm voting 3rd Party. Period. Two Bush knuckleheads are enough for our country's history.


40 posted on 07/10/2013 5:41:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I don't always vote, but when I do, I SURE AS HELL DON'T VOTE DEMOCRAT!)
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To: DarkSavant

I am curious to know where Ron Paul ranked on the list. Anyone know?


41 posted on 07/10/2013 5:50:58 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A liberal RINO like Rove is callign a constitutionalist Republican like Amash “liberal”? How rich!


42 posted on 07/11/2013 2:43:47 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Zathras

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).


43 posted on 07/11/2013 4:24:45 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: what's up; VRWCarea51
His position on abortion is gross.

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.

44 posted on 07/13/2013 1:56:28 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis
Amash talks a good talk.

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.

45 posted on 07/13/2013 2:59:30 PM PDT by what's up
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