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Karl Rove (and other e-Repubs) butt in California gubernatorial race, too
redstate.com ^ | 5/27/14

Posted on 05/27/2014 4:34:07 PM PDT by cotton1706

In a bizarre attempt to maintain control of the Republican Party in California, Karl Rove’s hubris is beginning to take on almost paranoid features as he insists that if the Tea Party favorite — Tim Donnelly — wins the gubernatorial primary, it will tarnish all Republicans everywhere:

Karl Rove, the prominent Republican strategist, said Friday that Tim Donnelly will be a liability for Republicans nationwide if the tea party favorite finishes second in the gubernatorial primary election and advances to a November runoff against Gov. Jerry Brown.

“If the California Republican Party has as the leading candidate, the leading statewide candidate on the ballot this year somebody who has said the outrageous things that he’s said and prone to the outrageous behavior that he routinely engages in, it will be used to tarnish not only the California Republican Party, but they’ll throw it at everybody else on the ballot, and everybody else will, across the country, disavow the guy,” Rove told the conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt on his show.

This paranoia is reaching scary proportions as Rove, Condoleeza Rice and Mitt Romney all came out to support the only guy — Neel Kashkari — who is competing against Donnelly in the primary. In my view, Kashkari’s record could only qualify him as a “DIRC” — Democrat in Republican Clothing:

They’ve lined up behind millionaire former Goldman Sachs vice president Neel Kashkari. The 40-year-old, first-time candidate ran the federal bank bailout known as TARP – the Troubled Asset Relief Program – as a Treasury official, favors abortion access and same-sex marriage rights, and even admits to voting for Barack Obama in 2008.

Why is this guy even pretending to be a Republican and why is the establishment so concerned about stopping Donnelly and supporting a man who is worse than a squish on every issue? In addition to being socially liberal, Kashkari actually voted for Obama in 2008 and has never run for public office.

My point in this article is not to try to push a Donnelly win — although I think he will easily defeat Kashkari as he has all the grassroots and tea party support in California while Kashkari’s campaign is failing to gain traction. Pulling off a win in November against Jerry Brown would take a few miracles and is not likely to happen, but at least Donnelly will give Brown a bit of a fight.

But the bigger issue is just how obsessed the establishment elite have become in thinking “establishment knows best.” Their arrogance is getting repugnant.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; elections; india; jerrybrown; neelkashkari; timdonnelly
Rove and the Establishment are actively pushing a guy that voted for Obama in 2008.

They will do absolutely ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to prevent a conservative from getting a nomination, or, short of that, denying him or her a victory in November.

Because to a moderate republican, in a race between a conservative and a democrat, the democrat is the lesser of two evils.

I've spent the past year demonstrating this time and time again. And a lot more are catching on!

1 posted on 05/27/2014 4:34:08 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

GO DONNELLY !


2 posted on 05/27/2014 4:38:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cotton1706

3 posted on 05/27/2014 4:39:14 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cotton1706

4 votes in my household for Tim Donnelly. Screw Karl Rove and the GOPe.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 4:42:10 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: cotton1706

Karl Rove destroyed the California Republican Party when they inserted their RINO idiot to run it, after refusing to give any money to support Bill Simon against Gray Davis, and then when the conservatives recalled Davis, pushing Arnold into the gap.

Bill Simon was not all that popular here, but he was a good man (falsely accused by a corrupt judge at election time) who only lost by a small margin—with NO money given to support him by either the state or the national party chairs.

Needless to say, Arnie finished the job of wrecking the party.


5 posted on 05/27/2014 4:42:27 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cotton1706

California is going to hell in a hand basket, never in my life have I spent so much money on Gas as I did when I was there last year, and the bills in California are only going much, much higher.

Karl Rove is probably right about how the Democrats will uses this man to run against all the rest of us everywhere else. But frankly I couldn’t live with a vote for his only opposition, so I can’t ask any California Republican to do either.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 4:43:46 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: cotton1706

Thanks Karl. I did not know how to vote in the California primary until Rove popped off. If Donnelly wants to be the sacrificial lamb thats ok with me. I hope he puts up a fight.


7 posted on 05/27/2014 4:44:54 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: cotton1706

FUKR!! FUGOPe!!


8 posted on 05/27/2014 4:49:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I got a few people to vote Donnelly by exposing this POS Rove coming out for Kashkari... Go Tea Party!


9 posted on 05/27/2014 4:54:39 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: Cicero

Simon’s campaign in 2002 was plain odd. After knocking out the execrable and senile leftist Tricky Dick Riordan in the primary, he just totally went to sleep when he should’ve kept on running and running hard. Had Simon taken Davis to the cleaners, he very well could’ve been the Presidential standard bearer in 2008. That Ah-nold ended up as Governor was the biggest disaster to befall California absent Jerry Brown (and frankly, he made it possible for Brown’s return). Ah-nold buried what was left of the CA GOP.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 4:56:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Jim Robinson

Boss, while you are at it, could throw a few of those at super RINO David Dewhurst here in Texas. In 4 minutes we conservative are about to rid our state of this career political enabler, and have THROWN THIS BUM OUT!!!!!!


11 posted on 05/27/2014 4:56:19 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: cotton1706

It’s California. If a Republican wins, they just get blamed for everything.


12 posted on 05/27/2014 4:57:33 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: cotton1706

A republican candidate in CA has about as much chance of winning an election as I have of winning the Nobel Prize in Womyns Studies. It’s not even worth thinking about, vote for any R you want, maybe try for some downticket R’s for school district or assessor. CA is utterly cooked.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 4:58:45 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: catfish1957

Certainly. FUDD (FReepU DD)!!


14 posted on 05/27/2014 5:11:33 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: cotton1706
Karl Rove, the prominent Republican strategist, said Friday that Tim Donnelly will be a liability for Republicans nationwide

I believe we have heard that tune before, sure hope we don't dance to it again.

15 posted on 05/27/2014 5:15:27 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: cotton1706

Like it’s going to matter.


16 posted on 05/27/2014 5:18:02 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: cotton1706

Karl Marx = today’s Karl Rove...


17 posted on 05/27/2014 5:20:18 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks....:)


18 posted on 05/27/2014 5:21:33 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Simon beat Riordan by a 2-1 margin in the primary. That infuriated Rove, who moved in and replace the party bosses in the state with a jerk whose name I forget.

The story was that Simon didn’t run as hard as he could, but that was at least partly a manufactured story. He had no campaign funds from the GOP, the new state chair discouraged the usual donors from giving to him, and of course the press bad-mouthed him non-stop. And that crooked judge made the chief story as the election approached that Simon was a dirty, crooked capitalist. Rove agreed, and Bush refused to support Simon. Without sufficient funds, he had no way to get the word out and contradict all the lies.

Yet, even with all that, he only lost by about 2%. Given even lukewarm support from the party, he would have won.


19 posted on 05/27/2014 5:23:13 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jimbo123
The question is: which of those two objects are smarter: Karl Rove or Kanned Ham.

I'll answer Kanned Hamm

20 posted on 05/27/2014 5:28:03 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: cotton1706

With rare exception, I can count on the Rovarian in picking my candidate—when he trashes a Republican, my default position (contingent on my own due diligence, of course) is to support whoever he is trashing.

Keep letting us know your picks, Fatso.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 5:30:45 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706
I see that I must once again leap to KTAR's (Karl The Architect Rove's) defense.

This is because the man is an example of true genius. Never in the history of the consulting business has a man managed to spend so much and managed to achieve so little. But wait, there's more! That's not the "genius" part!

The "Genius" part comes in when KTAR manages to convince candidates to hire him again and again, disaster after disaster. This man, this man I say, has the unique ability to spot a loser from 1,500 meters out, and then convince the GOP to spend YOUR money on him, a losing campaign, and of course, KTAR himself.

But the "Genius" goes far beyond getting you to pay for losing tactics. O no! With KTAR you also get losing strategy ... e.g. The welcome mat for Illegal Aliens, who are only too happy to repay KTAR's compassion by voting for the Democrats well before they are even semi-legitimized by KTAR's latest Amnesty Program!

KTAR's genius has been recognized by no less an intellectual leader than Sean (Hair-Do) Hannity. HS Drop out KTAR has often described himself as an Idiot savant. As usual, the half-assed SOB has it about half right.

Guess no one at the GOP has ever heard the "Fool me once..." thing. KTAR has discovered that over at GOP HQ, you CAN fool ALL those people ALL the time. That, FRiends, is "genius."

22 posted on 05/27/2014 5:38:13 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Vote for a gay African Marxist for POTUS? Sure. What could go wrong?)
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To: cotton1706

And when the RNC calls asking for money...


23 posted on 05/27/2014 5:41:39 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: cotton1706

What’s amazing to me is the GOP Establishment - and their own brand of media sock puppets - continually wail about the primaries, clamoring that ALL “Republicans” need to coalesce together behind a candidate. But only do so when they want coalescing behind their candidate. When their candidate is getting hammered in a primary, all of a sudden we don’t hear calls for unity and coalescing. We hear cries like this - destroy conservatives. Somebody should ask Karl about that the next time his horrible mug turns up on Fox.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 5:48:50 PM PDT by antonico
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To: Cicero

I believe you’re talking about Gerry Parsky. AKA “Spawn of Satan.” The destruction of the CA GOP was a willful occurrence with these people in charge (Rove, to me, has always been a pretty clear-cut Democrat operative).

Alas, Simon lost by 5% (47-42%). Other than him, McClintock (as the highest vote getter running on the GOP ticket in 2002) should’ve been the standard bearer in the recall. I was very vocal here on FR at the time in trying to stop Ah-nold’s candidacy (and pretty much everything I said about him 11 years ago turned out to be true). Letting the left-wing take over a state GOP is the quickest way to party death.


25 posted on 05/27/2014 6:00:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Yeah, what you said.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 6:03:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Parley Baer

I’m from CA. I didn’t realize that Neel Kashkari voted for Obama and had such a liberal record. It doesn’t help things that Donnelley pleaded no contest to 2 misdemeanor gun charges when he packed a loaded gun in his carry on bag at the airport in 2012, but if he ticks off Rove this much that’s reason enough for me to vote for him. It’s hard to get too excited about any Governor’s race in this blue state. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25526879/field-poll-gops-hope-california-governors-race-leaning


27 posted on 05/27/2014 7:01:39 PM PDT by teeker
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To: cotton1706

I voted for Donnelly. I’m done voting for “moderate” back-stabbing establishment bozos. I will leave the line blank rather than vote for another worthless RINO.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 7:24:31 PM PDT by barefoot_hiker
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To: cotton1706

California deserves a governor like Donelly. Although I don’t know if that is a good thing to say about California. It is a state for characters.


29 posted on 05/27/2014 8:55:35 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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30 posted on 05/27/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman


LOLOLOLOL

31 posted on 05/27/2014 9:08:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
That Ah-nold ended up as Governor was the biggest disaster to befall California absent Jerry Brown (and frankly, he made it possible for Brown’s return). Ah-nold buried what was left of the CA GOP.

Ahh, the great McClintock / Arnold Wars. Those were the good old days on FR.

32 posted on 05/27/2014 9:38:52 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: cotton1706

"If the California Republican Party has as the leading candidate, the leading statewide candidate on the ballot this year somebody who has said the outrageous things that he’s said and prone to the outrageous behavior that he routinely engages in, it will be used to tarnish not only the California Republican Party, but they’ll throw it at everybody else on the ballot..."

Translation: "Unless all of the planets are in line, and we are winning 42-0 at halftime, I, Karl Rove, simply cannot help Republicans win elections. Now, the Dems can say all kinds of outrageous things, and even have candidates who lie about being Vietnam War vets or Native Americans, and not only do those things not hurt other Dem candidates, but the lying candidates actually even win those races....

If a Republican, says something (allegedly) questionable, OTOH, it's all over. I simply do not have the ability or intelligence to be able to punch back. Let's face it, the Dems are simply better political strategists than I am. I helped lose the popular vote in 2000, had Bush barely squeak by in 2004 against a pathetic opponent, advised Bush to an all-time low approval rating, saw my hand-picked presidential candidate lose a winnable race in 2012, and was one-for-twelve in endorsing Senate candidates that year. (But hey, who cares? Fox pays me a lot of money...)'"

33 posted on 05/28/2014 6:49:57 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: LexBaird

UGH.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 10:10:33 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cotton1706; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; InterceptPoint; AuH2ORepublican; randita; yongin; ...

Arch-RINO and Obama voter Neel Kashkari has finally slipped into third place behind Donnelly, this could be uncomfortably close.


35 posted on 05/29/2014 12:06:38 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

KASHKARI HAS SOME MAJOR MONEY behind him, he has a commercial on EVERY 10 minutes!!!! I will be voting for Donnelly!!!!


36 posted on 05/29/2014 12:13:36 AM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: cotton1706

” Karl Rove’s hubris is beginning to take on almost paranoid features as he insists that if the Tea Party favorite — Tim Donnelly — wins the gubernatorial primary, it will tarnish all Republicans everywhere: “

This is exactly the same line that Hugh Hewitt has been spouting on his Salem Radio show.


37 posted on 05/29/2014 12:15:20 AM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: cotton1706; ntnychik; potlatch

38 posted on 05/29/2014 1:21:08 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: Impy

We’re not going to win this, but Republicans are afraid that Donnelly will inspire heavy minority and leftist turnout, damaging Republicans in down-ballot races.


39 posted on 06/02/2014 4:34:44 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Kit cat

Donnelly is too controversial to be a great choice, but KashforKlunkerz is just atrocious, I can’t hope he makes the runoff. Outright liberals who voted for Obama in 2008 (apologize, Neel! of course he won’t because he wants to pander to Obama voters “Hey I voted for him too” disgusting, I don’t care what state it is) have no place in the party.

Either one would likely get their ass kicked by Brown, last time CAGOP nominated RINO Whitman, she lost huge and were did horribly down ballot anyway.

I’ll be happy if we can win one Statewide office, I wouldn’t bet on it happening.


40 posted on 06/03/2014 12:33:45 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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