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  • Cain responds to sex harassment allegation

    10/30/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 206 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 30, 2011 | Byron York
    Herman Cain's campaign headquarters has released a response to a story, broken this evening on Politico, that in the 1990s two female employees of the National Restaurant Association "complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain," who at the time was head of the trade group.Calling the story "thinly source allegations," Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said: "Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can."  Gordon did not address any of the specific...
  • Two women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior

    10/30/2011 5:13:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 344 replies
    Exclusive: Two women accused Cain of inappropriate behavior By: Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman and Anna Palmer and Kenneth P. Vogel October 30, 2011 08:00 PM EDT During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO. The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave...
  • Karl Rove Warns Against 'Extreme' Candidates In GOP Primary

    08/15/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT · by maggief · 108 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 15, 2011 | Jon Terbush
    Even Karl Rove thinks Republicans should be wary of nominating an "extreme" candidate to take on President Obama. In an appearance on Fox News Monday, Rove warned that presidential aspirants who run too far to the right in the GOP primary could end up reducing their electability in the general election. "You don't want these candidates moving so right in the Republican primary that it becomes impossible for them to win the general election, because it will become a self-defeating message in the primary," Rove said.
  • Karl Rove finds the non-Romney candidates unacceptable

    10/28/2011 12:43:59 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 66 replies
    Rove is very much in a “do I have to do everything myself” mode these days, which is why he’s also running the GOP’s congressional campaign as an independently funded venture. Here he is practically acting as a Romney surrogate on Fox and attacking Herman Cain, because actual Romney surrogates seem unable to.
  • Did Tokyo Rove’s shilling for Willard on Hannity’s show sound like a stretch to you?

    10/27/2011 2:39:47 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 28 replies
    Oct, 27, 2011 | self, vanity
    Is it just me, and because I don't like Rove, or did "the Architect" sound like he was really reaching with his attacks on Herman Cain on Hannity's show just now?
  • Clashes between Karl Rove and conservatives becoming more frequent

    10/27/2011 10:22:33 AM PDT · by martosko · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/27/2011 | Alex Pappas
    Democrats have long enjoyed bashing Karl Rove, former White House adviser and architect of the campaigns that put President George W. Bush in office. But clashing with the longtime Republican operative and Fox News contributor is now catching on for another group: conservatives, especially those affiliated with the tea party movement. Among the most high profile of these recent attackers are former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and, now, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
  • Karl Rove and others circle wagons to (try to) save the GOP

    10/26/2011 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/11 | Jonathan Capehart
    Karl Rove has been rather chatty of late. He’s taken a hammer to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) over the birther nonsense and to Herman Cain for basic unpreparedness. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell thought Rove was “trying to circle the wagons around Mitt Romney as an inevitable nominee.” While I saw where he was coming from, I had a different take. Rove isn’t circling the wagons around Romney. He’s circling the wagons around the Republican Party as a legitimate political party in the United States. Rove is not alone in this endeavor.
  • Herman Cain: Karl Rove is trying to destroy me

    10/24/2011 12:04:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | 24 Oct 2011 | y MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Herman Cain pushed back hard at Karl Rove's recitation of his recent campaign fumbles and miscues - which he presented on a whiteboard on Fox News this morning - and accused the operative of trying to do him intentional damage in a Byron York interview: "It's a good thing the voters are not looking at Karl Rove's little whiteboard," Cain said in a phone conversation from a stop in Chicago Monday afternoon. "I believe it is a deliberate attempt to damage me because I am not, quote unquote, the establishment choice. But why not go with the choice that the...
  • Karl Rove: The Herman Cain Boomlet Is Over (Says his Gaffes are Deadly)

    10/24/2011 7:44:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 158 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2011 | Zeke Miller
    GOP strategist and former Bush advisor Karl Rove laid out all the reasons why he believes Herman Cain's presidential campaign is finished. In an interview with Fox Business, Rove listed several of Cain's recent gaffes — and policy positions that are out of line with many GOP voters — to show why the Cain boomlet won't continue. "I think it has created an image of him as not being up to this task," he said. "That’s really deadly." Despite the missteps, Cain's fundraising topped his third quarter numbers in just three weeks — with the campaign raising over $3 million...
  • The Establishment Thinks We Have No Memory (The timing of Sarah Palin)

    09/20/2011 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 75 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 09/20/2011 | Mark America
    It’s amazing, isn’t it? Just a few weeks ago, I was reporting to you on Karl Rove and others who claimed that if Sarah Palin didn’t get into the race on September 3rd, during her speech to the Tea Party of America in Indianola, IA , she’d just as well forget it. I told you back then that Rove was playing games and trying to position a candidate for a run in late September, and he wanted to gain the momentum often accompanying the last person to get into the race. Now we read talk of Chris Christie getting in...
  • Amateur Hour at the White House, by Karl Rove

    09/07/2011 4:42:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 7, 2011 | by Karl Rove
    <p>We can't yet judge President Barack Obama's speech Thursday before a joint session of Congress. But it's not too early to render a judgment on the run-up to the address: It's been amateur hour in the West Wing.</p> <p>Eight days ago, Mr. Obama announced he would address Congress on the same evening that a Republican presidential debate was scheduled. White House press secretary Jay Carney claimed it was merely a "coincidence." But his denial was soon undermined by comments to reporters by unnamed White House aides, who made it clear they intended to have the president drown out the GOP debate.</p>
  • Romney appearance at Tea Party rally draws protest

    09/04/2011 6:17:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies ^ | Sept. 4, 2011 | Shira Schoenberg
    CONCORD, N.H. -- More than 25 protesters turned out before a Tea Party Express rally this evening to protest not President Obama, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “We do not need leadership that puts their finger up, sees which way the wind’s blowing and then all of a sudden changes their mind and goes back in that direction,” Tim Carter, a leader of the Lakes Region Tea Party in New Hampshire. “If you look at Mitt’s past voting record, I think that’s what you’re going to see.” “When you come to less government, which the Tea Party stands for,...
  • Romney claims outsider role in tea party speech

    09/04/2011 5:42:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/4/11 | STEVE PEOPLES
    Mitt Romney is trying to appeal to tea party activists by presenting himself as an outsider with less political experience than the rest of the Republican presidential field. Speaking Sunday evening in New Hampshire, the former Massachusetts governor said career politicians cannot fix the nation's problems.
  • Karl Rove To Sarah Palin: Get A "Thicker Skin"

    08/25/2011 9:01:23 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 413 replies
    Karl Rove responds to controversy over his speculation if Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin will indeed enter the GOP field. Rove said chances are she will jump in, but was not definitive in his observation. "I'm mystified," Rove said about reaction to his speculation. "Look, she is all upset about this saying how I am trying to sabatouge her in some way. How do I speculate on her future." "Look, if she doesn't want to be speculated about a potential presidential candidate there is an easy way to end the speculation. Simply say 'I'm not running.' Instead, every time she pops...

    08/24/2011 8:49:15 PM PDT · by Gargantua · 73 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | Anthony James
    TOKYO ROVE” STRIKES AGAIN© 2011 by Anthony James Sour Grapes Karl Just Can’t Help Himself. As former president Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again, Karl.” On Wednesday evening on Greta Van Susteren’s top-rated FOX TV news and talk show, “On The Record,” former Bush political adviser and the man euphemistically referred to as “The Architect” for his alleged contributions to George W. Bush’s winning campaign strategies in 2000 and 2004, Karl Rove just inexplicably and repeatedly soiled himself in front of the American public again and again. Greta had asked him why he felt it was that the...
  • Karl Rove To Sarah Palin: Get A Thicker Skin (video)

    08/24/2011 7:49:40 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 110 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 24, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Karl Rove responds to controversy over his speculation if Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin will indeed enter the GOP field. Rove said chances are she will jump in, but was not definitive in his observation. "I mystified," Rove said about his speculation. "Look, she is all upset about this saying how I am trying to sabatouge her in some way. How do I speculate on her future." "Look, if she doesn't want to be speculated about a potential presidential candidate there is an easy way to end the speculation. Simply say 'I'm not running.' Instead, every time she pops up in...
  • Why Would I Believe Karl Rove Now?

    08/23/2011 5:35:34 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 43 replies
    C4P ^ | August 22 2011 | Marc America
    You know what I think of Karl Rove, and it isn’t pleasant. He doesn’t say anything without some ulterior motive, and he seldom throws air-time away on loose, unfocused talk. He even makes up his own small white-boards for television interviews so he can make his points visually. No, a guy like this never says or does anything without a purpose in mind. Over the last several days, since he made his statements regarding Sarah Palin’s potential official entry into the GOP field, something hasn’t felt right about it. Two things I know about Rove are that he hates to...
  • Still Waiting for Sarah

    08/22/2011 4:05:38 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 76 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/22/2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    By Tuesday evening, then, I was half-convinced that Palin was stealthily moving toward an announcement. Then on Friday, she released a two-minute online video about her Iowa trip that everyone -- even the wizards who had previously been certain she wasn't running -- agreed looked like an honest-to-goodness campaign ad. The signals seemed clear enough that Karl Rove​ (who is clearly no Palin fanboy) declared she now "looks like a candidate, not a celebrity" and expressed his belief that Palin will get into the race. But if a certified Beltway elitist like Rove is now convinced she's running, wouldn't Palin...
  • Rove: Palin will run

    08/20/2011 5:22:39 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/20/2011 | Byron York
    Former Bush advisor Karl Rove says he believes former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will enter the Republican presidential race sometime around Labor Day. Appearing on Fox News Saturday morning, Rove said Palin "has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity." Rove also cited a new campaign-style video Palin has released on her recent visit to the Iowa State Fair as evidence Palin is gearing up for a run.
  • Bush Aides Blast Perry

    08/19/2011 11:45:35 AM PDT · by Astronaut · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 08/19/2011 | Dan Weil
    Officials from the George W. Bush administration are unhappy with new presidential candidate Rick Perry’s incendiary attack on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. And they’re going public with their complaints, Politico reports. The Texas governor, campaigning in Iowa Monday said of Bernanke, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous -- or treasonous in my opinion.” Karl Rove, one of...
  • Sarah Palin Presidential Run: Will She Run for Office?

    08/18/2011 6:22:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Former George W. Bush chief of staff Karl Rove has been an influential GOP strategist for decades. When Rove speaks, many Republicans listen. So when the outspoken campaign manager spoke up about Paul Ryan or Chris Christie joining the race to become the GOP nominee for the 2012 presidential election, his hint about another potential candidate entering the field also raised eyebrows. "And I also think looking at the schedule of Sarah Palin after Labor Day that she's got a campaign style schedule post-Labor Day that's either going to accentuate her celebrity hood or lay the predicate for running for...
  • Perry’s War With the Bushies

    08/17/2011 10:03:20 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Matt Latimer
    Just because Karl Rove is behind a plot doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work.  That we’re still talking about the former Bush aide at all is a testament to his singular tenacity.  How has he done it? The man helped elect the Pelosi Congress—it was Rove who in 2006 was in charge of holding on to GOP majorities in the House and Senate. He helped elect Barack Obama—insisting that John McCain was the only “electable” Republican in 2008 and bad-mouthing most of the others running. His indispensable support of his boss' overspending and government bailouts even helped create the Tea...
  • Karl Rove Slams Perry For Fed "Treason" Comments

    08/16/2011 11:36:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 241 replies
    Slate ^ | August 16, 2011 | Josh Voorhees
    Rick Perry's "treason" comments are drawing sharp criticism from a wide range of political observers and talking heads, among them Karl Rove. "You don't accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason," Rove, who has clashed with Perry before, told Fox News (via TPM). "And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas — You know, that is not, again a presidential statement." Rove continued: "If Rick Perry were to be elected president he'd be saddled with Ben Bernanke who has a term. He's an independent chairman of...
  • Why Perry may be the real deal

    08/14/2011 12:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/14/11 | Ed Morrissey
    My good friends John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson offer eulogies for the Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign today at Power Line, and as usual, they are quite insightful. Scott says that Pawlenty’s descent started when he backed down from challenging Mitt Romney in an earlier debate, and notes that Republicans in this cycle want a fighter. John laments the loss of the one candidate he thought could easily beat Barack Obama based on his record, and says that Pawlenty never got past “the first impression of him as just another guy in a suit.” Both are fair conclusions, and be sure...
  • Perry's Cash comes from Mega Donors (no surprise)

    No surprise here! RINOs get campaign cash from mega-doners. Real conservatives has grassroots support.
  • Gov. Perry says NY gay marriage is fine by him because he believes in states’ rights

    07/23/2011 11:44:53 AM PDT · by dangus · 301 replies
    .“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me,” he said to applause from several hundred GOP donors in Aspen, Colo. “That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
  • Rove: Migraine story "big challenge" for Bachmann [calls for med record release]

    07/20/2011 9:37:37 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/20/11
    "For the Bachmann campaign, this is the first big challenge. It's evidence of what happens when you jump up into the top ring of these polls, and the kind of scrutiny that you get. It's going to be important for her to get her doctors out there quickly to provide medical records and to provide the reassurance that people are going to want to have that this is not a serious issue."
  • A "Normal Party" and the Difference Between Bush and Perry

    07/11/2011 3:30:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 5, 2011 | Jonathon S. Tobin, Contentions
    According to the New York Times’ David Brooks, Republican hardliners against tax increases are turning the GOP into a “psychological protest” rather than a “normal political party.” Brooks is upset that after having forced Democrats to come far closer to their position on taxes and spending in order to cut a deal to extend the national debt ceiling, there is little chance the House majority will embrace what he considers to be “the deal of the century.” To Brooks, the Democrats’ offer on the debt ceiling is the “Mother of All No-Brainers,” and his anger at the GOP’s insistence that...
  • Karl Rove’s Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign

    06/25/2011 5:51:27 PM PDT · by randita · 46 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/24/11 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    Karl Rove’s Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign (VIDEO) Evan McMorris-Santoro June 24, 2011 The real starting gun of the 2012 presidential race may be sounding Monday, and it's coming in the form of massive attack ad campaign aimed squarely at President Obama's economic record. Crossroads GPS, anonymous-money collecting arm of the Citzens United-inspired political machine founded by Karl Rove and other Republican heavyweights, is going live with a $20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012. The ads will start appearing on Monday, and will...
  • O'Donnell: FEC complaint dismissed

    06/02/2011 11:20:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Politco ^ | 6/2/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell says the Federal Elections Commission has dropped a campaign finance complaint filed against last year her by the state’s Republican Party. Writing on Twitter early Thursday afternoon, the tea party-backed Republican announced “Breaking News! FEC dismissed the DE GOP Ex-Chair’s complaint against me.” O’Donnell’s Christine PAC did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment. The complaint against O’Donnell alleged that she and the Tea Party Express had violated campaign finance rules barring coordination between PACs and candidates.
  • George Will: Everyone Knows Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons

    05/29/2011 1:58:02 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 107 replies
    Mediate ^ | Sunday May 29, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    With Sarah Palin fever sweeping across the media again, persistent Palin critic and conservative commentator George Will clearly was not excited by the speculation surrounding her potential run for President. Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl and Ed Gillespie joined in on the conversation, yet Will had the most pointed remarks regarding how Palin is a “genius at manipulating” the infinite media attention she receives. Christiane Amanpour began the segment commenting “no one steals a show like Sarah Palin,” and while Will admits she will have a huge impact on the nomination process if she does decide to run, he still dismisses...

    05/17/2011 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 86 replies
    Dick Morris .com ^ | May 16,2011 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    Now that two of the top three candidates for the Republican nomination have pulled out of the race, the big winner is the one candidate left standing: Mitt Romney. The polling before Huckabee and Trump pulled out was — in my survey — Romney-22, Huckabee-20, Trump-15, Gingrich-11, Palin-9, Bachmann-6, Pawlenty-3, and Daniels-2. Now, Romney will inherit a large proportion of the votes left on the table by Huckabee’s and Trump’s withdrawal. My polling suggests that, based on the expressed second choices of the Huckabee and Trump voters, Romney will get 30% of Huckabee’s voters and 40% of Trump’s. These additions...
  • Trump and Krauthammer Take Personal Attacks to New Level

    04/28/2011 1:07:41 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 66 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 4-28-11 | Staff
    "O'Reilly Factor" producer Jesse Watters caught up with Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Wednesday and asked him what he thought of Charles Krauthammer's personal attacks, the latest one comparing "The Donald" to a "crackpot" "drunk." Mr. Trump shot back at Krauthammer, calling him a "sad fool" who was trying to ride his coattails for publicity.
  • Donald Trump: 'I Don't Want to Listen to Karl Rove'

    04/24/2011 2:55:58 PM PDT · by no dems · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 24, 2011 | Saul Relative
    The man who inspired the documentary "Bush's Brain" and was the political mastermind behind George W. Bush's presidency got no vote of confidence from potential GOP candidate Donald Trump during a recent interview on Fox News. Trump, speaking with Greta van Susteren on "On The Record," literally named the former White House chief political adviser and one-time chief of staff as the "man who ran Bush into the ground." "Bush finished so weak that we ended up getting Obama," Trump said. "(Rove) ran the man into the ground. "And the more I see about Karl Rove, the more I realize:...
  • Trump: Rove Needs to Retire

    04/22/2011 6:36:20 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 90 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 21, 2011 | NewsMax
    Donald Trump, fresh from a Gallup poll showing him tied with former Gov. Mike Huckabee for the lead in the Republican race for the White House, is firing back at GOP strategist Karl Rove for calling Trump a "joke candidate." Trump, who says that Rove has proven himself to be out of touch with Americans, released the following statement to Newsmax: "Karl Rove is a loser. He is doing the Republican Party a great disservice by trying to stop the discussion about the president not being able to present his birth certificate to the American people – or to assure...
  • Karl Rove: Trump's Got a 'Thin Skin'

    04/22/2011 6:37:14 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 85 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 21, 2011 | Hiram Reisner
    Republican strategist Karl Rove says President Barack Obama is taking delight in the fact that Donald Trump is pressing so hard for him to produce his birth certificate, “because that’s exactly what Obama wants conservatives to do.” Speaking to Sean Hannity Thursday on his radio show, Rove also questioned Trump’s conservative credentials. Hannity started the interview by asking Rove why he was going after Trump. “Well, I think Trump’s got a thin skin — I don’t think I’m going after Trump,” Rove said. “A guy who says that he doesn’t know what Ronald Reagan is hiding behind his smile, and...
  • Karl Rove Loves Obama

    04/22/2011 2:40:22 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 57 replies
    drkatesview ^ | April 21, 2011 | drkate
    Karl Rove appears to be in panic mode. The once sought after ‘Bush’s Brain’ or “republican strategist” is now revealing what many republicans  and conservatives don’t know–that Rove was one of the key architects behind the ‘election’ of Obama in 2008, and is secretly behind an Obama re-election in 2012.Yes, you read that right. And read the lines and between them here. Who did Karl Rove fear as a republican strategist in 2007 and 2008?  Hillary Clinton.  He knew that HRC would beat any republican candidate after eight years of Bush/Cheney/Rove. He had to knock her out so collaborated with...
  • Trump: Rove Gave Us Obama and I'm Not Listening

    04/21/2011 9:18:47 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 69 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | April 21, 2011
    Trump slams Rove! Carl Rove called Trump's candidacy a "joke" among many other disparaging remarks about him. But Trump, in his inimitable way, gave it right back. Who really is Rove? He's the "architect" who encouraged George Bush to spend like a liberal Democrat and pursue his amnesty for illegal aliens agenda to pander to the Hispanic vote. He caustically stated that Palin was too much a lightweight for national office. His counsel made Bush so unpopular that he alienated not only the conservative GOP base but the Independents, thus helping Obama win the presidency. Fox has Rove as a...
  • Trump's Rising Political Power (Rove says Obama hasn't "put forth" his BC)

    04/20/2011 10:47:08 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News (On the Record, Gretta) ^ | Apr 20, 2011 | Carl Rove
    Video at link
  • Trump Hits Back At Rove, GOP Critics

    04/19/2011 11:23:14 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 201 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/19/2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump fired back at Karl Rove on Tuesday for labeling his possible White House bid a “joke,” saying the one-time senior adviser to President George W. Bush “should be ashamed of himself” for the role he played in pushing an agenda that turned voters against Republicans and paved the way for the Obama presidency. Mr. Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and reality-TV-show star still weighing a 2012 race, said in an interview that the Republican brand was so tarnished after the Bush-Rove years that even “Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have beaten” President Obama in the 2008 presidential race. “Honestly,...
  • Karl Rove: Birther Issue Turned Donald Trump Into A ‘Joke Candidate’

    04/17/2011 8:39:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/17/2011 | Frances Martel
    Reality TV and real estate personality Donald Trump may be as far as nine points ahead in the latest GOP 2012 polls, but that doesn’t mean the Republican establishment is ready to embrace him with open arms. On last night’s On the Record, Karl Rove did his best to distance the party from the Donald, telling Greta Van Susteren that his “weird conspiracy theories” about President Obama’s birth certificate made him a “joke candidate.” After a lengthy discussion about the current budget battle in Congress in which Rove claimed Republicans had attained victory, if only because the federal government’s budget...
  • Trump's Strength in Early Presidential Polls Defies Conventional Wisdom

    04/16/2011 11:30:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 152 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Stephen Clark
    A top adviser for President Obama dismisses him as a "sideshow." Former Bush adviser Karl Rove calls him a "joke candidate." But that hasn't stopped Donald Trump, who has captured national attention with his outspoken skepticism of Obama's citizenship, from surging in early presidential polls. He leads all potential GOP presidential candidates by nine points in a Public Policy Polling survey released Friday. He trailed only Mitt Romney in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week. The real estate mogul and star of NBC's "The Apprentice" says he's encouraged by the polls, but won't make an announcement about his...
  • Karl Rove: Trump Is A "Joke Candidate"

    04/16/2011 11:15:37 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 85 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 15, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Karl Rove on how Donald Trump's birther obsession hurt his presidency chances, Obama's Paul Ryan fixation and 'hot mic' comments and more.
  • Rove warns Republicans: Shutdown could boost Obama

    04/08/2011 2:08:46 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 129 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2011 | Alexander Mooney
    Washington (CNN) – Furloughed jobs, interrupted services, and the potential economic ramifications aside, top Republican strategist Karl Rove is warning a government shutdown is likely to strengthen President Obama's hand as he heads into his reelection campaign. In his weekly polling memo, Rove notes the 1995 government shutdown bolstered President Clinton's image in the eyes of voters as a strong leader, positioning him for a relatively easy reelection victory one year later. "The shutdowns helped improve Clinton's political standing, boosting both his approval rating and perceptions of him as a strong leader," writes Rove. "At the time, poll watchers noted...
  • KARL ROVE: Donald Trump Is Discrediting The Entire Republican Party

    03/31/2011 7:47:38 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 197 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 3/31/11 | Steven Loeb
    onald Trump appeared on the O'Reilly Factor last night and proceeded to reiterate, yet again, how he doesn't think that Obama was born in the United States and that he is not showing his birth certificate because it might show that he is a Muslim and on and on. It was all of the same stuff he has been saying over and over and over and over and over for the past two weeks. Thankfully, Trump's point of view was not shared by the rest of O'Reilly's guests or even by O'Reilly himself. During their interview, O'Reilly expressed disbelief that...
  • KARL ROVE: Donald Trump Is Discrediting The Entire Republican Party

    03/31/2011 9:06:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 31, 2011 | Steven Loeb
    EXCERPT "The right wing base of the Republican party, I'm part of that right wing base, is not in love with the issue of birthers. I mean, there is an element inside the Republican party, and outside the Republican party, that's fallen in love with this but the majority of Republicans and the vast majority of Americans accept is he a U.S. citizen capable of being president." (snip) "You know, the troubling thing in the interview tonight was he said as time has gone on here, over the last couple of weeks, he has become more interested and more believing...
  • Mike Castle Illegally Used Campaign Fund for Personal Expenses -- not Christine O'Donnell

    03/06/2011 5:53:31 AM PST · by Moseley · 58 replies
    Delaware News Center ^ | March 6, 2011 | Jonathon Moseley
    Violations of campaign finance laws were committed NOT by Christine O'Donnell, but apparently instead by former Congressman Mike Castle, the candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, as revealed in his Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports. Unlike O'Donnell who was clearly a candidate for office in January 2009, Mike Castle did not file a Statement of Candidacy until October 19, 2009. As a result, none of Mike Castle's expenses from January 2009 through October 2009 would qualify as legitimate campaign expenses -- at least if we apply the Delaware Republican Party's own standards from their attacks on Christine O'Donnell. Castle's...
  • Fragile Front-Runner: Mitt may look like a prez-convincing GOP he should be is another matter

    03/05/2011 3:27:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The National Journal ^ | March 4, 2011 | Beth Reinhard
    Don’t you dare call Mitt Romney the front-runner. Sure, he’s got the money, the organization, the best-selling book, and the hair. In national polls of possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, Romney is at or near the top. Perhaps most important, he has run before. Paid his dues. Been to the rodeo. Ask anybody: If there is a front-runner in the race, it’s Romney. Of the other potential contenders who could be labeled as leading the pack, Sarah Palin is too divisive, the thinking goes, while Mike Huckabee can’t put enough money together. (By the way, does...
  • Karl Rove Now Openly Mocking Palin…

    02/28/2011 7:12:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 186 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | February 28, 2011
    Rove represents the worst of the elitist GOP establishment. Via NY Mag…One week before the 2010 midterm elections, Rove took aim at Sarah Palin, questioning the wisdom of her appearance on a reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, if she really wanted to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. Palin lacked the “gravitas” to be president, went a subhead in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph. Rove later tried wriggling out of his comments, as well as observations he made in a German magazine that tea-partiers weren’t “sophisticated,” being unfamiliar, as Rove was, with intellectuals like the economist Friedrich August von Hayek....
  • Palin Chief of Staff, Michael Glassner responds to Rove's comments in New York Magazine.

    02/28/2011 2:47:05 PM PST · by dalight · 67 replies ^ | 2/28/2011 | Ian Lazaran
    Her chief of staff provided the following statement to New York Magazine in response to Karl Rove: "Of all the potential candidates, Governor Palin would no doubt be the one desiring new energy and ideas…and, refreshingly, hiring advisers who aren’t entrenched in any political machine."