Conservatives continue digging their own grave. It's sad. It's disastrous for America.
Quite frankly, as long as conservative Americans continue supporting anyone on TV who claims to be "conservative," like Karl Rove, there simply is no hope.
Karl Rove is not a conservative. Karl Rove is a progressive in conservative clothing. Serious conservatives would do well by distancing themselves as far away as possible from this kook who makes a mockery of meaningful conservatism, calling him out for what he is ... but I won't hold my breath.
Blood was spilled three weeks ago when Christine O’Donnell beat centrist Republican Mike Castle in Delaware’s GOP primary. Long suspicious of the Tea Party challenge to Republican regulars, former Bush advisor and current FOX News contributor Karl Rove attacked O’Donnell as someone who says a lot of “nutty things” and whose background raises “serious questions.” According to Rove, the politically naive and dangerously eccentric O’Donnell jeopardizes November’s expected GOP takeover.
Rove was repeating with emphasis what National Review, Charles Krauthammer, and The Wall Street Journal had already suggested: The GOP should not venture too far from the center in capitalizing on popular anger against the Obama Administration. These “moderates” were ecstatically high on the Bush Administration before it fell apart. What they wish for is a more successful second act for Bush Two, a Republican government that would favor corporate interests while pursuing a liberal internationalist foreign policy.
By any honest assessment, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the rest of their ilk, are Big Government Progressives. But let's face it, honesty rarely gets in the way of electoral politics. In allowing them to continue their charade of representing conservatism, we help render the word (and movement) meaningless.
Properly instructed conservatives gush over Rove’s conservative credentials when they’re not talking about his strategic brilliance. Rush Limbaugh ... has praised Rove’s presumed principled conservatism.
On September 15, Bill O’Reilly tried to get Sarah Palin to admit that “Rove is every bit as conservative as you and Christine O’Donnell.” O’Reilly also tried to coax Palin into conceding that Rove was right that Delaware’s GOP voters should have backed the “moderate conservative Castle,” not the “unpredictable O’Donnell.” O’Reilly ... made it seem shameful that one would dare question any of this.
To put it bluntly, there is no evidence that Rove is a resourceful electoral strategist or a conservative of any kind.
Right. The only thing Karl Rove ever "accomplished," was to turn the movement that won in 1994 on a strictly limited government platform, into the largest expansion of government in history prior to Obama. Yes. "Political genius" Karl Rove did nothing but spit on Ronald Reagan's grave!
Yet, "conservatives" react like Pavlov's dog to every word he says?
But Rove has never stood for a right-wing ideology. In fact, his primary role as Bush’s advisor was to get the GOP to reach out to minorities via subprime loans for Hispanics. He also worked to naturalize illegals and supported Affirmative Action programs targeted at Hispanics.
[H]e was and is effective in going after money from corporations, most recently through his fundraising organization American Crossroads. But that hardly qualifies Rove as a right-winger. The Clintons and Obama have been equally good at soliciting money from the rich.
There is, however, something particularly unsettling about the fundraising frenzy in which Rove has been involved at least since April ... Collected mostly through American Crossroads, the donations became vital to the GOP ... By now Rove has achieved his goal, as the bowing and scraping to him on FOX fully shows. Funds raised are serving his personal purposes but also the political direction that Rove helped give the Bush Administration.
For those of you more interested in electoral politics than philosophy (I understand), Bush's "compassionate conservatism" was/is a progressive (aka leftwing) ideology. Also keep in mind, Karl Rove's hero is Progressive Party candidate Teddy Roosevelt.
So, unless you want a "progressive" government, you should steer clear of Karl Rove and his ilk. See also: Republicans' Progressive Roots.
Rove has no respect for you either. He says you'll vote his way "no matter what."
Although Rove would like to keep the religious right in the big tent, he rarely disguises what he thinks about this constituency. In 2008 he stated on FOX that there is no need for a noticeably religious candidate for president: “The religious right will vote for the GOP no matter what.” For anyone who reads Rove’s memoirs, it would be hard not to notice his lack of religious fervor. Why he’s also a Republican as opposed to a Democrat is an open question.
Karl Rove should be a Democrat. But that would require honesty.
His autobiography, which the GOP and movement conservative foundations have tirelessly hawked, Courage and Consequence, includes two errors in the title. Rove has rarely exhibited “courage,” and certainly not as a “conservative,” and if he has incurred consequences for anything, it has not been for his courage or conservatism.
Conservatives still have some serious soul searching to do as the question remains ... Do you want to simply beat the Democrats, or do you want to defeat progressivism altogether and turn this country around?
Because if it's progressivism you want to beat, it's imperative to distance yourself as far away from hypocrites like Karl Rove as possible. But if all you want to do is beat the Democrats, I must ask ... what's the point?