It Takes A Family

We usually do not post Ripublican news stories – not yet. This is our first Ripublican article ever. Only after the Democratic Party nominee is officially chosen will we begin to examine the Ripublican offering. We wait with anticipation for the day when we can compare the Democratic Party nominee and her excellent record with the Ripublican candidate and his flawed record and history.

That said there are two Ripublican related news items we thought are worthy of note today.

Item 1: After a sixth place finish in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, Tommy Thompson, the four-term governor of Wisconsin and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said he was ending his presidential bid.

Tommy Thompson quitting the race means that Iowa has taken down at least 1 candidate. We don’t know if after the new primary/caucus schedule is announced Iowa will still command this type of clout. For the time being: Iowa 1. Will Iowa get to knock out the next Thompson (Fred)?

Item 2: Karl Rove, a political adviser to President George W. Bush and a lightning rod for anger among Democrats, will leave the White House at the end of this month, Rove told the Wall Street Journal.

“I just think it’s time,” Rove said in an interview with the newspaper published on Monday.

“There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.

We were never impressed with Karl Rove and never understood the fear Democrats had for the plump “Bush Brain”. Rove’s laughable theories about realignment, McKinley, and Bush as a transformational figure always struck us as deluded. Why the news media ever gave him credit especially after the 2000 election mess he mastermined is a mystery. But this is good news. It is further proof of the unraveling Bush occupancy of the White House.

We do love the “for the sake of my family” excuse. Ripublicans always use the “family” excuse. Some day soon we will get the real reason Rove was pushed out or was convinced to leave.

For the first time ever, good news from the Bush occupied White House.

We always knew that to get Karl Rove out – It Takes A Family.

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19 thoughts on “It Takes A Family

  1. yup, becuase obama is a sure loser in the fall, that’s why rove will be there for mr. pretender(d-rezko)

  2. YES. Earvin Johnson is backing Hillary Clinton!!!

    Hillary Clinton will work a little magic – fund-raising style – at a star-studded upcoming Los Angeles event at the home of former NBA star, businessman and philanthropist Earvin (Magic) Johnson.

    “We need a winner as our next President of the United States – someone that can help realistically improve relations in the world, someone that will work to provide affordable and accessible health care, and someone that is simply a strong leader,” Johnson said in a campaign statement. “I know that’s Hillary Clinton.”

    Also helping Clinton haul in the cash at the $1,000-a-ticket Sept. 14 bash will be music mogul Quincy Jones, who endorsed Clinton last month, Motown founder Berry Gordy and former Motown Chairman Clarence Avant.

  3. WOOP!!! a big endorement from magic. good scoop kostner. i know the obama camp would have loved to get that endoresment. GO HILLARY GO!!!!!

  4. He (turd blossom) will most certainly be behind the scenes attacking democrats as usual. And isn’t it wonderful to receive Magic Johnson’s endorsement? Sweeeeet!

  5. Boy, talk about typical Rovian behavior. He uses the publicity of his resignation to get in a slam towards Hillary. And he leaves it unclear enough (using the phrase “fatally flawed”) to ensure that it catches attention and gets airtime and discussion.

    Here is an article from last year on Rove’s obsession with Hillary. Apparently he considers her “cautious and liberal” which to him I guess are fatal flaws.

    http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-ushill284644408feb28,0,2823917.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-print

  6. A long profile on Obama’s campaign is now out on ‘GQ’. I don’t have time and patience to read even a portion, but the most telling part is this:

    How, then, to close the Gap? In the press, an idea was starting to gel that Obama was all style and no substance. John Edwards was defining his campaign by its big ideas (universal health insurance, withdrawal from Iraq, a new war against poverty), and Hillary was defining hers by her mastery of policy and, as she repeatedly says, how she is “ready” to be president. Obama’s stump speeches, however, highlighted a vague message of hope. At the February meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a venue that attracted all of the presidential candidates and most of the Washington, D.C., press corps, Obama gave a speech in which he said, “There are those who don’t believe in talking about hope. They say, ‘Well, we want specifics, we want details, and we want white papers. We want plans.’ We’ve had a lot of plans, Democrats. What we’ve had is a shortage of hope.” Afterwards, the press criticized the speech as yet more feel-good ambiguity. Obama, rather than having a knee-jerk response to the negative reaction and changing his tack, instead later added to his regular stump speech a mocking reference to reporters who dismiss him as nothing more than a “hopemonger.”

    What the press didn’t know is that Obama’s resistance to becoming a candidate of white papers had a strategic logic. As his pollsters had clearly divined, if the campaign hinged on who had the best health care plan or who better understood the minutiae of tax policy, then Obama was toast. That was the contest Hillary was hoping to have. To close the Gap, Obama’s senior strategists decided he had to make the campaign a more high-minded argument about political reform. “He’s got a legislative record, both in Illinois and in Washington, in health care, energy, education, foreign policy,” Plouffe told me. “But the truth is, our campaign will not be defined by that.” When Obama ran his first TV advertisements in Iowa, they didn’t even mention that he was a United States senator.

  7. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch an initial round of television ads in Iowa where polls have shown her in a close race with rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards, a source familiar with the campaign’s strategy told The Associated Press Monday.

    Former Gov. Tom Vilsack, who endorsed Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination after dropping out of the 2008 race, will unveil the new commercials at a news conference, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting Vilsack’s announcement.

    The move intensifies Clinton’s campaign for the state’s caucuses and comes on the eve of her latest campaign swing through the state. Obama is already airing commercials in the state, and the Democratic candidates are descending upon Iowa for photo-friendly appearances at the Iowa State Fair, a high-profile convention of the Iowa Federation of Labor and next weekend’s debate sponsored by ABC.

  8. Kostner, those Hillary ads are probably not the beginning of the televised ad campaign. Obama has already been advertising in Iowa and Edwards is starting his weeklong bus tour of Iowa. The debate this Sunday is in Iowa. These ads might just be debate related and not the beginning of the real paid media campaign. We’ll know soon enough and in either case Labor Day, the traditional start of campaigns, is almost here.

  9. i hope she holds off on the ads. she is in a dead heat in iowa. maybe a little ahead. hold fire until she really has to. now she don’t.

  10. If Hillary stays within the margin of error without tv ads,
    then she should wait until well into september or later.

  11. Kegs, Hillary waited pretty long to start advertising in Iowa, certainly much later than Obama and Edwards. I’m OK with it, because her campaign knows what it’s doing.

    BTW, I love the Magic Johnson endorsement!

  12. The Hillary for Iowa ad is awesome! Thanks, for posting it, Kostner!

    Also, Magic IS MAGIC…sez alot without having to say it outloud… Whatever this Obama character is selling, Magic’s not buying into it atall..

    thanks all for the informative commentary!

    Mrs. S.

  13. Kostner, there is a line in the John Wayne western El Dorado, which pretty much sums up Obama’s problem: “Hope can move mountains but it can’t beat a faster draw”. Nor can it supplant the country’s need for competent, experienced leadership.

  14. Kostner: I love the posting from the GQ article, they in it basically came out and said they loose on policy and who is better qualified. A bit mind blowing really, that they just flat out would admit such a thing.
    I mean we all knew, but that they would join us in reality is suprising.

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