Republicans/conservatives scratching their heads about Karl Rove’s unrelenting attacks against Donald Trump should acquaint themselves with the shared history of Rove and current DNC interim chair Donna Brazile. It’s an interesting read which also details how Republicans/conservative leaders share culpability for electing Barack Obama.
Recently one of those culpable, Sean Hannity, apologized for participating in one of several ‘destroy Hillary Clinton, help Barack Obama’ efforts. Such Republicans/conservatives, along with the lunatic “demographic destiny” writers of the left are responsible for the harm currently afflicting this country. They helped nominate and elect the Chicago flim-flam man. They deserve Hellish miseries for the harm they have done.
Karl Rove, as Donald Trump delights in pointing out, is also responsible for helping elect Barack Obama. That harm was not only in his alliance with Donna Brazile but also in Rove’s foolish belief in his own infallibility. Rove in 2006 boasted he had “the math” but his math did not add up to victory.
By the end of 2008, Karl Rove and George W. Bush had so disgusted the country that much of the country, including rank and file Republicans, could not bear four more minutes of Republican rule. By the end of 2008 as the financial crisis hit, John McCain was leading in the polls. The financial crisis brought George W. Bush full time into American living rooms and that was a disaster John McCain could not overcome. Donald Trump recites this history and Karl Rove cannot handle the truth. Some Republicans/conservatives want to delude themselves that this is not an accurate view of history. But it is the truth.
Many Republicans/conservatives think George W. Bush was great and made the right decisions. That may or may not be but this is irrelevant to the current situation. The bottom line is that by the end of 2008 Americans were disgusted by George W. Bush. Karl Roves is doing everything he can to muddy up that relevant history.
In 2009, Barack Obama and his Dimocrats were riding high. They were high in the polls and spending Chinese money. Much of the Republican “leadership” was terrified by Obama. It took grassroots activists – the Tea Party – to lead the charge because the Republican “leadership” was adrift (our April 15, 2009 report is HERE). It was not Karl Rove who led the way forward for Republicans. It was the Tea Party and angry activists who took on Obama Dimocrats at town halls (notice the first Marie Antoinette mention by us HERE). It was the Tea Party not Karl Rove that fought back against Barack Obama.
It was the great unwashed who fought back and took control of their own fates. Karl Rove urged caution and railed against the “unsophisticated” Tea Party. Karl Rove is hated by the Tea Party and Karl Rove hates the Tea Party:
“Rove is the embodiment of everything the tea party resents. He supported Bush’s decision to bail out the banks in 2008, a major bone of contention with deficit hawks. And it was Rove, as White House political adviser, who pushed for some of the most expensive Bush programs, like the Medicare-prescription-drug bill, the passage of which cornered the troublesome State of Florida for Bush in 2004 but has already cost more than $1 trillion. The national debt nearly doubled under Bush, from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion. [snip]
Then the Brain picked another no-brainer. In Delaware, where Obama’s health-care bill polled relatively well compared with other states, Rove had been supportive of centrist Republican Mike Castle. Castle was soundly beaten in the primary by tea-party insurgent Christine O’Donnell, whose colorful past, including a dalliance with witchcraft, exploded in the media. Rove shocked fellow Republicans by attacking her candidacy on Fox News. “It does conservatives little good,” he said, “to support candidates who, at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for.”
Blowback was swift. A baffled Rush Limbaugh observed that if Rove “had just gotten this mad at Democrats during the Bush administration, why, who knows how things would be different today.”
But Rove was only ramping up. And when he swiped at the tea party in October, Limbaugh homed in like a laser on what he saw as Rove’s self-serving motives, saying that “nobody who makes a living generating political support, generating political donations, nobody in that business can point to the tea party and say, ‘I did it.’ So it’s a threat.”
Mike Huckabee, also expressing disappointment with Rove, went on a rant about GOP “elites” who were trying to keep out the riffraff.”
The “riffraff” are the leaders who took on Obama while Rove put his interests above all others. Karl Rove is doing it again. Rove knows Trump owes him nothing and will not listen to Rove. So Rove, instead of attacking Barack Obama, joins Obama Dimocrats in attacking Trump.
Last year the target for hatred of the Karl Rove establishment was Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was a threat to Rove which had to be neutralized:
“For the better part of a year, it’s been a truism that whoever wins the Republican nomination must somehow defeat, or at least co-opt, Sarah Palin or the forces that she represents. Rove took up the challenge both for tactical reasons and because Palin represents something dangerous to Karl Rove: political chaos.
“That’s the part that Karl doesn’t like,” says Tom Pauken, a conservative Republican in Texas who has been a longtime Bush antagonist and specifically a critic of Rove. “This whole tea-party thing, he can’t control.”
The Rove-Palin polarity isn’t just about ideology; it’s about the merger of politics and media, how it changes the form and function of politics itself and threatens to shift power away from power brokers like Karl Rove.”
Last year Karl Rove and his ilk were out to destroy Sarah Palin. They believe they have succeeded in that mission. This year the target of Karl Rove and his ilk is Donald Trump (who particularly is a threat because he encapsulates the “merger of politics and media”). Once Donald Trump, if ever, is dispatched the roving eye of Sauron will turn its attention to another Frodo.
Karl Rove wants to dictate to the riffraff Tea Party:
“The shock-news approach of Palin and Michele Bachmann and pretty much every other Fox News candidate, which pegs TV ratings to polling and, perhaps, to votes, is anti-Rovean, possibly post-Rovean. And Rove, being Rove, doesn’t believe in post-Rove. “Things don’t change abruptly in politics,” he says.
For the moment, with Palin’s star dimming, Rove is looking, for now, like a winner. The old ways, if he can help it, will stand. And this puts Rove in a place he dearly loves to be: not merely in a position of power but also on the high moral ground, a place of … Courage and Consequence.”
The article we quoted from above was published on March 7, 2011, barely a month ago – but a month can be a long time in politics. Between that March 7 and now came another candidate outside the Rove establishment. That candidate is Donald Trump – media, politics, celebrity – all in one.
Last year’s Sarah Palin/Tea Party versus Karl Rove stories became old hat the minute Donald Trump stepped up.
The Republican establishment as exemplified by Karl Rove and the pundit Mark Levin brigades are trying to preserve their influence and power as it slowly slips away to such seemingly polar opposites like Trump and the Tea Party. Rove and Levin are trying to do what Barack Obama and his henchmen tried to do starting in August 2009: shut down the Tea Party and those who appeal to these activists.
It’s not going to work. The Rove establishment and the Levin brigades want to destroy Donald Trump by employing the birth certificate issue. The problem with this tactic is that a great deal of Republican rank and file voters side with Trump. We’ve discussed this before and how Iowa voters agree with Trump but today the New York Times in a poll asks “Was President Obama born in the U.S.?” 47% of Republicans answer “NO”. The response from Rove and Levin and the Republican establishment is “shut up teabaggers.”
Karl Rove and the Mark Levin brigades want to “fleebag” the birth certificate issue. They don’t want to discuss why Obama does not simply produce the long-form birth certificate and other documents to definitively answer the questions. The issue of the Barack Obama birth certificate is not going away. Even the New York Times is forced to discuss it with a degree of seriousness today:
“But what had been a wispy tale of purportedly buried documents and cover-ups, dismissed by many mainstream members of both parties, now appears to have legs as the political season lurches toward 2012. Debates in state capitols have been reframed in the dry language of good government — a simple effort to clear the air, supporters say, for confused voters. And because many of the bills failed this year, supporters are renewing their legislative battle plan for next year, when it would be debated in the heart of a presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump, the real estate developer who hints at presidential ambitions, has kept the issue alive, suggesting in recent interviews that he is unsure about Mr. Obama’s bona fides. Divergent views among Republican governors have heightened a new sense of debate. After Ms. Brewer vetoed the Arizona bill, for example, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a Republican, said he would sign a similar bill enthusiastically, should it reach his desk.
Here in Oklahoma, where Mr. Obama won just over a third of the vote in 2008 — one of his worst state losses — Senate Bill 91 passed last month with overwhelming and even bipartisan support. People in both parties say they are confident that the House will go along by its deadline next week (though the bill would need to return to the Senate for a procedural vote). After that, lawmakers said they assumed that Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, would sign it. A spokesman for Ms. Fallin said the governor would not comment until the bill was on her desk and she could review it.
Legislators backing credentials bills in other states are closely watching what happens here, and said success in even one place would be a victory for all.
“If one state passes, and the Obama administration basically ignores the requirement and does not qualify for the ballot in that state, that would send a very strong signal that we have a situation in the United States where someone who is not eligible is occupying the White House,” said Mark Hatfield, a Republican state representative in Georgia whose ballot bill failed to get through. If Oklahoma does not go forward, and an override of Ms. Brewer’s veto in Arizona does not materialize, Mr. Hatfield said, “then other states, including Georgia, have a duty to step up.”
Democrats in Oklahoma, meanwhile, were divided. The minority floor leader in the House, for example, Chuck Hoskin, said he would probably vote yes. Asked in an interview whether he was concerned about embarrassing the leader of his own party, Mr. Hoskin said he thought Mr. Obama’s failure to win over Oklahomans in 2008 was the real embarrassment.
“The current president failed to carry even one of the 77 counties,” he said. “Which is more embarrassing — to have a law passed requiring a birth certificate, or not being able to win one of 77 counties?”
The birth certificate legislation in state after state is increasingly serious and must be addressed by the Republican establishment and the Mark Levin brigades with calls for Obama to produce the documentation requested:
“Some lawmakers elsewhere around the country said the fight to clarify the rules, whether sparked by birther talk or not, was overdue. They said that doubt among voters over whether candidates are what they represent themselves to be was a growing problem, dangerous for democracy.”
Even as the New York Times is forced to take the birth certificate matter seriously, Barack Obama websites are in a panic and shutting down discussions of the matter:
“At first I found Trump funny, I thought he was mocking all the tea baggers.
Then Trump released a certificate of live birth and was ridiculed by politico for releasing the same thing as Obama. i.e hypocritical.
Then Politico said Trump was ineligible because he was not a natural born citizen due to Trumps mother being scottish, however they retracted this and stated he was eligible because his mother became a citizen prior to Donalds birth. i.e both parents were citizens at time of birth, in NYC. So Trump is natural born.
To be eligible to be president you must be 35, and a natural born citizen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Born_Citizen_claus…
I was just looking at Obamas wikipedia page and his father was kenyan and not an American citizen.
Look I think this birth certificate thing is crazy. But it is possible that the man is ineligible. I believe he is a citizen, I believe he was born in hawaii. But a technicality may become a problem.
My question is this: 1. Is this being done on purpose? 2. Is donald working on the inside to expose this(he was a hillary supporter) 3. What will we do?
I am sorry I cracked, I am getting bombarded from everywhere on this issue. Its nonstop in the news and now friends and family are talking about it.
I did some research to educate myself so I could debate it, but I am now left in doubt. I am actually scared by this proposition. I voted and volunteered for the man and feel that I am being conned. Donald Trump noway is the next president. Is this so we primary Obama? I hope that is the worst that happens.”
The discussion on the Obama websites is causing a run on Hopium stores and bringing up the name of Hillary:
“I am keeping my fingers crossed that he is doing this just for ratings or that he is doing it to primary Obama. Trump is a huge Hillary supporter. I don’t see Trump as a rethug. I think he is a moderate democrat. He is friends with loads of Democrats. My hope is that he is doing this for Hillary. I am concerned that the Koch brothers or some other corporate conmen got to Trump and are paying him for this. I would be so upset if this becomes reality.”
Why are Republicans/conservatives so worried about Trump when he is causing more primary Obama talk? The birth certificate discussions on Obama websites will continue, the natural born citizen clause will be discussed, until they are summarily blocked by the Mark Levins of the left.
Big Media meanwhile along with Republican/conservative websites chortled yesterday and said “see, we told you – the Donald Trump rise in the polls is all due to name recognition and that there is so much coverage of Donald Trump.” The high-fives were all due to a Pew poll celebrated by Big Media:
“A latter-day P.T. Barnum with an insatiable appetite for attention and a knack for getting it,Trump has capitalized on two defining and interrelated features of the political-media landscape in the Obama era — the symbiosis between political provocateurs and traffic-conscious news organizations and the rise of a conservative constituency that hungers for voices that will attack President Obama in sharp and unapologetic terms.
“Nobody I know in the real world of politics takes this seriously, but in the world of 24-7 cable and the Internet, there is a mutual dependency because he tops the charts,” Frank Sesno, director of the school of media and public affairs at The George Washington University and a former CNN Washington bureau chief, said of Trump. “He’s quotable, he’s funny, he’s outrageous and he’s unpredictable.”
Added Sesno: “It just shows how weird the world is that channels that have the word ‘news’ in their name would consider a Trump candidacy credible.”
Bias much? The same Big Media that swooned over celebrity Obama and protected celebrity Obama is now complaining that a celebrity might run to be president. The same pundits and Big Media shouting “name recognition” somehow missed when Trump was down in the polls. What has gotten Trump attention is what he is saying not “name recognition”.
The civility demanded by Big Media now evaporates in ad hominum attacks on Donald Trump. Instead of whining about Donald Trump, isn’t it time that idiots like Michelle Bachman (who talks birth certificate but is too uninformed or too cowardly to make sense) and other Republicans running for president campaign with seriousness and purpose.
The Donald Trump hates is only beginning to ramp up as narrative after narrative fail to derail him.
Charles Krauthammer called Donald Trump an “Al Sharpton” but now even Krauthammer is shifting away from the previously approved “publicity stunt” narrative. All it took was one phone call from Donald Trump.
The “publicity stunt” narrative against Donald Trump is increasingly shrill and delusional. South Carolina Governor (a woman, young, and Indian-American) Nikki Haley stabbed at that narrative yesterday:
“COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has called South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and is serious about a White House bid, the Republican governor said Wednesday.
“Anybody that thinks he’s doing this for name recognition – that’s just not true. He’s very serious about it and he’s convinced he can win,” Haley said. [snip]
Don’t just go to GOP clubs. Go to everybody because that was the key to my success,” Haley said. “And if you are going to come in with your typical consultant and do your normal presidential campaigning, you’re not going to win.”
Are you listening Karl Rove?