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Rove: From Post-Partisan to Most Partisan-Obama has energized his opponents by demonizing them
The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2010 | Karl Rove

Posted on 12/15/2010 5:44:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

'I'm itching for a fight on a whole range of issues." President Barack Obama made that threat last week as Congress moved to pass his bipartisan tax-cut compromise. Why was Mr. Obama so pugilistic?

It was partly to reassure unhappy Democratic liberals, especially bitter Democratic congressmen. Many are from gerrymandered districts where little news about the midterm elections has apparently penetrated.

But a scorched-earth policy doesn't make sense for the Obama White House. Independents voted Republican last month by a 59% to 38% margin not because they thought Mr. Obama too civil, his course too centrist, and his bipartisanship too energetic. In fact, they were sick of the administration's direction and tone. The increased number of Republicans in Congress next year will stop Mr. Obama's leftward policy march, whether he likes it or not. But only he can change his manner of speaking.

In his first two White House years, Mr. Obama has seemed incapable of constructing a positive narrative. Instead, he has appeared hard-wired to justify his policy choices by blaming savage evildoers for monstrous wrongs.

Mr. Obama fell into this habit early. He kicked off his drive to pass a stimulus on Jan. 8, 2009 by attacking the "profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to . . . Washington." In December of that year, during a "60 Minutes" interview, he lashed out at bankers making multimillion-dollar bonuses, saying "I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers on Wall Street."(continued)

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; backstabberrove; congress; fukr; karlrove; obama; rove4obama; rove4romneycare; tokyorove
Comments?
1 posted on 12/15/2010 5:44:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rove should mention the don;t ask and how it will destroy the country is repealed.
It’s republicans like him who are the cowards and appease the queers and why they are ruining this country


2 posted on 12/15/2010 5:50:13 PM PST by manc (FOX/media never mention the homo private who stole the secrets or show the homo agenda do they? mmm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this the Rove that bashed Christine O’donnell for senate in Delaware? I don’t follow him any more.


3 posted on 12/15/2010 5:51:11 PM PST by Benchim
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Karl Rove is a fracking idiot who should just STFU and GO AWAY. Damn "progressive" RINO!

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4 posted on 12/15/2010 5:51:39 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER OathKeeper III We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: Benchim

Odonnell, Palin, and many other conservatives. He does give nice speeches to La Raza though.


5 posted on 12/15/2010 5:52:28 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Rove deserves credit for energizing conservatives as well. A lot of us wanted to believe that Rove and his RINO herd were just misguided and inept. Mr. Rove has cleared that up for us.


6 posted on 12/15/2010 5:52:55 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Comments?”

Why yes, Rove is a NeoCon tool that should just go away and stop trying to manipulate the conservative base.


7 posted on 12/15/2010 5:54:35 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

(snip)Americans have come to expect the country’s chief executive to set the tone for our nation’s political discourse...

He has. Thanks to him we have reached a new low


8 posted on 12/15/2010 5:55:07 PM PST by fml
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From Post-Partisan to Most Partisan-Obama has energized his opponents by demonizing them

From non-muslim to uber-muslim, Obama has energized his opponents by telling them the truth.

9 posted on 12/15/2010 5:56:00 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rove is discredited.


10 posted on 12/15/2010 5:56:07 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve heard that Karl Rove eats babies.


11 posted on 12/15/2010 6:19:04 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Karl Rove is right. Obama has energized the conservatives in great numbers. He’s even made many people get involved for the first time.


12 posted on 12/15/2010 6:23:54 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear karl and the horse you rode in on.


13 posted on 12/15/2010 6:44:38 PM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s Tokyo Rove who paved the way for Soetoro. His 15 min are over. He put the stupid back in the stupid party.


14 posted on 12/15/2010 6:56:35 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: upsdriver

I didn’t like the way Karl Rove talked about Christine O’Donnell, but “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” We can’t afford to be purists. If Rove can weaken Obama or make his defeat in 2012 more likely, we should welcome his help. Just be wary.


15 posted on 12/15/2010 7:15:09 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

I know what you mean. I was angry with Rove for his dismissive attitude towards Christine O’Donnell but we need every soldier in this war to defeat the traitorous Democrats. We don’t need to kick people out of the party because every vote counts. What we need to do is win in the arena of ideas and put like minded people into positions of authority.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 7:29:49 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr Rove is a liability to the Republican party. The sooner he gets kicked off, the better.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 7:30:04 PM PST by Vincent Jappi (I love cats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s left that Obama can’t fluck the U.S. on? He’s done it all already.


18 posted on 12/15/2010 7:54:43 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Assault on America by Obama and his ilk, is right.


19 posted on 12/15/2010 7:57:00 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But only he can change his manner of speaking.

Yeah. I'm expecting the punk who literally "flipped off" opponents during public campaign speeches (and smirked at the reaction) to adopt a civil tone any decade now.


20 posted on 12/15/2010 11:39:12 PM PST by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: Vincent Jappi

And who is gonna kick Karl Rove out? You?

Why dont you go tell some Christians they aren’t Christian enough?

note :the stupidity of the Karl Rove hate fest goes on


21 posted on 12/15/2010 11:50:40 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie
snote :the stupidity of the Karl Rove hate fest goes on

Rove wore out his own welcome, and his butt-kicking is on merit.

All this RiNO stuff about being soft on the social issues goes all the way back to 1980 for all the crowd associated with Manor Bush.

22 posted on 12/16/2010 1:30:33 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Benchim
Christine had the right spirit, but not the right stuff. It not so much her fault but she was a big easy target for the Dems and the MSM. She would become a liability in a short time. She just needs some more experience and conditioning before she gets to the “bigs”.

We see can what a liability a thin resume can be by looking at the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.

23 posted on 12/16/2010 11:32:45 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: woofie

Mr Rove is an irresponsible backstabber, and he can’t draw the electoral consequences from the fact that there are twice as many conservatives as there are liberals.


24 posted on 12/23/2010 5:54:01 AM PST by Vincent Jappi (I love cats.)
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To: Vincent Jappi

BS


25 posted on 12/23/2010 9:01:21 PM PST by woofie
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