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Karl Rove Tries To Sabotage Newt’s Iowa Surge
Talking Points Memo ^ | 12-6-2011 | Pema Levy

Posted on 12/07/2011 11:24:44 AM PST by TitansAFC

Karl Rove isn’t officially affiliated with any of the GOP candidates, but if you listen to him, it’s becoming increasingly clear he has a favorite. We’re not the first to notice, but Karl Rove seems firmly in the Mitt Romney camp. What’s more, he’s goes on TV a lot to lob attacks at just about every other candidate.

Rove has taken a stab at just about every candidate other than Romney, and on Tuesday it was Newt Gingrich’s turn. With multiple polls showing Newt Gingrich surging in Iowa, Rove took to Fox News, to undermined the former speaker:

“If in the polls newt is leading by 10 or 11 or 12 points going into the Iowa caucuses and doesn’t win by that margin people are going to say, well, he didn’t meet his mark. That is a challenge for somebody who has not built organization.”Basically, Rove is framing the Iowa caucuses in such a way that, even if Newt wins, a victory by less than 10 points is interpreted as a loss. Rove’s point is that Gingrich has “momentum” but no “organization,” which means he is likely to underperform relative to his poll numbers, and thus that he’s all fluff. If Newt does win Iowa on January 3, expect Rove back on TV making the same argument.

Add Tuesday’s appearance to a long list of attacks against everyone but Mitt that TPM has been tracking for months now. As each candidate rises and falls, Rove is there to swat them away.

Since Newt’s rise, Rove has dedicated the last week or so to naming Newt’s flaws. Way back in October, and well before the infamous Libya flub, he questioned whether Herman Cain was “up to the task.” And when Rick Perry was considered a serious threat to Romney, Rove was quick to point out that Perry’s position on Social Security, which he called a Ponzi scheme, was politically “toxic.” (Rove would know, seeing as he was an adviser to Bush when he tried to privatize Social Security, but that’s beside the point). Perry was up-and-coming, and Rove tried to scare supporters away.

It’s one thing for Donald Trump to play Republican king-maker, but Rove’s approval comes with a lot of cash. Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romney’s own super PAC, Restore Our Future — a connection that both Crossroads and Romney’s camp has denied is meaningful. Either way, the Rove primary is an important one to win, and while Gingrich may be surging in Iowa and South Carolina, it seems he’s got a long way to go on this one.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; backstabberrove; gingrich; karlrove; newt; romney; rove; rove4obama; rove4romney; rove4soros; tokyorove
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1 posted on 12/07/2011 11:24:51 AM PST by TitansAFC
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Newt Ping!


2 posted on 12/07/2011 11:25:28 AM PST by TitansAFC (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are not your enemies, my fellow Freepers!)
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To: TitansAFC

Just go away, turd blossom.


3 posted on 12/07/2011 11:28:41 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: TitansAFC
Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romney’s own super PAC

And that tells you all you need to know...

4 posted on 12/07/2011 11:30:57 AM PST by apillar
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To: TitansAFC

***Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romney’s own super PAC, Restore Our Future.***

Restore our Future? ROF?? (time travel?)

Don’t these Political Action Committees have to sponsor a specific candidate or platform in order to collect money?


5 posted on 12/07/2011 11:32:41 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newter the Democrats and newtralize the RINOS - the Senate, House & WHouse)
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To: TitansAFC

Who ever Rove is for I am against. He should flush himself down the toilet and do us all a favor.


6 posted on 12/07/2011 11:34:12 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: TitansAFC

Rove EARNED his “conservative” cred
by being the hatchetman for Romney and the DNC.


7 posted on 12/07/2011 11:35:00 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: TitansAFC

I don’t think Karl is as popular as he might think, so this may just backfire on him/Romney.


8 posted on 12/07/2011 11:35:00 AM PST by izzatzo ( Anybody but Obamney and Huntsman.)
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To: TitansAFC

Rove. A fallen star...


9 posted on 12/07/2011 11:41:24 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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If I knew nothing about Mitt, knowing he’s Rove’s fav would be all I need to know. *flush*


10 posted on 12/07/2011 11:44:17 AM PST by Hayride
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To: izzatzo

I don’t think Karl is as popular as he might think, so this may just backfire on him/Romney.


Agree. If anyone sinks Newt’s run it will Newt’s own pasted history and the peoples rejection of it. Not something done or said by some talking head.


11 posted on 12/07/2011 11:44:29 AM PST by deport
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To: TitansAFC

While Rove continues his attacks, the left is gearing up to finish Newt off. If you’ve got the stomach, read Roger Simon’s vile attack in politico. The first of a title wave. I dislike Newt but no one merits such a simpering, arrogant blast as Simons. There will be no open and free election in 2012.


12 posted on 12/07/2011 11:51:16 AM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: JimSEA

Title should be tidal.


13 posted on 12/07/2011 11:53:08 AM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: TitansAFC
Bush, Rove, Romney are all the same.

And remember Bush & Rove supported KBH's bid to unseat Rick Perry as Governor.

Rove was attacking Perry over the ranch rock when his poll numbers were up.

So Team Bush is squarely behind Willard.

14 posted on 12/07/2011 11:56:18 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: TitansAFC
Rove, you magnificent stupid bastard.
15 posted on 12/07/2011 11:56:41 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: TitansAFC

Karl Rove the Architect who turned landslide election victories into nail-biters.


16 posted on 12/07/2011 11:57:03 AM PST by N. Theknow (Obama - 5 letters; loser - 5 letters; poser - 5 letters; cheat - 5 letters; idiot - 5 letters)
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To: TitansAFC

Still pushing hard for slick Mit the Mormon I see?


17 posted on 12/07/2011 11:57:27 AM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: TitansAFC

Narcissistic Sabotaging Punk Poofter

18 posted on 12/07/2011 12:00:23 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: TitansAFC

Rove speaks of organization but he has no legitimate way to measure the heart of true conservatives who will crawl across broken glass to prevent Romney from getting the moticvation. The coalescing behind Gingrich overpowers the organizational weaknesses Rove perceives.


19 posted on 12/07/2011 12:01:12 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: Diogenesis

I don’t think Rove really supports Romney. I think he backs him as the Dole of this cycle who will pave the way for Jeb Bush in 2016, his real(and the Bush family’s and the establishment’s) objective.


20 posted on 12/07/2011 12:03:40 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

To prevent Romney from getting the NOMINATION. One shouldn’t type and talk on the phone at the same time.


21 posted on 12/07/2011 12:04:03 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: TitansAFC

Taking Newt out of the equation for a moment... As one who worked on a several major Republican campaigns during the Bush-43 years I can say first hand that Rove has nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives.


22 posted on 12/07/2011 12:09:19 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: TitansAFC
Many have said this election is going to be a referendum on Obama. But, it could also be a referendum on Karl Rove.

I'd hope it could be a referendum on the beltway, but the way the polls are going that ain't going to happen. Newt is an idea man but, he is not about to rock the beltway boat. He'd be hugging Nancy again in a matter of weeks, I fear.

23 posted on 12/07/2011 12:16:33 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: TitansAFC

Everytime I see his bloated RINO face, I get sick. Please join your buddy David Gergen and get a job at CNN.


24 posted on 12/07/2011 12:19:08 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: TitansAFC

Remember how furious the arrogant, pompous Rove was when O’Connell beat the establishment republican, Castle to run against Coons? the republican party would not give her any funding...she was the Tea Party Candidate and Rove is anti Tea Party.
Rove wants Romney and is shocked at how well Newt is doing without the big bucks Romney has...I am fed up with Fox News


25 posted on 12/07/2011 12:19:26 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: TitansAFC

FUKR!


26 posted on 12/07/2011 12:25:28 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: TitansAFC

Rove is a hired campaign manager.

If grass roots can be done for free.

who needs “a Rove”, just like the internet exposed the fake reporters of the newspapers, the grassroots have negated the need for “any rove”.

this is a personal turf war


27 posted on 12/07/2011 12:35:05 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TitansAFC
Karl "TOKYO" Rove says it all.
28 posted on 12/07/2011 12:36:55 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: TitansAFC
Rove....you magnificent evil, conniving, clueless bastard! Just STFU and go somewhere by yourself, in fact, take your elitist Rino friends & Romney with you! Just STFU!
29 posted on 12/07/2011 12:37:35 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: TitansAFC

30 posted on 12/07/2011 12:38:19 PM PST by Scythian
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To: TitansAFC

If Rove is so good, how did GWB go from a lead in the polls to losing the popular vote in 2000?


31 posted on 12/07/2011 12:47:22 PM PST by Daveinyork
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To: TitansAFC

Karl Rove is a damn fool.


32 posted on 12/07/2011 12:50:29 PM PST by Logical me
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To: April Lexington; Hayride
Rove. A fallen star...

Colin Powell, Peggy Noonan, and George Will are saving a seat at the table. They're hoping the architect claims it before Christie shows up and eats all the pie.

33 posted on 12/07/2011 12:52:09 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: TitansAFC; All

ahahah - I am SO enjoying the meltdown of the EILER&F club:
Establishment Ivy League Elitist Republicans & Friends -

Along with Tokyo Rove, there’s Wills, Kraughthammer, Coulter - and even Greta seems to be nervous - et al.

They never envisioned a time they would not be the ruling cabal that decides who our candidates will be.

I love the new look on Romney’s face. The plastic smile in the blank face has turned into a deer-in-the-headlights look with a “But but - it’s MY TURN!” confusion.

They are all staring irrelevancy in the face. The bubble is leaking out of their champagne. Panic is setting in and becoming palpable.

and now, today, the ACU has endorsed the Trump debate AND McCain has endorsed Romney. One-two punch.

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/trump-debate-iowa-conservative/2011/12/06/id/420152?s=al&promo_code=DA96-1

I’m buying stock in popcorn.

I’m actually smiling these days.


34 posted on 12/07/2011 1:03:43 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
hee hee - been there, done that - but we read what you meant, not what you typed


35 posted on 12/07/2011 1:08:56 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: rcrngroup

Rove....you magnificent evil, conniving, clueless bastard! Just STFU and go somewhere by yourself, in fact, take your elitist Rino friends & Romney with you! Just STFU!


Well said!


36 posted on 12/07/2011 1:16:57 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: April Lexington

Who even listens to that troll anymore?


37 posted on 12/07/2011 1:35:38 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Old Sarge

You should have the Moderator delete that remark. Its not appropriate here! Not cute at all.


38 posted on 12/07/2011 5:39:15 PM PST by jaycee ((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.")))
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To: TitansAFC
Rove is a POS and a dishonest broker given that he has American Crossroads that plans to back or maybe has already backed on of the candidates.

Rove is anti-TEA Party. He was always bashing Sarah Palin. He hates independent thinkers and fighters, so naturally Newt is in his cross-hair.

Like Trump said, "Rove is highly overrated and basically a loser."

39 posted on 12/07/2011 7:20:12 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Syncro

LOLOLOLOLOL.

Lily white legs!!!


40 posted on 12/07/2011 7:21:36 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: onyx
If you think Rove is a dip****, watch the replay of Hannity tonight with Tucker Carlson on it towards the end.

If I could have reached through the TV and grabbed that little twerp..............

Think even Hannity had enough of him.

41 posted on 12/07/2011 7:35:28 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

OKAY! I didn’t watch Hannity tonight. I will watch the replay.


42 posted on 12/07/2011 8:23:39 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: The Cajun

I mean, I switched channels right after Sarah’s segment to watch Criminal Minds.


43 posted on 12/07/2011 8:25:10 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: The Cajun

Poofter Tucker Carlson is quite full of himself now that he is no longer a liberal on MSNBC, and is now a dyed-in-the-wool pseudo conservative on dyed-in-the-wool pseudo conservative Fox News Channel.

And of course is now a serious journalist what with his Daily Gleener web site.

(His face seems to always be saying “take me seriously-—PLEASE!” LOL)

Wow Hannity got bugged by him? Cool!


44 posted on 12/07/2011 8:30:32 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: TitansAFC

screw you, Rove. I detest you.


45 posted on 12/07/2011 8:32:01 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: TitansAFC

So, if Newt win by a greater margin then 10 points, you’ll tell Romney to concede, Rove puke?


46 posted on 12/07/2011 8:34:38 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: onyx
I switched channels right after Sarah’s segment to watch Criminal Minds.

Sarah did look *more herself* tonight, saw a little of the sparkle, smile and upbeatness that was missing in the last interview.

Only watch the *Tucker* part if you want to get mad, LOL.

47 posted on 12/07/2011 8:35:09 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: apillar
Rove runs the super PAC American Crossroads, which shares a board member with Romney’s own super PAC

And that tells you all you need to know...

Exactly right!

p.s. What exactly will Wall Street Romney do about the Federal Reserve?

48 posted on 12/07/2011 8:37:32 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Syncro
Wow Hannity got bugged by him? Cool!

Hannity ain't the only one that got bugged by the little twerp.

He is 110% in Mittens corner and isn't bashful about it.

49 posted on 12/07/2011 8:39:26 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

I DESPISE Tucker Carlson, so I’ll watch it.

:)


50 posted on 12/07/2011 8:44:37 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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