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How Karl Rove, Inc. wasted conservative donorsí $300 million
World Tribune ^ | 11/15/12 | Larry Ward & Carter Clews

Posted on 11/16/2012 1:31:21 PM PST by lward99

Oddly enough, perhaps the biggest loser in last week’s Republican debacle wasn’t even on the ballot. He didn’t shake a single hand, nuzzle the napes of any newborn babes or promise eager voters pie in the sky or peace on Earth. His name was Karl Rove. And all he actually did was squander a staggering $300 million by backing candidates who turned winnable races into laughable routs, producing tepid ads transforming would-be zealots into couch potatoes and firmly establishing himself as the political world’s pre-eminent empty-suit analyst.

Perhaps even worse, he set himself up as the clearinghouse for wealthy conservative donors, hand-picking which candidates and super PACs to support and which to send away empty-handed. He convinced the GOP’s high-dollar donors that he alone was the “almighty architect” — the “Rovitect,” as it were — who could single-handedly end President Obama’s reign.

In so doing, he confirmed, as Bernie Madoff proved, that it is easy to con the wealthy 1 percent out of their fortunes if you claim to be an expert and create your own echo chamber.

(Excerpt) Read more at worldtribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 300million; americancrossroads; crossroads; donors; failure; grifter; karlrove; loser; teaparty
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1 posted on 11/16/2012 1:31:28 PM PST by lward99
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To: lward99

Rove was scum 10 years ago. Amazing how many FReepers used to rave about Rove. Then again, they did with Christie, then Rubio...then....


2 posted on 11/16/2012 1:35:52 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

... but... but... “unskewedpolls.com!” “Dick Morris!” “Karl Rove’s Marvelous, Magical White Board!” “MODERATES — !!!” ;)


3 posted on 11/16/2012 1:38:05 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I've never considered Rove anymore than an overweight wannabe....

why Hannity has him on his show is bewildering...

but for all practical purposes, the election was stolen....rigged....so all this hand wringing is just a side attraction....

everyone knows in their heart that Romney won this election, handily....

4 posted on 11/16/2012 1:38:45 PM PST by cherry
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To: stephenjohnbanker

.....then Romney....


5 posted on 11/16/2012 1:38:50 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: lward99

The “biggest loser” was the American taxpayer. Karl Rove made out like a bandit. Boggles my mind that he raised $300 million - love to see who got the placement commissions for the ads, the contracts to design them, etc., etc. His chubby fingers got something, I have to believe. The article’s analogy to Bernie Madoff is spot on.


6 posted on 11/16/2012 1:39:03 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: lward99

” And there is one more thing the Rovitects did all too well: By persuading the candidates he bankrolled to run from conservative principles rather than on them, Mr. Rove thoroughly alienated evangelicals, Tea Party activists, a legion of young Ron Paulists and just about everyone else who might have provided GOP candidates a decisive edge had they been given even the slightest reason to go to the polls.”

If Rove isn’t on the DNC payroll, shame on him!


7 posted on 11/16/2012 1:39:29 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Yes, remember all that ‘Magnificent Bastard’ talk?

Many of us dropped the ‘magnificent’ part from day one.

And BTW, I know where that “then Rubio..., then...” was headed, and I am in total agreement.


8 posted on 11/16/2012 1:39:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Yeah......


9 posted on 11/16/2012 1:41:12 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: lward99

Rove is part of the insider dead wood that the party has to remove if it wants to actually win again, and not simply be a minor opposition party.


10 posted on 11/16/2012 1:41:14 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: lward99
This is far too complimentary.

He "lead" the country to slaughter, did alright for himself in the process, and now gets paid to comment on the results of his failure.

He epitomizes a Lost party, lead by losers, chasing failure...and catching it. Woohoo...who wants to be a republican???

Now can we have a party that people want to be a part of and fight for or do you still prefer the compromise with a greater evil so they'll like us party?

Have you gotten tired of having your values made fun of and your contributions taken for granted by a party that never liked you nor their most successful candidate?

11 posted on 11/16/2012 1:43:20 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: DoughtyOne

” Yes, remember all that ‘Magnificent Bastard’ talk?”

I remember too well. I always posted “Delete Magnificent”


12 posted on 11/16/2012 1:43:33 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker
For my take on Rove, years ago:

Karl Rove--Dysron, Quack or Mole, and links to other articles with that one. The man is utterly clueless how to actually lead people to a correct understanding of the issues. He only chases after what was in the last poll sampling--absolutely pathetic.

William Flax

13 posted on 11/16/2012 1:43:56 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: lward99

A fool and his money..........


14 posted on 11/16/2012 1:44:05 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: lward99
I have a hunch that the reason Rove went the SuperPac route was that Romney wanted nothing to do with him. After watching him butcher the second Bush term, I wouldn' t have either.
15 posted on 11/16/2012 1:44:57 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: fishtank

Then Romney


16 posted on 11/16/2012 1:45:54 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: lward99
Anonymous says Karl had other plans as well. It would be interesting if any side really did this.


17 posted on 11/16/2012 1:46:38 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: GBA

Rove and his ilk want to take the GOP back to the Bob Michel/Bob Dole days.


18 posted on 11/16/2012 1:46:46 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

remember when some FReepers literally fell in love with Scott Brown??

ugh


19 posted on 11/16/2012 1:48:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I remember..


20 posted on 11/16/2012 1:49:31 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: GeronL
There are some so far gone into voting for whichever candidate is wearing the proper color team "jersey" -- regardless of whichever baseline conservative principle(s) said candidate may (or, more often, may not) actually happen to profess -- they'd happily champion Nancy Pelosi for public office, so long as she had a capital letter "R" on the ballot after her name.

There's the party's problem, in a nutshell.

21 posted on 11/16/2012 1:53:50 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I totally agree


22 posted on 11/16/2012 1:55:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lward99

I want to hear Hannity yodel about “the Architect” again. I dare him.


23 posted on 11/16/2012 1:59:28 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: cherry
Yahoo had a poll going on “who did you vote for?” 63/37 all day for Romney. Over half a million votes last I checked, so that's a huge poll. When I went to bed that night I was positive he trounced him once all the counting was done.

Instead I poured a drink for the 1st time ever in the morning, and went back to bed. It was grand theft on a scale that now seems irreversible without violence. I truly fear for those of you who live near the takers. To them if you pay for it yourself you're the “wealthy”.

24 posted on 11/16/2012 1:59:45 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; DoughtyOne; All

Our problem is that since GHWB, the elitist RINOS have taken over our party, and I see no end to it. Now the RINOS are talking amnesty, and if that happens, we are finished.


25 posted on 11/16/2012 2:00:49 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: CatherineofAragon

I would never want to meet Sean Hannity in person.


26 posted on 11/16/2012 2:01:32 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: CatherineofAragon; All

” I want to hear Hannity yodel about “the Architect” again. I dare him.”

Hannity is too busy now pushing amnesty.


27 posted on 11/16/2012 2:08:04 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: lward99

The GOP ran a SOCIAL LIBERAL as their candidate for president. What did they expect to happen?

On election day, there was only ONE candidate on the ballot that had actually signed an “assault weapons” ban, and it wasn’t 0bama. I fully realize that 0bama is no better for us on firearms, but to people that vote on that one issue alone, the choice wasn’t a huge motivator to get out and vote. You could go down a list, issue after issue, and it leads to the same result.


28 posted on 11/16/2012 2:10:47 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: who knows what evil?
"I would never want to meet Sean Hannity in person."

My husband and I met him oh, about ten years ago.

He's extremely short.

29 posted on 11/16/2012 2:12:37 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: Theoria
So why was it OK for Obama to take money from the wealthy...? Why weren't they going after his operation...?

In the end, Obama's people probably wound up out raising the opposition.

So it doesn't count when liberals take money from the rich and powerful...?

30 posted on 11/16/2012 2:14:26 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: CatherineofAragon

“The Architect” is now “The Archaic”.


31 posted on 11/16/2012 2:15:08 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Think if even a fraction of that money went to GOTV efforts vs whereever the heck put it what a difference could have been made?

Rove = Maddoff


32 posted on 11/16/2012 2:15:30 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Exactly


33 posted on 11/16/2012 2:16:55 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker
"Hannity is too busy now pushing amnesty."

That's true....the craven little quisling.

34 posted on 11/16/2012 2:16:57 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: blueunicorn6

OMG LOL


35 posted on 11/16/2012 2:17:29 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Guess what - Rove fleeced these people so bad that next election cycle they might not be willing to donate to anyone.

Rove and Co. have been a plague for the GOP since Day 1. They barely won in 2000 and 2004 and what are we left with?

NOTHING


36 posted on 11/16/2012 2:23:37 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Like I said, if Rove isn’t being paid millions by the DNC, shame on HIM.


37 posted on 11/16/2012 2:25:33 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: cherry
why Hannity has him on his show is bewildering...

Hanraty is an idiot too, as his recent embrace of illegal amnesty shows.

38 posted on 11/16/2012 2:25:42 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

Fox should throw Rove and Morris under the bus and move on (and I don’t mean dot org).


39 posted on 11/16/2012 2:26:54 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: CatherineofAragon
I want to hear Hannity yodel about “the Architect” again. I dare him.

In English, or the original Spanish?

40 posted on 11/16/2012 2:27:30 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: GlockThe Vote

$300,000,000 divided by 100,000,000 registered Republicans is $3 each, and multiply that by 2 (Romney campaign + Rove SuperPAC) for $6 each. If they had just given that money to the state parties and county party committees around the country for GOTV efforts, we’d be way ahead. In our county, that would be say $50,000. Imagine what a small county party could have done with that kind of money. Instead we raised $5,000 total on our own, and actually had to buy all our own Romney signs and bumper stickers and then hope to sell them and print our own voter lists (because the experts in Washington don’t believe in low-level campaigning).


41 posted on 11/16/2012 2:31:12 PM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

Don’t get me started - Romney ripped me off. I ordered two yard signs - 2 bumper stickers

Guess what came and what didnt?

No refund nothing.

Never got the yard signs.

Romney was a scam artist like Rove too.


42 posted on 11/16/2012 2:33:43 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: KoRn
The GOP ran a SOCIAL LIBERAL as their candidate for president. What did they expect to happen?

"The Evangelicals will come along – where else are they going to go?"

-- Team Mittens campaign, 2012

The GOP-e banked everything on that simple, stupid gambit.

Now: they OWN it, and the results thereof.

43 posted on 11/16/2012 2:34:18 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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If only they’d given the $300 mil to Rove to do his area of expertise - GOTV - rather than the ORCA mess...

Broadcast advertising isn’t in his wheelhouse.


44 posted on 11/16/2012 2:39:18 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

You’re kidding...another short person?


45 posted on 11/16/2012 2:41:11 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: cherry
I've never considered Rove anymore than an overweight wannabe....

Nope. He was a key factor is a whole lot of election wins. He's lived his life in the coldest of meritocracies. Great if you win, if you lose... well this is what it's like.

46 posted on 11/16/2012 2:41:44 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: lward99
Get out the vote effort? For craps sake, Obobo said/did the following When asked when he thought life began, Obobo said"That question is above my pay scale".

Remember that?

"You didn't build that business!"

something like "all police are stupid"

"vote,VOTE,VOTE FOR REVENGE!"

Obobo got involved in the Travon Martin legal case...if I had a son, he would look like Travon".

Obobo signed an E.O. in favor of the illegals being allowed to stay and reside legally in USA if they are under 30 years of age! Remember THAT?

All the constant giving the finger to people, like during the debates in 2008.

Obobo said something like" conservatives are idiots that just want to cling to their bibles and guns".

And on and on , I can't even remember them all right now.

There (ABOVE) is your GOTV incentive.

47 posted on 11/16/2012 2:47:09 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

HA!!


48 posted on 11/16/2012 3:01:17 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Yep....I’m average height for a woman, perhaps a tad below, and he was on my level.


49 posted on 11/16/2012 3:02:32 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: lward99
Perhaps even worse, he set himself up as the clearinghouse for wealthy conservative donors, hand-picking which candidates and super PACs to support and which to send away empty-handed. He convinced the GOP’s high-dollar donors that he alone was the “almighty architect” — the “Rovitect,” as it were — who could single-handedly end President Obama’s reign.

Palin did great this election, I wonder what she could have done with that money, besides giving us Ted Cruz over Dewhurst in Texas and Deb Fischer, replacing Ben Nelson in Nebraska, and of course the congressional seats.

50 posted on 11/16/2012 3:02:55 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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