Skip to comments.How Karl Rove went from GOP mastermind to the right's political punching bag
Posted on 12/25/2013 5:54:41 PM PST by jimbo123
A decade ago, Karl Rove was President George W. Bush's right-hand man and one of the most powerful political figures in America. And even after his fortunes briefly dipped at the end of the Bush era, Rove roared to life again, tapping into and fueling the Tea Party movement through his massive super PAC, American Crossroads.
But today, with a GOP civil war raging between establishment types and upstart conservatives in the mold of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Rove's once-strong influence has begun to wane. An embodiment of the Bush-era Republicans who have fallen out of favor of late, Rove, too, has begun to come under fire from the populist right.
In the latest sign of Rove's diminished standing, a dozen super PACs are challenging his American Crossroads in the GOP money game, and aiming to promote their own preferred candidates in races across the country, according to the New York Times.
"Certainly I think there's a level of frustration with the state of things in D.C.," Randy Cubriel, a Texas lobbyist, told the Times. See if you can read between the lines here: "I think a group like ours, coming from the state, is probably a little more effective than some of the national groups."
Crossroads was widely criticized for not producing more victories in 2012 despite spending some $300 million. The group had dismal 16.7 percent success rate in the last election, according to OpenSecrets.
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It's all about perception. At one point, being Bush's right-hand man convinced many that Rove was a hard-core Conservative. Now, with a little distance, I think we can see that Rove in 2003 was just like Rove in 2013 -- a Liberal.
The GOP has not had Conservatives at the top since 1988.
You mean ‘the Architect’ ??
My a$$!! More like falsely using and discarding it!
” 2003 was just like Rove in 2013 — a Liberal.”
Yes, but I am sure many of us recall a number of FReepers that proudly posted “Rove, you MAGNIFICENT bastard”
I love it when he brings out his little chalk board on FNC and ‘does the math’
At 16.7 % success rate , no wonder the Demorats support him in the war against Conservatives.
Barbarians are running the govt. , and treachery within our own walls ..
..and with 16.7% success rate, he expects continued support ?
It seems that Rove is the best trojan horse that the Demorats could muster .. !!
I was guilty of that phrase until he crapped on Sarah Palin. Now I could care less about his opinions. For sure he is no friend of he Tea Party.
At the time, everyone was so happy to see Clinton replaced by a Republican, that they gave Bush every benefit of the doubt, and Rove too.
Moreover, Bush maintained some appearance of conservatism during his first term. But after he won his second election, he pretty much abandoned his base. About the only thing he stood fast on was the right to life and traditional marriage, for which he deserves some credit.
Yes I do too.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
Unless they are Democrats.
This goes for FReepers too, he had many fooled.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
one of these days I’m gonna kick his ASS.............i’LL NEED BAIL MONEY
I could see him for what he was when he would loft some of his ideas that were nowhere near Conservatism on any level.
He’s just another Washington insider will to game Conservatives at will. Ah, no thanks.
I’m so done with political sell-outs like him.
Easy, he was willing to sell out values for votes in such a manner as to transform the very nature of conservatism within the republican party, then willingly alienate the conservative base in favor of gaining support of groups of people who were basically socialist democrats. If he’s an “architect”, his focus is most certainly on demolition. See the definition for “traitor”.
Rovio never had any credibility with me . Didn’t like his ‘genius’ handling of Bush in Texas and nothing he has done after convinces me any different
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