Did Karl Rove Really Surrender to the Tea Party or is He Just Posturing?

February 6, 2013 in GOP in Retreat, Republicans Vs. Tea Party, Tea Party

Rep-TPDid Karl Rove Really Surrender to the Tea Party or is He Just Posturing? Last  Monday Tea Party Patriots blasted Rove with a press Release that stated:

 Rove’s Republicanism a Failure; 

Waste of Donors’ Money

Top Down, Insider Party Planning is Antithetical to Conservatism

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, blasted Karl Rove’s attempt to control local and state primaries with his new elitist, Washington insider group that suggests it will pick the winning and losing candidates in local races.

“Karl Rove blew hundreds of millions on losing candidates in 2012 and now he’s hitting up donors to give to a new entity that presumes to pick winners and losers in local Republican races,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

“Instead of returning to conservative principles, Rove and the consultant class are pouring millions into picking off conservative leaders.  Watering down conservative ideas is not a winning strategy.

“It was Karl Rove’s ‘big government’ policies in the Bush Administration that led to the skyrocketing government spending and the economic disaster the country now finds itself in.  Now, he expects top donors to invest in his project.  Now, he presumes to tell Americans who they should vote for in primaries, when his own track record is not one of success.

“The Tea Party and the conservative movement stand on principles based on the founder’s vision of limited government.  The consultant class has been on the wrong side of history and it is time for conservatives to wake-up and stop funding their sabotage of conservatism.”

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,400 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide. Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.

And today we have the following Article from Tea Party Nation that echos the same sentiments:

Karl Rove Surrenders

Karl Rove surrenders

 

Karl Rove’s war against the Tea Party is over.  At least for the moment.  Rove made headlines by announcing a new group to vet Republican candidates for office and presumably try to kill Tea Party challengers to the GOP establishment.

Suddenly, Rove surrendered.

What happened?

He saw the power of the Tea Party movement.

On February 2nd, the New York Times reported that Rove was working with big Republican donors to stop “Far right and Tea Party candidates” from being nominated.

The Tea Party already views Rove as a poster child for the Republican Establishment and one of the people who deserves the most blame for the rise of Barack Obama.

Rove’s comments were like adding gasoline to fire.

The Tea Party immediately went to war with Rove.  My article on Rove was quoted in a number of news outlets.  Other major conservative sites such as Breitbart and WND went after Rove as well.

There are many things you can say about Karl Rove, but he is not a fool.

He saw the Tea Party was rising against him and his position was indefensible.

So Rove went on Sean Hannity’s show last night and surrendered.

Rove said, “I don’t want a fight,” and proceeded to show the Tea Party candidates he allegedly supported in 2010 and 2012.

Rove has backed down and now this issue will fade away.

But does anyone believe Rove really wants Tea Party candidates to win?

Not a chance.

Like I said, Rove is no fool.  Sun Tzu advised the wise man knows when to fight and when not to fight.  Rove knew this was not the time to fight.    It was a fight he would not win.

Rove will choose his battlefield and his battlefield is not in the bright light of public opinion.  Rove works behind the scenes.  This is why I do not trust him.

I said a couple of days ago that Rove is the poster child for the crony consultants that plague the GOP.

The Republican Party must change because if it does not change, all it will offer us is Jeb Bush in 2016 and the Republicans will keep their losing streak alive.  Rove will be in the thick of things pushing Jeb Bush or one of the other RINOs.

Given his track record in 2012, no one with any sense at all should give him a dime.

The greater issue for 2014 and 2016 is not opposing Rove.  One of the things I have learned is if you spend a lot of time opposing someone or something, you cannot win.

We need a Tea Party version of Crossroads GPS.  We need a major donor base that can work with Tea Parties across the nation to help get conservatives elected.    The beauty of working with Tea Party groups is that we know how to be very efficient with money.  This is a skill born of necessity.

Rove spent over $300 million last year on the election and did not even make an impact.  If a fraction of that money had gone to Tea Party groups, we could have made a huge difference.  Remember, a shift of 400,000 votes in four states would have meant that today the media would be in mourning that Barack Obama was now in retirement in Hawaii.

This is one of our tasks for 2014 and 2016.  We cannot ignore the role money plays in helping elect good candidates and we cannot pretend we are so pure that we should not use money.  You don’t show up to a gunfight with a knife and in politics you need money to win.

As for Rove, maybe he should consider routing some of his money through Tea Party groups.

It would certainly improve his winning percentage.

Read the story and comments at:  http://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topics/karl-rove-surrenders

 

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Mitch McConnell Agrees to a Back Room Deal that Grants Barack Hussein Obama a Stranglehold on the Senate

January 24, 2013 in Abuse of Power, America's Collapse, America's Heritage, Amnesty, Anarchy, Congress, GOP in Retreat, Political Deception

SOS

SOS

Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party have once again capitulated to the Progressive Left for their own  aggrandizement. A capitulation that will facilitate  Barry’s Chicago Gangster appointments  to our courts and to facilitate his UN  Treaty Agenda and to finally pass Illegal Alien Amnesty.

Yesterday, Republican Speaker John Boehner capitulated on the Debt Ceiling increase  just  after his Senate colleagues with few exceptions ” Beautified”  our incompetent and complicit murder of 4 Americans, Secretary of Deceit Hillary Clinton. And yes the House with too few exceptions, not to be outdone, continued the “Adoration”  of this unspeakable wretch!

It’s Time to start considering formation of a 3d Party before it’s too late!

 

 

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Stop the Reid/McConnell Filibuster Deform

By:Daniel Horowitz |  January 24th, 2013 at 03:02 PM  |  

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a final deal to limit the filibuster, block individual members from offering amendments, and eliminate the ability of back benchers to block conference committees.  The end result will be less power for individual senators and more power for Reid to parachute in unsavory policies into must-pass bills with little recourse to stop them.

You’re going to hear garrulous claims about the need to unfreeze the Senate from its state of gridlock over the next few days.  You’re going to see a lot of reports about Reid caving on his plans to stop the out of control Republican filibusters.  But none of the media reports will provide the proper context for this debate.  Republicans are not the ones who have shut down the Senate, and the Reid/McConnell plan is not a capitulation from Reid.  It rewards him for his bad behavior, and is not something we should support.

The Senate was deliberately structured to slow down bills.  Much to the consternation of the modern day liberal, the Founders actually did not want government to do too many things.  Unlike in the House where the Rules Committee controls the entire floor debate on behalf of the majority party, the Senate vests each individual senator – both from the majority and minority – the right to offer amendments to any bill.  Harry Reid has vitiated that practice by blocking the amendment process on every bill, in order to shield his members from embarrassing votes.

He has also brought up a number of bills that have not even gone through the committee process.  He proceeds to file cloture immediately on a major controversial bill that has not gone through regular order.  In that sense, it’s not that Republicans are automatically filibustering the motion to proceed on every bill that comes up through regular order; it’s that Reid is preemptively filing cloture as a means of bringing up legislation like the House.  To that end, the only recourse for Republicans was to filibuster the motion to proceed with debate, as a means of forcing him to allow amendments to go through.

According to my sources in the Senate, this is how Reid plans to proceed.  He is splitting up his four reforms into two resolutions; one requiring 60 votes to pass and the other 67 votes.

First, he will offer a rules change that would need 60 votes to get over a filibuster of the rules change because it has been drafted up as a “standing order.”  The Senate’s rules can be changed with a simple majority, yet to shut down debate on a rules change itself the Senate would need 67 votes.  With a standing order, you only need 60 votes to shut off a filibuster because it only applies for this Congress or the next two years.  So with 55 Democrats in place Reid only needs 5 Republicans to support his filibuster “reforms.”

The first resolution would provide two options to expedite the motion to proceed.  The first option would allow Senator Reid to file cloture shortly after filing a bill.  It would also eliminate the 30 hours of post cloture debate (often 4-5 full days in the Senate) on the motion to proceed.  The kicker is that Reid will still be able to block all amendments and immediately force a cloture vote without regular order, thereby forcing Republicans to filibuster.  This merely preserves the status quo problems while making it easier for Reid to get through the cloture.  Under the second option, the minority party would only be allowed to offer two amendments and they would be picked by the Republican leadership.  The majority also gets two amendments on every bill.  So the end result is simple: Reid gets his way on the filibuster while still blocking the ability of rank-and file members to offer amendments.

The second resolution, as part of the deal, would take 67 votes to pass because it is a permanent change to the Senate’s rules.  Among other things, this rules change would make it easier for a bill to be committed to a conference.  Remember the conference on ObamaCare and the fear that the conferees would completely rewrite the bill and steam roll it through Congress?  This new procedure may make that scenario easier for the leadership.  Under the rules, it takes three motions to go to conference and conservatives have used that tool to prevent conferees from loading up conference reports with unrelated matters or rewriting a bill.  The new rules change would consolidate the three motions into one and cuts down debate to only two hours.  This provision may be the most offensive, because it will lead to less transparency and the opportunity for a bill to lay in conference for a year or two while pressure builds to change it and ram it through the House and Senate.

If Reid and McConnell seek a return to regular order of passing bills on the floor and going to conference committee with the House, Reid must agree to A) only call up major legislation that has gone through committee and B) allow an open amendment process.  Then we can stop filibustering the motion to proceed.  That would be true filibuster reform.  If Democrats want to reform the Senate, they should tell Harry Reid to look in the mirror.  This is the case of the arsonist acting like the firefighter.

Some will contend that McConnell’s plan is the best option to avoid Reid pulling the nuclear option and getting rid of the filibuster altogether with 51 votes.  But under either plan, a feckless group of Republicans will empower Reid to steamroll individual senators and pass bad legislation.  The bottom line is the Reid is being rewarded for running the Senate completely like the House.

Republicans must vote no on both resolutions.  If Reid pulls the nuclear option, we should also use the nuclear option to create ‘point of orders,’ as we outlined last week.   Most of all, if he pulls the trigger, conservatives must be committed to shutting down the Senate by blocking all unanimous consent agreements. We have no other choice but to fight.