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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