Quotes of the day

posted at 11:14 pm on September 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

I just finished watching Karl Rove trashing GOP Senate primary winner Christine O’Donnell. It was on Sean Hannity’s FNC show. Might as well have been Olbermann on MSNBC. The establishment Beltway strategist couldn’t even bother with an obligatory word of congratulations for O’Donnell. He criticized her “character” and “rectitude” and claimed she hadn’t answered questions about her financial woes. She did so here. Rove mocked her security concerns as “nutty.” Yet, her concerns have been more than justified. See here.

Rove came across as an effete sore loser instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategists that he’s supposed to be. Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like Tea Party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down.


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Ferchrissakes, what the hell do you expect from Rove? He gave us GWB, who for whatever good he might have done was still of the big-government GOP, the same-old-same-old GOP.

JEM on September 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM

In the long-term? That’s almost certainly a winning strategy. Despite the current support for more conservative candidates, culturally we’re not becoming a more conservative nation. At the least, not on social politics. Just pray we don’t stray to further away from fiscal conservatism.

Vyce on September 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Say, are you French? Surrender much?

pseudonominus on September 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The GOP elites(and frankly a lot of us) probably didn’t see this coming. They thought the Tea Party movement was about defeating the agenda of Obama and the Democrats. And in many ways it is. But with all the damage that’s been done in the last 3 1/2 years, it’ll take more than a Republican majority to turn back the tide. It will require principled conservative leadership. And we know we’re not gonna get that with the likes of McCain and Grahamnesty leading the way.

So what we’ve witnessed during this primary season is the Tea Party evolving into something much grander in scale. It’s become a movement to take back the Republican Party. Reform it and return it to its conservative roots. Which means the political epitaphs of a lot of RINOs will be written in the months and years to come. And that scares the living hell out of the entrenched elitist Beltway crowd. They’ve long suspected they could use the energy of the Tea Party for the GOP to regain power in Washington. What they never thought was that they wouldn’t be around to enjoy it.

Doughboy on September 14, 2010 at 11:37 PM


ProudPalinFan on September 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Another poli-obit on KR: Karl Rove and the Tea Parties

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I think it is quite telling when incumbents in this year’s GOP primaries get bumped for new blood, instead of supporting the PEOPLEs choice and parties choice, try to find alternative ways to get on the ballot.

It’s not about the will of the people with them but the power and prestige.

mechkiller_k on September 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM

As for the Tea party relationship with the GOP….

“You don’t trust me, do you? I don’t blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.”
– Chancellor Gorkon (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

mechkiller_k on September 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM

last one…

[Tea party members to RINOs]
Captain Spock (GOP): Jim, there is an historic opportunity here.
Captain James TEA Kirk: Don’t believe them. Don’t trust them.
Captain Spock (GOP): : They’re dying.
Captain James TEA Kirk: Let them die!

– Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

mechkiller_k on September 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM


t is a Revolution to oust the DC elites of both parties, not just Democrats. The RNC establishment is just as much of a target of the voters as the Boxers, Murrays and Reids of the political world. Karl clearly showed last night that he’s one of them, not one of us.

uncalheels on September 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM


Rove and his ilk doesn’t get it. This isn’t about a Republican majority in the House or Senate!

It’s about voting for candidates that abide by the constitution and do the will of the people! It’s not about TEAM………it is about COUNTRY!

David2.0 on September 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM

I guess in Delaware it might have been about Castle’s voting record.
Here at HotAir, though, it has all been about sticking it to the man.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Is this the Reagan Revolution, part deux?

This revolution is going to be harder fought than even the Reagan Revolution if you can imagine it, and definitely more sustained than the ’94 victory. We were naive in ’94, and fizzled as our reps mis-stepped, got co-opted, lost their nerve, and drifted. Now we are here once again, and not interested in a hollow victory with the likes of Castle. We need to win, but we MUST win with people who will advance the cause once they get to Washington. We were tempted to take the easy way with Castle (by Rove, Christie, NRSC) and avoid the heavy lifting by taking a chance on O’Donnell (by Levin, DeMint, Palin). Delaware has just resoundingly told us which choice to make! Thank you Delaware voters!

Rove, go tell Lindsey Graham that we are coming for him!

gajaw999 on September 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Instead of beating up on the GOP candidate, the NRSC, and Rove as well, should be busily painting Coons as a cheap knockoff of Barry Ojesus, and working that much harder to keep him from that Senate seat if the Delaware situation is as dire as they are portraying it.

It seems that hurt feelings are being placed before the good of the country.

If Rove is convinced that it’s about Castle’s votes, then why in hell would he want him elected? Wouldn’t that just ensure more wrongheaded votes? Talk about shooting one’s own foot, to borrow a phrase from Boxy B. Geez.


hillbillyjim on September 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM

OK, I used to respect Carl, until I saw him trash O’Donnell on Hannity last night. He sure didn’t help the Republican cause, which he so wants to travail, by the disservice he did last night. He needs to get off his high-horse. The establishment Republicans should either retire and go home, or take a lesson on circling the wagons from the Democrats.

DL13 on September 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I apologize if this was covered earlier in the thread – I’m a little strapped for time.

Did Sean just go with Rove’s flow – or did he challenge him on his “conservative” hypocrisy?

oldfiveanddimer on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

oldfiveanddimer on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I got the feeling that Hannity was uncomfortable with what Rove was saying and gave him an opportunity to back off which Rove did not take.

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Almost sorry now that CodePink didn’t manage to get those cuffs on.

Goodale on September 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I liked the book or I would list Rove’s tome on Amazon at 1 penny. That annoys an author.

IlikedAUH2O on September 15, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I think I’m starting to understand now why W called Rove “Turd Blossom.” I’d like to hear him again, though, once his anger is down and he’s had a chance to think things over.

flutejpl on September 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I think I’m starting to understand now why W called Rove “Turd Blossom.” I’d like to hear him again, though, once his anger is down and he’s had a chance to think things over.”

Here’s turd blossom-perhaps he should be a guest on Olberman tonight and write an editorial for the New York Times


Goodale on September 15, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Amazing… Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristal, Dick Armey.. All Rino’s now evidently because they had the audacity to want to take away Bidens seat from the democrats.

Boxy_Brown on September 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM