Video: Rove doubles down against O’Donnell

posted at 5:34 pm on September 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

He’s not technically “against her,” but in rattling off her dirty laundry instead of giving the standard “we need to unite” post-election pep talk, he’s notably out of step with most of the rest of the righty punditocracy today. It’s too bad, although after last night’s infamous appearance on Hannity, he’s sure to be a RINO scapegoat in November if she loses no matter what he says or does now. Better to have him up there on the ledge where he can be pushed than to have him climb down, no? Castle, who’s refused to endorse her thus far, also really needs to put his hard feelings aside and do the right thing here. Even with today’s fundraising bonanza, the only shot she has at the seat is more money, money, money, but his donors are wavering and may walk away in loyalty if he holds a grudge. Must be tough for Castle to hear repeatedly that he’s a cancer on the GOP whose victory would set back the conservative cause even more than a Democratic win and then, in a moment’s notice, be told that the GOP’s survival in Delaware depends on his endorsement. But politics is a tough business. Patterico managed to put his hard feelings aside to back her. How about it, Mike?

One fun possibility to mull over here: A commenter e-mailed this morning wondering whether Rove might be deliberately antagonizing tea partiers to keep them angry and motivated and donating to O’Donnell. I don’t buy it, but Rove’s just Machiavellian enough that I can’t bring myself to discount it entirely either. If the only shot at this seat now is to generate massive Republican turnout, and if a surefire way to generate that turnout is to give them an establishment boogeyman to “send a message” to, then why wouldn’t Rove be that boogeyman? Him and Rush, playing good cop/bad cop! A bit too clever by half, right? Ah well.



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Karl “Marx” Rove always knows what is best for the country.

How is that Medicare Part D working out?

His laundry list of disasters is much greater than COD’s.

Valiant on September 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Maybe, or getting what he consdiers her “problem areas” out in the open so she can deal with them before the democrats do. You know how good the democrats are at stretching the truth and distorting the tiniest fact.

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

She already knows what her “problem areas” are and doesn’t need advise from some shrill self-serving prima donna.

PercyB on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Updated list:

Hot Air Ruling Class: *.*

True_King on September 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Who died and made you king…?

Kuffar on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

What? The guy says he’ll vote for ObamaCare and you don’t think at the very least he leans Marxist? The entire democrat platform since Woodrow Wilson has been a copy of the Soviet Union. Everything down to FDR’s second bill of rights is directly traceable to them.

These people have been lying thru their teeth for decades about who and what they are. They’ve spent years putting their people in positions of power. Yeah, this guy is a Marxist … almost all democrats are. If they aren’t they’re in the wrong party.

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Whatever term you like, but he really sounded centered, liberal, and pretty nice. He was extremely polite about her, more than Castle ever was.

He sounded like a standard issue Dem to me.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

It is not your party and our intention is to take it back, as Reagan did.
Luka on September 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Marxists have always believed in a one-party system. Look at how fast they’re trying to infiltrate the Tea Party. If we tried to form a Conservative Party, self-proclaimed “moderates” would go into overdrive re-defining that into uselessness as well.

Republicans have a perfectly good Party, thank you very much. And if liberals don’t like it, they know where they can all go.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I bet his paychecks get cashed, no matter what anyone says.

gbear on September 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

We ought to get Rove one of those new circle D shirts

tommer74 on September 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Sort of. It’s important to her immortal soul or whatever. I just mean that nobody is going to vet a candidate that doesn’t actually stand a chance to run for her party.

RightOFLeft on September 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

She ran two years ago, and was ahead of Coons in the polls until the ethics brigade sprang into action. She didn’t come out of nowhere.

ddrintn on September 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Much of this so-called “baggage” is utter nonsense. I read at TPM about O’Donnell’s “extreme views of porn and sexuality.” Her positions (no pun intended) on these matters were really no different than what is in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and COD is a member of the RCC.

Lou Budvis on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Rove is no mystery. He is a Bush Family Consiglierei. He must publicly attack the notion of any Palin supported success story. He must thereby create a holding action by dividing Palin from the Bush Family’s political assets. That will also require a blocking action by the sudden emergence of the sock puppet Mitch Daniel to stalemate any 2012 Palin momentum. Then the Crown Prince of Wales (Jeb Bush) will graciously accept his anointing as the GOP’s savior after the Obama train wreck ends in 2016. Why else does a new praise piece a week come out on Hot Air about Mitch Daniel?

jimw on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Oh shut up Rove. You had your chance.

therightwinger on September 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Her positions (no pun intended) on these matters were really no different than what is in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and COD is a member of the RCC.

Lou Budvis on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

The Catholic church position would be pretty extreme if it was backed by the force of law.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Close political observers of and on the Right know that the revolt against Big Government/Open-Borders Rove/Bush-ism has been brewing a long time. See here, here, here, and here, for example.
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/15/tokyo-rove/

This IS a revolt, against Rove et al. Even if you dream it is not.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

What? Such silliness.. Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Wow, just listened to the first 20 minutes of the Limbaugh show today.. Rush did not let me down one bit; broke it down and called it for what it is. The establishment in D.C. against the people of America. Rush was not easy on Rove one bit, and really took it to the ruling class in the GOP. Rush said Romney came out today for O’Donnell; better late than never.. Romney got the message loud and clear. The message flew over Roves head; clean miss…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

The Catholic church position would be pretty extreme if it was backed by the force of law.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Well when the Church Militant actually becomes a militia we can start to worry. Those Crusader Police aren’t likely to be knocking on your door any time soon.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

She ran two years ago, and was ahead of Coons in the polls until the ethics brigade sprang into action. She didn’t come out of nowhere.

ddrintn on September 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Wait, wait, wait. So some of this stuff obviously did come up. I appreciate the correction, too. I have to admit I haven’t been following this story that closely. Why not just simply answer the charges? Did she not pay her taxes? Was she truthful about her college degree?

RightOFLeft on September 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Whatever term you like, but he really sounded centered, liberal, and pretty nice. He was extremely polite about her, more than Castle ever was.

He sounded like a standard issue Dem to me.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I get your point. But what could this guy possibly run on? More of everything people already hate?

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

That we know.

The question is… to win what and for whom?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

And I would think that those who support her would want her to be just as strong a candidate in 2010 as those like Rove who just want to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

There is constructive Chartism, which I am sure she is getting plenty of, and then their is Rove’ assault which is not at all constructive.

PercyB on September 15, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Well when the Church Militant actually becomes a militia we can start to worry. Those Crusader Police aren’t likely to be knocking on your door any time soon.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Well, how about elaborating on the candidate’s position?

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

That we know.

The question is… to win what and for whom?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Is that a rhetorical question?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM

What? Such silliness.. Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

No, he wants ‘his good old boys’ to win.

Hadn’t you heard about his secret deal trying to get O’Donnell to quit the race?

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

A little dense are you? That’s because there is other baggage with the democrat…like voting for Cap and Trade, ObamaCare, trillions of dollars in debt…yeah we would have the pitchforks out. Pelosi pays all of her debts and we are going to “torch” her in November….sheeesh…

right2bright on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

That’s not baggage for the the RINO/In-it-for-themselves-not-the-country wing of the party.

Funny, I never heard Rove mention any of the tax troubles of virtually every Obama Appointee. Funny that. Come to think of it, he hardly mentioned any of Obama’s baggage that I can recall.

TheBigOldDog on September 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I’ve never seen Rove challenged once on Fox News. Not once. Not by the hosts, and he’s never on at the same time as an other guest.

I guess if they let you get away with saying whatever you want, you’ll continue to do so.

YYZ on September 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Actually, I thought Hannity did a good job on him, which surprised me

silvernana on September 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

There is constructive Chartism, which I am sure she is getting plenty of, and then their is Rove’ assault which is not at all constructive.

PercyB on September 15, 2010 at 6:54 PM

You hear it as an assault, I hear it as advice.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

I guess Rove has decided he’s earned enough from political activity.

GOOD RIDDANCE.

Lockstein13 on September 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM

What? Such silliness.. Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Keep telling yourself that, Texas Gal. The Tea Party is everywhere, and actions like these just make it grow (stronger).

Go for it!!!

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

You hear it as an assault, I hear it as advice.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

After a primary?

Ronnie on September 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM
That we know.

The question is… to win what and for whom?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM
Very good question, and I’m a Texan, too.

mobydutch on September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

What? Such silliness.. Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Pray tell why Rove is attacking O’Donnell if he wants to win.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

No, he wants ‘his good old boys’ to win.

Hadn’t you heard about his secret deal trying to get O’Donnell to quit the race?

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Secret? Oh man. Rove is a Republican Party strategist. He is the most successful one of his time and is envied by so many others that he has become a verb.

Y’all really seem to need a villain.

Rove just wants to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The Unhonorable Rove–one more self-destructing RINO bites the dust.

mobydutch on September 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Re ‘Coons and the Marxism meme: Coons Took ‘Bearded Marxist’ Turn

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

He is the most successful one of his time and is envied by so many others that he has become a verb.

Ummm, pray tell, envied by whom outside the Republican Establishment? Or were you talking about the envy of the Republican Establishment?

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Pray tell why Rove is attacking O’Donnell if he wants to win.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

What Rove wants is the same thing all Rockefeller Republicans want: for conservative Republicans to lose.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Whatever term you like, but he really sounded centered, liberal, and pretty nice. He was extremely polite about her, more than Castle ever was.

He sounded like a standard issue Dem to me.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Good. Let’s let them have a nice-off. It has to be better than this food fight.

alwaysfiredup on September 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I don’t buy it, but Rove’s just Machiavellian enough that I can’t bring myself to discount it entirely either.

I really don’t buy it either, but I think I’m going to believe it anyway, just like I choose to believe he hypnotized the left into believing fabricated memos in RatherGate.

It would be so awesome if Republicans really had the Darth Vader/ Machiavelli/ Illuminati/ Dr. Evil powers ascribed to us. Why use your powers for good, when you can use them for awesome?

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

With all the tax dodging and other unethical behavior being pooh poohed by the libs, we are supposed to get upset about the possible “problems” in O’Donnells character? Can O’Donnell show us her birth certificate? Thats all I want to know.

ctmom on September 15, 2010 at 7:17 PM

show us her birth certificate? Thats all I want to know.

ctmom on September 15, 2010 at 7:17 PM

LOL… So true!

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Wow. Okay, I think that’s the first time I’ve heard her talk. She has so much charisma it makes my skin crawl. I think I see why people like her and think she can will. Heck, get her on TV enough, maybe she can.
I just get this sinking feeling that this is a big con for her, though.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM

It is, she is.

Wait until November – and she loses they’ll all be ranting anf raving about how good it is – becuase it wasn’t castle who won.

they’re looney, they are not in it to win it. They think they making some kind of statement.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Sorry if this is old news but Drudge is reporting O’Donnel brought in half a million on day one.

Half a million.

Clearly she has found her stride.

eyesky on September 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Ummm, pray tell, envied by whom outside the Republican Establishment? Or were you talking about the envy of the Republican Establishment?

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Have you not heard all the myths about Rove and his brain? If you really do not understand what I just said, then I can’t explain it to you.

Political strategists are hired guns. Sometimes you get one like Rove who also is personally invested in the party’s principles. But basically, they just want to win. In Rove’s case, he has been involved in campaigns since he was about 15 years old. He lives, eats and breaths political campaigns.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

You hear it as an assault, I hear it as advice.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

No one could be that tactless. No one with an IQ above 50 anyway.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

He lives, eats and breaths political campaigns.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Maybe he needs to get a more balanced diet then.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The lady had some problems paying off creditors… Jeez, can I relate to that. The problems this lady has had in the past are truly peanuts compared to that of every Democrat politician I have ever known. Truth is, we don’t run for pitchforks and torches; that is what Liberals do. We simply blow off hot air, store the information for future use, and move on. Rove can redeem himself easily enough, it’s up to him…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Ok, That is not her only problem.

She was paying her rent with campaign funds.

That’s what I was referring to mostly.

If a Dem got csaught doing that you guys would be lighting your torches and chasing that monster to the windmill….

Oh, but you cannot.

Because Sarah Palin endorsed her and you can’t go against Sarah….or else.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Political strategists are hired guns. Sometimes you get one like Rove who also is personally invested in the party’s principles. But basically, they just want to win. In Rove’s case, he has been involved in campaigns since he was about 15 years old. He lives, eats and breaths political campaigns.

And that’s a plus, I gather? Like not convicting someone because they had a bad childhood?

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Take Castle oout of the equation.

I basically see her win as more of the same.

Rewarding bad behavior.

Why are people rewarded over and over again for bad behavior?

And then – they do not have to answer any questions about the bad behavior.

And that’s supposed to be a Conservative prespective??

Don’t think so….

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 PM

No one could be that tactless. No one with an IQ above 50 anyway.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Were you speaking to me personally Luka or was your comment directed at another?

Maybe he needs to get a more balanced diet then.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:24 PM

There it is.. that sharp wit you have is so endearing.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 PM

And that’s a plus, I gather? Like not convicting someone because they had a bad childhood?

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I’m not sure how you came to your analogy but yes, political strategists are like hired guns, maybe you aren’t familiar with that term?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

And what about her silly feminst lawsuit?

Conservative?

Yeah, right.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Gotta keep it real, always. She has to answer the question, in a world of limited resources and cash to run campaigns, Castle was the better option on a national scale, but now that we got her we gotta roll with it.

conservador on September 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Carly Rove is “my pet”.

crash72 on September 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

She was paying her rent with campaign funds.

That’s what I was referring to mostly.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Was she not running her campaign from her home at the time? Seems like a legit expense to me.

Laura Curtis on September 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Were you speaking to me personally Luka or was your comment directed at another?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I was referring to Rove. Since I think his IQ is above 50, he is clearing not trying to be constructive. If he were he would have gotten word to her privately.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM

RINO’s turning into whine hos!

chickasaw42 on September 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Why is Rove even now going out of his way to hurt her chances?

Smells personal.

TheBigOldDog on September 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I’m not sure how you came to your analogy but yes, political strategists are like hired guns, maybe you aren’t familiar with that term?
Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

“It’s OK for Karl Rove to act like an ass hole because, deep down inside, he’s really always just been an assassin.”

Watching liberals strip their own mental gears is always worth a few laughs.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

OK, some truth in storyline…
first, today, since the election last night, O’Donnell received over $500k in contributions to her web site…. what does that tell you?
second, that little rat Rove is worried his days of living off the Republican Party tit are coming to an end… and they are. So, screw Rove if he is going to smear and bad mouth the winning candidate.
There are so many things that could be said, but a few are… The Republican Party was happy to have O’Donnell run against Biden in previous elections as the sacrificial lamb but when it looked like a Republican could win they brought in a brown nosing buddy in Castle… screw them. Also, how many are aware that O’Donnell was actually a few percentage points better than Coons, her Democrat opponent, before the jerks in the Party started attacking her?
Well, now it is out in the open. The scared little rats in the Establishment hear the rabble at the gates and are scurrying around trying to protect their butts. It just might be a war to get their grubby little paws out of the cookie jar.

PhilipJames on September 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Well, how about elaborating on the candidate’s position?

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I don’t care if she is a Baptist, or a Catholic, or a Lutheran?

Why do you care so much?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Is Rove still a genius? The lefties consider Rove to be Darth Vader and the Antichrist wrapped up in one balding package. Coming out against O’Donnell could be a shrewd way of tilting the field in her favor.

Or maybe he’s just wrong here and I’m blowing smoke.

NTropy on September 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Was she not running her campaign from her home at the time? Seems like a legit expense to me.

Laura Curtis on September 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Ahem – she was living on the donations and using them for rent while not paying her campaign workers and piling up tons of debt.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I was referring to Rove. Since I think his IQ is above 50, he is clearing not trying to be constructive. If he were he would have gotten word to her privately.

Luka on September 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Now there’s a legitimate statement. We don’t know who is behind her, advising her, but I do believe the Tea Party Express backed her and that is Freedom Works and Dick Armey if I remember correctly. Perhaps, Dick Armey has been providing advice for her. He is a former Rep and used to be Speaker of the House. At one thime he too would be considered an inside the Beltway good ol’ boy establishment RINO.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

That we know.

The question is… to win what and for whom?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Is that a rhetorical question?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM

No actually it isn’t.

Does Karl Rove want Coons to win or O’Donnell?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

According to Levin, Rove went to the DE Tea Party members and told them they had to get behind the Party. They told him to take a hike.

TheBigOldDog on September 15, 2010 at 7:42 PM

“It’s OK for Karl Rove to act like an ass hole because, deep down inside, he’s really always just been an assassin.”

Watching liberals strip their own mental gears is always worth a few laughs.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Interesting that you equate a political strategist ‘hired gun’ as an assassin. That’s not what the term means at all.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:43 PM

No, I understand the term – English is my first language. I just have a hard time following your reasoning.

But let me try. His logic to me seems absolutely brilliant. Catch this: “Well you don’t have an IRS lien put on for you taxes that you failed to pay in 2005 five years later unless you haven’t paid your taxes.” Wow, in one sentence he covers math (2005+5=2010), economics, government, and future value of property. I bet Christine couldn’t pay for such legal advice, even using campaign funds! Thank you, Karl! You gave her the winning formula!

And then this: “She said it was a technical mistake by the bank why her house was the subject of a foreclosure lawsuit that she lost. And her house was put up for sale at a sheriff’s sale. And just before the sheriff’s sale, she sold the house, on which she owed $90,000 on, she sold if to (sic) $135,000 to her boyfriend who was also her campaign advisor.” Wow!!! Even the best defense lawyer couldn’t refresh the memory of a witness and prep her without that! She couldn’t pay for such advice, even using campaign funds!! Thanks Karl!!

Oh, and this: “He [Rove] continued in this vein with more questions in her finances and honesty.” Wow!!! Even the best paid counseling session couldn’t bring about that level of self-examination without costing thousands of political dollars!!! Thanks for the advice Karl!!!

[But alas, Karl will reap what he has sown, and he won't have an excuse at that time, "my mythical mind!"]

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

If that’s so, I look forward to her explanation. Still, Rove’s a douchebag for making a Democratic campaign ad against her. Once she was the GOP candidate, he should have just sucked it up like we have had to do with numerous establishment losers, “for the good of the party.”

Laura Curtis on September 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

The establishment seems willing to give up an opportunity to make a gain by backing the R candidate, in order to stick to their guns on moderation, power grabbing and money grubbing.

Kissmygrits on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

No actually it isn’t.

Does Karl Rove want Coons to win or O’Donnell?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Okay, now I understand. I have no doubt that Rove wants O’Donnell to win. Rove wants the GOP to take back the House and Senate.. he desperately wants it. He’s disappointed. I understand that. I don’t fault him for wanting to win, I want to win to. I hope that O’Donnell and whoever is her advisor for the general will take his advice and clear up the criticisms against her … quickly, before the Ds get ahead of her.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Ahem – she was living on the donations and using them for rent while not paying her campaign workers and piling up tons of debt.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

No, her campaign HQ was also her residence because she didn’t have the money for a separate HQ.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:48 PM

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Well, is it truth or not?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Well, is it truth or not?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM

You sound like another who once asked, “What is truth?”

He wasn’t looking for truth either. Over and out.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Okay, now I understand. I have no doubt that Rove wants O’Donnell to win.

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Karl Rove was backing Castle before the primary.

I don’t recall that refreshing and helpful advice he publicly gave Castle on TV.

Do you recall that Texas Gal?

Because I don’t that friendly advice for his guy Castle.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Does Karl Rove want Coons to win or O’Donnell?
sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I admit I was listening to the English version of the clip above, but I didn’t hear Rove say ONE bad thing about Coons.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Exactly, Rove thinks in terms of winning. That’s the way his mind works.

terryannonline on September 15, 2010 at 6:04 PM

You know what. I’d rather live under a Democrat’s tyranny than tyranny from a RINO I helped elect.

Caper29 on September 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I admit I was listening to the English version of the clip above, but I didn’t hear Rove say ONE bad thing about Coons.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Well according to Texas Gal that’s because Karl wasn’t Coons’ friend. If he was his friend he would shred him on national TV because that’s what friends do.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 6:11 PM

How about you just move on over to the Democrat party, where you’ll feel much more at home?

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Okay, now I understand. I have no doubt that Rove wants O’Donnell to win.
Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Karl Rove was backing Castle before the primary. I don’t recall that refreshing and helpful advice he publicly gave Castle on TV.
sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Hey, somebody check O’Donnell’s campaign finances. Did she PAY Rove for his “helpful” services here, or is she ripping him off too?

logis on September 15, 2010 at 8:00 PM

This is Bush’s “brain”, on drugs…The drugs of entitlement, good ole boy back slapping and, head up his assism…

He backed the losing candidate. He should quit his whining, act as an adult, and support the Part’s nominee.

Cornyn backtracked today. As the strategist, Rove should’ve known better than to speak ill of O’Donnell…

Gohawgs on September 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Because Sarah Palin endorsed her and you can’t go against Sarah….or else.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 7:25 P

That’s about the lamest attempt of arguing a point I have seen in a while. WTF does Sarah have to do with this conversation, unless you’re a Liberal and therefore hate anything Sarah says or touches in any way. Pathetic April, really…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

What am I missing. Is she not electable because she had financial troubles in the past? If this is the new standard then it means that all incumbents have to do is put as many Americans in financial trouble as possible and there will be no competition. Seems like they’ve already got that memo

wiseprince on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

How about you just move on over to the Democrat party, where you’ll feel much more at home?
DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Liberal Republican Concern Trolls only do that one day out of every two years.

That’s why, statistically, they can say they’re 99.8% conservative.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

The thing to remember about Karl Rove is that he’s a non-ideological partisan political strategist. That means that he’s all about maximizing the power of the Republican brand. When that strategy involves pushing and supporting conservatives, and attacking liberals, we love him:

“Rove, you magnificent bastard!”

But he will always put electoral success above ideology. That’s why, when Bush took his advice, he was only sometimes a conservative — when Rove thought it would improve Bush’s chances for electoral success. And the only place where Bush put his own principles above any advice from Rove was in the GWOT.

It’s sort of like, when Clinton took Carville’s advice, he often came across as less of a liberal. Carville’s also a non-ideological partisan political strategist.

notropis on September 15, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Hey, somebody check O’Donnell’s campaign finances. Did she PAY Rove for his “helpful” services here, or is she ripping him off too?

logis on September 15, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Maybe Karl Rove should sent her a bill for all his help.

Assuming the little vixen would even pay /S

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 8:07 PM

And did I mention how I loathe non-ideological partisan political strategists? If they were somewhat less slimy, they might be mistaken for slime mold.

notropis on September 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

The guy she’s running against is an admitted communist; runs to the left of Obama… O’Donnell started the day 25 points down, and is now 16 points down. Jeez folks, this seat is up for grabs. Go to her website and donate 5-10 dollars.

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

What am I missing. Is she not electable because she had financial troubles in the past? If this is the new standard then it means that all incumbents have to do is put as many Americans in financial trouble as possible and there will be no competition. Seems like they’ve already got that memo
wiseprince on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

As crazy as it sounds, that actually used to work. Hippycrits called it the “T. Coddington Van Voorhees attack.”

It doesn’t work anymore.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM

That’s about the lamest attempt of arguing a point I have seen in a while. WTF does Sarah have to do with this conversation, unless you’re a Liberal and therefore hate anything Sarah says or touches in any way. Pathetic April, really…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Duh – Sarah palin endorsed her.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 8:18 PM

You sound like another who once asked, “What is truth?”

He wasn’t looking for truth either. Over and out.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Does this mean you don’t know if it is truth or not?

Karl Rove was backing Castle before the primary.

I don’t recall that refreshing and helpful advice he publicly gave Castle on TV.

Do you recall that Texas Gal?

Because I don’t that friendly advice for his guy Castle.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I understand that your feelings are hurt. I used to be idealistic too.

Well according to Texas Gal that’s because Karl wasn’t Coons’ friend. If he was his friend he would shred him on national TV because that’s what friends do.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Now there you go lying about me and what I said.

But it bounces off me and reflects back on you… is that more in line with the spirit of your remarks to and about me?

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

That’s about the lamest attempt of arguing a point I have seen in a while. WTF does Sarah have to do with this conversation, unless you’re a Liberal and therefore hate anything Sarah says or touches in any way. Pathetic April, really…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Sarah Plain robocalled for her in Delaware.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Bush lost me when he sided with Ted Kennedy and Rove lost me when he trashed Christine.

lilium on September 15, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Karl Rove aka Turd Blossom

He’s the dumb jerk that didn’t spot the looming takover of the House and Senate in 2006.

What a putz!

patch on September 15, 2010 at 8:23 PM

What am I missing. Is she not electable because she had financial troubles in the past? If this is the new standard then it means that all incumbents have to do is put as many Americans in financial trouble as possible and there will be no competition. Seems like they’ve already got that memo
wiseprince on September 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM

What Karl Rove is saying – and other Republicans as well – is that she had questionable finances in her past, but more than that she has an ethics problem.

She will never get elected in a general election. The Dems will take this info and use it against her.

AprilOrit on September 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM

But it bounces off me and reflects back on you…

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Did you just say ‘I know you are but what am I’?

Did you take over your mommy’s computer?

Because that’s not nice!

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

The guy she’s running against is an admitted communist; runs to the left of Obama… O’Donnell started the day 25 points down, and is now 16 points down. Jeez folks, this seat is up for grabs. Go to her website and donate 5-10 dollars.

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I’m not against her. Actually, I’ve not paid that much attention to it at all because I think the people of DE should make their own decisions and that includes everybody staying out of it except those that the campaign employees. I’m more of a State’s Rights, Constitutional Republican, 10th Amendment, Enumerated Powers kinda gal. I don’t like anyone outside my State coming in here and trying to sway Texans with celebrity, money or freebees and I give the same respect to the other 49.

I’m glad she has had a upswing in her polls. I hope she gets some of the controversy cleared up. Like I said. I want to win!

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Did you just say ‘I know you are but what am I’?

Did you take over your mommy’s computer?

Because that’s not nice!

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM

LOL.. glad you got my jest!

Texas Gal on September 15, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Karl Roves politics PWNS…

equanimous on September 15, 2010 at 8:27 PM

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Get on board or get out of the way.

ronsfi on September 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I think Rove has a little problem with women in power period. He doesn’t like Palin, because she didn’t go to the right schools and belong to the right clubs.

Smart guy, but he is part of the old school Republicans that screwed us over the last time we gave them the majority.

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM

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