Rove “never goes away,” Bob Woodward replied. The party’s problem is with messaging and connecting to voters, he added, yet the focus here seems to be on money, which he said isn’t the issue.

Woodward’s right, Rove said, elaborating on the need to research and examine candidates thoroughly. “The whole theory of Republicanism is to let the local state or district decide,” Woodward countered.

We believe in markets, Rove said, but further examination “means fewer Christine O’Donnells and more Rand Pauls.”