02.07.2013 in Featured, Politics by Rick Manning 7

News Quips: Karl Rove has had a bad couple of days

By Rick Manning — Ever since coming out of the closet and disclosing his intent to go to war with the tea party in Republican Party primaries in a New York Times exclusive, Rove has come under attack from everyone from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to various conservative leaders including this author.

Between Rove lieutenant Steven Law’s quotes in the New York Times declaring that he was going to try to be the arbiter of who was the most electable candidate in Republican primaries and another colleagues meltdown on a Washington, D.C. news/talk station when confronted on Rove’s plans, Karl is finding himself in the unique position of being despised on both the left and the right.

Somehow this reminds this author of an old southern saying, “The only thing in the middle of the road are yellow lines and dead skunks.”   For a supposed messaging genius, one wonders how Rove managed the impossible and managed to position himself to be hated by both sides.

The good news for Mr. Rove is he did get his contract renewed by Fox News in spite of his epic fail on election eve coverage, which, by the way, is more than his triangulating buddy Dick Morris can say, who reportedly may be stuck spending time with Piers Morgan on CNN.

Anti-gunners aim at congressional Democrats in pro-gun states – miss

Speaking of not understanding messaging, anti-gun leaders are desperately airing advertisements supporting the Obama/Feinstein gun ban in places like North Dakota.  The North Dakota ad attacked newly elected Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp for supporting the Second Amendment and opposing the Obama/Feinstein gun ban scheme.

Somehow I suspect that Senate Democrats David Pryor from Arkansas, Mary Landrieux from Louisiana, Paul Begich from Alaska and Tim Johnson from South Dakota have New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on speed dial begging him to come into their states with similar ads, just so they can publicly repudiate him and them.  Unless this is a secret plot to help these Senators get re-elected, it is perhaps the biggest reveal of the myopia of the hard left when it comes to the real world in so-called flyover states.

Perhaps the biggest dim bulb of them all is Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns who The Hill reports argued, “Polls taken more than a month after the shootings in Newtown show public support for the assault weapons ban above 50 percent. If senators want to support that, they’re on pretty safe ground.”

Somehow I suspect that the polls in North and South Dakota, Arkansas, Alaska and Louisiana aren’t exactly showing the same results.

U.S. House conservatives go on weekend retreat

That’s right, House conservatives are currently on a retreat to discuss the direction they ought to take.  I’ve got an idea.  How about moving forward by defending and fighting for the conservative values that they campaigned on, even if it means bucking House leadership?

It really is time for House conservatives to stop retreating and start charging, because failure to make and battle for the limited government case will cause a catastrophic failure at the polls either in the primary or the general election.

After all, no one wants to vote for the slightly less intrusive government party that stands for only slighty higher taxes and slightly less spending than the other guys.

If House conservatives want to know what direction they should take, perhaps they should review their campaign websites to get a clue.

Rick Manning is the Vice President of Communications and Public Policy for Americans for Limited Government.

This article has 7 comments
  • Sumochan 07.02.2013 11:10 AM

    The entire Republican “establishment” has to be given their walking papers.

  • Carl Bradley 07.02.2013 1:57 PM

    Sounds like an excellent idea to me.
    Sack every last one of them.
    And make any new ones signed a blood oath not to drink anything but bottled water while in DC
    There has got to be something bad in the water up there

  • David Veselenak 07.02.2013 11:22 PM

    Amen…amen! We have a two-headed, one party! It’s time for a new party, as in G. O. D. , “Guardians of Democracy”! The acronym alone will drive the Godless left reprobates mad!

  • Jack Parker 08.02.2013 10:56 AM

    Bad couple of days? How about a bad several years? And, he has earned every bit of it.

  • Jack Parker 08.02.2013 11:06 AM

    Get stuffed you ignorant troglodyte with your bible-thumping head stuck up your self-righteous butt. I am a goadless atheist who is more conservative (fiscally and socially) than any of you mealy-mouthed x-tians who support “social programs” in order to make yourselves feel better. The furthest thing from a “democratic” society is a theocracy where only church “leaders” get to interpret the “word” and “intent” of god. Start promoting self reliance and personal responsibility and let god take care of herself. (BTW, it is obvious that, if god did exist, she’s insane.)

  • M. Simon 04.03.2013 1:48 PM

    ” I’ve got an idea. How about moving forward by defending and fighting for the conservative values”

    And to protect those values more government is required. How much more? Well less than the Democrats want. Without government support conservative values are worthless. If we can’t protect people from themselves who can we protect them from? And only government can do it.

    Did I get the “conservative” zeitgeist right?

  • M. Simon 04.03.2013 1:55 PM

    “After all, no one wants to vote for the slightly less intrusive
    government party that stands for only slighty higher taxes and slightly
    less spending than the other guys.”

    Well OK. How will you enforce the abortion laws you want? How will you be able to continue the Drug War?

    The trouble with “conservatives” is that they really don’t want smaller government. They want a different big government. Well what if the electorate prefers the left’s vision of big government?

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