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Rove was Right

from Townhall:

Karl Rove, President Bush's political lieutenant, told a closed-door meeting of 2008 Republican House candidates and their aides Tuesday that it was less the war in Iraq than corruption in Congress that caused their party's defeat in the 2006 elections.

Rove's clear advice to the candidates is to distance themselves from the culture of Washington. Specifically, Republican candidates are urged to make clear they have no connection with disgraced congressmen such as Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley.

A lot of folks on the left are really obsessed about the war, and no doubt, it's a complete FUBAR. But even for folks who are in favor of the war or who are neutral, the big issue was the corruption and abuse of power by Republicans. Rove mentioned Foley and Cunningham specifically, but I think that the wider abuses of power were what finally got to the voters. The Pubs had been in power for a long time and were starting to act like they owned the joint rather than being the servants of the people. The longer they were in power, the more narrow their loyalties became -- mainly to religious fanatics and the wealthiest 1% of Americans -- and finally the average voter just didn't even recognize them any more because of their stands on issues such as Social Security "reform" and the whole Terri Schiavo mess.


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Comments (9)

Steve Crickmore:

Novak has said that his best White House 'source' is Rove, so I assume this story is correct..But Rove lecturing the Republicans on corruption is a bit rich...It might be good idea for Republicans to distance themeselves from Rove, 'Bush's brain' as well..I think it's too late for Rove to change his spots, but it is interesting that he is almost admitting implicitly that he( as the apogee of the culture of insider 'dirty tricks') was part of the problem and not the solution.

P. Bunyan:

"their loyalties became -- mainly to religious fanatics and the wealthiest 1% of Americans"

No, it's actually the Democrats who are 100% loyal to the "plaintiff's attorneys".

The Republicans are loyal to those of us who work for a living.

ke_future:

i disagree with your assessment of the republican party as being loyal only to the religious fanatics and the wealthiest 1%. i am neither by far. yet i agree with the majority of the republican issues. the same is true of nearly all other self-described republicans. the problem is that *you* don't agree with their policies and positions so you naturally assume that they are wrong and that they only represent the view of an extremist few.

as to corruption in politics. it ain't a partisan issue. it happens on both sides of the aisle.

and while republicans had been in power for 10 years (nostly) the democrats had been in power for 40 years in the house before that. you might just want to go back and look at the record of those 40 years before you start making accusations about abuses of power. hell, you can just look at the past 9 months and see that it's the same no matter which party is in power.

the point is that you are right to rage against corruption and abuse of power. you are absolutely wrong to label it as just a republican failing.

Paul Hamilton:

You'll get no argument from me that whichever party is in power, the longer they remain in power, the more corrupt they become. But Rove was talking specifically about '06 and I agree with him.

And I think my comment is valid. After the Pubs had ruled for over a decade, they began to take their majority for granted and became more and more beholden to the special interests, just assuming that they'd be returned to power no matter what they did.

P. Bunyan:

"because of their stands on issues such as Social Security "reform" and the whole Terri Schiavo mess."

I realize that as a devout leftist, you feel strongly about maintaining the public's addiction to entitlements, and the "right" to put inconvenient people to death, but if you think those opinions are held by "average voters" you are very, very wrong.

Why was it again that so many "Democrats" ("blue-dogs") had to pretend to take Republican positions on issues to win in '06?

Paul Hamilton:

Not every Democrat is a screaming liberal radical and nobody's happier than me to see the party take on a more populist POV. That is not "pretending to be a Republican," BTW, because the Republicans are the ones who have lurched far away from the ideas of Ronald Reagan who placed them squarely in the middle of American politics. The people did not WANT politicians messing with SS because they like the program as it is. And they certainly do not want politicians sticking their noses into matters which should be strictly between the family, their physician and their spiritual advisors.

P. Bunyan:

"The people did not WANT politicians messing with SS because they like the program as it is."

Only a fool would want 12.3% of every penny they make (unless they're wealthy) being confiscated on the hopes they they might get a little of it back someday. If they're really, really lucky and live really, really long, they might even make as much as 1% interest.

Now I will agree if you say that a lot of people are fools.

"And they certainly do not want politicians sticking their noses into matters which should be strictly between the family, their physician and their spiritual advisors."

Her family did not want her to be put to death. Nor did her physicians or spiritual advisors. Her estranged husband (who should have been her ex-husband, if there was justice in the leftist dominated legal system) and his lawyers and his Democrat friends and associates wanted her put to death because she was an inconvenience.

But most Americans were misinformed about this case as well- thanks to the evil leftists.

P. Bunyan:

"nobody's happier than me to see the party take on a more populist POV"

So you're happy that the congress did not force an immediate surrender to the terrorists in Iraq as most of the far left had wanted?

kim:

Who likes SS the way it is?
It's going bankrupt.
Who likes that?
Democrats.
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