Thursday, November 13, 2008

Is 2010 The Year Of The Republican?

Let me say up front that I have always thought that Karl Rove is a brilliant man. I realize he is reviled by the left as a partisan hack. This is not true at all. He clearly is conservative and I doubt many people spend much time wondering who he votes for. With this said, he is an analyst and he takes that seriously. If people would have watched him closely throughout this election, they would see that he takes Republicans to task just as much as he does the Democrats. While he is partisan in his views, he is brutally honest and nonpartisan in his analysis.

Further, the obvious comparison for Rove is with his Democratic counterpart, James Carville. If one takes away the media hype of him being a genius and examine his record, he doesn't have nearly the track record of Rove.

Karl Rove advised two successful Presidential campaigns, the second one when Bush's popularity was slipping. Carville won one. He is falsely credited with Bill Clinton's second campaign and he did not work on it. Further, he worked on two losing campaigns. He was a last minute adviser to John Kerry and an adviser to Hillary Clinton's losing campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The Republicans one 3 of 4 Congressional campaigns during the time Mr. Rove was advising the party. Two of the campaigns bucked historical trends for the sitting President losing Congressional seats. Mr. Carville helped President Clinton keep control of Congress in 1992 after which he stopped advising.

The point of all of this is that Karl Rove does not get the credit he deserves as a political analyst and adviser, primarily because of the media. I think the most likely reason is because as much as the left hates him, they fear him more. He has been effective and he has spent most of the last 8 years frustrating them.

All of this, in my mind lends credibility to this article by him. In the article History Favors Republicans in 2010, Mr. Rove makes a good case for the GOP having a good year in 2010, with the obvious caveat that it depends on how they proceed from here.

I will let the words of Mr. Rove speak for themselves and just say, the fight is not lost, we just lost a skirmish. So keep up the good fight and do all you can to assist the GOP in righting the ship.


Brooke said...

The Architect has spoken.

Matt Rose said...

"Is 2010 The Year Of The Republican?"
I doubt that very much.
Which of these ‘core conservatives values’ is obnoxious?
• Honesty- Huh
• Small Government- Really?
• Family- yeah we sacrifice our young. duh.
• Education- no child left behind or home schooling?
• Welfare Reform- now the rich get subsidized-Clinton pushed welfare reform through
. Pro life- I doubt that!
• Lower Taxes- for who?
• States Rights-Florida 2000 nuff said
• The Bill of Rights- Take that up with the current commander and chief.
Chuckles Show me a republican whom these values represent. In practice and not theory. There is not one in public office.
What is obnoxious is this America or that America. If you criticize or question you are un-American.The Appalachia area is the heartland. “Drill baby drill” without talking responsible about U.S. refining capacity being at 100%.
The GOP is a fraudulent and misleading. Wake up.
What you don’t understand is The GOP represents the corporation and not you.
And the so called Conservatives with principles are in the dark.
The fact Barack Obama trounced John McCain last Tuesday should have surprised no one. The real story, however, is not how Obama defeated McCain. The real story is how McCain defeated America’s conservatives. For all intents and purposes, conservatism—as a national movement—is completely and thoroughly dead. Obama did not destroy it, however. It was George W Bush and McCain who destroyed conservatism in America.
For example, Bush and his fellow neocons like to categorize and promote themselves as being “pro-life,” but they have no hesitation or reservation about killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people in reckless and unconstitutional foreign wars. So the "pro-lifer's are out of touch with reality.
American people look at these so-called “conservatives” and laugh. No wonder such a sizeable majority of voters yawned when McCain tried to scare them by accusing Obama of being a “big taxer.” How can one possibly scare people with a charge like that after the GOP has made a total mockery of fiscal conservatism? That’s like trying to scare someone coming out from a swim in the Gulf of Mexico with a squirt gun.
But the worst calamity of this election was the way conservatives—especially Christian conservatives—surrendered their principles for the sake of political partisanship. Across the country, rather than stand on principle, hundreds of thousands of pastors, Christians, and pro-life conservatives capitulated and groveled before McCain’s neocon agenda.
HYPOCRISY with a capital "H"
It is shameful how the conservatives are always acting “holier than thou“. These conservatives are an embarrassment to themselves as well as to the republican party.
But keep standing under the tree and a apple might fall. Us progressives will plant a few trees and when you get hungry swallow your pride and visit.

MK said...

"I realize he is reviled by the left as a partisan hack."

That alone puts him in my good books.

"...Karl Rove does not get the credit he deserves as a political analyst and adviser, primarily because of the media."

Much like George Bush eh. Such is the power of the media.

shoprat said...

The only way that the Democrats will win is if they steal the election through voter fraud, as they have several congressional and senate seats in the last few elections. Reality itself is the left's worst enemy.

Chuck said...

Brooke, I think your little parasite found his way here.

Matt, sigh. I was just at my friend Brooke's site and you cut and pasted the same post there. Your post has nothing to do with my blog, and in fact, has very little to do with reality. You are an absolute credit to your party, thank you for re-inforcing my thought that liberalism is a mental disorder.

MK, he's a good and smart man, which I guess is why the lib media is confused by him.

Shoprat, look no further than Minnesota

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Rove is a brilliant strategist, which upset the Libs to no end.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

It is shameful how the conservatives are always acting “holier than thou“.

*snicker*...funny though, when it consistently comes from the "progressives" who only need look in the nearest mirror.