Monthly Archives: February 2013


Huffington Post: Karl Rove Explains Conservative Victory Project: ‘My Posterior Was Shredded’ By Donors After Losses

-By Nick Wing

February 28, 2013- GOP strategist Karl Rove continued to defend his new elections project this week, explaining that the controversial plan to thwart Republican candidates who might be too extreme to win general elections was a response to intense donor pressure.

Speaking to the National Center for Policy Analysis, Rove said he'd decided to launch the Conservative Victory Project, an offshoot of his American Crossroads super PAC, after being confronted by disgruntled contributors unsatisfied with the group's awful record in the 2012 elections.

NBC News: Gingrich hammers Karl Rove over effort to define GOP

-By Michael O’Brien

February 20, 2013- Newt Gingrich – whose candidacy for president last year was helped enormously by a billionaire supporter – condemned a new effort to support more viable Republican candidates as “a bunch of billionaires financing a boss to pick candidates.”

The former House speaker, who benefited as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate from the super PAC Winning Our Future, lashed out against Karl Rove, the former Bush political guru and founder of several Republican super PACs, on Wednesday for his effort to bounce GOP primary candidates who might fare poorly in a general election.

Gingrich wrote in the conservative publication Human Events:

I am unalterably opposed to a bunch of billionaires financing a boss to pick candidates in 50 states. This is the opposite of the Republican tradition of freedom and grassroots small town conservatism.

No one person is smart enough nor do they have the moral right to buy nominations across the country.

Huffington Post: Karl Rove Nazi Image Featured In Tea Party Patriots Email

-By Lisa Miller

February 19, 2013- A tea party group portrayed leading Republican strategist Karl Rove as a Nazi in an email it sent Tuesday — and later had to apologize for it, blaming a contractor.

The Tea Party Patriots, a well-established group within the right-wing movement, sent out the message featuring a Photoshopped image of Karl Rove in a Nazi uniform, Politico reported. The email's subject read: "Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove’s Face."

The email was sent under the name of Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin in a fundraising solicitation. But Jameson Cunningham, a spokesperson for the group, said it was an unfortunate accident.

Huffington Post: Terry Branstad: Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project Is A ‘Mistake’

-By Thomans Beaumont (AP)

February 15, 2013- DES MOINES, Iowa — Turmoil deepened among leading Republicans over efforts to ward off controversial candidates in the next election, as Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad blasted a new candidate-steering plan by Karl Rove and warned him to stay out of state and congressional races.

"I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive and he needs to stay out of it," said Branstad, recounting a phone call to Rove, the leader of the new Conservative Victory Project.

In the aftermath of last fall's disappointing election outcome for the GOP, party leaders have been focusing on fielding more candidates with broad appeal – and fewer unpredictable ones – but have split bitterly over how to do it, worsening party tensions.

Daily News Finder: Karl Rove’s Fall From Relevance

February 8, 2013- The sliding grinding sound you hear is Karl Rove’s fingernails digging in for a hold as he slides into irrelevance in today’s political games. For those of us who were aware of his dirty dealings before George W. Bush made it to the national stage, his fall has been long overdue. His impact on American politics and manipulating outcomes will be felt by this country for years to come. I suspect there’s much more about Karl Rove that we don’t know than we do, but what we do know is deplorable. If anyone embraced the expression “the ends justify the means” it was Karl Rove.

Media Matters: Karl Rove And Marco Rubio’s Mutually Beneficial Alliance

-By Ben Dimiero

February 7, 2013- Karl Rove has recently used his various media platforms to sing the praises of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and tout his role in the brewing debate over immigration reform. Rove and Rubio have a mutually beneficial political and financial relationship that dates back several years.

Earlier this week on Fox News' Special Report, Rove suggested that if anyone is going to unite the GOP on immigration, it will be Rubio because "he's the best communicator since Ronald Reagan." In a separate appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Rove lauded Rubio for laying out "an excellent set of principles" on immigration, and said "Republicans ought to give it a very clear, strong look."

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