In reality, Rove’s candidate lost the popular vote in the 2000 election, barely won re-election against a laughable Democratic candidate and was routed in the 2006 mid-term elections. In essence, Karl Rove helped usher in Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and Barack Obama as President.
Sadly, he has been elevated by Fox News which uses him on a continual basis to comment on political issues. From this high profile vantage point, Rove accumulated $350 million in the last election cycle for his group, American Crossroads. Despite the massive funding, Rove’s candidates lost in spectacular fashion in the 2012 election. He added insult to injury by refusing to acknowledge the Ohio election results on national television.
This embarrassing performance should have been enough for Fox to permanently ban Rove from their airwaves. Instead, he was just signed to another contract.
This was a very unfortunate decision by Fox for the network is the only alternative for many Republicans who are disgusted by the mainstream news media. Clearly, Fox is worried about their reputation among the Beltway elite and has moved to the left this year. After deciding to rehire Rove, Fox signed up moderate former GOP Senator Scott Brown and leftist former Congressman Dennis Kucinich. At the same time, Fox decided not to renew the contract of a real conservative contributor, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Using Fox as his launching pad, Rove is on the airwaves almost every day spouting his RINO nonsense and blasting the Tea Party movement. At the same time, he is trying a political extreme makeover. His new project is ludicrously named the Conservative Victory Project. What is especially ironic is that Karl Rove is not a conservative and has rarely been victorious.
With this new project, Rove has declared war against the one bright spot in the Republican Party, the grassroots movement known as the Tea Party. Rove claims that too many Tea Party candidates were too conservative in the last election cycle and henceforth his group will determine what Republican candidates are the most electable in GOP primaries. This move smacks of total arrogance and is very heavy handed. Columnist Bob Woodward likened Rove’s new group to the Republican political equivalent of the “Politburo.”
In fact, this “Politburo” is about as successful in political campaigns as the Soviet version was in running the Russian economy. In the last election, Rove squandered millions on mostly losing Republican campaigns. He is now trying to shift blame to a few Tea Party candidates like Todd Akin who lost after making ill-advised comments. Yet, as noted by Newt Gingrich, Rove’s group funded plenty of moderate Republican candidates who were not affiliated with the Tea Party and lost last November.
If the GOP continues to follow the advice of Rove, they will surely continue to lose. The only way to achieve victory is to identify and promote real conservative candidates, not moderate, “country club” Republicans who are, in essence, glorified Democrats.
The Republican Party is at a crossroads today. Will they continue to nominate moderate candidates like Mitt Romney, supported by Karl Rove, or will they embrace the conservative movement.
Whenever the party has stood on true conservative principles, they have won historic victories. In the past 33 years, the Republican Party has won four massive electoral landslides: 1980, 1984, 1994 and 2010. In all of those elections, the GOP preached a strong conservative message. In every election where the party has been soundly defeated: 1992, 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2012, the party has “moved to the middle.”
After the Tea Party swept the Republicans to leadership of Congress in 2010, the party moved to the left and embraced a very flawed candidate, Mitt Romney. Rove advocates this strategy going forward and believes that real conservatism is not electable. This is a view he has held for many years.
In 1976, Rove supported Gerald Ford instead of Ronald Reagan. In 1980, Rove supported G.H.W. Bush instead of Reagan. Thus, this “genius” did not support the most consequential conservative nominee the Republican Party has ever nominated.
According to the Politico, Rove’s credibility within GOP circles is “at an all time low.” Let’s hope this translates into the Republican Party moving away from Rove, not following his misguided advice and embracing the type of true conservatism that will help the GOP become relevant again and finally win back the White House.