NC’s 100 $ Million Showdown: Will Thom Tillis Eke it out?

by C. Edmund Wright on October 20, 2014

Hagan was the most embarrassing Democrat on the "you can keep" broken promises on Obama Care

Hagan was the most embarrassing Democrat on the “you can keep” broken promises on Obama Care

The money has just poured into North Carolina this season for the Kay Hagan – Thom Tillis Senate race. Hagan, a pro Obama Care Democrat incumbent, has done everything she can to never mention Obama, Obama Care, Harry Reid or the word Democrat in any ads or appearances. She refused to be seen with Obama on his last visit here.

And yet, the Tillis Campaign, nor the Super PACS supporting him (ie, ROVE) , have done a good job of pointing this out. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) campaign has even been worse. They are letting Hagan distance herself from Obama – all of this after appealing for fund raising in email blasts – even using Ben Carson in one – on the basis of rolling back Obama Care. And yet, that’s not the campaign they are running.

Hagan was perhaps the most vulnerable Democrat on Obama Care. She bumbled and stumbled badly, and for months, after the roll out. She made the “you can keep” promise many times, including several after it was known to be false. Tillis, who ran a crisp primary campaign, has run a horrible General Election campaign. Sure the money pouring in on Hagan’s behalf has made it tough, but this should be a ten point race now.

Here’s the Charlotte Observer story on the spending. It’s typical liberal media fare, leading with the Koch Brothers and never mentioning that Hagan’s groups have far outspent pro Tillis groups.

Karl Rove: Weapon of Mass Delusion

by C. Edmund Wright on October 19, 2014


Rove's nickname from Bush was Turd Blossom

Rove’s nickname from Bush was Turd Blossom

No one is surprised that Karl Rove was involved in a cover-up. However, leave it to Karl – the “boy genius” and the “architect” – to orchestrate a cover-up that actually hides information exculpatory to his President and his party. Yes, he did just that. This is not an outlier either. This is just Rove being Rove. And ‘Rove being Rove’ has sewed the seeds of destruction that gave us Barack Obama in 2008, and again in 2012, and has scattered political germs that still haunt Republicans to this day. This goes back to late 2000 in fact. More on that later.

So in case you missed it, The Daily Beast ran a sourced piece this week entitled Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMDs that chronicles KARLLLa Rove inspired cover up of evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. You might remember the little kerfuffle the nation got into when ostensibly no weapons were found? You know, “Bush lied, people died” and all of that? It helped run George W. Bush’s administration right into the ground, and he took the Republican brand with him. Yes, Hurricane Katrina was a major factor too, but again, that was related to ‘Rove being Rove’ as well – and more on that later.

The WMD issue was one of the major public relations snafus of the Bush Administration, and the whole effort in the War on Terror. And the costs of these mistakes are catastrophic and still mounting. Those include, but are not limited to the 2006 mid terms, the 2008 Presidential election, the 2012 Presidential election – and oh, the development of a little outfit known as ISIS / ISIL / IS etc. They are incalculable. The electorate, over the course of the years of Bush being hammered about lying on the issue of WMDs, hardened toward Bush – and by extension – all Republicans and even all conservatives. We still have this hangover today! Ask a man named Romney.

So what is Rove’s part? He was the mastermind and chief proponent of the “new tone” White House communications strategy – a strategy of never engaging the other side in a public debate. This unfortunately was the theory that carried the day in 2005-06 on WMDs as well. Consider this from the article:

From the perspective of Rick Santorum…the weapons of mass destruction President Bush promised would be in Iraq …began turning up as early as 2004. Santorum said he and his staff began receiving photographs of discarded sarin and mustard-gas shells from U.S. soldiers in 2004. Two years later, when he was up for re-election, Santorum even went public with some of this information in a press conference disclosing a Pentagon report that found 500 chemical-weapons shells had been found in Iraq.

So, in Santorum’s mind, exonerating Bush on the issue of WMDs would be a good thing to do, especially in a campaign season. Of course it would. But what did “the architect” say about this:

The Bush White House wasn’t interested. “We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalled Rove as saying (though Santorum stressed he was not quoting verbatim conversations he had more than eight years ago). “I will say that the gist of the comments from the president’s senior people was ‘We don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.’”

A senior advisor to Dick Cheney, Dave Wurmser confirmed, saying “in 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these (findings) and said ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

So there you go. Let sleeping dogs lie. Wow. The man who many Republicans – and conservatives have looked to since 2000 for wisdom – did not think telling the truth about WMDs was a worthy political or military or moral endeavor. In Rove’s mind, the issue was settled in the publics mind, and he just wanted to move on.

I submit that this proves a couple of things about Rove. First, he’s not the strategist he’s given credit for being. He’s a tactician, and that’s a totally opposite skill set. This notion of turning the page on WMDs is the babbling of a small picture bureaucrat, not a big picture strategist. He is not at all aware of what is going on outside the Beltway. Second, he is a soul less political hack. Set politics aside for a moment, and consider that any and every public official who knew the truth about this owed it to the country to make it known. Period.

So Rove managed to miss a grand opportunity to not only do the right thing, but to help his President and his party in the process. I’m sorry, but this is not the stuff of genius.

In the 2013 book WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost…Again,

I chronicle many other instances where Rove applied similar thinking – and all with devastating results. This started with the 2000 recount in Florida, where there was no push back at all on the popular vote meme, even though there were hundreds of thousands of Republicans who left polling places after NBC fraudulently called the race for Gore at 7 EST. That’s EASTERN. There was also widespread corruption in South Dakota and other places. There were chances to at least mitigate this theme, if tried early, but none were taken. Let’s move on. Now the electorate thinks Gore won by millions.

This was also the communications strategy around Hurricane Katrina, where no one from the Rove team ever whispered nary a syllable about the culpability of Democrats in the Mayors and Governor’s offices – which is where the bulk of the bad decisions were made. Not a whiff of a mention that Katrina was a failure of bureaucrats and Democrats. It all fell on Bush, which by association, fell on everyone who voted for him. Thus, when Chris Christie hugged Barack Obama on the tarmac a couple of days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – Team Romney was forced once again to run against Bush and Katrina. Thanks Karl!!!! This stuff matters. For years!

And let’s not forget the economic meltdown, which was the direct result of three or four decades of liberal government perversion of the free market in areas of energy, lending, housing, esoteric derivatives, etc. Nope, can’t discuss that. Let’s move on. That gave us a McCain Campaign that figured it was best to run against Bush, and not Obama. Thanks again Karl. You can’t move on. When a political narrative goes unchallenged, it HARDENS and grows – it does not go away.

This is how we get the Orwellian reality that our financial reform package is named after Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, two of the four individuals most responsible for the meltdown in the first place. In 2012, 53% of the country still blamed Bush for the economy – and 53% voted Obama. Hmmm.

And on an on it goes. All of this is just ‘Rove being Rove.’ This is who he is. This is what he actually believes. He is intellectually and morally bankrupt, and apparently hasn’t noticed the direct connection between conservatism and truth. If he did, he would try to make that connection once in a while in a TV ad or communications strategy. But no, we must just pander to this group or that group or issue A or issue B.

I was not impressed by Bush’s 2000 campaign, including the days right after the election. So in 2001 I bought the URL Never used it until last year, but I figure it’s a good one to have now. The abject decades of failure of Rove, and the entire Republican consultant class, is now a hot topic. This is a good, healthy and illustrative conversation to have. People now understand more about this group than ever. And frankly, I’m glad for the company.

Karl Rove lied, and Bush’s presidency died. Truth died. So did the electoral chances of a lot of good conservatives who were defined and stained by the Bush Rove messaging machine. At least he’s making me look like a prophet, or a genius, for being onto him for 13 years!

Every single day, news about this man proves me right.

Every single day, news about this man proves me right.

One of the main criticisms I’ve had of Karl Rove, and of the entire GOP consultant class, is that they always try to navigate their candidates and the party into whatever idiotic notions the public may have – as opposed to using the bully pulpit or campaign activities to educate voters and change their minds. In other words, when a story gets off to a bad start, Rove just wants to allow his side to get blamed – as long as he can just move on and change the subject.

This manifest itself with the Hurricane Katrina after math – which caused the 2006 mid term election rout and perhaps the 2012 election – all because Republicans took the fall for mistakes and corruption on the part of Democrats and bureaucrats who had been running Louisiana for many decades. The Rove Bush White House never fought back on anything. They just stayed silent and let the Democrats and the liberals in the media define Bush – and with him – all other Republicans and conservatives by extension.

And now a report out about the crown jewel of mismanagement by Rove – the issue of WMDs and the oft repeated falsehood that “Bush lied, people died” and so on. Yes, believe it or not, in the name of just turning the page, Rove led a movement to sit on information that would have reversed this narrative (and oh, by the way, WAS THE TRUTH!!)

This is just an astonishing story.

Now sure, the motivation of the Daily Beast is to make it look like some deep dark Rove Bush cover up to protect their image. But it’s actually the opposite of that. It’s a cover up to hide the truth that would have exonerated Bush – at least to a large degree – on the “Bush lied” charge. All because Rove wanted to change the subject more than he wanted the truth.


Top Ten Reasons for Mitt to Run….AWAY!!

by C. Edmund Wright on October 16, 2014

As published in American Thinker:

Run, Mitt, run. Yes, run far, far away from the Republican primary season that starts in 2015. You may be a fine man, but you are not going to be president, and you are not the answer for the Republicans in 2016. You could have/should have been both perhaps, but you blew it.

Now, I hate to even think about the 2016 election with the 2014 mid terms still weeks away, but this nightmarish Groundhog Day idea of Romney 2016 just will not go away. Most recently, the Washington Post chronicled how campaign events for Joni Ernst in Iowa and Scott Brown in New Hampshire devolved into Mitt 2016 love fests.

Romney on Election Night, realizing he had blown an historic opportunity.

Romney on Election Night, realizing he had blown an historic opportunity.

Yes, Iowa and New Hampshire. Mere coincidence, right? Hardly. The Post makes it clear that many of Mitt’s top supporters and donors want him to run – and more importantly, he is doing nothing to discourage this. Not only does he want to run, but he obviously wants to be begged to run to boot.

So as a public service, consider this top-ten list of why this losing notion should be put out of its misery.

10. BENGHAZI: When Mitt got thrown off his game in the second debate on the issue of Benghazi – thanks to CNN’s Candy Crowley – the trajectory of the election changed. To give him the benefit of the doubt, big Candy was sure that the administration was on top of the real cause of the attacks. However, Mitt then refused to revisit the issue and clear things up in the third debate, or even in the campaign messaging.

9. NICE GUY: After virtually calling Newt Gingrich the devil for four months, Romney and his campaign then thought they could run an “Obama is a nice guy who is simply over his head” template to victory. How did that work out? Anyone who thinks Obama is a nice guy, or who is too timid to tell the truth about him, does not deserve our support and does not deserve a second chance.

8. EVEN JAY LENO could explain, in his opening monologues, how absurd the notion of an 8% unemployment rate was. It’s called workforce participation. It’s not that hard to explain to voters. And yet, Team Romney didn’t want to even address this idea – formulatively figuring that no one gets re-elected with UE at 8%. And there were two more judgment mistakes on this issue as well: first, they should have seen it coming that Obama’s BLS would manage to get the rate below 8 before the election. Second, they conceded that those who were laid off after Obama’s election but before the inauguration were Bush’s unemployed. Come on, Mitt, you’re a businessman – you know better.

7. FLORIDA BLUES: It is axiomatic that Republicans must take Florida to win the White House. Mitt lost Florida. But he didn’t lose Florida in November. He lost Florida in February, when he used 99% of his monstrous ad buys to savage other Republicans with nary a mention of how wonderful Mitt is, let alone any mention of Obama – whoever the hell he is. In other words, Mitt salted the earth in Florida with negativity. Before Florida, the race was exciting and had high turnout. After Florida, turnout tanked everywhere compared to 2008 – and Mitt was never competitive with Obama in Florida. When you don’t realize who the real enemy is, you don’t deserve another chance.

6. ROMNEYCARE: Some people said that the very existence of Romneycare in Massachusetts doomed any Romney candidacy. Well, it certainly didn’t help – especially since Mitt and his campaign were pathetic in explaining that constitutionally, the “several states” were encouraged to be laboratories for potential federal programs, thereby drawing a huge distinction between a plan for a small, homogenous state and a plan for a massive and diverse nation. And since we’re talking 2016 here, the Romneycare history is still the same.

5. HIRED A BAD, BAD TEAM: Campaign manager Matt Rhodes famously said after Mitt’s defeat that he would have rather “lost with [Mitt] than win with anybody else.” Rhodes was the cancerous head of a poorly conceived campaign team – one centered in Boston geographically and, more importantly, ideologically. Not only that, but they were obsessed with the personality of Mitt and not the danger facing the country. This is not how Republicans win elections. Mitt will choose another poor team if given another chance. Let’s not do that.

4. HIS BRILLIANT VEEP candidate, and his advisors, apparently thought it was a good idea in the VP debate to agree with Joe Biden that poor Uncle Joe and Obama “inherited a mess.” Please tell me how this works. Biden has been in Washington since AMTRAK was pulled by mules – how did he inherit anything? And Obama’s ideas have been in Washington even longer than that. The notion that two liberals inherited a mess of conservatism or even Republicanism is just silly. And it was devastating. We don’t need a repeat of this.

3. TORTURE THE DOG: Yes, Mitt cruelly tortured his dog on top of the car. Okay, just kidding – but this is the kind of issue – along with Julia and the war on women – that you have to put up with when you don’t run a bold and fearless campaign of big ideas. The GOP establishment does not understand big ideas as they are held prisoners of their formulas and focus group results, always giving us a campaign of issue A over here and issue B over there – and never tying any major theme together. We don’t need a repeat of the dog on top of the car!

2. THE VERY ESSENCE of conservatism, in contrast to Obama’s statist liberalism, is that this nation was built on free enterprise. It underpins all of our military strength, our generosity, our opportunity, and our inherently independent citizenry. And yet, Mitt and his campaign would not defend this notion and in fact acted embarrassed by Mitt’s successes in business. Mitt’s acumen helped make many other partners rich and saved a number of companies and thousands of jobs. This is a good thing. But instead of embracing it, they just braced in the face of the Occupy Wall Street-type Democrat campaign.

AND THE NUMBER-ONE REASON? BLAME BUSH: In exit polls from the 2012 election, 53% of voters still blamed George W. Bush for the economic problems. Interestingly, Obama got about 53% of the raw vote. This is no coincidence. In fact, Romney and Paul Ryan conceded this point during their entire campaign. Not only is this an example of poor campaign strategy and total gutlessness, but it is supporting a damnable lie to begin with. Bush was to blame for the economy only in that he didn’t do enough to reverse thirty years of liberal policy regarding energy, lending, housing, environmental law and regulation, etc. Conceding that Bush was the problem only enhanced the idea that Obama was the solution. Mitt said nothing very different on the economy from what Bill Clinton said in his pro-Obama appearances.

All ten reasons are exemplary of unforced errors and of judgment mistakes. This is how the GOP establishment – and Mitt is part of the establishment – runs campaigns. The last thing we need in 2016 is a repeat of 2012. Or 2008. Or 1992. Or 1996. No thanks.


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More Evidence Karl Rove’s Clout is Dwindling (Wright way ahead of this curve!)

October 15, 2014

So Karl Rove’s “vaunted” political machine Crossroads is rethinking their strategy? They are not going to be involved in the 2016 Primary fight? Times, they are a changing. Finally. This was evidenced (again) yesterday in this stunning report from Breitbart. Here are some samples: Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which futilely declared a war on conservatives, […]

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GroundHog Day: Mitt 2016 Just Won’t Die

October 14, 2014

(NOTE: Added a full feature article Thursday on this topic: see above) Puh-leeze. That’s all I can say about this infection that just won’t go away – the notion that Mitt Romney will/should run in 2016. Should he? Absolutely not. He ran the worst possible campaign against the most failed President ever, and got clobbered. […]

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Ted Cruz Advocates for Virtual Congress in SC Appearance

October 13, 2014

Yes, he did. Not directly. Not intentionally. Not by name – but when you look at almost all of his opening jokes and one liners – they all had the same theme: that Washington is dreadfully and hopelessly out of touch with the rest of America. And of course, that’s true. Or, as Cruz sniped: […]

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Ahead of the Curve: The Rove Fallacy is Becoming Common Knowledge: Brent Bozell Onboard

October 8, 2014

It’s a little bitter sweet frankly – all of this new realization on the part of members of the conservative media and many rank and file voters that Karl Rove has always been a poison pill – as opposed to “the architect” or “boy genius.” It is sweet because an understanding of Rove, and of […]

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Obama Gives Sound Byte Gold to Republican Senate Candidates: Will they accept the gift?

October 3, 2014

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post is no fan of conservatives or Republicans – and yet, his piece in the post entitled 28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say today- is right on the money. What Cillizza might be guilty of, however, is over estimating the Republican message machine that operates out […]

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Every 24 Hours, John Boehner Gets Demonstrably More Stupid

September 29, 2014

Incredible. John Boehner is the incredible shrinking Speaker of the House. It is no secret that the longer elected officials, lobbyists and consultants operate in Washington – the dumber they become – and sadly, the more powerful too.  (Thus, the iCongress idea) But today Boehner sunk to a new intellectual low. He said he is […]

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