Karl Rove launches attempt to silence Tea Party influence; conservatives fire back

Karl Rove and other Republican strategists and donors have had enough of Tea Party conservatives upsetting their establishment candidates in Senate races.

Never mind a democratic decision; GOP fat cats want it their way or the highway.

Conservatives know that the energy created by the Tea Party is the lifeblood of the GOP right now.

Maybe he just needs something else to do. His election predictions aren’t going too well lately.

  • goldwater89

    Rove is just trying to prevent the future Sharron Angle’s, Christine O’Donnell’s, Todd Akin’s and Richard Moudock’s from being nominated.

    • kareninatl

      i sure hope so!!!!

    • Gallatin

      So instead we get John McCain, Lyndsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, Alan Coats John Boehner???? Thank you no. If this is what I got to put up with from rove then I’m done with the republicrat party.

  • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

    Establishment RINO’s have thrown Conservatives under the bus. NO MORE! Rove can Eat A D!ck. GOP is done. #caring

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Barrows/100000169731679 Julie Barrows

      Rove probably would, too, on many levels. Notice that he is eating so well that he is working on construction of his third chin???

  • sleepydoc

    ” GOP fat cats want it their way or the highway.” Pot, meet kettle.

  • http://tumblr.indyskye.net/ IndySkye

    I voted for Richard Mourdock in the primary (and general), but in retrospect, I wish some group had bolstered Lugar’s lackluster campaign to provide some reason to vote for him. On the other hand, my main reason for voting for Mourdock over Lugar, as it was for many others, was the residency problem, not the policy positions. Pundits outside the state showed they knew nothing about the race when they stated it was only about the Teaparty bringing down Lugar. The residency issue was huge. Lugar hadn’t owned a home in Indiana for decades, but had the gall to continue to use the address of the house he sold in 1977 as his voting address. It finally hit the fan in 2012, and was exacerbated by his appearance of being an absentee aristocrat that only visited his realm every six years. I thought no matter who the nominee was, they would win the general. My bad.

    • Gallatin

      Residency was an issue for me as well, but I also felt that lugar may as well caucus with the democrats. His vote against the “affordable care act” meant nothing to me when he voted to confirm sotomayor and kagan for the Supreme Court.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Unbelievable…no, wait, it’s believable, because he thinks that establishment Republicans and neocons will always win, because it worked out so well in the last two Presidential elections. >.<

  • Steve_J

    Brown won is MA in the special election becuase he had the support of many Tea Party groups. He lost the 2012 election becuase he didn’t have that same support from the Tea Party groups. Rove should just go home and play with his white board.

    • goldwater89

      He won because he ran as a moderate Republican in a blue state. You can’t always nominate the most conservative candidate. You nominate the man or woman who has the best chance of winning. Mike Castle should be a Senator from Delaware right now but instead Christine “The Witch” O’Donnell was nominated. She was way too conservative (and unintelligent) for a blue state like Delaware.

      • Steve_J

        That may be but in 2008 he had the backing of many of the Tea Party groups. He didn’t have that in 2012 and running as a moderate in MA didn’t help him. That and the fact he ran a terrible campaign are why he lost to Warren. As far as Castle, I doubt he would have won in Delaware.

        • goldwater89

          Castle was leading in every poll.

          • Steve_J

            Regardless of the polls, he couldn’t win the Republican primary why would anyone think he would have won the general election?

          • n4cerinc

            It is called RINO-Logic. The idea that the guy who lost to the last guy can beat the guy who beat the last guy.

          • Gallatin

            So why couldn’t he beat O’Donnell?

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            What Goldie won’t acknowledge is that Castle was, for all intents and purposes, a Democrat. That’s why it makes no difference that he’s not there. He wouldn’t vote R on the issues that really matter. He’s a Rovian.

            It would have helped if Rove and others in the GOP, that get a lot of air time, would have supported WHOEVER was running in the general election. One thing about Democrats, they will vote for anyone with a D. You can’t say the same for the GOP.

            I have swallowed my pride and voted for GHW Bush, Dole, McCain and Romney. If the establishment can’t suck it up and support someone that wasn’t their first choice, then EFF THEM. The country is already at the point of meltdown, the next election will take us over the waterfall if the Dems win.

          • Gallatin

            Same here and I won’t hold my nose any longer. I stopped holding my nose after my second vote for lugar and refused to ever vote for him again. I view the election of joe donnelly to replace lugar as no big deal I see no discernible difference between the two. I would have preferred Mourdock but senator donnelly doesn’t change the dynamics of the Senate, lugar should have been sitting with the democrats anyway.

    • MarcoAntonio Orrantia

      I don’t see any evidence of Scott Brown losing because of lack of Mass Tea Party groups. Rove has had mostly great ideas for GOP wins, especially when it comes to the latino vote. Losing the Latino vote 40/60 or less is a path to victory for the GOP which Rove has done. Rove just needs to update his models to be more like the statisticians on the center and left to have more accurate forecasting. It’s arguable that the GOP should be in the majority of the Senate after the ’10 and ’12 elections. But Dems have had the luck of the GOP primary. Due to the influence of some Tea Party groups, the primary begat general election losers like Mourdock, Akin, Angle, O’Donnell, etc.. (Just like what goldwater89 said)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/wdelpilartcot William Del Pilar

        Not true and while you’re right on Mourdock, Akin, Angle, O’Donnell but O’Donnell’s opponent was a complete nutcase but the Democrat party backed, supported and helped him. The GOP did not do anything to help these GOP representatives in helping them handle the pressures of the limelight. Instead they allowed them to fail. When they tripped up, instead of working positive damage control as the Democrats do, they abandoned them and helped sink them by playing into the MSM’s hands. In essence the GOP helped damage those candidates. Finally the Tea Party is young and will stumble but there’s no doubt w/out us (remember 3 million stayed home) the GOP will continue to lose. It really is that simple but the problem is that while I believe the GOP is not racist, I do believe it’s a good old boys network that has to change.

  • rinodino

    Oh I love this !!! What’s the little picture twitchy has for dem on dem violence??? oh thats right i sort of remember it…,,Your tears are delicious i will def have some more :)

  • nc

    Rove is way too smart to allow the Dems to maneuver us into this no-win split of our party. RINO or Tea Party, it’s clear one side cannot survive without the other. “Crushing” one side into submission is not an option. We better figure out all the things we have in common, get some focus and backbone, and come together to beat back the Dems in 2014 and beyond. Otherwise, all is truly lost.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Barrows/100000169731679 Julie Barrows

      Dems aren’t the ones maneuvering us into this split. The Karl Rove/Reince Priebuses of the GOPe are the ones doing the bullying by telling the base to sit down and shut up. They have told us repeatedly that they don’t value us. And Karl Rove believes that we are as stupid as the demonrat base, too!

  • http://ownthenarrative.com/user/29 Sarge_87

    The establishment loves their pork and those meanie Tea Partiers won’t let them do their wink and nudge deals with the Democrats.

    Boehner is a monkey humping a football.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Barrows/100000169731679 Julie Barrows

      I like the way you think, Sarg_87!

  • CasualMeyhem

    You don’t have to go gentle into that good night Mr. Rowe. But you WILL go.

  • tredglx

    Allow me to get all parental for a moment:
    “Yes Karl, we see you. Now go outside and play, the adults want to talk.”


    rove is done in America, if the GOP puts him out there to talk anymore, I personally will not vote for any RINO he endorses.

  • detroit19

    Time to go, Karl…the movement/reality has passed you by. Rhinos we are NOT!

  • tjcuzns

    Mr. Karl is a “conservative” in the Bill Buckley “British liberal” sense of the word.

  • Bob Smooper

    I do not support Rove. I want more Tea Party candidates because it makes our victory in 2016 more likely.

    HILLARY 2016.

    • mxkied

      Hillary will never be president. You don’t have to like it but you do have to live with it.

    • mxkied

      Hillary will never be president. You don’t have to like it but you do have to live with it.

  • Tish

    The schmuck is still trying to deflect attention away from his “spot on predictions” LOL

  • aircraftmech

    The GOP has evolved in to moderate democrats. Here’s hoping the Tea Party gets stronger everyday. The current version of the GOP only has their own interests to think of, everyone else is fodder.

  • aircraftmech

    The GOP has evolved in to moderate democrats. Here’s hoping the Tea Party gets stronger everyday. The current version of the GOP only has their own interests to think of, everyone else is fodder.

  • hwt123

    Fox news ,Hannity , Rove & the rest pushed for that socialist Mitt Romney .
    They told us how Mitt was the only one who could beat Obama.
    This was a lie. Mitt & Obama are twins in almost every way.
    Ron Paul would have beaten Obama soundly.
    Ron Paul is a statesman , not a politician & he would have restored the
    constitution & our liberties & currency…Romney & the rest of the Rinos
    ran off the youth vote , independent vote , libertarian vote & the conservative vote
    at Tampa with a scripted vote ran from a teleprompter…Fox & Rove can fade away time now.

    • Adela Wagner

      While I still do believe Romney would have been better than “Skeeter”, I am sick of all the Co-opting that goes on. And I did become nervous and I voted for Romney over Ron Paul, who I really do admire and respect. Sooo I am Rand Paul all the way 2016. And I hope with all my might that we will all rally around him and truly change this inahandbaskettohell course we are on.

  • Joe

    I agree with the person who mentioned Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock as loser Tea Party candidates. I forgot about Odonnell. It must be getting some people touchy to realize their candidates lose. Check out Malkin’s site where she gets rather testy with Rove and calls him a name from a movie no one watched and no one remembers. Seems like a fitting metaphor for those still thinking Tea Party ideas resonate nationally at a level where people can win. Probably anyone but Angle and Reid was out. Probably anyone but Akin and McCaskill was out.

    Malkin et. al. can say it’s Rove Establishment Pubs who say it’s my way or the highway but that’s the pot calling the kettle black. Obama’s terrible we hear, except if I don’t get my candidate I’m staying home. Ah, ok.
    What evidence is there that Tea Party candidates win locally much less nationally (except Cruz)?

  • Joe

    Tea Party Losers: Angle, Akin, ODonnell, Mourdock, Miller
    Tea Party Winners: Cruz
    Why again do with think the Tea Party is the ticket to national prominence?

  • JoshuaWDelano

    Karl Rove is running scared.

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