Karl Rove's recently stated focus on "electable" is entirely wrong. That’s the goal of his American Crossroads PAC, according to the Breitbart news site. The very idea of seeking “electable” as the first concern works entirely against principle and becomes merely relativist, that is, relative to what Rove thinks Americans want. It also suggests that, once elected, those people might be working for Rove and those associated with Rove. As we’ve seen in the past, the people Rove believes to be “electable” always turn out to be RINOs. Funny, isn’t it? How could such a brilliant political analyst (we’re supposed to believe this of Mr. Rove) miss the message of the 2010 election? His position essentially says “if you’re a conservative, you’ll lose”. Gee, is that so? How did Mitt Romney do?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Obama was "electable". Harry Reid was "electable". John McCain, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter were also "electable" and I fully expect that Rove approves of all of them.
He's acting as a de facto shill for Democrat policy objectives by attempting to ensure that Republicans present no effective counterforce to Democrat policy. His stated objective of defeating conservative challengers to RINO incumbents during our primaries is nothing less. As it stands, can any of you tell us what, in terms of the results of legislative action, Republicans stand for? I don’t mean you and me. I mean, elected Republicans. The GOP seems to be a ship without a rudder; a political force without direction; and a party without core beliefs. We – you and I -- have those beliefs. Our leaders, however, do not. The beliefs they profess to have don’t square with their actions. They have no message which resonates anywhere because, like Obama who can’t be open and honest about what he really wants to do, neither can this Republican leadership. The result is: no message that grips anyone. Rove’s attempts to find more of the same type now running the GOP only insures that the status quo will go unchanged.
As I have suggested many times, this GOP leadership exists to assist Democrats on major matters. Look no farther than the present situation regarding the consent to Charles Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense. Somehow, by some coincidence or fluke, out of the clear blue, the Democrats always find just enough GOP senators to get their stuff passed. It’s always by a hair, but it almost always happens. Funny thing, but it seems to be happening in the House leadership, too.
So, I’ll leave it to you: is it just a funny coincidence, “just one of those things” that always seems to propel just the right number of Republicans to back the Democrat wishes? Or are you starting to think that there might be more to it, like … maybe it’s by design? For those of you who still believe in the tooth fairy, you’ll believe in the coincidences. I believe that it’s the latter.
So, when Karl Rove and his bunch are out backing “electable” GOP candidates, remember that “electable” is just another word for “controllable” or malleable. They are people who will pose as whatever they think they need to pose as to get into office – especially the senate, with its six-year terms – and they’ll trade whatever reason or conviction they may possess for that power and prestige. We can do better.
February 22, 2013