Karl Rove comments on president re-election team situation

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    Mar 08, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577267593442582300.html?mod=ITP_opinion_0

    Excerpt from article: The Romney Train Rolls On - Mitt nearly erased the gap among non-college graduates and once again carried Catholic voters.

    Despite their public bravado about the supposed damage the lengthy primary season is doing to the GOP candidates, Team Obama is worried. They know the recovery is weak, voters are reluctant to give the president much credit for whatever good economic news there is, and GDP growth is likely to slow from last year's fourth quarter pace of 3% (on an annual basis).

    This knowledge led President Obama to schedule a press conference Tuesday afternoon to try to upstage news about the Super Tuesday contests, and it's why his campaign told congressional Democrats not to expect any financial assistance from the Democratic National Committee. The DNC needs every dollar to rescue Mr. Obama's floundering fund-raising efforts and cover his campaign's high burn rate.

    Worry has also led Democrats and their media allies to highlight the supposedly lethal effects of the slow, often angry GOP contest. But before getting too gleeful, they should take a stroll down memory lane.

    In April 2008, ABC News reported that "Negative Campaign Tarnishes Clinton, Obama" while CNN called the Pennsylvania primary a "bruising . . . race" marked by "sharp attacks . . . tough mailers and . . . attack ads." Even the New York Times opined in a May 2008 piece titled "Loss and Furor Take Toll on Obama" that the candidate's "aura of inevitability . . . has diminished."

    Every primary takes a short-term toll on the nominee, who emerges bruised and battered, but often stronger. That was the case four years ago and may be the case this year as well.

    Given a choice between a rambunctious primary and an awful economic record, I'd take the former. So would Mitt Romney. And I'm guessing, so would Barack Obama.
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    Mar 08, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Remember: Karl Rove always attacks his opponents strengths. When reading him assume up is down, left is right, and top is bottom.
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    Mar 08, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    As an analyst, Rove has a good reputation, at least among some, as calling them as he sees them. For example, back in 2010, when there were weak candidates, such as Christine O'Donnell vying for the Delaware Republican Senate nomination against Mike Castle, and later in the race against Democrat Chris Coons, Rove said she was weak and would be trounced. There were a number of people very upset with him, calling him an establishment insider and other less complimentary labels. He replied that as an analyst, his job was not to be a cheerleader, but to provide his best analysis.
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    Mar 09, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    I like George Will's analysis from last Sunday a little more....

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    Mar 09, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    socalfitness saidAs an analyst, Rove has a good reputation, at least among some, as calling them as he sees them.

    Yes, but the ones among whom he has a good reputation don't themselves have one.

    The "some" includes readers and viewers such as myself. If that means that we, collectively, don't have a good reputation to "others", especially those of a different political persuasion, we'll just have to live with our reputation.
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    Mar 09, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    If that means that we, collectively, don't have a good reputation to "others", especially those of a different political persuasion, we'll just have to live with our reputation.


    Indeed.... and what do you think your reputation is among us "of a different political persuasion"?
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    Mar 09, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    socalfitness said
    If that means that we, collectively, don't have a good reputation to "others", especially those of a different political persuasion, we'll just have to live with our reputation.


    Indeed.... and what do you think your reputation is among us "of a different political persuasion"?

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  • GQjock

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    Mar 09, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    I think Karl should spend more time worrying that his probable nominee is going to have to talk for seven more months icon_eek.gif

    Me? ... I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 09, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    socalfitness said
    JPtheBITCH said
    socalfitness saidAs an analyst, Rove has a good reputation, at least among some, as calling them as he sees them.

    Yes, but the ones among whom he has a good reputation don't themselves have one.

    The "some" includes readers and viewers such as myself. If that means that we, collectively, don't have a good reputation to "others", especially those of a different political persuasion, we'll just have to live with our reputation.

    It wasn't a moral judgement. John. It was a political one. And I'm sure it's no secret to you that I think your sense of what the American public feels or thinks is waaaaay off base. No?

    I understand that is your sense. No offense taken.