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Rove: GOP Needs Pauls, Not O'Donnells

By Erika Johnsen, Hot Air - February 18, 2013

Karl Rove has been taking a lot of heat over the past few weeks for his new I-swear-this-isn’t-about-smothering-the-Tea-Party PAC-extension, whose mission is to help nominate what they deem to be the most ‘electable’ candidates ahead of the 2014 midterms. Rove again appeared on Fox News on Sunday to defend his new operation’s agenda and try to quell the circulating fears about his suspiciously establishment-shaped ambitions:

Let’s be clear, we did spend $30 million on behalf of Tea Party candidates. … We were the largest outside group supporting Rand Paul. … No, some people associated with the Tea Party — look, Todd Akin was not a Tea Party candidate. … Our object is to avoid having stupid candidates who can't win general elections, who are undisciplined, can't raise money, aren't putting together the support necessary to win the general election campaign — because this money is too difficult to raise to be spending it on the behalf of candidates who have little chance winning in the general election. … The more we examine the quality of these candidates from top to bottom, the more likely we end up with fewer Christine O’Donnells and more Rand Pauls.

In a nutshell, no, this isn’t about quashing the unruly Tea Party, it’s about the Conservative Victory Project playing self-styled Republican-party policeman by more thoroughly vetting potential candidates in the first place.

To which Bob Woodward rejoined, “My last book is going to be called, ‘Some People Never Go Away,’ and Karl’s going to get his own chapter. … So you’re going to set yourself up as a kind of polling hero… The whole theory of Republicanism is to let the local, state, or district decide.” Heh.

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steebo77 on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thanks steebo77. Awesome facts and needed to be posted. Great job!!

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

HondaV65 on February 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

That would be great news" but I'll believe it when Boneless gets primaried out in Ohio.

TMOverbeck on February 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

The only one that could pull that off would be Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. He lives very close to Boehner’s home District. Wish I knew what it would cost him to move, I’d start a donation fund!!

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

…this money is too difficult to raise to be spending it on the behalf of candidates who have little chance winning in the general election.

Well said Rove! Let’s all remember this in 2016 when the Republicans put up a liberal NE Republican or the ever pushed upon us "moderate" Republican with little chance of winning the Presidency.

From Rove’s own mouth, don’t give any money or support to a moderate or liberal NE Republican candidate with little chance of winning the Presidency.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

From Rove's own mouth, don't give any money or support to a moderate or liberal NE Republican candidate with little chance of winning the Presidency.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

That is awesome. I’m putting that quote in my 2014 Folder since it may come in handy then too. Then as 2016 draws near, will transfer it over to that Folder.

Good info, thanks!!

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

steebo77 on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

A win is a win where I come from..I would have gladly taken either one of those wins (2000 & 2004) in 2012..Would you not have??!!??..:)

Dire Straits on February 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

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