BILL O'REILLY: Okay, we have to stop being the stupid party, and you say?
KARL ROVE: I think he is right. He was talking about Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana and their terrible comments on abortion. I think he is right. This formulation actually has been offered before by Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) who wrote a famous essay in the 1970s talking about the Democratic party being the stupid party and the Republican party gaining ascendancy because it was the party of ideas. Jindal understands that, so do people like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio and Mitch Daniels and Scott Walker, all of whom have been emphasizing the same theme in recent weeks. I think they're absolutely on target.
The Republican party can't simply be in mindless opposition to Barack Obama. It has to offer a vision of the future that is attractive and compelling for Americans to associate with.
O'REILLY: That means, I think what you is you have to come to the center a little bit more. Not on the far right.
ROVE: No, what -- look, it needs to be smart. Which means it doesn't need to go out and say stupid things like Todd Akin did, throwing away a Senate seat that we should have otherwise had. Look, it says explain what you're for and be for something. I mean, we are a growth and opportunity party. We believe in limited government and cutting the deficit and restraining spending because we know that that thereby increases the opportunity to spread prosperity more broadly and for everybody who wants to work hard and set a dream and set a course to achieve their dream. We need to talk about what it is that we want to do for America, not simply what we want to stop President Obama from doing. (O'Reilly Factor, January 28, 2013)