Posts tagged Karl Rove
The 2016 presidential campaign has definitely started. No candidates have announced themselves, but the most likely players are clearly evident. For the Democrats, most speculation has centered around two veteran politicians: former Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. On the Republican side stands a bevy of brash young Turks, each trying to out-do the others for the most possible camera time. You can tell which side is already running scared, and which opposing candidate is most feared. Fox “News” and Karl Rove (desperate to remain a player after backing so many losers in 2012) have already created a campaign-style attack ad.
The attacks on Secretary Clinton consist of innuendo and speculation fueled by hearings in the House Oversight Committee chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Vista, CA). Those hearings were in regard to a different attack — the September, 2012, assault on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, an action which resulted in the deaths of Christopher Stevens (then America’s ambassador to Libya) and three other staffers. Republicans have already taken multiple bites off this apple, including non-inhaling former Governor Mitt Romney’s clumsy and ineffective macho blustering that began while the event was still under way; then a sensationalist first set of Congressional hearings in January; and then the scuttling of Susan Rice’s nomination for the post of Secretary of State. In no case was any wrongdoing revealed, only Republican frustration at the Obama Administration’s insufficiently prurient use of the word “terrorism.”
By now it’s conventional wisdom that the Republican Party has moved extremely far to the right. So far, in fact, that Michele Bachmann (heretofore best known for this clip in which she demands that her fellow congress members be investigated for “anti-American ideas”) is now, incredibly, a top-tier presidential candidate.
The GOP is so far to the right that it is practically meeting itself coming around the corner, voting against ideas that it once supported, like tax cuts, and even initiatives Republicans once sponsored, simply because they are proposed by Democrats as possible solutions to some of the nation’s problems.
Corrected: 5/11/2011 2:05PM PDT
In case any of you ever thought politics wasn’t fun, I give you the special election in NY-26 to be held on May 24th, called by Governor Cuomo to replace freshman Chris Lee who resigned in February after the married Congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on an Internet dating site.
Though Lee was one of only three Republicans in his state’s 29-member legislative caucus, NY-26 has been a reliably Republican seat for many years, often won by as much as a 40-point spread. But this special election is surprisingly competitive.
The race is between GOP candidate Jane Corwin and Democrat Kathy Hochul, and the conservative vote is being split by perennial candidate Jack Davis* who is running on the Tea Party ticket. Recognizing what a blow it will be to Republican morale in 2012 if they lose another “safe” GOP seat, Karl Rove’s committee is plowing $350,000 into the race on Corwin’s behalf. The DCCC has just announced they will weigh in on Hochul’s behalf with a major ad buy as well, probably about $250,000.
Hochul is relentlessly hammering on the Ryan budget plan to gut Medicare and give further tax cuts to the wealthy, and her message is playing surprisingly well in dark-red upstate New York. The most recent polls now show the Democrat running slightly ahead of her GOP rival.
*Note: In an earlier version of this article, we erroneously linkes to Jack Davis, the cartoonist, on Wikipedia, instead of Jack Davis, the industrialist. We regret the error.
- A Special Election May Be a Special Case (FiveThirtyEight)
- NY-26: Dem Kathy Hochul in the lead in new DK/SEIU poll (dailykos.com)
- The GOP Again Learns That When It Plants Ice It’s Going To Harvest Wind (themoderatevoice.com)
- DK Elections: NY-26: DCCC, Crossroads send money (dailykos.com)
- NY-26: Is there any surer sign our poll was right? (dailykos.com)
- New York 26th Special Election Just Keeps Getting Better (lezgetreal.com)
- NY-26: Jane Corwin (R) leads by just five in new poll (dailykos.com)
- Ad Wars: DCCC Jumps Into N.Y. Special Election (blogs.wsj.com)
- American Crossroads Spends Big in N.Y. House Election (blogs.wsj.com)
- New York special election in national spotlight (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Democrat Moves Ahead in NY-26 Race (politicalwire.com)
It’s right over there. It’s big and smelly, and it takes up a lot of room. People have been tiptoeing around it for months, pretending it doesn’t exist, but it’s grown too big to ignore. So let’s just walk over and confront it directly. Somebody has to.
Are birthers simply racists by another name?
Lots of people think so, and a few aren’t even afraid to say so out loud. But are they right?
Almost wholly lost in the media hysteria over the president’s stunning release of his long-form birth certificate on April 27 was a surprising series of personnel moves among Obama’s military leadership on the same day. Robert Gates will finally draw his longed-for, well-deserved retirement and head home to Texas, while Leon Panetta takes over as Secretary of Defense. Lieutenant General John Allen assumes command in Afghanistan and David Petraeus takes over as director of the CIA.
The Citizens United ruling by the Supreme court has opened the floodgates for cash from “independent parties” which is now flooding into the election. Donna Brazile explores the implications of this in her article today at CNN.com.
Brazile’s article contains some truly astonishing facts:
The Washington Postreported that “independent” political operations have spent $80 million so far, five times as much as in the 2006 election. The vast majority of that money is being spent on behalf of conservatives to defeat Democratic candidates in the midterms.
More than half of the money is coming from undisclosed donors with patriotic-sounding names akin to “Americans For Apple Pie” and “Lovers of the Stars and Stripes” — and now it appears there is even evidence of foreign corporation contributing to Republicans in this election. There is no way to find out for sure where the money is coming from, and no requirement to disclose the identity of contributors until a full year AFTER the election, if ever. But we all know Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie have organized much of this corporate effort to buy and control the levers of power in America.
Thus far, everybody seems a bit gobsmacked by the scope of this. It’s sort of come out of nowhere (though what did we expect, given that court ruling?) I haven’t even seen much commentary on it yet… just a general appalled silence and an undercurrent of deep alarm. For Democrats it’s sort of like coming home to find a “For Sale” sign on the lawn, and learning your estranged spouse has put the place up for sale without consulting you.
So…what do we think about this? What can be done about it?