What Karl Rove Doesn’t Get, and Maybe Trump Does…

It is still amazing to us here at Politicalfuzz that Karl Rove is considered a “go to” analysis. He has been praised by the likes of Rush Limbaugh. To be fair Rush has also criticized him – but Rush even let that “architect” sit in for him as host. So there was a lot of love going on at some point, I assume when Rush was getting access to the White House and carrying all that water.

Karl Rove has probably done more to destroy the Conservative Party than anyone has in modern history. In 2013, Media Matters actually did a pretty good job covering Karl and the anger he generates in the Republican Party:

A Brief History Of Conservative Anger At “Propagandist” Karl Rove And His “Repulsive” Political Group

If history is not interesting enough, the article above also includes a couple of Twitter posts from Trump back in 2013, where he calls Karl Rove a loser and complains he has no victories. I wonder why Fox didn’t ask Trump about those posts?

Karl Rove was also a full on supporter of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). You know who else was a player in PNAC – Jeb Bush! Much of the War on Terror is grounded in PNAC. If you know nothing about PNAC, it is not surprising because the news media doesn’t either. I have never heard Karl or Jeb get a question about PNAC and Rove is still a FOX news analysis. Hopefully Trump will enlighten everyone (hint hint!) before Rove is done attacking him, as we can most assuredly tell you Rove will.

If Karl Rove’s past transgressions aren’t enough, they are hardly even needed. Rove’s biggest issue is his stupid white board, where he writes down all his numbers like an egghead professor. We can save a lot of marker ink to sum up Rove’s political acumen. Here it is – Win at any cost. Have no founding principles – just win. If there are 20% blue people, do things blue people like. If there are 30% green people, do what green people like. There you have it, the Karl Rove success strategy. No wonder Limbaugh thinks he is a political genius.

Here is what the RINO GOP does not get; the conservative wing of the Republican Party is sick of business as usual. In one election, we had Rudy Giuliani, a man with a proven record of accomplishment doing conservative moves and he was able to lean centrist when needed. What we got was John McCain, a person that never met a War or Democrat he didn’t like. In another election, we had yet another conservative that also could lean centrist and had a very strong proven record of accomplishment. Newt Gingrich when speaker of the house was praised by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, but not when he ran for president. No instead of someone with a proven track record like Newt, we got Mitt Romney. Instead of two conservatives with proven records of doing the hard adult conservative moves that could lean centrist, we got two full on centrists that always leaned left.

The two examples above are illustrative in so much as Rudy and Newt were on fire, then out of nowhere the usual suspects – FOX, Rush and Mark Levin started falling in line, bashing the front runners to a pulp so the “establishment puppet” could properly walk in and be crowned.

We expect the exact same path will be followed with Trump. FOX tried to come out of the gate firing because he looks so formidable. They will back off a bit in the second debate because it was so obvious. However, by the third debate – the Fox, the Rush and the Levin will all be firing at him.  Same pattern, same outcome – look for it!

Not so Fast Fox!

So it looks like the Trumpster has made up with Roger:

Donald Trump Makes Up With Roger Ailes of Fox News

And Megyn still thinks she did nothing wrong:

Megyn Kelly Defends Debate Questions: I Didn’t ‘Attack’ Trump

And while we at the Politicalfuzz love to see such harmony in the universe, we are not so easily taken by such sleight of hand moves. Let us explain…

Megyn Kelly said, “We were trying to drill down to their most vulnerable areas and then give them a chance to explain them. And also give the audience a chance to see how they would handle that”

Here is the problem with that excuse; you did not ask Bush the following question:

Mr. Bush, you said the GOP Must ‘Lose The Primary To Win The General’. Mr. Bush, are you not unapologetically dismissing the GOP base? Moreover, just how does that work – losing the primary to win the general

No Megyn Kelly, Brett Baier, and Chris (acorn not falling far from the tree) Wallace in all of their hours and hours of preparation did not come up with that question. No, here is what they asked Bush:

WALLACE: “Senator Rubio, when Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for presidency, he said this: “There’s no passing off responsibility when you’re a governor, no blending into the legislative crowd.

Could you please address Governor Bush across the stage here, and explain to him why you, someone who has never held executive office, are better prepared to be president than he is, a man who you say did a great job running your state of Florida for eight years.

Yea – explain to Mr. Bush already!

BAIER: “Governor Bush, you have insisted that you’re your own man. You say you have a life experience uniquely your own. Not your father’s, not your brother’s.

But there are several opponents on this stage who get big- applause lines in early voting states with this line: quote, “the last thing the country needs is another Bush in the Oval Office.”

So do you understand the real concern in this country about dynastic politics?

Yea – we don’t care about all that other stuff, what about Dynasty? Do you think you could play a role on that if we brought the TV series back?  And do you like how I used the word dynastic?

WALLACE: “I want to ask you about a statement that you made last year about illegal immigrants. And here’s what you said. “They broke the law, but it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.” Do you stand by that statement and do you stand by your support for earned legal status?

Honestly – this is a decent question for a debate. You got one good question in there, pretty good for a professional with that many years of experience!

WALLACE: “Thank you, sir.” (And sorry I had to ask a sort of tough question…)

WALLACE: “Mr. Trump, it has not escaped anybody’s notice that you say that the Mexican government, the Mexican government is sending criminals — rapists, drug dealers, across the border. Governor Bush has called those remarks, quote, extraordinarily ugly. I’d like you — you’re right next to him — tell us — talk to him directly and say how you respond to that

Yea – explain to Mr. Bush already!

KELLY: “Governor Bush, for days on end in this campaign, you struggled to answer a question about whether knowing what we know now…”

You screwed up the answer the first time – let us give you a chance to get it right. To be fair, Jeb was taken out of context when he responded to this question the first time. He was clearly talking from an “at that point in time” standpoint. It is a non-issue – so let us throw another softball.

BAIER: “Governor Bush, you are one of the few people on the stage who advocates for Common Core education standards, reading and math. A lot of people on this stage vigorously oppose federal involvement in education. They say it should all be handled locally.

President Obama’s secretary of education, Arnie Duncan, has said that most of the criticism of Common Core is due to a, quote, “fringe group of critics.” Do you think that’s accurate?

Yea – is Arnie Duncan right or wrong?

FOX Fair and GOP Balanced

Some 5 years ago, I started telling my friend that FOX news is not conservative, it is GOP. Let us be clear there is a difference, now more than ever, between the GOP and Conservatism. While my friend now sees this about FOX, FOX is still seen by the left as some extreme right wing organization. It will always been seen that way, because left leaning people will simply never watch it. They rarely ever watch any political shows (as rating numbers often confirm).

Take one of the moderators of the 1st 2016 Presidential GOP Republican Prime Time Debate, Chris Wallace. He rarely goes after a liberal political figure the way he does a conservative one. Apparently, I’m not alone in recognizing this:

If Wallace were not working for Rupert Murdoch, the loaded questions, opinionated assertions and repeated interruptions would earn Wallace a lifetime membership in the Liberal Media Elite Club.”

Sounds like a perfect pick to host the 1st 2016 GOP debate! However, the biggest disappointment has to be Megyn Kelly. Between the two, they asked Trump a barrage of questions you will never ever see a MSNBC or CNN moderator ask a Democrat candidate. And I mean NEVER!

It is obvious to anyone that has even a modicum of common sense this was a direct attack to take Trump out, because he does not fit the GOP mold. For one, he does not sound like a Democrat and these days, to be a GOP top tier candidate, you have to sound like a Democrat.

Big Donors Warn Candidates On Eve Of Debate: “Take Trump Out”

Since the above story broke on DC Whispers prior to the debate, apparently the tack was changed to using the moderators. It was so obvious, that the attack started on the first question. Instead of “moderating” the debate, the FOX news “Professionals” became the debaters. It was transparent and sick, but mostly it was sad.

If Megyn and Chris really did prepare as much as they say they did, then it is clear there was much discussion about Trump. It is also apparent that conversation had nothing to do with Trump’s ideas, his ability nor his success. Either it simply was about what they had been instructed to do or each watches many reality TV shows. I wonder which…

Of this I can be sure; Megyn Kelly – if your news career continues to blossom, you will look back on this performance with embarrassment.