Friday, July 1, 2011

When Did Republicans Start Ignoring Karl Rove?

David Frum chides Karl Rove for giving good advice too late.
Karl Rove today outlines the requirements for a successful GOP campaign in 2012. Suffice to say, if Rove is right, the GOP has already stumbled into deep, deep trouble.

Rove: “The GOP nominee should fiercely challenge Mr. Obama’s policies, actions and leadership using the president’s own words, but should stay away from questioning his motives, patriotism or character. He will do this to his GOP opponent to try to draw Republicans into the mud pit. They should avoid it.”

Kind of late for that advice.
Frum goes on to give a series of examples of Republicans "questioning [Obama's] motives, patriotism or character."  A couple of examples have occurred since Rove and Frum wrote their columns. 

First, Senator John Thune accused Obama of being lazy.  The Hill reports,
One of the Senate's top Republicans on Thursday fired back at President Obama for questioning his party's work ethic, suggesting that the president should spend less time on the golf course.

"I think the best way to get an appointment with the president is to set up a tee time," Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, told Fox News.
Further, the New York Times reports that Pat Roberts implies that the President needs medical treatment for anger management.
Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas even suggested that the president needed some sedation before he resumed discussions with them.

“I remember when he talked to Republicans before, and all we got was a lecture,” Mr. Roberts said. “So maybe if he would just take a Valium and calm down and come down and talk to us, it might be helpful.”
One possessed of a snarky spirit might note that Senators Thune and Roberts are giving contradictory advice.  Valium might make one lethargic and "lazy."  Following Roberts advice seems to make following Thune's impossible.

On a serious level, it's good to see reminders to "stay away from questioning his motives, patriotism or character."  It's worrisome that senior legislators ignore that advice and cause one to wonder when Karl Rove became the voice of reason within the Republican Party.

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