by Kevin “Coach” Collins
Listening to what Karl Rove has to say about elective politics–or most everything else–is about as inviting as swallowing a few raw eggs. He is so consistently wrong that only the consistently wrong GOPe can stand to listen to him.
Half-truths and ignoring reality comprise his inexcusable M.O.
Almost before the last bit of confetti fluttered to the floor at David Jolly’s victory party last Tuesday night, Rove was leading the GOP establishment’s charge to “caution against thinking he won because of Obamacare.” Despite Democrat Alex Sink’s support of the mess Barack Obama made of our once great healthcare delivery system Rove was unable, or more to the point, unwilling to acknowledge she doomed herself by talking about “repair not repeal.”
Sink brought many tangible advantages into the campaign to fill a vacant Congressional seat, but Jolly won largely by sticking to the message: “Don’t fix Obamacare, repeal it.” Nevertheless, the simple truth is that except for support of Obamacare, this seat was Sink’s to lose.
Obama won the district in both 2008 and 2012. Sink won the district when she ran for state wide office twice, including just four years ago during her run for governor. This race was tagged as a “Democrat must win” by both sides precisely because it would be a proving ground for the lies Democrats could tell about Obamacare and their position on it during the coming mid-term election campaign.
Nevertheless, the mantra from Rove and the same losers who gave us Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney (and fought like tigers to deny Ronald Reagan our nomination in 1980), is the sour grapes lie that Jolly did not call for repeal of Obamacare. For their own reasons, the GOPe doesn’t want Republican voters to believe Jolly won by attacking Obamacare.
The only evidence that David Jolly ever said he merely wanted to “fix” Obamacare not repeal it was on Rove’s insulting white board. Jolly consistently called for its repeal and Rover knows that.
In a recent essay, Rove contradicted his own argument that Obamacare didn’t win the race for Jolly by first saying his poll of the district showed voters against Obamacare 52/42; then adding “…among Republicans: Attacking ObamaCare motivated them more than supporting it energized Democrats. Independents opposed ObamaCare but by a narrower margin.”
So Mr. Rove how is it that Obamacare isn’t the silver bullet that stops the Democrat wolf?
Trying to follow this man’s muddled logic can give you a headache and it’s as inviting as drinking raw eggs.