Rove Throwing in the Towel?
by Matt Stoller, Wed Nov 01, 2006 at 03:57:41 PM EST
Associates say Rove is privately frustrated that individual candidates have not been more aggressive in drawing contrasts with Democrats on national security.
As Sargent notes, it's not Rove's fault if his candidates lose, even though he controls all major levers of power and finance within the party. Rove cannot fail, he can only be failed. Rove is also painting a Democratic-controlled House and Senate as part of his overall conservative agenda.
While Rove's confidence in the midterms does not waver, he said the conservative changes that Bush has promoted do not hinge on just one election: "1938 was a huge wipeout for the Democrats -- do you think that was the end of the New Deal?"
This is a remarkable admission - the 1938 election was not the end of the New Deal because even though the Republicans picked up 6 seats, the Democrats still held two thirds of the Senate. It also presaged the first fracturing of the Democratic coalition. If this is their 1938 election, the Rove plan is basically over.
Rove is also unable to comprehend that his strategy isn't working. It's not that candidates are failing to blame others for their failures, it's that the Republicans no longer have any credibility on matters of war and peace. Take this clip from Majority Leader Boehner on how the Generals and not Rumsfeld have screwed up the situation in Iraq.
The Generals in Iraq have screwed this situation up, but they were merely foolish and sycophantic to Rumsfeld's undisciplined and self-righteous lunacy. We are a weaker country today than we were six years ago, but hopefully we are a little bit wiser. Ultimately, Iraq is the problem with the Republican strategy. Their governance model is broken because it destroys the ability of the public to come to an effective and workable consensus on policy issues. Iraq has shown the public that Nixonian tactics and PR can't keep a society stable and free. What will replace their order is not clear, but Rove's Republic is over.
I never thought I'd read that Karl Rove thinks he's going to lose. But he does. Let's throw 'em an anchor.