Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

This is a CBS Evening News clip profiling the 1972 Nixon campaign.  Karl Rove is interviewed about 4 minutes into the segment.  He's holding a bumper sticker that says 'Generation Of Peace'.

This guy learned his trade from the best.

UPDATE: One of my right-wing frenemies, GOP Web 2.0 campaign consultant David All, offers his thoughts.

Tags: Karl Rove, Richard Nixon (all tags)

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Very interesting

That was really interesting.  The funniest and most interesting part was how easy it was to tell how much Dan Rather hated Nixon.  They never did get a long.  And, you'd have to say:  Rather WON!

by MaryGallan 2007-03-27 10:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Very interesting

Indeed. It appears , there's one more area where the Democrats and the Republicans completly and utterly switched roles.

Youth Voter Outreach.

Today Republicans are trying to get 50 year olds to reach out to 20 year olds. It's not working. Except for the small appeal among the College Republicans embracing their fear of a "Brown America" , I'd say the Republican Party has for the most part, lost the Youth Vote.

;p

by ObamaEdwards2008 2007-03-27 11:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Very interesting

Neither party really seems to be doing all that much to reach out to youth, though. By that I mean more than just convincing them to vote for us, or selling them on our party's platform, but adopting policies that specifically appeal to young people. I think they'd see that as a welcome change from being dumped on politically for the first 18 years of their lives.

by taradinoc 2007-03-27 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Very interesting

They could start by adopting policies that don't alienate young people.  Baby steps.

by JJCPA 2007-03-27 06:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

I can't really describe how much that bumper sticker turns my stomach.

by andy k 2007-03-27 10:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

1972.  CREEP.  Jeb Magruder.  John Mitchell.

Thanks for the reminder.  Ugh.

by Joe R 2007-03-27 11:04AM | 0 recs
Rove started earlier than that

If you watch the Frontline documentary on Rove it shows him as a little kid doing this stuff. Crazy huh?

by medleysoul 2007-03-27 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Rove started earlier than that

Damn, Rove looked like a cute harmless boy, like McCauley Culkin with sideburns.  

I guess all the exposure to the Dark Side of the Force morphed him into the evil creature we now see.

by Winston Smith 2007-03-27 10:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

Seeing the GOP using that technology in 1972 makes me wonder if the DNC did the same thing.

by LionelEHutz 2007-03-27 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

I was impressed that they were using an IBM System 360 mainframe as an office machine. From the orig. 1964 IBM  product announcement: "System/360 monthly rentals will range from $2,700 for a basic configuration to $115,000 for a typical large multisystem configuration. Comparable purchase prices range from $133,000 to $5,500,000."

by kck 2007-03-27 11:51AM | 0 recs
Media angle

Interesting. That was a five and a half minute news report with some real substance. The contrast with today's largely vapid, minute-thirty drive-bys is striking...

by Steve in Sacto 2007-03-27 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove's Role in Nixon's Campaign

That's very interesting.  They were way ahead of the curve.

by Reece 2007-03-27 03:48PM | 0 recs
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