Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 26, 2011

Keep it up Karl!

The more Karl Rove attempts to bring down Herman Cain, the more appealing Cain (gaffes and all!) becomes.   Yesterday Byron York at the Washington Examiner reported on the latest from Bush’s “Brain” on Cain:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says GOP strategist and former top Bush aide Karl Rove is deliberately trying to talk down Cain’s campaign in order to benefit rival candidate Mitt Romney.

Appearing on Fox News Monday morning, Rove produced a whiteboard on which he had written a list of recent and not-so-recent Cain gaffes: statements on abortion, taxes, terrorism, neoconservatism, the Mideast, and others. “The whole effect of this is to not create an image, I think, of him being a flip-flopper,” Rove said. “I think it’s to create an image of being not up to the task.”

“It’s a good thing the voters are not looking at Karl Rove’s little whiteboard,” Cain said in a phone conversation from a stop in Chicago Monday afternoon. “I believe it is a deliberate attempt to damage me because I am not, quote unquote, the establishment choice. But why not go with the choice that the people seem to like?”

Read it all.  Cain says he believes Karl Rove is in for Romney.

Rove, a friend of Norquist by the way, doesn’t like Cain in the same way he and the Establishment didn’t like Sarah Palin—Cain (so far) shows no sign of being controlled by the Washington ruling class.   He is a wild card to them.  He might actually break up some of the existing power structure within the Republican crony capitalist establishment.  (LOL! I can dream can’t I?).


Responses

  1. Ann:
    Up to this point I’ve been very impressed with your political savvy and insight. It would appear from this posting that you are among those who have accepted the idea that Mr. Cain is an outsider and true TEA party candidate. I would suggest that a hard look at the man would suggest otherwise.
    As most are aware, he was chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Although he has recently begun to distance himself from his previous position, he has spent most of his public life supporting and promoting the fed. He also supported the TARP program/bailout, questionably for the financial relief provided to his banker friends.
    His current 9-9-9 tax plan which many are rushing to support, would create a national sales tax on top of our current income tax. Though he touts a low introductory rate, there is nothing to prevent those rates from increasing. The tax plan is an establishment dream come true and could well provide the final nail in the coffin for the middle class in this country (also an establishment goal by the way).
    I am certainly no fan of Karl Rove, however, the man is nothing if not shrewd. He has his pick of establishment candidates in this race and he is likely smart enough to exploit his unpopularity among TEA party types and others of like mind by attacking one of the candidates thereby shoring up that candidates’ TEA party credentials and support. The most suitable candidate for such treatment is of course Mr. Cain who has made every effort (and it would appear has been largely successful) in portraying himself as such. The establishment doesn’t need to care which establishment candidate wins as long as any nonestablishment, true-reformer is prevented from winning the nomination.

    • Dr. Belcher, who in your mind is the “nonestablishment true-reformer” in the race? Every candidate but Cain has been a professional politician (some for decades) and they haven’t moved the ball very far—or more precisely—look where they’ve gotten us.

  2. Ann, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    GOP has been controlled by the big-money, liberal East-Coast Establishment for many decades. It will take the Tea Party Movement more than 1 election cycle to put a true conservative back in the White House.

    IMHO, it would be a long-term error to put someone like Cain or Bachmann — conservative but not ready to be president — in the White House. Look at the disaster Obama has been for the Far Left.

    The real fight right now is for internal control of the GOP.

    • Paul, who is leading a fight for us for “internal control of the GOP?” I think the GOP will implode before Tea Party minded/immigration restrictionist/social conservatives/ non-crony capitalists get any control. I am serious, I would like to know who our leaders are in the fight for control of the GOP?

  3. Day by day the conservative base sees that the Republican elite
    are unreachable. It is time for the Tea Party
    to make it emphatically clear that we are going our own way.
    Without the grassroot conservative base the Republicans are
    nothing but a country club clique standing around with cocktail glasses.
    We should be dicatating to them..not vice versa. The very fact that
    Karl Rove is still a player instead shows just how incorrigible this disgusting
    group of people is.

  4. I’m laughing because who would think that this little ol’ post would get so much response. I appreciate all your comments, and will think about what you have all said… in the morning.


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