Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:54 PM
leftlibdem420 (256 posts)
Karl Rove's legacy in one word: failure.
When one looks at the Bush Presidency and the outcomes of the 2006, 2008, and 2012 elections, one word comes to mine: failure.
Bush's Presidency is regarded as a "miserable failure" but pretty much everyone; eollow Republicans have described his SuperPac as a "colossal failure".
Under KKKarl's tenure, the GOP lost the entire Muslim vote, previously a small but reliable demographic for the Republicans, and huge swathes of support from (in order of magnitude) the Hispanic vote, the woman vote, the youth vote, the LGBT vote, and the non-religious vote. KKKarl's disastrous tenure is the culmination of a ruinous trend for the Republican Party. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the GOP was able to get away with seeing its support annihilated in New England, among African-Americans, and among sectors of the non-socialist "left" that historical or factional problems with the Democratic Party. The GOP could afford to no longer be the party of Bob Lafollette, Fiorello Laguardia, Ike Eisenhower (who taxed the bejesus out of the 1%), Margaret Chase-Smith, and Edward Brooke so long as it was gaining a steady inflow of conservative White Democrats from the South, the lower Midwest, the Great Plains, and Appalachia. The special problem with KKKarl's tenure is that it iis ruinous for someone with his degree of power and influence to not realize how close the GOP was to reaching its ceiling in these regions, with vote totals going north of 60, 70, and even 80% in some counties. In other words, then, the GOP has spent the past few years alienating huge swaths of the electorate while running out of places where it could make-up the ground. And if a man as great as Edward Brooke could not save the GOP for New England or for African-Americans, how could men and women as small as Michelle Bachmann, Mark Rubio, Herman Cain, and Bobby the Exorcist expect to save the GOP from its current predicament? Dude, I'm sorry Axelrod kicked your ass with like one zillionth of the money.
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