Karl Rove: CA GOP must ‘Get back in the game and fight’

March 3, 2013

By Katy Grimes


SACRAMENTO — “Losing has one great benefit to it,” Karl Rove, told a large luncheon California Republican Party spring convention in Sacramento yesterday. “It gives you the chance to start fresh to look everything anew and start rebuilding from the ground up in innovative and thoughtful ways that will expand our reach and expand our members.”

What can you say about Karl Rove, “the Architect”? It seems everyone has an opinion of Rove — he is either loved or hated. And Saturday at the state Republican Convention, Rove did not disappoint.

“Get off your ass. Get back in the game and fight,” Rove told a packed luncheon crowd.

Rove, the former senior aide adviser to President George W. Bush, had plenty of advice for California Republicans — and it wasn’t always pretty.

“We are Republican because we believe in personal freedom and limited government,” Rove said. “And not because we believe government needs to give to this or that group. It’s about limited government that allows every person rise to life.”

Summoned by new California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte to speak to the conventioneers, Rove told Republicans they’ve been confortable talking to each other, but have broader obligations. “We need to be asking for the vote. And we need to pay more attention to who is asking for the vote.”

President Obama

“Obama is more concerned in beating the opposition, beating them down, and breaking his political opposition,” Rove explained. “That’s his principal focus.”

“He wants us to sit on sideline, wring our hands and say, ‘Woe is me.’”

Instead, Rove admonished California Republicans to get more effective with their communications.

“Losing has a great benefit to starting fresh, rebuilding from ground up,” Rove said. “We can expand opportunities and victories.”

But he warned Republicans to focus on more than “just the tactical stuff. We have great principles. But sometimes it sounds like 1960, or 1980. It’s not. It’s 2013.”

Rove said Republicans need to listen to how to modernize. “We need some forebearance. We need to stay focused on the big issues.”

Sequester deflection

With everyone focused on the national sequester, Rove said Democrats have successfully deflected some of the bigger things.

“The sequester is 2.4 percent of the budget.  We’re not cutting like you had to in California,” Rove said. “We’re just reducing future growth of government.”

Ray La Hood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is threatening to cut air traffic controllers, Rove said. Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, threatened he will have to close every national park campground because of the sequester, instead of cutting real government waste and excess.

The bottom line

“There is not enough revenue, and too much spending,” Rove said. “Government getting too big, and too expensive.”

Rove said the debt is up about 60 percent from the $10 trillion Obama inherited.

According to the latest data, U.S. gross domestic product rose just 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Economists had expected GDP to increase 1 percent. “But there is no European Union to bail us out,” Rove said.

“The biggest problem is our economy. We’re in a recovery,” he said mockingly. “This is the weakest recorded recover in history of country, which means this is the first recovery in which median household income has dropped.

“We used to say everything important in America happened first in California. A Republican resurgence could happen in California. The future of this state is so important. The future of country depends on it.”

But, Rove added, “We in Texas are grateful for you sending your best and brightest to us.”


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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 3 March, 2013, 10:50

    Rove and his boss, Bush, flooded amerika with illegals, more than any other president(at a much higher rate than Obama). And he never got more even close to 50% of the hispanic vote nation wide. Now the republicans find them selves on the far wrong side of the hispanic demographics and may be permantly out of presidential politics.
    Rove is the architect of the end of the republican party, and possibly the united states. Rove is the architect of the USSA.

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  2. Tea for thee
    Tea for thee 3 March, 2013, 11:23

    I wish Rove would take Bushes lead and disappear from the spotlight. This country and the agenda of the right need some fresh faces. rove should go quietly into the night.

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  3. lila
    lila 3 March, 2013, 12:49

    With people like you and your progressive Marx left thoughts & ideas is the reason California is in the the shape we are in. If you can not spell AMERICA right why are you here??( very disrespectful) You need to inform yourself because you don’t know what you are talking about. Go back to where you came from.

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  4. surfpunk
    surfpunk 3 March, 2013, 13:03

    lila, please wake up.

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  5. us citizen
    us citizen 3 March, 2013, 18:02

    Well first of all if the repubs want to take back CA, then they better start campaigning here instead of just giving it to the dems in every stinking election. Did Romney come here? No, the repubs feel like it is a waste of time and money.

    Second of all……stop caving into the dems and actually stand up to them. If I see another repub kiss BO’s ring, Im going to puke. Grow some balls and stop worrying about who might vote because you are losing the people who would vote for you. Stand up for the party program and stop trying to please everyone because you cant and you certainly cant by crossing over to the dems side.

    Last……..lila…….it is not disrespectful to criticize a country who is failing its responsibility to keep the govt small and stop wasteful spending. If the people did not have this right, then it would be a hell of a lot worse than it is. Also is this really the best you have for a response?

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 3 March, 2013, 18:17

    I’m from La Puente, en LA county.
    Most likely I’m more conservative than you. I spell Amerika with a K to satire how Amerika is BECOMING a socialist country and how I disagree with the demoncrats and socialism. I satired the spelling of USA to USSA to show how Amerika is going down the marxist path, the wrong path.
    I guess you haven’t read many of these blogs and how we conservatives make plays on words to harass the left.
    Carl Rove and Bush #2 called conservative Americans raciest for saying we should secure the border. He flooded Amerika with millions of illegal aliens, who then stabbed the republicans in the back by voting for the dems in mass.
    Bush and Rove have destroyed the Republican party.
    Ya me voy.

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  7. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 3 March, 2013, 22:21

    There’s a reason GWB’s nickname for Rove was “Turd Blossom.”

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  8. Barb
    Barb 4 March, 2013, 16:24

    Hear, hear Hondo! Karl Rove has and is continuing to do a disservice to the Republican Party! Of course, to me the issue of immigration pales in comparison to the largest issue at hand which is our fiscal climate! Our current fiscal nightmare is more like it! Both the Democrats and the Republicans have contributed to the destruction of this great country and the state of California! I think people are so dang tired of the politics between these two parties that I wouldn’t be surprised if another party rises out of the ashes to seek more common sense approaches.

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