“Brutal Attacks” by Obama will Continue (Karl Rove)

The Wall Street Journal’s print edition today published its weekly op-ed by Karl Rove titled, “Rove: This Too Shall Pass, but What Follows Is Crucial

Karl Rove (Photo: Twitter @karlrove)

You know the old adage? The one that goes something like, “Opinions are like belly buttons . . . everyone has one.” Political junkies, like those of us that contribute to MRC, read a lot of political “chaff” in our efforts to find content we hope will enlighten and inspire. What I have found is that pundits and writers, by their very nature, are compelled to give their opinion one way or the other. And everyone wants to be a critic, even those that want Governor Romney to be president. Most of their content is frankly chaff, even when sailing is smooth.

I have found Karl Rove’s intellect, political insight, and experience to be a steady light in the tumultuous world of politics. For me, his humor also delivers his message with a certain immutable confidence and credibility. Excerpts from this week’s editorial:

It’s over. Gov. Mitt Romney’s statements last week about the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, followed by the release this week of a video of Mr. Romney at a May fundraiser, have brought the 2012 election to an early end.

At least that is what you’d take away from some pundits. But this is a classic example of the commentariat investing moments with more meaning than they deserve.

Mr. Romney’s comments about Americans who don’t pay taxes were, as he admitted during a Monday press conference, “inelegant.” But every campaign has its awkward moments that the media magnify. Mr. Obama had his after saying on July 13, “You didn’t build that.” For a while thereafter, Team Obama could do little right. Then it passed.

This moment, too, will pass for Mr. Romney. More important, the past week’s events have not significantly altered the contours of the race. A month ago, Gallup had Mr. Obama at 45% and Mr. Romney at 47%. On Wednesday, Gallup reported 47% for Obama, 46% for Romney. A month ago Rasmussen said it was 45% for Mr. Obama, 43% for Mr. Romney. In its Wednesday poll, Rasmussen reported 46% for Obama, 47% for Romney.

Presidential races can look one way now but much differently on Election Day. In mid-September 1980, President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan 44% to 40% in the Gallup poll. By late October, Reagan had slumped to 39% in Gallup, while Mr. Carter had risen to 47%. Reagan won by nine points.

As for the here-and-now, one key number to watch is Mr. Obama’s vote share. In the past month, there have been 83 national polls and daily tracking surveys. Mr. Obama reached 50% in just nine and his average was 47%. That is bad news for an incumbent when attitudes about the No. 1 issue—the economy—are decidedly sour.

This isn’t to suggest the Romney campaign doesn’t have big challenges. But both camps do.

In the two weeks before the presidential debates begin, Mr. Romney must define more clearly what he would do as president. In spelling out his five-point plan for the middle class, he’ll have to deepen awareness of how each element would help families in concrete, practical ways, and offer optimism for renewed prosperity.

Mr. Romney and his team (and supporters) must also steel themselves for more brutal attacks. The Florida fundraising video will not likely be the last surprise. The Romney campaign has largely refused to respond to attacks as a waste of time and resources. But in politics, sometimes the counter punch is stronger than the punch.

There’s little tolerance among Republican donors, activists and talking heads for more statements by Mr. Romney that the media can depict as gaffes. But concerns about avoiding missteps must not cause Mr. Romney to favor cautious and bland. To win, he’ll need to be bold and forceful as he offers a compelling agenda of conservative reform.

Mr. Obama’s challenges may be more daunting. His strategy hasn’t worked. Team Obama planned to use its big financial edge to bury Mr. Romney under negative ads over the summer. From April 15 to Labor Day, they spent an estimated $215 million on TV. But this was more than offset by conservative groups (principally American Crossroads, which I helped found). While Mr. Obama drained his coffers his own negatives climbed, and Mr. Romney partially repaired his image with voters.

Mr. Obama needs a different strategy, but his team seems stubbornly focused merely on disqualifying Mitt Romney by whatever argument or means necessary. Yet as Rahm Emanuel has repeated for most of the year, Mr. Obama must, as he put it on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 2, “lay out an agenda and a clear vision of the next four years” or he’ll lose.
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The campaign’s next likely inflection point will be the debates, which start Oct. 3. Both candidates will be under intense pressure.
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Click here for Karl Rove’s credentials and experience in presidential politics:

Mr. Rove, the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, is the author of “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions, 2010).

About Karl Rove

Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Before Karl became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

Karl writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Fox News Contributor and is the author of the book “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions).


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9 Responses to “Brutal Attacks” by Obama will Continue (Karl Rove)

  1. robert patterson says:

    The ONLY way to get AMERICA back to work , is to make it GOOD for BIG Business, to have plants HERE, in the US. I’m SCARED, if there is another World War, All of our STEEL MILLS are gone, and over seas, the empty plants here, would take MONTHS or YEARS to get up and running, because of old equipment. Look where all the “American” companies are working, its NOT here. Its Mexico, Its Canada, Its EVERYWHERE but here. You want to jump the economy, GET MANUFACTURING jobs back here, and stop the outsourcing

  2. Shauna says:

    Thank you Karl and Vic.

    We must get Mitt elected and we must get those negative pontificators on our side on the same team. Everyone of the questionable incidents that have happened with Mitt would be a buzz in the wind if our side didn’t automatically turn on him. The ones who make the story into a story are people like Bill Kristol and Peggy Noonan. The media starts each time by saying how Republicans are turning against him. Every time… then it is a huge story. That’s the hook. So who’s gaffe it that? Not Mitt’s.

    The only way to beat the media is for them to get with the program and stop demanding perfection. I guess those cocktail invites are too important, more important than the country.

    Call those people out on their gaffes and tell them to stiffle it.

  3. Annette S says:

    Shauna….I agree. Bill Kristol has never been a big fan of Romney’s. Besides Bill Kristol and Peggy Noonan, I have become impatient with Bill O’Reilly and sometimes (although I really like him) Charles Krauthammer. Krauthammer was all over Romney for his so called London Olympic’s gaffe. The left wing media played the Krauthammer footage over and over. Thanks Charles. Then there is Bill O’Reilly talking about how Romney has had such a bad week and the polls show it. Enough! If he starts out his show with those comments, I’m watching Cavuto.

    I love Karl Rove. He knows and understands everything that is going on in the campaign and politics in general. His experience, intellect and humor is outstanding. I agree with Rove. I think Romney has to convincingly explain in the debates how his 5 point economic plan will help the poor and middle class. In an interview with Cavuto, Romney explained that he wants more people to pay taxes. 47% is too many people not paying taxes. This message should resonate with both Democrats and Republicans. To Republicans this means job growth and for Democrats it means increased revenue for the government. For Democrats increased revenue only happens when you raise taxes and Romney needs to convince them otherwise.

    I believe Romney will expose Obama for who he is in the debates. A president pushing a government centered society. Obama must explain the $716 billion cut from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Obama will not win this argument. Obama must explain the billions lost in the auto bailouts and the billions lost in green energy investments. Obama has mislead his supporters on many different fronts and it must be exposed.

    Romney/Ryan…2012!…They are what our country needs.

  4. meteliko tuaileva says:

    Horray for Carl Rove, not bad for some one who went to University of Utah, (Utes), listen to CR, his wisdom and quidance are what every Republican listen to, and not those Republican turn coats. ‘Aloha and Mahalo from Hawaii.

  5. AfricanforRomney says:

    It is insane in the political theater out there. It seems that we’ve morning and afternoon polls accompined by the left media cheerleaders now. I’m not sure why the left media has not moved to Chicago in Axelrod basement yet. They’re all disgusting!!errrrrrrrrrr

    Most of the time Rove knows what he’s talking about. Gov Romney will do just fine if GOPers shut their big mouth from criticizing him. At least, today they turned their attack to the empty chair which is great. GOP MUST be unified. The GOP character assasination is giving plenty rooms for the left to get energized. They’re not helping us.

    Honestly, I don’t how Gov Romney is dealing with all these forces agianst him. Can someone forward this message to one of the leader? Please, leave our candidate Gov Romney ALONE! Let Gov Romney be himself. We don’t have time to be divided.
    STOP ! STOP attacking, criticizing Gov Romney!!!

  6. Rick says:

    Tell it like it is Mitt, Paul we have your back take it to Obama and the liar and chief. Don’t worry about the Crystals and Noonans. There in the tank like the msm. WE BACK YOU TAKE IT TO THEM.

  7. john heimburger says:

    Keep on keepin’ on Mitt! We know you are the person for the job and we’ll fight to the bitter end for your success…and success it will be! Mark these words…there is no better person to lead the task of taking back our Great Nation in so many ways! Karl is also a great benefit, and we applaud his talent and commitment to the honorable cause that is before us.

  8. Susan says:

    How do we ask/suggest that our main stream news organizations start reporting more balanced and fair news? I have gone to a couple of News Agency Websites (for instance NBC) and looked for a way that I can leave a comment/suggestion. It is difficult to figure out how to contact them.These networks also have sponsors. Maybe there is a way to ask their sponsors why we are not getting balanced news from the stations they support. If anyone could research this or provide articles/information on how we would do this, maybe we can make a difference. I will try to pose this same question on other sites to see what we can do.

  9. Joan C. says:

    Carl Rove knows his business. My disgust of the week goes to Bill Clinton. He is backing Obama for one reason. He does not want Hillary to go up against Mitt in four years. He hates Obama but is looking for the easiest road to the White House for Hillary. She will be too old in eight years. He does not care if we go down the tube in the meantime. He owes much of his success to Newt and the republicans. If he had gone after bin Laden harder after the Cole and NY Tower bombing we would possibly not have had 9/11. He was too busy chasing Monica to go after bin Laden.
    Carl is always one to rely on for the truth. Go MITT!