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Rove: Remembering Those Who Died in 2013.


Memorializing some of the extraordinary men and women who died in the past year is a fitting way to embark upon the new year, writes Karl Rove in his first Wall Street Journal op-ed for 2014.
Rove, a veteran GOP strategist, mostly singles out those who pulled themselves up from humble beginnings to become champions of liberty, freedom, open-mindedness, and entrepreneurship.
In the international arena, Rove cites Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for reversing her country’s political and economic decline.
“Her leadership modernized and strengthened her nation. She stood up to militant unions, Argentina‘s military junta, IRA terrorism, and Soviet Communism.”
He then commends South Africa’s Nelson Mandela who served 26 years in prison yet emerged a supporter of reconciliation rather than vengeance.
He “cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities,” Rove said.
On home ground, Rove recalls Texans Bob Perry and Harold Simmons as self-made men who “never forgot that from those to whom much is given, much is required.”
Rove also memorializes four recipients of the Medal of Honor: Sgt. John Hawk and Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko for World War II bravery; Cpl. Rodolfo Hernandez for fearlessness in the Korean War; and his valiant friend George “Bud” Day who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Tribute is also paid to Democrats who “worked across the aisle with Republican colleagues and presidents” despite being resolute partisans: Reps. Tom Foley, Ike Skelton, Lindy Boggs, and Bill Gray III. Rove also remembers New York Mayor Ed Koch as “a liberal who cut taxes and fought crime.”Finally, there was C.W. “Bill” Young who entered the House of Representatives in 1970 when there were only 29 GOP congressmen “from the Old Confederacy.” At his death in October, there were 103.

“A respected advocate of a strong national defense, he not only witnessed the South’s political makeover; he helped lead it.”

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By Elliot Jager

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Karl Rove: GOP Will Capture Senate in 2014.


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By Todd Beamon

Political strategist Karl Rove congratulated himself on Wednesday for getting 10 predictions right for this year — and he forecast that Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives and end up with as many as 51 seats in the Senate in next year’s congressional elections.

For 2014, President Barack Obama’s “disapproval rating will end higher than this week’s 53 percent” in the Gallup poll, Rove said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal.“Republicans will keep the House with a modest pickup of four to six seats.

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“The GOP will most likely end up with 50 or 51 Senate seats (in the former case, keeping Vice President Joe Biden fully occupied for two years presiding over the chamber),” Rove added. “Control of the Senate may not be decided until December’s Louisiana runoff.

“Propelled by union contributions, Democrats will outspend Republicans overall in House and Senate races.”

Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, noted that among his successful predictions for 2013 were that Obama’s approval rating did fall “from 53 percent at year’s start to 40 percent this week. There was a new administration scandal, the most significant being the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

“And Obamacare’s implementation was indeed ‘ragged and ugly’ and ‘a continuing political advantage to Republicans’ as forecast,” he added.

On the flip side, Rove said that he missed the mark four times this year: “Unemployment hit 7 percent instead of 8 percent; Syria‘s Bashar Assad remains in power; Fidel Castro is still alive, and President and Mrs. George W. Bush got a granddaughter, not a grandson.

“In one instance, the results were half-right,” he continued. “The debt ceiling was raised, but Mr. Obama wasn’t forced to make spending cuts in return.”

Because of the continued problems with the Affordable Care Act, “GOP political divisions are giving way to unity” — a trend likely to continue next year, Rove predicted.

He is a founder of the Republican super PAC Crossroad GPS.

“Tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage and find that new Obamacare plans have higher premiums, larger deductibles and fewer doctors.

“Enrollment numbers will be smaller than projected and budget outlays will be higher,” Rove added. “The White House will blame insurers and Republicans for the law’s continuing failures.”

But despite these Obamacare issues, the embattled Kathleen Sebelius “still” will be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by the end of 2014, Rove said.

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“Support for Obamacare will drop below 30 percent, causing congressional Democrats to clamor for major changes and delays,” he added. “The administration will resist most such ideas, except lifting the individual mandate penalty for 2014.”

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Rove: Latest Obamacare Changes Are Admission of ‘Complete Failure’.


The latest changes in Obamacare that grant people a “hardship exemption” from having to purchase healthcare insurance are an admission by the Obama administration of the “complete failure” in rolling out the healthcare law, Karl Rove said Friday.

“This is an admission of utter, complete failure on the part of the administration in rolling this plan out and making it available to Americans,” Rove told Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”

“It is an utter total declaration that this program is a mess. And that everything they have tried to date has not worked,” Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, said.

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President Barack Obama’s administration announced Thursday night that people who had lost their health insurance because of Obamacare could purchase catastrophic plans. The White House also announced some people who do not purchase insurance may avoid paying the mandate.

Rove said the administration had already deemed some catastrophic health policies as “junk,” but are now saying those same policies are now acceptable.

Rove questioned why only people who had formerly had coverage could buy a policy under the latest change.

“If it’s good enough for the people who lost their coverage, why isn’t the same option good enough for the people who are currently uninsured? Why not allow everybody to do it?” Rove asked.

Rove said the latest change would drive up premiums “because the people who are going to be left in the exchanges are going to tend to be people who are older and less healthy.”

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By Wanda Carruthers

Rove: Obama Needs Bipartisan Leaders to Save NSA Mission.


America “needs to be reminded” why monitoring phone calls made into and out of the United States is “vital” to national security, but President Barack Obama lacks the credibility to do so, writes Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal column.
On Monday, Federal Judge Richard Leon ruled that systematically retaining records of phone calls made by Americans probably violates the Constitution.
Rove noted that legally the National Security Agency can only query its database when a link is made to suspected foreign terrorists. NSA officials said that in 2012 this happened just 300 times.
He argues that the threat from Islamic terrorists remains real and that it would be a mistake not to use the NSA’s tools to protect the homeland.
But “strange bedfellows” have coalesced in opposition to the NSA, from the American Civil Liberties Union to far-right legal activist Larry Klayman, Rove writes.
Moreover, mounting numbers of young people — 60 percent of millennials — put privacy concerns above national security. While a majority of Republicans do not agree that the battle against terrorism has been taken too far at the expense of civil liberties, a not insubstantial 43 percent do.
Interestingly, a majority of Democrats back the collection of metadata for antiterrorism purposes (57 percent) while only a minority of Republicans (44 percent) and Independents (47 percent) do.
“This shift in attitude among Republicans partly reflects the increasing appeal of libertarianism within the GOP and, more important, the almost universal lack of trust in Mr. Obama among Republicans,” writes Rove.
Rove, a former top aide to President George W. Bush and a leading Republican strategist, would like to see Obama turn to trusted, bipartisan leaders and ask them to take on the role of explaining to the American people why the NSA programs are vital.
He would have Obama tap former CIA directors Leon Panetta and Gen. Michael Hayden; Judge Michael Mukasey, a former attorney general, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., among others.
These are leaders Americans trust, he writes.
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By Elliot Jager

Rove: Obamacare Yoke Weighs Heavily on 2014 Democratic Candidates.


Democratic lawmakers seeking re-election in 2014 will pay a heavy political price for having supported President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in 2010, writes Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Rove, a veteran Republican strategist and former deputy chief of staff to president George W. Bush, writes that the intensity of emotions against Obamacare is striking.

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A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 50 percent opposed Obamacare — 43 percent being keenly against, while 34 percent thought it was a good idea — of whom just 27 percent felt strongly in favor.

“The intensity of feeling is with its critics,” writes Rove.
Democratic senators up for re-election in red states will find it hard to justify their support of the president’s healthcare plan even if they try to disassociate from its failures by criticizing the way it has been implemented.
Among the lawmakers politically at-risk are Alaska Sen. Mark Begich who now says he has “issues with Obamacare.” Given that he ardently supported it and won in 2008 with just 3,953 votes, against an opponent who had legal troubles, his re-election chances this time around will be even more iffy, Rove writes.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, once an enthusiastic Obamacare backer and now a stern critic of the HealthCare.gov website, also has to worry how he can win re-election in a state the president lost last time around by 24 points.
Then there is Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana who not only voted for Obamacare but says she would do so again — even as she says she is trying to fix it. Louisianans by a margin of 59 to 34 percent oppose Obamacare.
Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, worried about her support of Obamacare now says, “We need to figure out why this happened.”Rove replies that her “Republican opponent will solve the mystery: ‘This happened’ because of Kay Hagan’s vote.”

Even Democrats in what Rove calls purple states have cause to worry about their political fortunes. New Hampshire’s senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen is in jeopardy for having embraced Obamacare. So, too, is  Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.
Democratic congressmen who are seeking to become senators will also face a hard time for having backed the president. Bruce Braley in Iowa and Gary Peters in Michigan being two prime examples.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada claims support for Obamacare will prove “good” for Democrats running in 2014. Rove concludes those are “brave words” considering how enormously unpopular the Affordable Care Act is among so many Americans.

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By Elliot Jager

Rove to GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Ignore Early Polls.


Ignore the primary polls; they don’t mean anything at this point in the 2016 race to the White House, Karl Rove advises Republican presidential aspirants.

In an opinion piece in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, the deputy chief of staff for former President George W. Bush says the GOP nomination is “a likely ticket to the White House” because of the “mounting rubble of the Obama presidency.”

But anyone hoping to be the GOP standard-bearer for 2016 will have to make 2014 “more inspiring than personal ambition,” he said.

“Acting selflessly to elect others is the most self-interested thing presidential hopefuls can do” next year, he said.

One compelling challenge for presidential candidates will be to “resist the temptation” to spend most of 2014 in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the three earliest primary contests, or, Rove warned, run the risk of having no national network to win the nomination and a reputation “for being self-obsessed.”

More importantly, he advised, aspirants should work to help the GOP win congressional seats and governorships.

Rove’s advice for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as chairman of the Republican Governors Association is to “barnstorm the 30 states with gubernatorial elections.”

Sens. Ted Cruz and Rob Portman, vice chairmen of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, can “help in the critical battle for the upper chamber,” and Sen. Rand Paul, a leader of the party’s libertarian element, and tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio can both “boost their 2016 chances by making it about the GOP team next year, not themselves,” Rove said.

Republican Govs. John Kasich, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, Rick Snyder, and Scott Walker, Rove urged, should concentrate on re-election by “healthy margins and with messages that inspire Republicans beyond their states.”

Rep. Paul Ryan “must similarly win re-election while also leading the GOP in the congressional budget battles,” he said.

Rove said GOP Govs. Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry, former Govs. Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, and former Sen. Rick Santorum — all without any re-election campaigns — should “say exactly what’s on their minds, to speak as liberated rather than programmed, and to do all they can to advance the party’s cause in the midterm elections” if they want a shot at the White House.

All the aspirants, however, need to get out on the road to practice — and “avoid saying stupid things and reinforcing stereotypes.”

“In politics, practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make better,” Rove said.

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By Cathy Burke

Rove Criticizes ‘Happy Talk’ Over Obamacare Website.


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By Melanie Batley

The claim that Obamacare will be working fine by 2017 is just “happy talk” from the administration and masks deeper problems with the law itself, says Republican political strategist Karl Rove.

Speaking on Fox News’The Kelly File,” Rove criticized comments by former White House political adviser David Plouffe, who said Sunday it may take three years for the Affordable Care Act to work “really well” as more states take over running their own insurance exchange programs.

Rove mocked Plouffe’s statement: “We passed this law three years ago, we’ve completely screwed up its implementation over the past three years, wait three more years and we are going to get it right,” he told Megyn Kelly. “Oh, and incidentally, we will be out of office so you can’t blame us anymore.”

Rove, who engineered George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, said there were deeper problems with the law other than its flawed website launch.

For example, millions of people are losing their existing insurance plans as a result of the law’s new minimum standards, despite being told by Obama that they would be able to keep their current coverage.

“So Mr. Plouffe can go on with his happy talk, but the American people know differently,” Rove said. “When the administration talks one way and the reality is being felt a different way, it hurts.”

Plouffe said Sunday on ABC’sThis Week with George Stephanopoulos” that it might take three years for Obamacare to work the way it was designed, according to Politico

“It may take until 2017 when this president leaves office. You’re going to see almost every state in this country running their own exchanges eventually and expanding Medicaid, and I think it’ll work really well then,” Plouffe said.

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