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Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 11:52 PM

By: Todd Beamon

Republican Ken Cuccinelli's narrow loss to Democrat Terry McAuliffe for the Virginia statehouse on Tuesday provides many lessons for the GOP if it wants to win next year's congressional elections, political strategist Karl Rove said on Wednesday.

"Virginia shows that if Republicans overreach, it will hurt," Rove, founder of the Republican super PAC Crossroad GPS, said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal.  "A candidate's history and way of expressing his views matter.

"GOP candidates must unite all the party's factions — established conservatives and new arrivals, business and grass roots," Rove said.

Despite projections of a large victory for McAuliffe in Tuesday's gubernatorial election, the former Democratic National Committee chairman won "by a mere 2.5 percentage points," Rove said.

McAuliffe outspent Cuccinelli, the attorney general, by $34 million to $20 million, he added.

"The Republican did not lose because he ran a lousy general election campaign," Rove said, calling it "a disciplined effort [that] focused on jobs, Mr. McAuliffe's checkered business career and, in the closing days, Obamacare's incompetent implementation and the law's negative consequences for Americans."

He noted how Cuccinelli lost because of the "ill-devised strategy some Republicans employed to shut down the federal government unless Obamacare was defunded."

The federal shutdown occurred over 16 days last month.

Because the Commonwealth has over 300,000 federal workers and retirees living there — coupled with "a large military presence" — Virginia was "particularly sensitive to a shutdown," Rove said.

Further, Cuccinelli did not benefit from outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell on several fronts: an ethics investigation deprived him of raising money and votes for the attorney general — and as a role model in expressing his conservative positions.

As a state senator and attorney general, Cuccinelli "was well known for his conservative social views," Rove said. "His positions weren't the problem. It was the way in which he has presented them for years — with polarizing language and an acerbic tone that even allies found off-putting."

But McDonnell was "equally conservative on social issues, but he advocated them in a way that won respect and encouraged civil discussion," he said. "As a result, he won 54 percent of women four years ago (compared with 42 percent for Mr. Cuccinelli) and 66 percent of independents (compared with 47 percent for Mr. Cuccinelli)."

Cuccinelli also was not helped by Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, who won 6.6 percent of the vote on Tuesday, Rove said.

Sarvis "got on the ballot with funding from a wealthy Texas Democrat," he said. "Democrats will help libertarians get on the ballot next year wherever they think it will hurt the GOP."

"In the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have many things in their favor," Rove concluded, including President Barack Obama's low job-approval ratings and the continuing Obamacare debacle. "Over the last several elections, Republicans have lost too many winnable races."




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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 03:13:22 PM »
What a load of crap from Rove.  The exit polls clearly showed the shutdown had ZERO affect in VA.  The GOPe is trying desperately to deflect the real truth - they abandoned Cooch and probably wanted him to loose, the fact he came so close has them scrambling to cover the fact this was a winnable race.
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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 03:19:48 PM »
The GOPe posters here have been very quiet on this.   :whistle:

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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 03:30:19 PM »
What a load of crap from Rove.
What is new?


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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 03:32:26 PM »
The GOPe posters here have been very quiet on this.   :whistle:

Yep.


Tuesday night Twitter and Facebook errupted tearing the RNC and the GOPe cronies a new one for abandoning Cooch when it was clear he was gaining and gaining fast on McAwful...  and then yesterday Priebus and now Rove - and ORIN HATCH - all started piling on blaming the shut down - but those of us who paid attention to the exit polls knew this was pure horse dung because that was one of the exit polls and the voters blamed Obama and congress equally so the effect was a wash.  What Priebus, Rove, etc., are trying to deflect is the Chamber of Commerce gave no support to Cooch because he had come out against the crony stuff that now had McDonald and his wife both in legal trouble and he is against Obamacare (filed the first lawsuit in the nation)  -  if this had been a huge blow out loss the GOPe would be blaming the Tea Party - but this close and they pulled their support they know this is on them and they are trying to cover it up... and I just cannot get past Jindal as head of the RGA did not give their money directly to Cooch - instead they ran their own ads in VA and the ads were totally - off the wall - stupid!  Who runs ads on China when everyone is talking about OBAMACARE!!!!!!!   sheesh....  and people thought Jindal was Presidential timber??? 
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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2013, 03:33:27 PM »
BTW the DGA gave their money directly to McAwful...  who had $14 million dollars more to spend than Cooch and only won by less than 2%
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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2013, 03:34:17 PM »
What a load of crap from Rove.
2 things that are certain......Obama is a liar and Rove spews cr4p all the time.  :whistle:


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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2013, 03:39:06 PM »
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A: No matter how much you pay a whore, there are some things she just won't do.
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Re: Rove: Narrow Cuccinelli Loss in Va. Provides Clear Lessons for GOP in 2014
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2013, 03:50:09 PM »
Good idea, Karl: "GOP candidates must unite all the party's factions — established conservatives and new arrivals, business and grass roots," Rove said.

Now how about you and your GOPe girlfriends quit undermining Conservatives.
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