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Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
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Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 06:06 AM

By: GEOFF MULVIHILL

Tuesday's celebrations to mark the start of Gov. Chris Christie's second term could be tempered by multiple investigations into traffic tie-ups that appear to have been ordered by his staff for political retribution and an allegation that his administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to approval for a real estate project.

But the 55th governor of New Jersey has a full schedule of inaugural events.

His day is scheduled to start with a service at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church before a swearing in and address in Trenton and an evening party on Ellis Island, a symbolic spot synonymous with the promise of the United States. The island where some 12 million immigrants first entered the U.S. is divided between New Jersey and New York, but his party is to be in a hall on the New York side.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was drawn into the controversy surrounding Christie this weekend, is also to be sworn in for her second term.

Christie won re-election in November by a 22-point margin over state Sen. Barbara Buono, a Democrat.

The Republican governor built a national following as a blunt-talking and often funny politician who strived to show that he could find common ground with Democrats on some key issues, including overhauling the state's public-worker pension program and making it easier to fire teachers who are found to be underperforming.

Christie became a fixture in speculation about who would seek the 2016 presidential nomination with his leadership after Superstorm Sandy slammed into his state in October 2012.

He worked with President Barack Obama and took on Republican members of Congress who were reluctant to approve aid for storm victims, receiving high marks from his constituents and plentiful national attention.

But his reputation has been battered somewhat since revelations this month that a staffer ordered two of three approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge from the town of Fort Lee shut down for four days in September apparently as political retribution against the mayor there, perhaps for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and two state legislative committees are now investigating.

Christie has apologized, denied any involvement with or knowledge of the plot and fired a deputy chief of staff at the center of the controversy. But questions have continued.

Christie's administration also faces an allegation from the Democratic mayor of Hoboken that it tied the delivery of Superstorm Sandy aid to the low-lying city of 50,000 across from Manhattan to support for a prime real estate project.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said that she was told by Guadagno that the ultimatum came directly from Christie. Guadagno strongly denied those claims Monday and described them as "false" and "illogical."

"Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false," she said.

Also on Monday, nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis said Christie dropped a plan to appoint him the state's first physical fitness ambassador when he launched a political campaign against a Christie friend. Christie's administration hasn't returned an email seeking comment.

In his re-election campaign, Christie did not make big new promises, but said he would continue to work on recovery from Sandy, seek tax cuts and push for other previous priorities with which the Democrat-controlled Legislature has not been willing to go along.

Christie has not ruled out a 2016 presidential run.

But last week in an event with storm victims in Manahawkin, he emphasized his New Jersey roots and the task before him as governor.

"Come next Tuesday, I've only got about 1,400 days to go as governor. We've got plenty of time to get this job done," he said. "You asked me and I accepted the task of leading this state for eight years, not four years."

The $500 tickets to the inaugural celebration and other contributions will be used to help support three charities: Save Ellis Island, The New Hope Baptist Church and New Jersey Heroes, which was founded by first lady Mary Pat Christie.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 11:13:29 AM »
Hope he enjoys the moment.   It probably will be his last swearing in.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 11:26:33 AM »
Hope he enjoys the moment.   It probably will be his last swearing in.

Good. It's not often we get to see a political figure get what they deserve. Sadly, whenever it does happen, it happens to politicians from the right. The media will cover for a leftist as long as possible.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 11:43:57 AM »
http://nypost.com/2014/01/21/christie-cancels-inauguration-party-over-polar-vortex-storm/

Christie cancels inauguration party over polar vortex storm

By Associated Press

January 21, 2014 | 11:03am

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie, who starts a second term with multiple investigations into his administration’s tactics underway, will accentuate bipartisanship and diversity in his inaugural speech Tuesday.

“We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes,” Christie said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. “We have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us.”

Christie is also expected to return to a favorite theme: Washington gridlock.

“We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C.,” he said in the prepared remarks. “The attitude that puts political wins ahead of policy agreements.”

The celebrations to mark the start of Christie’s second term could be tempered by investigations into traffic tie-ups that appear to have been ordered by his staff for political retribution and an allegation that his administration linked Superstorm Sandy aid to approval for a real estate project.

The 55th governor of New Jersey had to modify the schedule of inaugural events because a severe winter storm threatens to dump up to a foot of snow on the region Tuesday.

His day started with a service at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church before a swearing in and address in Trenton.

But organizers canceled an evening party on Ellis Island, a symbolic spot synonymous with the promise of the United States, because there was fear snow would make travel dangerous. The island where some 12 million immigrants first entered the U.S. is divided between New Jersey and New York, but his party was supposed to be held in a hall on the New York side.

Food prepared for the party will instead be donated to food pantries in the Jersey City area.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was drawn into the Sandy aid controversy surrounding Christie last weekend, is also set to be sworn in for her second term.

Christie won re-election in November by a 22-point margin over state Sen. Barbara Buono, a Democrat.

The Republican governor built a national following as a blunt-talking and often funny politician who strived to show that he could find common ground with Democrats on some key issues, including overhauling the state’s public-worker pension program and making it easier to fire teachers who are found to be underperforming.

Christie became a fixture in speculation about who would seek the 2016 presidential nomination with his leadership after Superstorm Sandy slammed into his state in October 2012.

He worked with President Barack Obama and took on Republican members of Congress who were reluctant to approve aid for storm victims, receiving high marks from his constituents and plentiful national attention.

But his reputation has been battered somewhat since revelations this month that a staffer ordered two of three approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge from the town of Fort Lee shut down for four days in September apparently as political retribution against the mayor there, perhaps for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

The U.S. attorney’s office and two state legislative committees are now investigating.

Christie has apologized, denied any involvement with or knowledge of the plot and fired a deputy chief of staff at the center of the controversy. But questions have continued.

Christie’s administration also faces an allegation from the Democratic mayor of Hoboken that it tied the delivery of Superstorm Sandy aid to the low-lying city of 50,000 across from Manhattan to support for a prime real estate project.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she was told by Guadagno that the ultimatum came directly from Christie. Guadagno strongly denied those claims Monday and described them as “false” and “illogical.”

“Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false,” she said.

Also Monday, nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis said Christie dropped a plan to appoint him the state’s first physical fitness ambassador when he launched a political campaign against a Christie friend. Christie’s administration hasn’t returned an email seeking comment.

In his re-election campaign, Christie did not make big new promises but said he would continue to work on recovery from Sandy, seek tax cuts and push for other previous priorities with which the Democrat-controlled Legislature has not been willing to go along.

Christie has not ruled out a 2016 presidential run.

But last week in an event with storm victims in Manahawkin, he emphasized his New Jersey roots and the task before him as governor.

“Come next Tuesday, I’ve only got about 1,400 days to go as governor. We’ve got plenty of time to get this job done,” he said. “You asked me and I accepted the task of leading this state for eight years, not four years.”

The $500 tickets to the inaugural celebration and other contributions will be used to help support three charities: Save Ellis Island, The New Hope Baptist Church and New Jersey Heroes, which was founded by first lady Mary Pat Christie.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 12:34:17 PM »
In terms of governing, we know Christie is no more a "bully" than is Obama.

But Obama is president for three more years, and Christie is out of the running, imo.

Since Christie was the only potential GOP candidate that polls showed could beat Hillary, the conservative movement (whatever you call it) has a formidable challenge.

A  thoughtful conservative would be hopeful of a candidate that attracted independent support, since that is the growth-segment of the electorate. But alas, the "true conservatives" will insist on purity, which is the antithesis of the candidate for independent support.

Key word is "thoughtful."

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 12:54:18 PM »
In terms of governing, we know Christie is no more a "bully" than is Obama.

But Obama is president for three more years, and Christie is out of the running, imo.

Since Christie was the only potential GOP candidate that polls showed could beat Hillary, the conservative movement (whatever you call it) has a formidable challenge.

A  thoughtful conservative would be hopeful of a candidate that attracted independent support, since that is the growth-segment of the electorate. But alas, the "true conservatives" will insist on purity, which is the antithesis of the candidate for independent support.

Key word is "thoughtful."

And those conservatives who stand for nothing and accept almost anything, like to do what the liberal elite do, pretend they are much smarter than anyone who doesn't agree with them.

'Eff Chris Christie. Not because he's not "pure", but because he's not anything. Chris Christie is all about self interest, and everything is negotiable as long as he benefits in the long run. If that's what it takes to win, then winning doesn't net you anything other than having your candidate get wealthy. I don't vote with the hope that my guy is the one that gets rich.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 12:58:25 PM »
In terms of governing, we know Christie is no more a "bully" than is Obama.

But Obama is president for three more years, and Christie is out of the running, imo.

Since Christie was the only potential GOP candidate that polls showed could beat Hillary, the conservative movement (whatever you call it) has a formidable challenge.

A  thoughtful conservative would be hopeful of a candidate that attracted independent support, since that is the growth-segment of the electorate. But alas, the "true conservatives" will insist on purity, which is the antithesis of the candidate for independent support.

Key word is "thoughtful."

I have a theory that the growth of the Independent voters is actually tied to the rising number of conservatives that are leaving the Republican party.  They have it all wrong - the new Independents are not the "middle of the road" voters of the past - they're most likely conservatives and libertarians.  Neither group likes big government.  This is what the winning candidate must appeal to.
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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 01:18:18 PM »
I have a theory that the growth of the Independent voters is actually tied to the rising number of conservatives that are leaving the Republican party.  They have it all wrong - the new Independents are not the "middle of the road" voters of the past - they're most likely conservatives and libertarians.  Neither group likes big government.  This is what the winning candidate must appeal to.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 02:20:38 PM »
I have a theory that the growth of the Independent voters is actually tied to the rising number of conservatives that are leaving the Republican party.  They have it all wrong - the new Independents are not the "middle of the road" voters of the past - they're most likely conservatives and libertarians.  Neither group likes big government.  This is what the winning candidate must appeal to.



I suspect you have it right... 
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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 02:46:34 PM »
I have a theory that the growth of the Independent voters is actually tied to the rising number of conservatives that are leaving the Republican party.  They have it all wrong - the new Independents are not the "middle of the road" voters of the past - they're most likely conservatives and libertarians.  Neither group likes big government.  This is what the winning candidate must appeal to.
If you look at whether Independents agree with Republicans on fiscal restraint, balanced budgets, etc. that is probably very true.

If you look at social issues, I'm confident the independents side with the libertarian point of views, more than with the hardcore social conservatives.

That is just my opinion, based on reading polls, like the Gallup poll which reports 77% of those polled feel abortion should be legal, for rape.

Akin, Angle, Buck, Cucinelli, Hayworth and Mourdock ran and lost, stating the other position.

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 03:27:05 PM »

Akin, Angle, Buck, Cucinelli, Hayworth and Mourdock ran and lost, stating the other position.


This is so tiresome.........

In fact:  Karl Rove Won 9 Races and Lost 21… something you NEVER bring up.............

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 With a budget of more than $175 million and a 9-21 losing record this campaign season to show for it, politico Karl Rove is facing tough questions and outright criticism from the millionaires and billionaires who paid for his work and expected better results. Although many observers rightly expected a deluge of pro-Republican corporate money to flood the 2012 election campaign, predictions of GOP victories predicated on those funds—including by Rove himself—proved wildly off the mark.

Rove, often called “Bush’s Brain” for his role as strategic architect of George W. Bush’s two successful campaigns for the presidency, founded and ran two political groups during the 2012 election cycle: American Crossroads, a super-PAC that spent $105 million and went 3-10, and Crossroads GPS, its “nonprofit” counterpart that spent $71 million and went 7-17. The groups were both active in a few contests, yielding a combined 9-21 record.

Sources inside the Crossroads Empire insist that donors have so far responded with “nothing negative, no recriminations or blame,” as Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard insisted to reporters at Politico. Rove himself now says that, despite his frequent predictions that Republicans would win big, his efforts were actually directed at minimizing the scope of the Democratic victory. Asked on Election Night if Crossroads’ spending was “worth it,” Rove claimed that “if groups like Crossroads were not active, this race would have been over a long time ago.”

Nevertheless, some donors have criticized Crossroads for the inaccuracy of its polling and for prioritizing television advertising over efforts to get voters to the polls. Rick Tyler, a top adviser to Todd Akin’s failed Missouri Senate campaign, called Crossroads’ efforts “a colossal failure,” and said that Rove “has a lot of explaining to do, mostly to his donors. I don’t think donors are ever going to invest in that level again because it turns out that the architect didn’t know what he was talking about,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

On the tactical question of advertising versus ground game, donors—encouraged by rival Republican political operatives—are starting to question Rove’s bias in favor of the former. Drew Ryun, who helped start or run two Republican groups—the Madison Project and American Majority Action—that focused almost exclusively on ground organizing, claims that, “folks like Karl Rove and [his protegé ] Carl Forti are going to take a beating.” Rove’s groups spent exclusively on advertising.

Reflecting Ryun’s view, Wyoming mega-donor Foster Friess told reporters he was planning to focus his spending away from television ads and toward grass-roots organizing. “I’m not a big fan of TV ads — they’re just too quick. They are sound bites.”
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 03:28:24 PM »
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As Romney lost vote, Republican strategist Rove lost $1 billion
 
Huge donations did not pay off
 
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As Romney lost vote, Republican strategist Rove lost $1 billion
 
Karl Rove challenged Fox News' decision to give Ohio to President Barack Obama
Photograph by: martysoffice, YouTube , Vancouver Sun

Karl Rove and his investors were the biggest losers on Election Day.

The Republican strategist who created the model for the outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections saw almost no return for their money.

Rove, through his two political groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York.

Ten of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates they supported also lost their races.

The results have angered some Republicans who blame Rove for “sidelining conservatives” and diverting money from them.

“Right now there is stunned disbelief that Republicans fared so poorly after all the money they invested,” said Brent Bozell, president of For America, an Alexandria-based nonprofit that advocates for Christian values in politics.

“If I had 1/100th of Karl Rove’s money, I would have been more productive than he was.”

Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter saying: “Congrats to KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.”

Jonathan Collegio, a Crossroads spokesman, declined to comment for this article. Rove couldn’t be reached.

ROVE’S STRATEGY

The Election Day results showed Rove’s strategy of bringing in huge donations from a few wealthy benefactors and spending that money almost completely on television advertising failed.

The Center for Responsive Politics estimates the two Crossroads groups spent about $176 million, making them the top non-candidate and non-party spender of the election.

American Crossroads, a super-political action committee, discloses its contributors and spending to the Federal Election Commission.

Its affiliate, Crossroads GPS, is organized as a nonprofit social-welfare group that conceals its donors and reports only a fraction of its political activities.

“If the rule in politics is you win or lose by the election results, Karl Rove is a big-time loser in the 2012 presidential and congressional races,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, which advocates for limits to campaign spending.

Still, “Karl Rove certainly knows how to make a lot of money for political consultants and TV stations,” he said.

INVESTMENT RETURNS

The return on investment for American Crossroads donors was one per cent, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based group that advocates for open government.

The group calculated the number based on how much of the money was spent supporting winners.

For donors to sister-organization Crossroads GPS, the success rate was 13 per cent, the group said. That’s a lower return than for donations to the National Republican Congressional Committee and to the two major Democratic congressional super-PACs, according to Sunlight.

Houston home builder Bob Perry gave $7.5 million to Rove’s American Crossroads and another $8 million to Restore Our Future, a super-PAC that supported Romney.

He also gave $1 million to Independence Virginia, a super-PAC that backed former Republican Governor George Allen in a U.S. Senate race.

Allen, with 47 per cent support, lost to another former governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, who won 52 per cent of the vote. Even after the losses, Perry spokesman Anthony Holm said the super-donor has no regrets.

“Bob Perry will always support efficient government and pro-liberty and opportunity agendas, always,” Holm said in a telephone interview. “He was proud to do it this election cycle and is likely to continue into the next cycle.”

The Crossroads groups spent $10.2 million in an effort to oust Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown from the Senate, and overall outside groups spent much more.

Brown beat his opponent, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, 50.3 per cent to 45.1 per cent, with an independent candidate winning 4.6 per cent of votes cast.

“His brand of politics is pretty discredited,” Brown said of Rove on a conference call.

“He thought spending $40 million against me and against the president would bring us down.”

ROVE IN DENIAL ON FOX NEWS

Rove was particularly upset about the Ohio loss. A former adviser to George W. Bush, he was acting as a commentator on Fox News when the network called the state for Obama.

Rove, on air, said he didn’t believe it. He continued to argue with the newscasters while shuffling through papers and calling Ohio’s secretary of state and Romney’s campaign manager for more information.

“This is premature. We’ve got a quarter of the vote” outstanding, he said.

Fox didn’t withdraw its Ohio call for Obama and neither did other networks, predictions that ultimately proved true when the final votes were counted.

Rove’s groups spent $11.4 million in their bid to defeat Kaine in Virginia. They spent $7.76 million trying to unseat Florida Senator Bill Nelson, according to CMAG.

Nelson, a Democrat, held his seat as well. The CMAG estimates are for ads on broadcast TV and national cable from April 10, 2012 through the day before the election.

The Crossroads groups bet successfully — although less than $200,000 — on Republican Deb Fischer to win an open seat in Nebraska.

HOUSE TALLY

On the House side, Rove scored wins in five of nine races. Among those winners was David Valadao of California’s 21st District, where Crossroads GPS spent $437,390, and Republican Tom Latham who beat Democrat Leonard Boswell in Iowa with the help of $432,640 from Crossroads, according to CMAG.

Serving as a Democratic counterweight to Rove was Bill Burton, a former Obama aide who left the White House to form Priorities USA Action.

That super-PAC raised and spent about $67 million, a fraction of the budgets for the pro-Romney groups that carried a 100-per-cent return with Obama’s re-election victory.

“There will be a lot of questions raised about just how much bang for their buck Republicans got out of super-PACs,” Burton said.

“Billionaires on the Republican side are probably wondering what difference their contributions made in this election.”
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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 03:29:38 PM »
and let us not forget those Tea Party candidates who lost the presidential races of late - you know people like Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney.............. oh, wait... they weren't Tea Party Conservatives, they were moderate to progressive Republicans.
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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2014, 03:32:50 PM »
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Forget GOP Primaries, Just Let Rove Pick The Candidates
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The Republican establishment’s favorite political guru, Karl Rove, has announced that he is using his considerable fundraising muscle to form a new Super PAC called “the Conservative Victory Project” to influence Republican primary elections and oppose candidates that he deems “unelectable.”

Rove and his establishment Republican allies cite the losses of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in their respective Senate campaigns as proof such an effort is needed.

This is pure hogwash – both Akin and Mourdock made the comments that blew-up their campaigns AFTER they had won their primaries. There was no evidence going into the primary that either of them was “unelectable.” Indeed, the very fact that they each won a hard-fought primary against seasoned opponents is good evidence that, absent an attack of foot-in-mouth disease, either or both could have won.

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola had it pretty well right when he told NewsMax that, “I think there might be some money that is wasted because the question isn’t why Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock lost — we know why they lost,” said Chocola. “The question is really why did Heather Wilson in New Mexico, Rick Berg in North Dakota, Denny Rehberg in Montana, Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, George Allen in Virginia and Linda Lingle in Hawaii — why did they lose?”

We could add Mitt Romney nationally and Connie Mack in Florida as well, but you get the point – there’s no evidence that running as a principled limited government constitutional conservative automatically made a candidate “unelectable,” and a whole lot of evidence that running as a Bush-type establishment Republican did make one “unelectable.”


Indeed, the big successes of 2012 were the election of principled constitutional conservatives such as Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake and Deb Fisher to the Senate, the election of conservative Mike Pence as Governor of Indiana and the election of Tom Massie, Trey Radel, Jim Bridenstine, Steve Stockman and other limited government constitutional conservative “boat rockers” to the House.

They join such small government constitutional conservative leaders as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey, Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the 50-odd Members of the House -- such as Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp and Walter Jones -- who stood for conservative principles and voted against the debt ceiling deal and other establishment Republican giveaways.


These limited government constitutional conservative successes portend that the end of big government Republicanism is drawing near.

Establishment Republicans and their allies in the establishment media, ever anxious to hold on to power, continue to try to blame “the Tea Party” and “radical” conservative voters who chose principled small government constitutional conservative candidates in Republican primaries for the election disasters of 2012.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It was the establishment candidates that got wiped out, while limited government constitutional conservative candidates, like Cruz, Fischer, Flake and Pence -- won.


In any logical universe, the architects of the 2012 disaster -- establishment Republican consultants such as Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Romney campaign senior adviser Stewart Stevens and pollster Neil Newhouse would never be hired to run or consult on a national campaign again and no one would give a dime to their ineffective Super PACs (such as American Crossroads or its new mini-me, the deceptively named “Conservative Victory project”).

Let’s tell it like it is: the Rove effort is merely the GOP establishment’s latest and hopefully last effort to keep the Republican Party a top-down Washington consultant-run organization, instead of the grassroots conservative political party it has been evolving into over the past 50 or so years.

Mitt Romney's loss, and the wipeout of the establishment Republican Senate candidates, was the death rattle of the establishment GOP. Far from signaling a rejection of the Tea Party or grassroots conservatives, the disaster of 2012 signals the beginning of the battle to take over the Republican Party and the opportunity to establish the GOP as the Party of limited government constitutional conservatism.
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Re: Under Cloud of Scandal, Christie to Be Sworn In Again
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$30 Million To Karl Rove This Election, But Will Stick By Him

Karl Rove's American Crossroads spent $104 million this cycle with a 1.29% return on investment.

If you happen to be a liberal with a taste for schadenfreude, you’ve likely watched Karl Rove’s excruciating live meltdown on Fox News as the conservative station declared Ohio, and therefore the presidency, for Barack Obama on election night. Perhaps you’ve also read the comments on his Wednesday night Washington Post op-ed, in which he pinned Obama’s victory partly on “an act of God”, Hurricane Sandy (spoiler alert: the comments include terms like ‘snake oil salesman’).

But it isn’t you coastal lefties chortling at Jon Stewart’s Rove takedown who deserved answers from the former Bush spinner this week. Almost one third of the $104 million Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC spent this election cycle came from just five members of the Forbes rich list:

The Election's Billionaire Winners And Losers (Or, Sheldon Adelson Kisses $53 Million Goodbye) Clare O'Connor Clare O'Connor Forbes Staff

14 images Photos: Anti-Obama Billionaires Joann Muller Joann Muller Forbes Staff
California Billionaires Win State Initiative To Raise Taxes On Themselves Ryan Mac Ryan Mac Forbes Staff

1. Harold Simmons: the Texas oilman, his wife and his company Contran collectively gave $19.5 million to Rove’s group.

2. Robert Rowling: the Dallas investor and owner of the Omni hotels and Gold’s Gym chains threw in $5 million total to Rove through his TRT Holdings.

3. Joseph Craft: the Oklahoma oil tycoon spent $3.35 million total on Rove’s group, through both his own trust and his family company Alliance Resource Partners.

4. Jerrold Perenchio: the one-time Univision chief gave American Crossroads $2.5 million through his media investment firm Chartwell partners.

5. B. Wayne Hughes: the founder of self-storage giant Public Storage and thoroughbred horse breeder may have had a premonition this time around, giving just $1 million to Rove’s group, compared to the $3.25 million he doled out for the 2010 midterm elections.

Other billionaire donors to American Crossroads included Kenny Troutt, Craig McCaw, Ken Griffin and Warren Stephens.

As transparency watchdog the Sunlight Foundation calculated, American Crossroads’ super-rich investors including these five saw only a 1.29% return on their investment. Compare that dismal figure to left-leaning political group Majority PAC, who counted billionaires George Soros and James Simons as backers: they saw an 87.86% return on the cash they spent backing Democratic candidates and opposing Republicans.

While Rove doesn’t seem publicly contrite, he and his American Crossroads team have been in touch with his top donors since Wednesday morning, said his public affairs guru Jonathan Collegio. The American Crossroads spokesman added that these billionaires are grateful to have funded anti-Obama attack ads that helped Romney get further than he otherwise would have in swing states.

“Folks are disappointed with the results, but that doesn’t mean they’re dissatisfied,” Collegio said. “President Obama overspent Mitt Romney on ads by $154 million, and that’s probably understating the disparity because some of Romney’s ads were placed late in the game. Our donors are pleased because had American Crossroads’ ads not been there to bridge the gap, I don’t think we would’ve been so close in places like Ohio and Florida.”

Collegio said that Rove’s super-rich backers have been kept in the loop throughout the election. Now, he and his team will prepare a report to be distributed among donors by the end of the year. “We’ve been communicating to them so they’re aware of what we did and how we did it,” he says. “There’s this misconception: it’s not like their money went into a black box.”

American Crossroads doesn’t expect its billionaire backers to jump ship anytime soon. Said Collegio: “We’re dusting ourselves off and figuring out how to move forward.”

I must add a mea culpa to this post. Back in April, many moons ago in election-time, I penned a Forbes.com post entitled ‘How Karl Rove’s Billionaire-Backed Super PAC Will Be Election Game Changer.’ The following month, I wrote that his group’s plot to win some of the youth vote away from Obama “just might work.” Like Rove, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Feel free to go back and retroactively mock.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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