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The Myth Of The Stay-At-Home Republicans

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 2, 2015

There’s a hypothesis circulating among Republicans that Mitt Romney lost in 2012 because a large number of previously reliable conservatives who turned out in past elections stayed home. Here’s the problem: It’s not accurate. 

First, let’s look at voter turnout. It dropped to 129.2 million in 2012 from 131.5 million in 2008, according to David Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Elections. But the drop-off was not among conservatives.

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Super-PAC Strategies For 2016 Success

Published in Wall Street Journal on March 26, 2015

By using Twitter to announce his entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz signaled just how pervasive social media will be this election. Two other trends are worth watching. There will be a greater reliance on data and technology in organizing, communicating and measuring the effectiveness of campaign activity—and every presidential candidate will have a Super PAC.

The $2,700 a person contribution limit to a candidate’s campaign for the primary season means donors who are able will donate larger amounts to the Super PAC supporting their favorite candidate.

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Karl Rove On Ted Cruz's Window Of Opportunity

Aired on America's Newsroom on March 23, 2015

Is there a benefit to being the first to announce a presidential candidacy? Karl Rove joins America's Newsroom to explain the timing and strategy behind TX Senator Ted Cruz's decision to run for president.

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Dick Cheney Rips Obama Administration In Playboy Interview

Aired on America's Newsroom on March 18, 2015

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warns of dangerous fallout from the Obama Administration's 'crippling' foreign policy. Is he right? Karl Rove joins America's Newsroom to weigh in.

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By Karl Rove

My reading for pleasure has virtually come to a halt as I work feverishly to finish a manuscript for an American history book due to Simon and Schuster this spring, hence the slow pace of updates to this list.  In the meantime, I hope you will sign up to receive my weekly email for the latest news on my upcoming book and other updates. Visit

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

In a particularly vivid work, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells a rollicking tale about two presidents - their friendship, its destruction, and their subsequent rivalry - in a rapidly changing country with even more rapidly evolving media and politics.  Goodwin has a gifted eye for detail and insight.  

By Rich Lowry

In his new book, 'Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- and How We Can Do It Again,' National Review Editor Rich Lowry provides a masterful account of Abraham Lincoln's climb to the presidency from humble frontier beginnings.  It is a fantastic take on the sixteenth president's convictions, discipline, and ambition which allowed him to live the American Dream and be in a position where he was able to make it possible for others to do so as well.  

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