Articles by Karl Rove
For months it has been clear that Democrats have a red-state problem in the Senate midterm elections: Seven Democratic seats are up for grabs in states Mitt Romneycarried in 2012, three of them opened by retirements.
Republican Congressman Cory Gardner's decision on March 1 to run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado—a state President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012—indicates that Democrats have a blue-state problem too.
The worst part of National Security Adviser Susan Rice's comments on Sunday's "Meet The Press" was that she expressed no regret for saying that the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi were "absolutely" the result of protests against a "very hateful, very offensive video that has offended many people around the world." (She made these comments while she was ambassador to the United Nations, less than a week after four Americans were killed.)
Almost as bad was Ms. Rice's statement that she was merely sharing "the best information that we had at the time."
Just a few months ago Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said ObamaCare "will be a net positive" for Democratic candidates in 2014. The party's national chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, predicted "Democratic candidates will be able to run on ObamaCare as an advantage" in the congressional midterms.
That was then. Now Democrats are circulating a new strategy memo (obtained by Politico) advising candidates to distance themselves from the law.
When President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 that "after my election I have more flexibility," most assumed he was referring to foreign policy. It turns out Mr. Obama's ambitions weren't so limited.
Earlier this week, Mr. Obama demonstrated his imperial flexibility again, delaying another important provision of the Affordable Care Act. For firms with 50-99 employees, the president waived until 2016 the requirement they provide health insurance or pay a fine.
Three sets of numbers have emerged in recent weeks that bode ill for Democratic hopes to keep the U.S. Senate. The first came from new Federal Election Commission filings and news reports on campaign fundraising for the fourth quarter of 2013, and cash-on-hand on Dec. 31.
Seven states carried by Mitt Romney have Democratic senators whose seats are up in November. Overall in these states, the leading Republican candidates raised $6.5 million while their Democratic opponents—including four incumbents—raised $6.7 million during the last quarter.
Last night, I experienced an episode of senior adviser telepathy, hearing White House aide Valerie Jarrett's thoughts as she left the Capitol in the presidential motorcade following the State of the Union.
Glad that's over. I hate standing along the walls with congressional staff. I'm closer to Barack than Crazy Uncle Joe —and I'm more powerful, too. So why does he get to sit (in view of the camera no less!) while I have to stand up? My feet are killing me.
"I'm not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time," President Obama declared in November. Echoing his boss, White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted that millions of Americans are now "able to avail themselves of quality, affordable health insurance . . . many of them for the first time."
The Affordable Care Act would right a great social wrong. Or so we were told. But reality is again intruding on the Obama administration's narrative.
Among political urban legends, one of the more persistent is "base elections"—the notion that successful campaigns can rely simply on turning out a party's hard-core supporters.
Nonsense. The party that wins independents wins Congress. Energizing core supporters is necessary but insufficient.
Democrats took control of the House in 2006 by winning independents 57% to 39%, according to national exit polls. They kept control in 2008 by carrying independents 51% to 43%.
President Barack Obama won PolitiFact's 2013 "Lie of The Year" for claiming, that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Instead of being ashamed, members of his administration appear to have been inspired by the award.
Take the statement by Department of Health and Human Services' National Press Secretary for Health Care, Joanne Peters. On Jan. 2, the Journal quoted her as saying ObamaCare "is making health insurance more affordable for young adults."
A good way to start a new year is by reflecting on remarkable individuals who died the previous year. Here are some who had special meaning for me.
Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister who reversed Britain's decline as an economic and world power. Her leadership modernized and strengthened her nation. She stood up to militant unions, Argentina's military junta, IRA terrorism and Soviet Communism. In concert with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and Pope John Paul II, she transformed the world. Not bad for a grocer's daughter from Grantham.