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(Huffington Post)   GOP Gov. Terry Branstad to Karl Rove: STFU when it comes to opening your mouth   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 41
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2013-02-16 04:43:03 PM

Hey Karl...

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2013-02-16 04:43:08 PM
No, the whole party needs to keep talking. Keep digging that whole deeper and deeper.

/Or is it derper and derper?
 
2013-02-16 04:43:39 PM

desertgeek: No, the whole party needs to keep talking. Keep digging that whole deeper and deeper.

/Or is it derper and derper?


Same difference. :D
 
2013-02-16 04:46:00 PM
See, this leaves me torn.  On the one hand, I hate Karl Rove and everything he stands for.  On the other hand, I hate Steve King and everything he stands for.  And on another hand, I'm really not a fan of Branstad.

I guess what I'm saying is, can't we just get the three of them to sit down together to hold a rational discussion about the future of the GOP, and then firebomb the meeting location?
 
2013-02-16 04:53:23 PM
Well, if Steve King runs for senate, he will lose.  He only has appeal with backwater rubes in a district with virtually no urban areas.  All statewide polling has him getting his ass kicked by double digits.

Iowa isn't farking Kansas or Oklahoma, you can't roll out a lunatic like King and expect to win a statewide election in a state with a solid progressive streak.
 
2013-02-16 04:53:30 PM
I am liking this GOP 're-branding'. Speaking as a fat, white guy from the South, I am totally stoked that there will never be a place in the GOP for me.
 
2013-02-16 04:55:26 PM
Did anyone else read that as "Governor Brainstem"?
 
2013-02-16 04:55:45 PM
you know that feeling when you've been out walking on a cold, rainy overcast day? then you come inside and its dry, and warm, and there's a pot roast that's been in the slow cooker all day?

this makes me feel like that - the fulfillment of anticipation may well be worth the prior bad weather
 
2013-02-16 05:03:43 PM
As a Democrat, I agree with this Republican governor.
 
2013-02-16 05:04:23 PM
Rove is just following the money; that's what he does. It is kind of surprising that people will still give him money after his complete and utter failure with Romney, but hey.
 
2013-02-16 05:05:23 PM

Atillathepun: Did anyone else read that as "Governor Brainstem"?


I read it as 'GOP Gov. Terry Bastard'. I have no idea who he is, so I assume my brain saw GOP and just filled in a word it felt was appropriate.
 
2013-02-16 05:13:29 PM
fta Branstad, in an interview with the Associated Press, said Rove's plan to use fundraising and negative advertising against suspect Republicans was "a mistake."

"If some outside group that has no connection to Iowa attacks somebody from Iowa, that is not smart," Branstad said.


Is this your first time to the rodeo, Terry?
 
2013-02-16 05:19:29 PM

BilltheThrill: Well, if Steve King runs for senate, he will lose.  He only has appeal with backwater rubes in a district with virtually no urban areas.  All statewide polling has him getting his ass kicked by double digits.

Iowa isn't farking Kansas or Oklahoma, you can't roll out a lunatic like King and expect to win a statewide election in a state with a solid progressive streak.


But hey, let the out of the state GOPers waste millions more so they can get slapped across the face...again.

I just heard some Republican strategist on MSNBC today talk about how the message wasn't the problem just the messengers.  Even now, they still don't get it!
 
2013-02-16 05:22:51 PM
As an 80 percent lib'rul, I find this terribly embarrassing --- I have TOTALLY forgotten which side I'm supposed to be for in this GOP Civil War. The freakin' idiots? Or the moronic losers?

Shoulda taken better notes ...
 
2013-02-16 05:25:31 PM

Atillathepun: Did anyone else read that as "Governor Brainstem"?


Well when he was governor in the 80s he did have the more fitting nickname of "Governor Braindead."

BilltheThrill: Well, if Steve King runs for senate, he will lose.  He only has appeal with backwater rubes in a district with virtually no urban areas.  All statewide polling has him getting his ass kicked by double digits.

Iowa isn't farking Kansas or Oklahoma, you can't roll out a lunatic like King and expect to win a statewide election in a state with a solid progressive streak.


This.  King is too chickenshiat to ever run for an office that is elected statewide.
 
2013-02-16 05:34:35 PM
Oh please oh please oh please let Steve King run and have the Stache support him. He'd get his ass kicked and maybe take the Stache down with him.
 
2013-02-16 05:35:58 PM
Have the Democrats become the unified party and Republicans become the punch line to not belonging to an organized party? We live in strange times.
 
2013-02-16 05:36:09 PM
This is SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!
 
2013-02-16 05:44:01 PM

Summoner101: Have the Democrats become the unified party and Republicans become the punch line to not belonging to an organized party? We live in strange times.


No, us Democrats still aren't that good at organizing, we are merely letting the Teatards do our work for us, rest assured that, if and when we get full control of the state houses, US House, Senate, and White House, we will fully resume our usual bungling ways, we just won't have to worry about the demolished, disenfranchised, and morally bankrupt GOP taking advantage of us.
 
2013-02-16 05:48:39 PM
If Karl Rove can help prevent Steve King from taking over Tom Harkin's Senate seat, I'll support the Turd Blossom.

/If Steve King invaded Hell I'd say something nice about the Devil
 
2013-02-16 05:49:11 PM
Call me a hambulance.
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2013-02-16 06:00:08 PM
Branstad, in an interview with the Associated Press, said Rove's plan to use fundraising and negative advertising against suspect Republicans was "a mistake."

And how does he feel about the the teahadist led efforts to criticize Hagel and stall his nomination with an historic filibuster?

Reagan's 11th commandment lies shattered pieces on the ground.

*popcorn*
 
2013-02-16 06:03:30 PM

Rwa2play: I just heard some Republican strategist on MSNBC today talk about how the message wasn't the problem just the messengers. Even now, they still don't get it!


watch fox (occasionally) if you want to see full head in sand don't get it. i saw the piece you're talking about and it is odd how they can totally miss the point. odder still is that William Buckley, David Frum and David Brooks all seem to get it and have written often about it.
 
2013-02-16 06:06:37 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: As an 80 percent lib'rul, I find this terribly embarrassing --- I have TOTALLY forgotten which side I'm supposed to be for in this GOP Civil War. The freakin' idiots? Or the moronic losers?

Shoulda taken better notes ...


On the one hand, Karl Rove is an evil tubby gnome, that's bad.

On the other hand Steve King is a mentally defective teahadist goon, that's worse.

But on the other other hand King is essentially unelectable on a statewide level so from a Democratic perspective him running and losing is a boon for the Dems. That's good.

And don't even get me started on how Frogurt figues into all this.
 
2013-02-16 06:21:11 PM

BilltheThrill: Well, if Steve King runs for senate, he will lose.  He only has appeal with backwater rubes in a district with virtually no urban areas.  All statewide polling has him getting his ass kicked by double digits.

Iowa isn't farking Kansas or Oklahoma, you can't roll out a lunatic like King and expect to win a statewide election in a state with a solid progressive streak.


That's exactly why Rove wants him defeated in the primaries...
 
2013-02-16 06:28:28 PM

Arachnophobe: Atillathepun: Did anyone else read that as "Governor Brainstem"?

I read it as 'GOP Gov. Terry Bastard'. I have no idea who he is, so I assume my brain saw GOP and just filled in a word it felt was appropriate.


I read it as GOP Gov Terry Bradshaw
 
2013-02-16 06:32:43 PM
Anyone else read that as Gov Terry Bradshaw?
 
2013-02-16 06:34:51 PM

Cheater71: Anyone else read that as Gov Terry Bradshaw?


I read it as Gov Terry Braindead but then I'm suffering from caffeine withdrawal.
 
2013-02-16 06:49:55 PM

quatchi: Cheater71: Anyone else read that as Gov Terry Bradshaw?

I read it as Gov Terry Braindead but then I'm suffering from caffeine withdrawal.


I read it same as you did, but I lived in Iowa during his first run as governor.
 
2013-02-16 07:09:14 PM
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2013-02-16 07:11:44 PM
Steve King has a better chance to win than some Karl Rove Liberal.  A Karl Rove candidate will keep the GOP Base at home....at the same time the Dems hammer a GOP candidate for "being tied to Karl Rove"

Branstad is playing it smart by telling Rove to stuff it.  Branstad is center-right and that is telling that the moderates are also telling Rove to stuff it

Rove is just a Dem plant.   He is programmed to lose for the GOP
 
2013-02-16 07:57:00 PM

MontanaDave: This is SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!


This. I fully support the Conservative Victory Project and so-called "Establishment" Republicans. I also fully support the Tea Party and related conservative extremists in the party. My hope is they'll irreparably damage each other.

/Maybe we should stop talking about this, lest they wise up...
 
2013-02-16 08:16:25 PM
As an Iowan I really hope Steve King is the GOP Senate candidate.  He will get his ass kicked in a statewide election.
 
2013-02-16 08:30:19 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: MontanaDave: This is SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!

This. I fully support the Conservative Victory Project and so-called "Establishment" Republicans. I also fully support the Tea Party and related conservative extremists in the party. My hope is they'll irreparably damage each other.

/Maybe we should stop talking about this, lest they wise up...


You'd think that would be the case, but these are people who willfully ignored Nate Silver in favor of "unskewed" numbers that predicted total Romney domination. And even now, they still don't understand why they lost, even though it has been spelled out for them again and again. You aren't talking about the most intellectually curious bunch. Even after they were betrayed by their own echo chamber, they emerged only long enough to ask what happened before scurrying back in and locking the door.

I think we're safe.
 
2013-02-16 08:31:54 PM

quatchi: Huck And Molly Ziegler: As an 80 percent lib'rul, I find this terribly embarrassing --- I have TOTALLY forgotten which side I'm supposed to be for in this GOP Civil War. The freakin' idiots? Or the moronic losers?

Shoulda taken better notes ...

On the one hand, Karl Rove is an evil tubby gnome, that's bad.

On the other hand Steve King is a mentally defective teahadist goon, that's worse.

But on the other other hand King is essentially unelectable on a statewide level so from a Democratic perspective him running and losing is a boon for the Dems. That's good.

And don't even get me started on how Frogurt figues into all this.


It's cursed.
 
2013-02-16 08:43:26 PM
Fuggin Bizzy: /Maybe we should stop talking about this, lest they wise up...

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!  oh wait, you're *Serious*? - Let me laugh even Harder!

/this bunch could *NOT* find their @$$es with both hands, a map, and a Sherpa guide...
 
2013-02-16 09:07:30 PM
What I like about all this is that at a basic level they're both right.  Rove is correct when he asserts that TEA Party candidates can't win everywhere and the Republicans have to stop them in some places if they hope to be a national party.  The TEA Partiers are right when they claim that Rove is trying to assert top down influence over local party politics.

But since I'm just in it for the mud wrestling derpfest I say carry on, you crazy kids.
 
2013-02-16 10:11:57 PM

Curious: Rwa2play: I just heard some Republican strategist on MSNBC today talk about how the message wasn't the problem just the messengers. Even now, they still don't get it!

watch fox (occasionally) if you want to see full head in sand don't get it. i saw the piece you're talking about and it is odd how they can totally miss the point. odder still is that William Buckley, David Frum and David Brooks all seem to get it and have written often about it.


Even Andrew Sullivan has mentioned it from time to time.  They really feel that if they change the coating on that pile of horse manure, people will buy it; however, they can't make the stench disappear.
 
2013-02-17 03:24:36 AM

jj325: He will get his ass kicked in a statewide election.


One can only hope for my state...to kick his ass out.
 
2013-02-17 11:52:13 AM
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YUPPERS G.O.P. CARRY ON WIT' YER OWN BAD SELVES
 
2013-02-18 01:57:10 AM

Summoner101: Have the Democrats become the unified party and Republicans become the punch line to not belonging to an organized party? We live in strange times.


No, the Democrats are still as fragmented as they have ever been. Except, perhaps, when it comes to dealing with the Tea Baggers.

It's the Republicans who have split in twain. Once side wants to get back to real conservative ideals while the other side are the Tea Baggers and their supporters.
 
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