Using the Federal Government for Political Gain

October 30, 2006 at 2:23 am | Posted in American politics, Congress, Democracy | 2 Comments

This is Karl Rove’s strategy, as laid out in a piece in the LA Times. What Rove apparently has to do to keep a Republican majority is use the federal government. His strategy and the strategy of Republicans, because they apparently can’t win any other way, is to use our tax dollars (without our permission of course) to keep Republicans afloat.

Rove is giving a virtuoso performance designed to prevent the Democrats from taking control of the House and Senate or, if that is no longer possible, to hold down the size of the Democratic victory to make it easier for the GOP to come back in 2008. His plan is three-pronged: to reenergize any conservatives who may be flagging; to make sure the GOP’s carefully constructed campaign apparatus is functioning at peak efficiency; and to put the resources of the federal government to use for political gain.

In terms of the third prong, signs of the maestro at work are visible in Buffalo and beyond.

Isn’t there a law against this? Oh wait, a Republican run Congress does not care about the law, because they are using the law to try and get re-elected. Vote them out America!


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  1. Both parties use tax dollars to essentially buy votes and have been doing so for decades. Spots for Jim Matheson constantly tout how much money he’s been bringing back to the state. Orrin Hatch pulls that out all the time. The only news here is the timing.

  2. I knew that both parties do this, I guess I’m just troubled about the extent to which Rove uses federal funds to support Republicans in their election drives.

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