Karl Rove’s Key Strategy To A Republican Majority

August 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Remember this as we get the US Attorney firings back on the front pages: Karl Rove had a strategy of a Republican majority. It was 50+1. And the way to do that was to use every tool at the Administration’s disposal to get it. If a district, or a state, was a political battleground, like New Mexico, or Missouri, key individuals were needed in the right spots, including the US Attorney office, so that unprovable, but political damaging investigations could be run against Democratic candidates just before elections so that doubt would be sowed among voters on the Democratic candidate. David Iglesias would not play ball, and the local Republicans were furious with him, that in a tight race in New Mexico, he would not bring up spurious accusations against the Democratic candidate, who barely lost to the Republican incumbent, Wilson by like 900 votes. It worked against David Siegelman of Georgia. Spurious allegations brought on by a corrupt attorney put Siegelman in jail until an appeals court saw how terrible the case was against Siegelman. But the damage was done, of course.

This is a reprehensible way to victory and, in the long run, unsustainable, the corruption eventually feeding on itself and destroying the party that used those tools.

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