An item that should go on the top of the priority list: dump the party’s super PACs and the men and women who run them, including Karl Rove.
Despite losing, a network of favored Republican consultants and contractors emerged from the election richer than before: Mentzer Media Services, Inc. collected fees of $141 million; Crossroads Media LLC, $90.8 million; Target Enterprises, $15.2 million; Arena Communications, $12.8 million. For the Republican operatives running these companies, 2012 was hardly a defeat. It was a business bonanza.
I still maintain that Karl Rove is a genius, relative to Bob Shrum, in the same way that Jim Carrey is a genius relative to Pauly Shore. But he blew a lot of other people’s money on unwinnable races in 2012. And his decision to double down on “values voting” in 2004 was a mistake in terms of the long-term well-being of the Republican party.
I read a lot of articles about Rove back in the day. This Josh Green piece was well-researched. This Ron Suskind piece was remarkably prescient; the “Mayberry Machiavellis” went on to fuck with the DOJ and probably countless other federal agencies.
I wonder if there’s any change Karl will go “No Labels” on us. His old buddy, Mark McKinnon, co-rounded No Labels.