Video: Karl Rove Touts Buckley Rule: “We Need Conservatives Who Can Win”

Karl Rove appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday night to defend himself against conservative accusations that his new PAC is intended to help moderate Republicans against tea party challengers in primary races.

Radio host Mark Levin went so far as to accuse Rove of stabbing conservatives in the back. Rove made it clear he still wants conservative candidates to back, he just wants ones who can actually win races.
Hannity first explained the main goal of Conservative Victory Project: keeping more Todd Akins from becoming nominees for safe seats and ultimately losing general elections. Rove quickly clarified that he is not going to be in the business of defending incumbents, but merely making sure the Republican party nominates candidates who can actually win races. He also defended his previous support of Tea Party candidates in 2010 and 2012.

Hannity brought up the criticism that sometimes the Republican party ends up with establishment Republicans who no one is happy with. Rove insisted he just wants “the most conservative candidate who can win,” not just the incumbent candidate. He insisted that his group would have, for example, backed Marco Rubio in 2010. Hannity explained his main concern is that he doesn’t want anyone within the Republican party doing anything to divide it.

Rove stuck by his message, saying that the Republican party needs to do better than Todd Akin if it wants to retake the Senate.

Rove mentioned the Buckley rule, also cited by Charles Krauthammer earlier Tuesday night on Special report as he reminded the panel of the most prime example he could think of where it should have been applied, the ill-fated Delaware Senate race of 2010:

 Tuesday in Delaware was a bad day not only for Republicans but also for conservatives. Tea Partyer Christine O’Donnell scored a stunning victory over establishment Republican Mike Castle. Stunning but pyrrhic. The very people who have most alerted the country to the perils of President Obama’s social democratic agenda may have just made it impossible for Republicans to retake the Senate and definitively stop that agenda.

Bill Buckley — no Mike Castle he — had a rule: Support the most conservative candidate who is electable.

A timeless rule of sober politics, and particularly timely now. This is no ordinary time. And this is no ordinary Democratic administration. It is highly ideological and ambitious. It is determined to use whatever historical window it is granted to change the country structurally, irreversibly. It has already done so with Obamacare and has equally lofty ambitions for energy, education, immigration, taxation, industrial policy and the composition of the Supreme Court.

Ugh, that was in 2010 when there was still hope that we could retake the White House, and turn back the red tide. One Akin and one Mourdock later, it’s hard not to see the wisdom in employing the Buckley Rule.

If Rove is to be believed, and his PAC really is designed to weed out the not ready for prime time candidates – like Akin – then more power to him. We don’t need any more debacles like that Missouri Senate race – which we should have won easily.


Ben Howe, Red State: It’s the Messaging, Stupid. It’s the Stupid Messaging

For Rove’s part, there are a lot of people telling me to give him and his partners the benefit of the doubt. That this isn’t them declaring war on the grassroots but is simply a group of conservatives trying to figure out the best way to effect change.

If that’s true, then my advice is only compounded. Is their group so horrible at messaging that they couldn’t even roll out this announcement without enraging their base?

The truth is, I’d rather not spend the next 2 years fighting people that are supposed to be on our side. I’d rather spend that time crafting messages that espouse our believes in a way that doesn’t make people grab buckets of tar and bags of feathers.

We should be seeking candidates together, not tearing each other apart. With a skeptical eye, I look forward to seeing how Rove’s group intends on working with the rest of us to win for conservatism. I wish I were more optimistic.

Video: Bizarre North Korean Video Shows US city in flames after missile attack

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about….

Amidst reports that another North Korean nuclear test is imminent, comes this disturbing NORK video depicting a U.S. city engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack. It was uploaded onto video by  the North Korea’s official website, Uriminzokkiri.

The Daily Mail reported:

It shows a city — shrouded in the U.S. flag — under attack, with its skyscrapers, including what appears to be the Empire State Building, either on fire or in ruins.

The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a young man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket Pyongyang successfully tested in December.

As the shuttle circles the globe — to the tune of Michael Jackson’s We Are the World — the video zooms in on countries below, including a joyfully re-unified Korea.

The video ends with the young man concluding that his dream will ‘surely come true’.

‘Despite all kinds of attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us… never will anyone be able to stop the people marching toward a final victory,’ it said.

Meanwhile, here in America:

Mr. Obama seeks rapid Senate confirmation for his defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. As the president’s intelligence advisory board chairman, along with other members and Gen. James E. Cartwright, Mr. Hagel supports the unilateral nuclear disarmament of America. Complete nuclear disarmament of our country has been a dream of Mr. Obama’s since he took office in 2009, but it would be wrong and dangerous for our country.

Mr. Obama’s last START nuclear agreement with Russia did not cover 10,000 tactical nukes pointed at NATO and used to intimidate our allies. It did not cover rail-mobile ICBMs and launchers established in the previously expired START. It now hinders our efforts to modernize our forces and build a comprehensive missile defense, it is unverifiable, it reduces our stockpile and it fails to prevent proliferation.

Mr. Obama has brought us nothing but liabilities in trying to ingratiate himself with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We can say we’re friends with Russia, but Mr. Putin acts in a hostile manner to try to expel America from the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the globe. Mr. Putin, along with the leaders of communist China, continues to assist Syria’s President Bashar Assad, Iran’s aggressive military buildup, Hamas, Hezbollah and other anti-American, radical Islamist militias.




Bill Kristol Shines on Special Report: Defends Tea Party – Slams GOP Establishment


Bill Kristol must have eaten his Wheaties this morning, because he was on fire on Special Report, tonight, battling the Washington Post’s Charles Lane on the subject whether the Republican party needs to rebrand itself (to please the establishment.)  He sounded so much like a grassroots Republican, he earned the praise of Mark Levin, who mentioned the showdown on his radio show.

Transcript via RCP:

BILL KRISTOL, WEEKLY STANDARD: If I hear another politician talking about rebranding the party or changing the image, why don’t they just advance policies? Republicans control the House of Representatives, right? They very much dislike Obamacare. Fine, pass a bill repealing Obamacare or delaying it and then pass a replacement. It’s not going to pass the Senate, President Obama’s not going to sign it, but it will show how Republican policies help.

Republicans dislike the financial regulations in Dodd-Frank, pass different regulations that help community banks. If you can’t pass the whole thing, pass bite-sized pieces of legislation that would help the country. I mean, I really think they should talk less about rebranding themselves and actually pass some legislation, either big legislation or medium-sized bites that which embody conservative principals.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: Why have they been losing so badly on messaging, Bill?

KRISTOL: They haven’t been losing that badly on messaging. They lost the presidential election by 3 points, they held the House of Representatives, the Democrats got 1 million more votes for the complete House out of 110 million cast, or something like that. And if they simply govern effectively, if they do their best in the House and they oppose President Obama, they’ll do fine. They should worry less about how they look and they should just act according to conservative principles.

CHARLES LANE, WASHINGTON POST: They also, although Bill left it out, they lost a lot of Senate races. And one reason they lost —

KRISTOL: And who were most of the people who lost? Establishment candidates. And now the establishment is going to come in — right, Tea Party candidates lost and about 7 establishment candidates lost.

LANE: Todd Aiken branded the whole party. Eric Cantor, who has studied these issues, I think, carefully, at least I hope he got his money’s worth, is doing some important things in his speech. He’s saying —

KRISTOL: The Washington Post and the Republican establishment are coming to the rescue of those idiots out in the country.


KRISTOL: The whole Republican establishment is going to come to the rescue of the Republican party. The most anti-establishment Republican year, Republican set of candidates, Republican spirit was 2010. Republicans won 64 House seats and 7 Senate seats. The establishment took over in 2012. It was Mitt Romney, just the economy, we’re not talking about foreign policy, not talking about social issues, very focused.

The Republican establishment loved that, Crossroads spent $300 million and Republicans lost seats and lost the presidency. Maybe we should just let the Republicans and the conservatives of the country run their campaigns.


KRISTOL: I think let’s have primaries in all these states, people can butt in as they wish on both sides. It’s hard to know ahead of time who the best candidates are. The whole establishment was behind Charlie Crist in 2009 and against Marco Rubio, who couldn’t win. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin couldn’t win. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania couldn’t win. You don’t know ahead of time always who can win.

I myself agree, Akin was a very bad candidate and most Tea Party people were not not for him, incidentally. But I have no problem with people in Washington helping the candidates they prefer.

ROBERTS: Do you or do you not foresee any kind of civil war brewing within the Republican party?

KRISTOL: I think there will be lots of little civil wars in lots of different states, a lot of that is healthy. When were there a lot of contentious primaries? 2010, there were a couple off the rails, as Charles says. And Republicans lost a seat they could’ve picked up in Delaware. 2010, though, was a very contentious year within the Republican party and very good for the Republican party. A little internal debate, some primaries, some arguing about the best way to go about advancing conservatives principles isn’t such a bad thing. (Special Report, February 5, 2013)

Watch the video at RealClearPolitics. It was beautiful.

Huge Nuge Dominates Piers Morgan in Gun Debate While Rough Men with “Assault Rifles” Stand Ready to Do Violence on Their Behalf

Rock legend and gun advocate, Ted Nugent appeared with Piers Morgan on location in a Texas gun shop, Monday to talk guns.

He called Morgan the “poster boy for causes that make no sense”,  and also blasted him over his apparent “obsession with guns” and told him to leave responsible American gun owners “the hell alone.”

Morgan began the interview by asking his guest to explain to him, “in the least inflammatory way possible,” why any American needs to own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Morgan had just gotten done shooting an AR-15 at a gun range and said he was surprised by the power it possessed.

After first offering prayers to the Chris Kyle and Littlefield families, Nugent told Morgan to “take it to the bank” that he would never understand the true purpose of firearms.

“You don’t understand that it’s a simple inanimate tool that tens of millions of American families own that have never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime,” Nugent said.

Morgan countered by saying 100,000 Americans get hit by gunfire each year.

“Let me stop you there, because I’ve been hearing you say this and you’re so full of crap. Listen to me, that statistic includes bad guys shot by cops and intruders shot by homeowners. So that figure is bogus,” Nugent shot back.

It can honestly be said that Huge Nuge dominated that interview.

The icing on the cake? Check out the armed security with “assault rifles” standing outside the gun shop, who were reportedly hired by CNN to protect Piers Morgan.

A good observation from Doug Powers: According to Piers Morgan, There are Only 2 Uses for ‘Assault Rifles’: To Commit Mass Murder, and to Protect Piers Morgan.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf


Media Research Center: ABC, CBS, NBC Slant 8 to 1 for Obama’s Gun Control Crusade

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Why is Obama Sending Tanks and F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood-Led Egypt? (Video)

In a video taken September 23, 2010, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said, “no reasonable person can expect any progress on this track. Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Morsi also promoted “all forms of resistance” against Israel, calling for military resistance against the “criminal Zionists” along with supporting “resistance fighters,” i.e. terrorists who attack Israeli civilians. He called on Muslims and Arabs all over the world to “support” such fighters, but did not specify what such support entails. He called on “Zionists” to be “driven out of our countries.” He stated that he does not recognize the “Green Line.” Morsi also called for boycotts against Israel and all countries that support it, including the United States.

Egypt and the United States held a joint ceremony  in Cairo, Sunday,  to mark the delivery of new F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian Air Force…

Why in God’s name are we arming our enemy?

“Today’s ceremony demonstrates the firm belief of the United States that a strong Egypt is in the interest of the U.S., the region, and the world,” said U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne W. Patterson. “We look to Egypt to continue to serve as a force for peace, security, and leadership as the Middle East proceeds with its challenging yet essential journey toward democracy.”

The U.S. delivery of four aircraft is part of a group of 20 F-16s that will arrive in Egypt over the course of the year. To date, the U.S. has delivered 224 F-16 aircraft to Egypt.

“Our thirty-four year security partnership is based upon shared interests and mutual respect,” said Ambassador Patterson. “The United States has long recognized Egypt as an indispensible partner.”

The F-16s are part of the $1.3 billion in the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program from the U.S. in annual military and security assistance to improve Egypt’s defensive capabilities and support Egypt’s contributions to regional security that counter terrorist threats.

That explanation expired after the “Arab Spring” of 2011. It’s no longer operable in a Muslim Brotherhood led Egypt. What in the world is the Regime thinking?

In an appearance on Fox and Friends,  an exasperated Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said the decision to supply Morsi with the aircraft and tanks is consistent with what we recently found out is this administration’s foreign policy: “What difference does it make?! What difference does it make if we give weapons to our sworn enemies who want to wipe Israel and us off the map – so we give them the method to wipe them out – what’s the big deal?”

He continued, “we’re putting ourselves in danger when we’re sending jets and tanks to a leader whose only two enemies he’s said in the past are Israel and the United States.”

“This is going to help give Egypt an edge over Israel – they’ll have more M-16s than Israel, as I understand it.”

A Coptic Christian who called into the Sean Hannity Show, Monday, said that Sending F-16s and tanks to Morsi is like sending them to Osama bin Laden.

We’re also giving Egypt four Fast Missile Craft ships which cost the American people 2 billion dollars.

The first of four new fast missile craft for Egypt was dedicated Oct. 25 at a shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and the ship’s name was announced.

The S. Ezzat is named after Soliman Ezzat, the admiral who founded and led the modern Egyptian Navy from 1953 to 1967, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine said in a press release.

Construction of the ship began in a newly built fabrication facility at VT Halter in November 2009 under a U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales program managed by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command.

The original contract for the program was awarded to VT Halter in November 2005. Since then, the U.S. has awarded the shipbuilder more than $800 million for the ships.

Mark Levin exploded on his talk show, a few days ago: “What the hell is this President doing sending F-16s to the regime in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood?!” he thundered.

“[They] ask questions about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of our own government, and they’re treated like pariahs,” an agitated Levin shouted. “Well, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government — it’s called Barack Obama! No, he’s not a formal member; he’s a sympathizer. There, I said it! Prove otherwise.”

In August of 2011, I reported that the Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated White House.

Why would the President nominate someone like Chuck Hagel, as Levin noted, a sympathizer with the most radical elements in the Middle East, and an Israel hater? Obviously, the President and Hagel are simpatico on foreign policy. The real question is will Senate Republicans wave him through? Although Mitch McConnell raised the possibility of a Senate filibuster, Monday, it’s looks to me like Senate Republicans have no stomach for a fight on this.

None of this is going to end well.


Grumpy Opinions: These are the people Obama and Congress are giving F-16s:


AhramOnline reported: NSF blames President Morsi for Tahrir sexual assaults, police violence:

The opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) has condemned a recent spate of violent attacks on peaceful protesters.

 In a statement on Sunday, the front claimed organised violence, including sexual attacks using knives on female protesters, was designed to prevent people expressing their views.

President Mohamed Morsi, his government and the interior minister are responsible for the violence and torture, the front said. They have failed to protect peaceful protesters from attacks by militias and thugs, such as those carried out against women in Tahrir Square.

“These organised mob sexual assaults cannot be separated from the oppressive tactics [of the security forces] and the use of torture and intimidation against revolutionaries,” read the statement.

Such tactics would not stop women from participating in Egypt’s political life, it added.

Dozens of mob sexual assaults have taken place around Tahrir Square during recent protests. Many argue the attacks are systematic and organised.