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A Split Between Rove and the Koch Bros?

A Split Between Rove and the Koch Bros?


Could the powerhouse pairing of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, responsible for unprecedented political spending in the 2010 midterm election cycle be on the splits? Looks like it.

The trouble began last summer when those loyal to Rove supported House Speaker John Boehner’s bill to increase the debt ceiling while the Koch brothers’ primary political cover group Americans for Prosperity pressured conservatives to oppose it. But more than an ideological split, trouble in paradise seems to stem from competing Machiavellian drives to run the direction of the American conservative movement.

Both camps have spent big dollars on initiatives to lure Hispanic voters. This is of course rich with irony since both groups also spent big dollars to use racism against Hispanics as the wedge issue de jour. Both camps accuse the other of efforts to undermine the conservative movement and neither camp trusts the other.

Perhaps most tellingly, both camps are working hard at amassing databases of likely conservative voters for targeting through the campaign and Election Day.

The camps managed to put their competing agendas and egos aside for the sake of the midterm elections, but many are starting to wonder if future coordination will even be possible.

In many ways this emerging split mirrors the current troubles of the conservative movement. Rove, seen by many as the more “establishment” presence, has made it his goal to keep Republicans in power, regardless of the cost while the Koch brothers funnel their billions into those causes that promote their free market zealotry, consequences to the American public be damned.

Regardless of which camp ultimately proves victorious in this struggle for power and control of the conservative movement, both are doing a great job making the case for significant campaign finance reform.


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10:56PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

These goons are beyond help. Nothing you or I can say will get their attention. They are ruthless and above and beyond reproach. The only recource we have is to keep their shameful tactics in the news and not in the slimey shadows of which they inhabit.

6:56AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Michael T.:

By passing the National Popular Vote bill, this kind of gaming the vote (blue states vs. red states) will not work anymore. And it's on its way. But we can make it happen sooner. Check out the National Popular Vote at . Enter zip code to ask your legislator to pass the NPV

7:46PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Kudos to Jonathan, Mary and Charlene for their comments~

5:35PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Of course, I am dreaming, but, wouldn't it be nice to see these two parties spend all their money fighting each other?

6:36AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I hope they both go down and those that follow them will wake up.

8:47PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Turdblossom vs Teaparty? Scalp the tickets!

7:09PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

William E.

You wrote: I find it encouraging that the nations #1 political liar is at odds with our nations #1 polluter.

I agree with you, it makes for entertaining news doesn't it?

Sadly, the Koch brothers, and individuals such as Art Pope in North Carolina are working heavily behind the scenes to eliminate North Carolina as a state that will support democratic success.

7:05PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

John K.

You wrote: Michael G.--Your first two sentences reaffirm my first comment.

I am delighted to give you the opportunity to twist my words leaving you feel self-righteous. I am familiar with people, such as yourself, who use solipsisms to twist away from the matter at hand. Again, I gaze upon your pedestal of arrogance and simply choose to walk away hoping one day, in this life, that you can choose to evolve to higher thinking.

You also wrote: Read the entire chapter of Romans 13 in the New Testament on how all of us should think and act regarding civil authority.

As for your command to read Romans, I have better things to do than to read such useless material written by zealots bent on causing people to live in fear of a purported god created by fools like Paul, and the 4 gospeller's who contradict each other at every step. Secondly, I don't command very well.

6:43PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

I suspect that Rove knew more than he wants us to know he knew about the extent of the Kochs' illegal trading with Iran, and he doesn't want to be caught in the stuff that hits the fan now that it's public.

In fact, he probably knows a lot more than he wants us to know he knows about ALL their illegal, immoral, and unethical activities. And he has absolutely no desire to go down the drain in the same flush with them.

6:34PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

How about Koch brothers supporting ETV shows? That makes me ill!

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