Karl Rove served in the Bush administration for six years, engineered
GOP gains in Congress in 2002 and 2004, and has raised $24
for conservative candidates this election cycle. None of this has stopped the likes of Sarah Palin (who told
Rove to "buck up" after he voiced doubts
about Christine O'Donnell's
electability) and Rush Limbaugh (who said
of Rove's criticism, "I've never heard Karl so animated against a
Democrat as he was against Christine O'Donnell") from basically calling
Rove a terrible establishment Republican who only wants to get railroad barons
elected. This weekend, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee become the
latest conservative to take aim at Rove. He even used the 'e' word
made the comments in an interview with radio host Aaron Klein:
I was very disappointed in some,
particularly Karl and others, who were so dismissive of Christine
O'Donnell. I've been on the receiving end of some of that when I ran for
president, a lot of the establishment types were very contemptuous
towards me...Unfortunately, there is an elitism within the Republican
establishment. And it's one of the reasons the Republicans have not been
able to solidify--not only the tea party movement--but solidify
conservatives across America. Because a lot of people know it's not so
much about the principles of really controlling government and having
responsible people in office, it's about making sure the right people
get into the game to play.
We're guessing the recipients of
the $24 million might feel differently.
(H/T to Ben Smith of Politico
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