April 2, 2009

Rove: Obama brings Chicago politics to DC; and he's keeping score

Posted: 08:29 AM ET

By Karl Rove, Former Advisor to President George W. Bush

"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.

A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration's stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president's budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign.

Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and her chief of staff, Michael Strautmanis, are in regular contact with MoveOn.Org, Americans United for Change and other liberal interest groups. Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina has collaborated with Americans United for Change on strategy and even ad copy. Ms. Jarrett invited leaders of the liberal interest groups to a White House social event with the president and first lady to kick off the lobbying campaign.

Its targets were initially Republicans, as team Obama ran ads depicting the GOP as the "party of no." But now the fire is being trained on Democrats worried about runaway spending.


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Dave of Detroit   April 2nd, 2009 8:48 am ET

Too bad that Don Seigleman, the former Governor of Alabama, isn't keeping score after being railroaded into prison by Karl Rove-It takes a sinister mind to see sinister behavior-its called transference in psychology. Wish Karl would open up about the sinister inner workings of the Bush Administration that he was party to and chief architect of-Now THAT would be an interesting read!

peggy   April 2nd, 2009 9:33 am ET

Karl Rove commentary? Why isn't he in prison yet?

janette tx   April 2nd, 2009 4:45 pm ET

Why are the Bush gang members running their mouthes
when they are no longer a factor?SHUT THE HELL UP!!!
Yeah and go do some volunteer work.BE GONE!!!!!!

Jim   April 2nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Yes Karl give it a rest. Accept the fact that he vast majority of people throughout the United States and the world are so glad you and your fear mongering greedy immoral friends are gone. Do you think that you are wiser than all those people collectively? Get on your donkey Amigo and ride off into the sunset.

yankee452   April 2nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Are you kidding me?

You've got some nerve !

Are we to assume the administration you served has no history of holding grudges ?

sammy   April 3rd, 2009 2:11 am ET

who is paying Rove? the Republican party? would like to know..he should retire..he has enough money ...but he will not go away just like Rush Limbaugh..they are so negative....

Judith   April 3rd, 2009 7:13 am ET

I agree with everyone that said it before me.Rove tell Cheney you guys aren't in the White House no more with your puppet ex President Bush

When are the trials for Bush/Cheney,Rove and Libby going to be held?

Bottom Line the Bush adm feel they are the untouchables.

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