Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Karl Rove

David Frum editorialized in NYT As a political strategist, Karl Rove offered a brilliant answer to the wrong question. The question he answered so successfully was a political one: How could Republicans win elections after Bill Clinton steered the Democrats to the center?
Dir Karl create MoveOn and Daily Kos, which pulled the Dems back to the radical left?
The question he unfortunately ignored was a policy question: What does the nation need — and how can conservatives achieve it?

Mr. Rove answered his chosen question by courting carefully selected constituencies with poll-tested promises: tax cuts for traditional conservatives; the No Child Left Behind law for suburban moderates; prescription drugs for anxious seniors; open immigration for Hispanics; faith-based programs for evangelicals and Catholics.

These programs often contradicted each other. How do you cut taxes and also create a big new prescription drug benefit?
It is simple. Cutting taxes raises tax revenue.
If the schools are failing to educate the nation’s poor, how does it make sense to expand that population by opening the door to even more low-wage immigration?
It dosen'y, but if we got control of the borders and controlled those coming in we could balance the inout to resources available.
Instead of seeking solutions to national problems, “compassionate conservatism” started with slogans and went searching for problems to justify them. To what problem, exactly, was the faith-based initiative a solution?
The problem was that government money was being wasted in secular, liberal solutions, and the faith based community could do so much more good with the money.

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