6/7/12, "Shays, needing a rally charm, turns to Rove," CTPost.com, Neil Vigdor. photo Luckey, Greenwich Time
"Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays turned to neoconservative firebrand Karl Rove Thursday night to breathe new life into Shays' underdog Senate candidacy at a Greenwich fundraiser.
The political comeback of the self-proclaimed centrist suffered a setback a day earlier, with GOP frontrunner Linda McMahon widening a 9-point advantage over Shays to 29 points in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of registered Republicans.
This is the second shot at the Senate for McMahon, who won a three-way primary two years ago, but lost the general election to Democrat Richard Blumenthal by 12 points in a year that was fruitful for many Republicans....
"We love the fact that Washington insiders love Congressman Shays," said Chris LaCivita, a strategist for McMahon.
Some 80 to 100 Republicans were expected at the fundraiser for Shays, each paying up $1,000 to chat with Rove.
"I'm delighted he's here," Shays beamed as Rove opened the door of a Greenwich Taxi cab....
Now a talking head for Fox News Channel, who is revered by conservatives and reviled by liberals, Rove committed to the fundraiser before the results of the latest Quinnipiac University poll were released Wednesday."...
- [Ed. note: To the author, FYI: Karl Rove is revered by no one except the Obama administration, the NY Times, and some Washington insiders. Job #1 to him is preventing right of center Americans from electing the person we need to save this country. Rove was such a loose cannon that the weak George Bush even kicked him out of the White House in his second term. The establishment elevates Rove because he insures that the Republican Party will remain fractured.]
(continuing): "Not only did McMahon win the GOP endorsement at the state party convention last month, but the ex-wrestling mogul now out-polls Shays in a hypothetical general election matchup against Democrat Christopher Murphy.
Shays represented the 4th Congressional District from 1987 until his 2008 ouster, was raising money for the Aug. 14 primary....
The following was written shortly before the Nov. 2010 elections:
Yet in the past few weeks, the White House and even The New York Times have done exactly that—heaping praise on their longtime nemesis, Karl Rove,
- and his protégé, Ed Gillespie.
- extolled Rove as a “master political strategist.”...
Indeed, they are even beginning to conclude that the oft-repeated belief that Rove is the savior of the GOP may be
- one of the biggest political hoaxes in American political history.
At best, the man President Bush called “Turdblossom” has had a decidedly mixed record on the national level—losing the popular vote in 2000; barely beating a liberal aristocrat from Massachusetts in 2004; and, with the aid of Gillespie, presiding over the
- loss of both houses of Congress in 2006,
- and the White House in 2008.
Rove and his crew, one influential conservative put it later, “left a smoking hole
- where the Republican Party once stood.”...
“Tokyo Rove” was a recent entry on Michelle Malkin’s website. Rove's overall tenure Michelle Malkin once wrote, was a “mark of self-delusion and blindness that has damaged the White House and the Beltway GOP.”"...