Karl Rove

Election Night: Ten Takeaways

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Cruz cruises, Wendy Davis holds on, Pete Gallego scores an upset, Karl Rove gets cranky, and six other election highlights from around the state and country. 

The Evolver

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

“All you’ve got is a famous name,” a Republican operative told George W. Bush. But six years later he was governor, and six years after that he was president. And six years after that, his place in history—not to mention the fate of the world—is a little uncertain.

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

Aug 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

1. “Goodbye to texas university . . . Hello to the University of Louisiana State?” The trash-talking for Texas A&M’s first-ever Southeastern Conference game got off to an early start in May, when University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a shot at Aggieland. “You ever been to…

Allbaugh v. Rove

Aug 20, 2011 By Paul Burka

I misinterpreted an e-mail that I received from Allbaugh, which I discuss below. Allbaugh was forwarding an article from Huffington Post by Howard Fineman. The headline of the article was highlighted in the e-mail: “Karl Rove created Rick Perry–Now can he stop him?” The rest of my original post…

Rove criticizes Perry for dissing Bush

Aug 17, 2011 By Paul Burka

Wayne Slater has an interesting story [this was earlier in the week] — which I am unable to link to, but it is in the Quorum Report — about Karl Rove’s displeasure with Rick Perry’s lack of gratitude toward then-Governor Bush during the 1998 primary races for governor and lieutenant…

Dick Cheney to campaign for Hutchison

Oct 28, 2009 By Paul Burka

Is this good or bad? This is a guy who left office with a 19% approval rating. The report comes from the NBC affiliate for the Metroplex: The battle for conservative credibility in the GOP race for governor just got interesting. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, an outspoken critic of…

A conversation with Karl Rove

Sep 8, 2009 By Paul Burka

He was in town having lunch with a friend and I had the opportunity to visit with him. He said that he expected to finish his book on the Bush Administration in the next week or so, and it would be on the spring list. He was very interested in…

Rove on Rove

Aug 20, 2009 By Paul Burka

Today’s Wall Street Journal carries an article by Karl Rove, who defends himself against allegations that he improperly intervened in the firing of U.S. Attorneys and in the prosecution of Alabama governor Don Sieligman, which Rove attributes to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and congressional Democrats.

Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Aug 19, 2009 By Paul Burka

Baseball aficionados may recognize the headline as the title of a book by Jimmy Breslin about the 1962 New York Mets, lovable losers of 120 of their 162 games. I was reminded of the book — the title was a quote from Mets’ manager Casey Stengel — by the astonishingly…

RNC chairmanship update: Rove favorite has the inside track

Jan 24, 2009 By Paul Burka

Stu Rothenberg has a piece about the six-way race for chairman of the Republican National Committee in Real Clear Politics today, which he says is too close to call between frontrunners Michael Duncan, who is seeking a second term, and former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele. Rothenberg gives…

NPR Debate: “Is Bush 43 the worst president in the last 50 years?”

Dec 11, 2008 By Paul Burka

This was the question at a debate sponsored by NPR. Click here for the transcript and the broadcast. Debating for the affirmative: Simon Jenkins, a columnist for the Guardian and the Sunday Times, and Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group, an online publishing group owned…

Can Sharp Win the Senate Race?

Dec 9, 2008 By Paul Burka

The former state comptroller announced his candidacy today. He does not plan to form an exploratory committee but will begin raising money immediately. This will be Sharp’s second bite at the Senate apple. In 1992, when Lloyd Bentsen resigned his seat to become Secretary of the Treasury in the first…

Rove: “I’m going to name names”

Dec 9, 2008 By Paul Burka

This is politicalwire.com’s quote of the day for Monday, citing the Austin American-Statesman as the source for Rove’s remark: “I’ve got behind-the-scenes episodes that are going to show how unreceiving they were of this man as president of the United States. I’m going to name names and show examples.” I…

His Fantastic Four

Jul 31, 1999 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Meet the superheroes of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency: a quartet of brainy advisers who are helping him to refine and sell his ideas on the economy, foreign policy, and the like.

The Six-Billion-Dollar Men

Jan 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

How to spend a huge budget surplus will be the defining issue of the coming legislative session. It will also determine the political futures of George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Pete Laney.

Brother, Can You Spare Some Dimes?

Sep 30, 1998 By Evan Smith

George W. isn’t the only Bush benefiting from the largesse of well-heeled Texans. His brother Jeb Bush, the GOP candidate for governor in Florida, has thus far received more than $382,000 in contributions of $500 or less from Texans. Among the notable donors: financier Perry Bass, oilmen W. A. “Tex”…

6 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

Dec 31, 1969 By Jeff Salamon

1. “Goodbye to texas university . . . Hello to the University of Louisiana State?” The trash-talking for Texas A&M’s first-ever Southeastern Conference game got off to an early start in May, when University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a shot at Aggieland. “You ever been to College…