The old guard begins calling in decades of historical markers – Current events require a historical backdrop.
Karl was chair of the National College Republicans and has been entrenched with the concentric circles of the elite Republican political leadership (aka. Decepti-cons) since his high school/college days. As a young chap, trying to work his entire career into the middle circle of influence where the sandwiches have no crust, waiters pour bottled water table side, and thin suave’ fellas place a linen napkin atop your lap for you.
He was a rough but modest kid outsider who wanted in, desperately wanted in. He sought approval at every corner. He mastered all things politic. He studied books, attended speeches, joined campaigns and would cross the country without sleep just to enter the room before the cigar smoke cleared and catch a glimpse of the Decepti-con meeting.
The Decepti-cons liked young Rove the way Mean Joe Greene liked the kid in the Coke commercial. So they kept him around and used him for low key projects and stuff.
He earned their trust and took on more responsibility.
As time went on learned, then honed, the skill of political psy-ops, and political insurgency. He learned how to sway opinions with psychological political media operations – AND he was damn good at it. Damn Good! This became the value of his worth to the Decepti-cons.
This born outside, scruffy, un-refined, twenty-something, who ate crusts, actually had a pretty good gift at the world of politics.
That is just the beginning Karl Rove “the early years”. You can see that Karl eventually worked his way into the outer Decepti-Con circle. Not quite at their level but closer to them than the RINO Crested Club of cocktail republicans, the Rubio Crowd.
Everything Karl Rove knows about successful political human science is dependent upon the existence of the Old Guard, the Decepti-Cons, and leverage over the directionally steered RINO’s.
That is what Rove knows best, and is how Rove operates most effectively. Take away a “top down” power structure and Master Rove is riddled with angst. Rove only knows how to create, in reality or in psychological operations, a system of electorate manipulation dependent on the existence of Decepti-Cons.
Karl Rove has no clue what to do when the chess pieces on his board of electoral politics begin to move on their own, think on their own, strategize on their own, and even WIN on their own. Yikes, his fundamental reality of things is shaken and now he begins to question gravitational existence.
When you understand history, you understand why the Super-PACs are needed if they are to retain the same level of political influence. Bottom up grassroots political movements are counter intuitive to the fundamental political world-view of the Old Guard.
During the Citizens United transitional phase, the period between 2009 and 2011, where the 2010 mid-term election reflects the last time the grassroots will of the electorate was factually able to overwhelm the Old guard, Karl Rove’s only option was to run a negative campaign (within Delaware) against Christine O’Donnell and in support of Mike Castle.
It was a typical Rovesque move.
Rove asked the Tea party back in April, May, June 2010 to walk away from O’Donnell for all of the political strategic reasons that the media and democrats have outlined. (Remember Decepti-Cons don’t care about principles, they care about power) The Tea Party in DE said “stuff it, Rove!, get lost”.
So Karl Rove used his ever faithful box of political tricks and began to psy-ops against O’Donnell with subversive and strategically planted information in media and other constructs. She became a witch.
The 2010 lesson learned by the Old Guard was the new Tea Party or Grassroots movement was a risk to their grip on political power. In essence a new motivated electorate made the Decepti-Cons powerless against the will of the people. The chess pieces were moving on their own.
Rove and and concentric layers around the Old Guard were made irrelevant. Then they became angry. As time marched quickly they realized the size of the threat.
In 2010 the American people had taken to the streets, looked around, and realized there were far more of them than their enemy.
The Old Guard, RINO’s, entrenched political class consultants, legacy media manipulators, the paid right-wing pundits and radio personalities, all simultaneously realized their fingers were being pried. Desks were cleared with one one angry swipe, and it wasn’t just in Washington DC.
The Old Guard called the down-stream handlers of political influence, the RNC, and told them “no money”. In O’Donnells case, destroy her without funding or structural party support. However, the insurgency was aware of that trick and through social media raised over $1,000,000.00 in 36 hrs on their own.
Yep, it was 2010, a mid-term election, and the chess pieces were running amuck all by themselves and making independent decisions.
What was Karl Rove and the Old Guard going to do?