Karl Rove’s strategy comes to Georgia

As you probably know, with his independent expenditure tactics through the group American Crossroads, Republican strategist (and Sarah Palin pincushion) Karl Rove has injected a new force into American politics.

Unlimited amounts of money can rally to a candidate or cause – as long as there is no direct cooperation or communication with said campaign. Kind of like allowing a NASCAR driver to draft behind a vehicle on the track that’s not subject to any of the rules.

Until this summer, use of the independent expenditure has been limited to statewide and federal races. Not anymore.

In today’s Macon Telegraph, Erick Erickson of Redstate.com reveals that such a group was behind the victory of incumbent Robert Reichert in the Macon mayor’s last week, as well as Miriam Paris’ trouncing of former state Rep. David Lucas in a state Senate race. Both are Democrats.

To Erickson’s point:

A bipartisan group came together quietly. Having aided and abetted the Lucas’ and others in the past, this bipartisan group knew, based on the outcome of the SPLOST and various other factors, that it was time. They formed “Move Macon Forward.”

It is an independent political action committee that supported Robert Reichert for mayor of Macon and Miriam Paris for state Senate. Along with Georgia’s WIN List for Miriam Paris, it brought together assorted factions who’d never be on the same team for state or national politics, but at the municipal level, well, as the legendary U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neil once said, “All politics is local.”

Party did not matter. All that mattered was taking the leap to get Macon past multiple decades of gutter politics.

For the first time, operating completely independently from campaigns in Middle Georgia, Move Macon Forward made a series of targeted, calculated independent expenditures to turn out voters. After the initial shock of the primary election, Move Macon Forward sprang into action mobilizing voters early, by absentee and any other way they could.

I’m told the group mobilized with the help of Mitch Hunter of COMM 360, a Republican and former chief of staff to Rep. Phil Gingrey and Democratic consultant Chris Carpenter of Peachtree Battle Group, Roy Barnes’s campaign manager for the 2010 election and the Democratic consultant who’ll help lead the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s efforts for the regional transportation SPLOST fight.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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SpaceyG on Twitter

August 26th, 2011
3:29 pm

Yes, but what does it all mean… to Erick?

Bootnewt

August 26th, 2011
3:32 pm

Can’t wait to see how Rove’s group tries to eviscerate Gov. Perry’s campaign for the GOP nomination.

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Red

August 26th, 2011
4:05 pm

Political Insider has now become Erickson’s own little PR firm. And FYI….Rove’s already injected himself in GA politics before and gave us our beloved Saxby Chambliss. Such high quality results.

Tiberius

August 26th, 2011
4:08 pm

Doesn’t this just confirm Ellis’ charge, that I believe Erickson et al. dismissed, that GOP or outside-Macon $$ was being used against him (them)?

Rick Patel

August 26th, 2011
4:11 pm

Like paunchy, puffy, poisonous amphibian Karl Rove, Erick Erickson is an Establishment Republican hack and a useless bag of gas. You can’t believe a word either of them says.

Bubba

August 26th, 2011
4:14 pm

Love Rover or hate him, this time the outcome was right. Reichert is what Macon needs.

TRUTH

August 26th, 2011
4:22 pm

We are NOT surprised….

dixiesdemons

August 26th, 2011
4:31 pm

The Political Action Committees (PACS) are going to drive the final nails in the coffin our country has climbed into. People that don’t live in your community, can’t register to vote in your state, pay no taxes in your state, have no children in the school systems influence who you vote for on the LOCAL level . Pied Piper Politics. Dumb a$$ rats marching in lock step to their deaths.

alan

August 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

hate your fellow man ,
thats the american way

Latiqwenicia

August 26th, 2011
4:48 pm

Remember George W. Bush’s nickname for his buddy Karl Rove? “T*rd blossom”. Rarely has a handle fit someone so well.

handitty

August 26th, 2011
4:57 pm

Karl Rove is a hack. Fat boy needs to get a real job like Obama.

Johns Creek Outsider

August 26th, 2011
5:04 pm

Erick Erikson is a hack. Why anyone thinks he as any credibility, I don’t understand.

honested

August 26th, 2011
5:46 pm

While I am no fan of erickson or his brand of self-assured, backward looking nonsense, I would ask everyone to reread the post….

IT WASN’T ROVE, IT WAS THE TACTIC USED TO FINANCE THE CAMPAIGN.

If money is used to sway people who are otherwise not paying attention, morons may find their way into office (think 2001-2008 in the White House).

But even the blatant lack of ethics and questionable funding are not really news in this State.

tiredofIT

August 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

Public Campaign Financing Now!

jd

August 26th, 2011
5:48 pm

This could be the death of both parties… hmm… I like that!

honested

August 26th, 2011
5:49 pm

tired,

Agreed, but somehow the roberts Court doesn’t see the need to protect the REAL speech of Citizens and prefers the artificial speech of dollars.

markie mark

August 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

If money is used to sway people who are otherwise not paying attention, morons may find their way into office (think 2009-present in the White House). There….fixed your typo.

Buymadeinusjobs

August 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

I believe state and local elections should be financed by people in each state only but the people will have to do it themselves with a citizens’ referendum/law. Unfortunately. the masters who buy the seats for the politicans will expect them to obey. Their lobbyist will write the laws for their benefits.

Virginia

August 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

Wo,wo,wo there Sparky…..what we NEED in Georgia is money, guns and bank loans! We don’t need no more mouths to feed. We WANT banks to loan money for our MORTGAGES! That’s right, we want them to LOWER our interest payments! Remember that promise? This way, we’d have more money to spend to BUY stuff and keep our economy going! Now, take your hungry little man there back home, and send us M-O-N-E-Y (via lower mortgages, cause cuz, they WON’T loan us the money) either our income is too low (go figure) OR our credit score got hit (due to economic set backs). What? Am I the ONLY one thinking out here? *gesh, get a clue.

honested

August 26th, 2011
5:58 pm

markie,

cute and sophomoric, but who broke the world and sacrificed several thousand of our youth to settle a family dispute?

(Hint, it wasn’t a former Senator from Illinois.)

Alabama Communist

August 26th, 2011
6:00 pm

More Breaking News On Karl Rove Seizing Macon and surrounding Areas….A source within the Moving Macon Backwards into the 17 th century said today that Rove will be the next secret ruler in Middle Georgia in order to teach the Republicans who is in really charge of the Planet and will decide where the Capital of his republican corporate Paradise will be..

red light redistrict

August 26th, 2011
6:33 pm

I think we should out Valerie Plame again. Rove is a traitor who belongs behind bars.

elizabeth

August 26th, 2011
6:41 pm

Erickson is full of baloney. Reichert won because there was a massive anti-Ellis turnout in certain districts. This grroup called my house after we had voted. Erick is always all about Erick. If anything he hurt Rechert with his unnecessarily inflamatory columns. He and Elaine Lucas are two sides of the same coin, stirring everyone up to further their own power. And this self- aggrandizing article will just make Reichert’s job harder by making it look like this victory was partially due to him. Erickson does not care about Bibb county, he moved out of it. He is just stepping on our faces in his climb to the top.

nevaH

August 26th, 2011
7:02 pm

If money is used to sway people who are otherwise not paying attention, morons may find their way into office (think 1960-present in the White House). There….fixed YOUR typo.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
7:31 pm

Living near and frequently visiting Macon, I agree with Bubba that the outcome was best for Macon. If C, Jack Ellis had been re-elected, he would have finished the job of killing Macon. I’m still amazed that Ellis isn’t in a federal prison now.

Love him or hate him, Rove is very effective at what he does. I guess that he is appreciated by the candidates he supports, and despised by those he helps to defeat. It is simply the nature of politics.

gm

August 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

I wonder will we Karl, Rush, Hannity leave their desk and help the tea party idiots after Irene.
Oh wait, it will most likely be government workers who these hypocrites bash day in and day out.
Tea party idiots might as well wear a stupid hat”’

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

nevaH:

I like your style!

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
7:39 pm

I just LOVE the Tea Party! They are true patriots, one and all!

gm

August 26th, 2011
7:41 pm

I wonder if Karly, Rush, Hannity will be out there on the front lines helping the tea party idiots after Irene?
Oh wait, it will be gov workers and the President, wow the one who these idiots say we have no need for

Alex

August 26th, 2011
8:11 pm

Factions (see Federalist 10)
People should elect leaders. Corporations and Factions should not. But live with it and be patient.

Last Man Standing

August 26th, 2011
8:14 pm

The President is unavailable. He is seeing to it that Michelle gets her taxpayer paid vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. The President has called on us to sacrifice in this time of very high unemployment, but I am happy that he found the taxpayers funds available to afford this lavish vacation.

tiredofIT

August 26th, 2011
8:41 pm

Public Campaign Financing and running for office starts 60 days before voting.

tiredofIT

August 26th, 2011
8:41 pm

Public Campaign Financing and running for office starts 60 days before voting.

clean up your yard

August 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Last Man Standing
If he took a vacation for the rest of this term he would not catch little georgie who set a world’s record for vacation days

Black Conservative

August 26th, 2011
10:15 pm

Hey Last Man Standing – your boy Bush went to a fundraiser while ignoring NO was under water with Katrina.

Do you think that the founding fathers would have applauded Rove? These kinds of near-corrupt activites are killing our democracy.

Alex

August 26th, 2011
10:39 pm

First let me say that I want a president to keeps his batteries charged. Bush used CD more than any other president. When he wasn’t there, he was on his Tx ranch with the whole entourage. BUT I don’t begrudge him that. Or the current president. To even mention it is a distraction and I am embarrassed for having done so. I have no doubt the last president and the current one are in tune with what\s going on.
The whole “let’s get personal about the politicians we don’t like” is juvenile. Agree with them or don’t. But if you are a patriot you will respect their office. It the President – of the greatest political experiment in history. If you hated him (meaning the last or the present officeholder) from the day he took office because you didn’t support him, go bowling and stop voting.

Madison

August 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

Federalist 10:
There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.

There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.

The two great points of difference between a democracy and a republic are: first, the delegation of the government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest; secondly, the greater number of citizens, and greater sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended

excerpts from James Madison’s Federalist 10

obama

August 27th, 2011
1:41 am

I is on vacation.

Mr. Potato Head

August 27th, 2011
4:44 am

Rove is a political corpse this election cycle. Sure he can throw some money at someone, but no one wants to hire him for his/her campaign. So, he plays the Fox News contributor while trying to manipulate the candidates by boxing them in to making an announcement (as in the case of Palin).

Rove is a party establishment guy at a time when voters are anti-establishment. For example, only Romney and Huntsman can be considered establishment. The others are largely conservative-Tea Party. The establishment guys combined probably share 30 percent of the polling. The rest is largely conservative-Tea Party.

In essence, Rove is an over weight duck and this race is amongst eagles.

Michelle Obama

August 27th, 2011
4:54 am

I just want to thank all of you for the taxpayer money you are contributing to mine vacation addiction. So far I’ve had the pleasure of spending $10M traveling to exotic places and drinking Maritinis with some really choice vodka as well as expensive sparkling wine…yum

Although there are said to be large unemployment lines, rest assured that I have saved or created jobs in fashion design, servants, and baggage handlers. So, I’m doing my part…erp

Buckhead Boy

August 27th, 2011
5:19 am

I see nothing wrong with natural or even non-natural persons acting individually or severally to influence political outcomes so long as we can know who they are, individually as well as severally, and their individual extent of involvement in the effort. Money, like water, is viscous. It will always find its way; and cannot be effectively restricted. Transparency, however, can be achieved, if there is the will. Those who want to operate in the dark are few, and we are many.

Travis McGee

August 27th, 2011
6:02 am

@Last Man Standing — Please put to rest that worn out notion regarding presidential vacations particularly since your man President Bush set the record with over 900 vacation days whether at Camp David, the ranch in Crawford or the family estate in Maine — three years of his eight years in office he was on vacation. Check it out.

Please, you make yourself look uninformed when you criticize Obama for going on vacation when anyone with an IQ of 30 knows that the president is always in touch and working regardless of where he is physically located.

Now, regarding the PACS. They say money is the mother’s milk of politics, but it has curdled due to the new rules in place and particularly the ruling of the SCOTUS. Shameful!

Smoke

August 27th, 2011
6:22 am

So the GOP helped a seasoned Roosevelt Democrat defeat an older seasoned Roosevelt Democrat, and this is suppose to be news? Oh yeah MO, you can’t document any costs or choice of beverage of the First Lady, but it is a fact that Paul Ryan pretended that didn’t know he was guzzling down $350 bottles of wine while dining with lobbyists?

Smoke

August 27th, 2011
6:27 am

Michele Obama, I understand that your non-government income puts your family in the top 2% income bracket, so if you decide to vacation and dine like other 2%er do, let those who extended your tax cuts rejoice that you are creating jobs and spending your money as you see fit.

DeborahinAthens

August 27th, 2011
6:59 am

You want your blood to run cold, read a great book, “Bush’s Brain” . All about the monster that is Rove. That this horror of a man has his nasty fingers in the pie at all makes me want to vomit. Outcomes of elections should not go to the one with the most money. And, yeah, Saxby Chambliss that wonderful guy that bows to the corporations in this country won because Rove and his bunch defiled and slandered a good man. Rove is a sick ba&@!?d. But the ill informed and easily manipulated Republicans in this state will follow him down any road.

pete

August 27th, 2011
7:04 am

more nazis for georgia !

what??......

August 27th, 2011
8:55 am

what? you guys are talking about something OTP!!! i thought you atlanta folks believed that once you pass 285 all oxygen disappears and life as you know it no longer exists

Willis

August 27th, 2011
8:57 am

Does Rove really need a “strategy” in Georgia? All a candidate has to do to get elected in most of the state is put an (R) behind the name.

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
9:39 am

Sandra:

“Michele Obama, I understand that your non-government income puts your family in the top 2% income bracket,”

Get a clue! Michele isn’t paying for the vacations. The American taxpayers are on the hook for those very expensive vacations she so enjoys.