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My name is Patrick Fitzgerald ... I like to tear the tops off small animals. — Karl Rove

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Well, I don't want to become a prognosticator. — Karl Rove

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I supported Pat Toomey when he ran in 2010. I gave him money in September of 2009 because I wanted him to be the U.S. senator. I personally contributed my own money. — Karl Rove

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And I think there's something about conservatives frankly - and the Left, when it comes to their channels of persuasion, are unpersuasive. They are, most of them are hate-filled, obscenity-clogged rants of anger and hatred. — Karl Rove

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If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself. — Karl Rove

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I have become an adjective. There is something called a Rovian-style of campaigning and it's meant as an insult. One columnist said it consists mainly of throwing mud until it sticks. One prominent blogger described the elements of a textbook Rovian race as fear-based, smear-based and anything goes. — Karl Rove

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I mean, if you have to wake up in the morning to be validated by the editorial page of the New York Times, you got a pretty sorry existence. — Karl Rove

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Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real antiwar movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an antiwar rally. — Karl Rove

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The Tea Party movement is a wide and diverse group. It will hurt the Republican Party if some elements of the Tea Party decide to become third party advocates because it will split the conservative vote. — Karl Rove

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I believe in traditional marriage. — Karl Rove

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The world is a better place with Saddam Hussein gone. — Karl Rove

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We've been probably to some degree too successful. — Karl Rove

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Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. — Karl Rove

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We face a brutal enemy who will kill the innocent for one purpose and that is to gain control of the Middle East and to use the leverage of oil to bring down the West, and to attack us again. — Karl Rove

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I wish I had the billions of dollars that George Soros has that he has used to fund Democratic causes in the past. — Karl Rove

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I don't know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble. — Karl Rove

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Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it'll be because of the president. And if we lose, it'll be because of me. — Karl Rove

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You need to look at Congress as having a certain capacity. Now, the capacity varies from year to year and from body to body, but there is a finite amount of things that Congress can attentively do. — Karl Rove

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You may end up with a different math, but you're entitled to your math. I'm entitled to the math. — Karl Rove

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Once again the powers of light and good have triumphed over the media! — Karl Rove

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I think wealthy conservatives are busy investing in profit and job creation and enterprise, and wealthy liberals, many of them either from the media industry themselves or from - they recognize the value of communications and are more ready to put money into a less profitable enterprise, namely the media. — Karl Rove

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It's been just a year since the RNC committed to revamp the way they help our candidates with its 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' and already there are signs of improvement. From new leadership and initiatives in the digital arena, to improving the GOP ground game (as we just saw with David Jolly's victory in FL-13), to the historic decision to restructure the primary calendar and primary debates, the RNC's steps will help keep the House and to take the Senate in 2014, win the White House in 2016, and build for the future. Looking forward to more progress in the months ahead. — Karl Rove

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(Jason Leopold is) "a nut with Internet access (Page 439). — Karl Rove

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Hurricane Sandy interrupted Mr. Romney's momentum and allowed Mr. Obama to look presidential and bipartisan. — Karl Rove

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Negative politics have always been around. — Karl Rove

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At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views of the world. — Karl Rove

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I think it was Osama bin Laden's [idea to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq]. — Karl Rove

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We need to be asking for the vote in the most powerful way possible, which is to have people asking for the vote who are comfortable and look like and sound like the people that we're asking for the vote from. — Karl Rove

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Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives. — Karl Rove

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Our competition for American business is no longer in the next county or the next state, it's around the world. — Karl Rove

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Look, there ought to be politics in politics. — Karl Rove

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[T]he economy remains the top issue for the electorate. — Karl Rove

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If you make a mistake, clean it up quicker rather than later. — Karl Rove

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'Empathy' is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash. — Karl Rove

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Well, I'm a Christian. I was a born a Presbyterian and became an Episcopalian. — Karl Rove

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Memo to White House: Calling voters stupid is not a winning strategy. — Karl Rove

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Remember the Tea Party movement didn't get started in September of 2008 when the bank bailout was passed. It really began on Feb. 19th, 2009 when a television commentator named Rick Santelli stood up and said what the hell are we doing bailing out people who couldn't afford a mortgage by taking money from people like me who are prudent? — Karl Rove

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It's not comfortable for me to write about my family. I'm not comfortable writing about me. — Karl Rove

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Would the Iraq War have occurred without WMD? I doubt it, — Karl Rove

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I think it's dawning on some Democrats that obstructing the Patriot Act, like they've been obstructing everything else, is bad for them politically. — Karl Rove

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I think if you talk to my colleagues, I was less than a fearsome individual. — Karl Rove

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To win in November, Republican candidates must show they are in touch with voter concerns about growth, jobs, paychecks, government spending and debt. The only way to do this is by offering specific, persuasive ideas. — Karl Rove

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The Democratic Party's problem is that voters don't believe the president's claims that the economy is thriving. Even people with jobs feel apprehensive. Paychecks are flat, growth anemic, and people are worried about their children's prospects. Mr. Obama had a 38% approval on handling the economy in the Sept. 9 Fox News poll. In the Sept. 7 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 67% believe America is on the wrong track. — Karl Rove

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Crossroads is second to none in our support of Tea Party candidates. In 2010 and '12, we spent over $30 million for Senate candidates who were Tea Party candidates. We spent almost $20 million for House candidates who were Tea Party candidates. — Karl Rove

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My parents, particularly my father, had been used by commentators, political journalists and political commentators, to attack me, and the collateral damage was the reputations of my father and my mother. — Karl Rove

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I left the White House in 2007. You know, I knew when I went there that it would be for a limited period of time. I was grateful that the average tenure of a white house senior aide is 18 to 20 months. I was there for nearly seven years. — Karl Rove

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If we do with Latinos what we did with African-Americans, Republicans and conservatives will be doomed. — Karl Rove

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When you appoint someone, you appoint somebody because of their character, their convictions, their abilities. And not because you have a belief, a confidence, in a foreordained outcome in any given decision. — Karl Rove

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There has to be a consequence to failure. Schools in the inner cities cannot be told, 'Oh, we want you to teach every child to learn how to read and, incidentally, if you fail to do that there's no consequence,' .. There has to be a consequence to failure, and the Title I money needs to follow the child. — Karl Rove

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Our [Republicans'] object is to avoid having stupid candidates who can't win general elections, who are undisciplined, can't raise money, aren't putting together the support necessary to win a general election campaign, because this money is too difficult to raise to be spending it on behalf of candidates who have little chance of winning in a general election. — Karl Rove

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Mr. Obama denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush's watch as 'deficits as far as the eye can see.' But Mr. Obama's budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. What happened to Obama the deficit hawk? — Karl Rove

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I know enough about European politics to know you've got a lot of crazy people who make their way onto the ballot. — Karl Rove

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As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. — Karl Rove

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Guy got in a gyrocopter in Gettysburg, flew under the radar all the way to Washington and came - What if he had had rather than petitions to Congress had had a bomb? — Karl Rove

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The labor movement must be destroyed. — Karl Rove

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All politicians operate within an Orwellian nimbus where words don't mean what they normally mean, but Rovism posits that there is no objective, verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is, ... — Karl Rove

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And not only that, I also have the MacBook Air which is really cool. Even my wife is jealous of my MacBook Air. — Karl Rove

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What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn't really 'empathy' and 'understanding.' He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice. — Karl Rove

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In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision. — Karl Rove

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The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead - higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery. — Karl Rove

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You may be right that people say: 'You know what, we had Obama. He was inexperienced. The guy had great rhetoric, sounded good, looked good, but has turned out to be an utter disaster. I want someone where I have confidence and credibility that they're up to the job and that I can trust what they tell me.' — Karl Rove

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In Europe and the United States, you've got different systems to select candidates, and no system is perfect. — Karl Rove

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I've been booed on stages. I'm a little bit tougher than to walk off a stage because someone says something ugly. — Karl Rove

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Mr. Obama has an ingenious approach to job losses: He describes them as job gains. — Karl Rove

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Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal. — Karl Rove

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The fallback position in politics is if you don't know what you want to be about, and if you don't know what your vision is, go at somebody else. — Karl Rove

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The claim made by Team Obama that every dollar in stimulus translates into a dollar-and-a-half in growth is economic fiction. The costs of stimulus reduce future growth. No country has ever spent itself to prosperity. The price of stimulus has to be paid sometime. — Karl Rove

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Ronald Reagan wasn't in the establishment of the Republican Party either, nor was Richard Nixon. — Karl Rove

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For a person who promised hope and civility in politics, Mr. Obama has shown a borderline obsessiveness in blaming Mr. Bush. — Karl Rove

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Now is the time to be bold. It is easy when the wind is at your back. But the real test is now when the wind is in our face. That's when we find out if we are tough enough. Inspired enough, committed enough. — Karl Rove

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But, look, Washington is a town that creates myths for its own existence and its own amusement, and I was a subject of myth, sort of like Grendel in Beowulf - you know, not seen very often but often talked about. — Karl Rove

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Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plame's identity on July 11, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson was in the news that week. I didn't know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove, and he said that she worked at the Agency and worked on WMD. — Karl Rove

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You all had something to do with keeping me employed. — Karl Rove

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I'm not a journalist. I'm a pundit. I'm a commentator, I'm somebody with an opinion. — Karl Rove

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Many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. — Karl Rove

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Alinsky's 1971 book, 'Rules for Radicals,' is a favorite of the Obamas. Michele Obama quoted it at the Democratic Convention. One Alinsky tactic is to 'Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.' That's what the White House did in targeting Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer. — Karl Rove

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But perhaps the most important difference between Conservatives and Liberals can be found in the area of national security. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war. Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. In the wake of 9/11, Conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban. — Karl Rove

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Look, in 1800 the sainted Thomas Jefferson arranged to hire a notorious slanderer named James Callender, who worked as a writer at a Republican newspaper in Richmond, Va. Read some of what he wrote about John Adams. This was a personal slander. — Karl Rove

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If you look underneath the surface of the Tea Party movement, on the other hand, you will find that it is not sophisticated. It's not like these people have read the economist Friedrich August von Hayek. — Karl Rove

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I'll never get out of politics. I have friends in public office. I have things that I want to do. You can't go back in life. I won't go back to the existence I had before of running a political consulting firm and signing up clients and advising campaigns in exactly that way. — Karl Rove

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I hate to sound sort of diffident about it but it strikes me that a lot of people on the right have got active lives and are doing other things. — Karl Rove

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I would have strong opinions and be prepared to argue my case, but if you talk to my colleagues, I think you'd find they consider me the jokester, the informal mayor of the West Wing. — Karl Rove

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If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. — Karl Rove

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Life is rough for a lot of people. Some people live in greater material circumstances than others, but life is rough for everybody. — Karl Rove

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Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals. — Karl Rove