Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?
Feigned purity can’t thrive, let alone survive in this era of hyper-exposure. Feigned invincibility can. Trump rode undaunted above his many scandals. That’s how one wins in this new era.
Donald Trump mentioned the one indisputable fact you’re never, ever supposed to point out as a Republican: George W. Bush was president on 9/11. The only way he could go any further would be to actually throw a shoe at a Bush.
Here are five horrible flubs that reveal why Jeb Bush could be the GOP’s worst possible candidate in 2016—and will probably win the nomination anyway.
White evangelical voters don’t vote for things; they vote against them. And they vote against things by voting for the man who’s against them.
If Clinton’s use of a private email account is so shocking to the Beltway media, why did they barely notice (and care even less) when millions of emails disappeared from the Bush White House?
Politics is a constantly changing business, but there are still a few things you can count on in every election cycle: like Karl Rove’s dark money group, Crossroads GPS, blowing its donors’ money on misleading, ineffective attack ads. Since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, its opponents have spent over $400 […]
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, Karl Rove emerged as a mastermind of a new type of campaign spending, leading a wave of outside groups whose ability to pour money into the 2010 midterm election helped Republicans gain control of the House and bolster GOP ranks in the Senate. […]
By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health and age are “fair game” for political debate if she decides to run for president, Republicans argued Sunday, even as Democrats called it “pathetic” for GOP consultant Karl Rove to suggest recently that she suffered from some kind of “brain injury” two years […]
By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says his wife works out daily and is “still quicker than I am” when it comes to mental acuity, denying an assertion that a fall in 2012 left Hillary Clinton sicker than she’s admitted. Clinton’s defense of his wife’s health Wednesday was a […]
By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Bill Clinton said he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove’s suggestion that his wife might have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, but shrugged off the incident and suggested that it was just the beginning of a GOP effort to raise questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s stamina. “I’ve got to give […]
By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Smacking down incendiary allegations that Karl Rove made about Hillary Clinton’s health, a spokesman for former secretary of state said Tuesday that Rove was “lying” and that “the right has politicized” Clinton’s health from the moment she was treated for a blood clot after a fall 17 months ago. Rove, […]
Washington (AFP) – Hillary Clinton’s health is “100 percent,” an aide asserted Tuesday after Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested the former secretary of state had suffered a serious brain injury in 2012. Rove made the remarks at a conference last Thursday that he attended with President Barack Obama’s former spokesman Robert Gibbs, according to the […]
For a professional strategist, Karl Rove doesn’t seem to be particularly strategic. During a public conference with former Obama administration press secretary Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent Dan Raviv, Rove made a series of baseless and fallacious allegations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rove suggested that she suffered a “traumatic brain injury” and that […]
Republicans will face a clear choice in 2016: Are they members of the party that destroys the economy accidentally, or on purpose? In the corner of unintentional destruction, we have the George W. Bush Republicans, represented by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). This week during a fundraising trip in Chicago, the governor seemed to reassure donors […]