Why Karl Rove Won In 2006

(Kind of like the give up the safety on 4th and long to give the other team worse field position play. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

If snatching victory from the claws of defeat could have a poster child, Karl Rove would be it. 

As we are all acutely aware, on November 7th, 2006, we ceased to be the big kids on the playground in Congress.  The Democrats lauded this as a great victory and pledged to change the course in America. 


Waking up on November 8th, America was now Blue in the Congress, and what appeared to be a crushing defeat of the GOP is now appearing to be the salvation of the presidential race.  The Democrats had the advantage that America is pretty together that the war is a big disaster and poorly executed, they had the advantage that they were getting record donations to their campaigns, they had the advantage that they had an issue that they could rally around to help them ignore each other’s minute differences.  They made one, huge, paramount mistake, however. 

By taking the House and Senate in ’06, they put themselves in a position where they had 2 years to prove to the country that they could keep all their promises.  Those who stood steadfast in the elections are becoming disillusioned with the lack of action by our Congress.  The progressive movement is seeing the First Female Speaker falter in her pulpit.  The Congressional Approval rating is at an astonishing 18%.

By the time 2008 rolls around, the momentum of their movement will be gone.  The unity they had by rallying behind the war opponents they have will be gone.  On election day 2008, the voters will walk in the booth thinking “They had 2 years to keep their promises and they didn’t.”

So I wonder to myself, did Karl Rove quietly plan for defeat in 2006 knowing that it would contribute to ultimate victory in 2008?  By losing the Congress, was he penning it’s takeback — along with the presidency — in 2008? 

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