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WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again Paperback – March 5, 2013
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C. Edmund Wright has been observing and commenting on the failures of the Republican Establishment since 1992, first dealing with them as part of the Bush Quayle Campaign Team. He has been warning about the most over rated political guru of all time, Karl Rove, since 2000. The disaster of the 2012 campaign, not to mention Rove’s comments since, have suddenly validated Wright’s long held contentions. He has been right all along. Ensconced firmly outside the Washington beltway, Wright draws on his experience in reality as a businessman, husband and father – as well as his sublimely singular way of explaining cause and effect, to make his points. Telling stories that are punctuated by a sharp sardonic sense of humor and irony, Wright’s specialty is weaving seemingly tangential issues into his main theme. Living in North Carolina with his wife and youngest child, he contributes to the American Thinker, ghost writes for some well known political and media figures, and works for Marketel Media among other business interests. His hope is that his books will inspire equal parts “finally someone said that”and “wow, never thought about it like that” responses.
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Mr. Wright lays out a compelling argument, filled with facts that are well-known, but also often distorted or minimized. I cannot do the book justice in a review, but it's thesis can be summarized as boldly promoting the principled differences the Republicans have with Democrats, rather than trying to minimize or split those differences. Time after time, when the Republicans have proffered "safe, moderate" candidates, they have gone down to resounding defeat; while the 2 most successful Republicans of modern times (Reagan and Gingrich) were mocked and demeaned not only by Democrats, but also by a large portion of the Republican party. That is, until they led them to crushing and historic victories.
Why would anyone in their right mind prefer to abandon their principles and become a humiliated loser, rather than embrace those principles and become a winner? You'll have to ask Rove & Co. (or their shrinks) about that one, but suffice it to say that Mr. Wright does not share their strange discomfort with bold and aggressive campaigning, nor their aversion to winning landslide elections.
WTF is a fantastic companion to another book on a related topic, "Rules for Radical Conservatives." If each candidate seeking office as a Republican would read both of these books, and take their lessons to heart, our country would be a dramatically freer, more honest, and more prosperous place.
He also proves how "messaging" and "timidity" in the GOP has allowed the media and democrats to create an unchallenged narrative. It shows how DC is the problem and has turned some of the strongest boldest conservatives into lap dogs. His book shows how a generation of Republican voters have "rubber-stamped" empty DC suits with no principles has led to the implosion of the GOP. I learned that Reagan wasnt the only landslide Republican election. Every GOP landslide has been partisan with no compromise. He obliterates the consultant class mindset and you will thoroughly enjoy WTF How Karl Rove and The Establishment Lost Again.
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As books go, this was just a rather bad pile of word-jumble.