Rove Talks MS-01
Karl Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, hosted a fundraiser for Alan Nunnelee last week in Memphis. Brian Perry was there and got a chance to speak with Rove about Nunnelee and the race.
Rove said this about Nunnelee: “I like Alan Nunnelee. He has a record of being an accomplished legislator. He has vision on the issues. And he is a hard campaigner; he enjoys working a room and meeting people. And people respond to him well and like him.”
And about his chances: “He comes from the right part of the district and will attract votes from the eastern part of the district through his Tupelo base, cutting into Childers’ rural appeal; while benefiting from the Desoto County Republican block. This race is a high profile opportunity for people in northeast Mississippi and north Mississippi to render judgment on Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.”
And Rove made this point about the fact that Childers has opposed some of the big-ticket liberal items: “It doesn’t matter just what pieces of legislation you vote for or against, the Democrats sitting in Congress are letting liberals dominate the House and the committees, and they cannot participate in passing positive constructive reforms like tort reform, or allowing people to go across state lines to buy health insurance. They are being dominated by the liberals.”
Rove is as good as it gets when it comes to running campaigns, most people will acknowledge that much. And Rove’s last point I mentioned is right on. Nunnelee is going to have to go further than simply pointing out that Travis Childers voted for Nancy Pelosi. Surely Childers will respond and say he’s independent and his votes have shown that. Nunnelee needs to make sure voters understand just what a vote for Pelosi means. It means every major committee will be headed by liberals who have been in Congress 30 or 40 years and hail from the safest districts in the country. It means every piece of conservative legislation will be killed.
When George W. Bush was president, I think it was easier for conservative Democrats to vote for Pelosi and square it with the voters because he offered a check to her leadership in the House. She could only go so far. It should be much easier for Childers’ opponent to tie the incumbent with the Speaker this time around.