Why Tillis was "cherry-picked" by Karl Rove

The king of manipulators picks horses he can ride:

Tillis, a once-obscure state House speaker, is now one of Rove’s prize horses in the national money derby; Crossroads spent more than $1.6 million on advertising boosting Tillis’ primary campaign and later unveiled a $3.6 million ad campaign attacking Hagan. “Our advertising was terrific,” Rove declared on the call, and Tillis gave credit to Crossroads for his victory, saying in his smooth drawl that the group’s “contribution can’t be overstated.”

One big problem Rove has going forward, and one reason he’s cultivating unknowns like Tillis, is that many big-name Republicans want to keep their distance from him, especially the leading 2016 candidates. Jeb Bush’s allies see Rove as an unhelpful reminder of the most toxic elements of his older brother’s legacy, according to people familiar with their thinking.

One big thing Tillis and Dubya have in common is they were pretty much a blank slate when Rove got behind them. They're okay with generalities, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of governing, they haven't got a clue. Which is just perfect for people like Karl Rove, who thrive on setting policy from the shadows. But Tillis is playing a pretty dangerous game, which may lose him some big bucks:

Rove is projecting confidence because the establishment candidates he supports are, on the whole, beating back Tea Party challengers; the Kochs’ allies counter that their goal is less about specific elections and more about shifting the entire political conversation on fiscal issues to the right. Neither can afford to admit defeat, because that means fewer donors will come to their events next time around.

And, increasingly, it’s personal warfare: The Kochs’ operatives have come to mistrust Rove not only on ideological grounds but also because he “is trashing them for being ineffective and not team players,” as an adviser to various Koch groups told me. “They are sick of his shit and don’t really need to play nice. Basically, the relationship has just broken down.” The operative insisted that Rove’s disparaging remarks about the Koch operations have done little to win over the party’s moneyed class. “Big donors want peace and coordination, not wasteful spending and personality-driven BS.” Even a Republican finance operative who attended the Crossroads summit agreed, saying that Rove’s “trashing of different groups” was “completely counterproductive” and has “frozen up money.” (For the record, Crossroads spokesman Paul Lindsay says of the Koch groups: “We have a high regard for Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity.”)

Tillis probably considers himself the belle of the ball, but he might just find himself standing alone when the music stops. I have several other mixed metaphors waiting in the wings, but we'll leave it at that. ;)

Comments

Karl cherry-picked Tillis

and got the pits.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Tillis plays hooky

Where's Tom?

Apparently Tillis skipped out of the last two days of the NCGA session, which has been, shall we say, really busy. No one knows where he went.

It appears that Tillis skipped out early the past two days in Raleigh, missing the entire legislative session Wednesday and much of the debate Thursday, including on the charter school bill, which made national headlines this week after Rep. Paul Stam took issue with an amendment offering protections to LGBT students.

Where did he go? Two days of messages left with Tillis’ campaign manager and legislative spokeswoman produced no answers.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

absence explained

Saw this tweet, made my day: Phil Berger Caveman ‏@BergerCaveman 5h
It's cool. Thom is with me trying out some things on Skip Stam's sexual orientation list. @kayhagan: Where is Thom Tillis? #ncga #ncpol

Absence explained 2

Saw one suggesting perhaps Thom is on the "Appalachian Trail"

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Absence in music

Anybody here seen that old fiend Tillis?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He screwed a lotta people but it seems the bad they fling dung
You know I just looked around and he's gone.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

You are on a roll

I am still enjoying the Civitas and PPP polls showing Hagan ahead, but I know that now is the time to dig in and work even harder.

We will have a retirement party for Tillis here....it will be a doozy.



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