PoliticsNation | February 08, 2013
>>> city, right now, it's fashion week. are you aware that it's fashion week? i was stunned because of fashion week, republican party . did you realize this? republicans have their own line of clothing. who knew that? did you know that? i didn't. the problem is, it keeps coming apart at the seams.
>> the gop coming apart at the seams, all right. but there is one thing that's uniting them all. they're all turning on karl rove . moderate republican john huntsman says i think rove is a kind of yesterday's ball game. today, donald trump continued his twitter war calling rove incompetent. and one tea party is launching their own rival super pac to oppose rove. i guess the architect doesn't like seeing his house of cards collapse. suddenly, he's playing nice with the tea party .
>> we've spent over $30 million on behalf of tea party senate candidates and over $25 million for tea party house candidates. 2.9 for rubio --
>> i believe you. any time you hold up your little sheet --
>> look, we gave more money, spent more money on behalf of these tar party candidates than any group in america.
>> rove will have trouble dancing his way out of this one. and, as we've seen, his moves leaves a lot to be desired.
>> tell me, what is your name? he's shooting quail look at him jumping up and down and ready to hop joining me now is wayne slater and he's co-author of "bush's brain" how karl rove made george w. bush presidential. wayne, have republicans stopped being afraid of karl rove ?
>> boy, you see some indication of that with various tea party elements with christian conservatives and otheringss who i think others have been afraid to say very much about him because he was the king of the money with all of the power and for eight years and president of the white house , i think they've seen some of the limits of carl. so you begin to see this kind of criticism. but i really, when you see people like john huntsman and christian conservatives and tea party activists and columnists and so forth on the far right who think they've been used by carl over the years and have gotten belittled as a result of it now criticizing it, i think they do so at their own peril. karl has been down after the re-election of george bush which was a disaster of the democratic party , if karl can hold on to the millionaires and billionaires, at least some of them, beginning here in texas, then he's not finished.
>> well, mark lever , the radio host , he says karl rove 's group will only energize the far right base even more. listen to this.
>> i think karl rove 's name, i think his organization are poison in conservative and republican circles in many respects. bring it on, karl , baby. bring it on dough boy, bring on your little white board . we're ready.
>> wow. wow. what do you think?
>> yeah, i mean, look. that's a perfect example of a constituency on the right, in this case, representing really tea party activists who see rove u bush before him, who they fundamentally now see as a big-spending republican that many of these conservatives on the far right of the republican party don't like. and they see rove now as emphasizing something he always has. and that's electability over principle, at least in their mind. and so they see him begin to lose. and that meltdown on election night last november in which he showed himself to be not a very good pun dent and i think for the first time they now see that it's time we look behind the curtain in awes.
>> let me ask you something that was interesting. his pac started an ad campaign against the actress, arable slee judd. and she hasn't even announced yet whether she's running against mitch mcconnell . and he defended the move last night. watch this.
>> poor ashley judd . come on now, you're making fun of her --
>> but we're making fun of her by using her comments. she's not going to be able to wait until the screen writers from california and the producers can, you know, make her look good and prepare the ads and give her lots of lines to memorize so that she can handle these things.
>> why is he going after ashley judd when she hasn't even announced?
>> this is amazing. and it really is. people might want to make fun of this, but what it really is an indication of, when he tries to make fun of her, dismiss her, talk about the screen writers , they're going to write lines for her, karl recognizes that ashley judd is a potentially significant figure which if she runs in kentucky, she could indeed win. polls, and it's kind of early, indicate that she would do well if she runs in kentucky against mcconnell. mckonld is the perfect kind of establishment candidate that karl rove cannot lose and the establishment win in the party must not lose. and so if i'm ashley judd , i am pleased to see that the great ark tekt, bush's brain, the guy who maybe some people will make fun of for going after ashley recognizes she's a real tlet.
>> wow, that seems to me like the mighty have fallen. when you go from going after president obama to now having the fight with ashley judd , it's quite a fall. william slater, thanks for coming on the show tonight. have a great weekend.
>> you, too.
>> ahead, president obama 's plan to use that progressive pulpit in the state of the union . i'm sipping my tea and