Blogging Tory co-founder and conservative brain trust Stephen Taylor thinks this is just a wicked pissah of an idea:
Conservative Party looks to Karl Rove playbook
In Ottawa this week, Conservatives hoping to sharpen their political skills looked south, to the United States of America to replicate the success of the back-to-back electoral victories of George W. Bush and the Republican machine.
That's right, Stephen, why don't you follow the advice of a man who almost single-handedly wiped out the Republican Party, probably for decades? I think that's a terrific idea, let me know what I can do to help.
Oh, wait ... Stephen's not done:
Pollsters agree that Rove's approach to mobilizing select groups of voters on highly motivating issues is the key to creating a permanent Conservative majority.
Hmmmmm ... that sounds suspiciously like Rove's plan for creating a permanent Republican majority. Refresh my memory -- how did that work out? Whoops, not so well:
Permanent Republican Majority? Think Again.
By Andrew Kohut and Carroll Doherty
Sunday, August 19, 2007; Page B01
Karl Rove dreamed of creating a "permanent Republican majority." But as President Bush's longtime adviser exits the Washington scene, the political landscape he helped chart is already shifting beneath his feet: The era of conservative values -- a tight-fisted approach toward government aid to the poor, traditional positions on social issues and a belief in a muscular foreign policy -- that emerged in the 1990s is coming to a close.
Disenchanted by the failures of the Bush administration, the public is moving away from its policies, values and ideology.
Join us next week when Stephen proposes a long-term military presence overseas because, hey, how could that possibly go wrong?
BY THE WAY, STEPHEN, when you refer to GWB's electoral "successes" of 2000 and 2004, do you mean the elections in which he 1) was awarded the victory in the first one, and 2) stole the second one? Are those the elections we're talking about here? Were you planning on replicating those features as well? I'm just curious.
WHOOPSIE. Yes, I fucked up. I was in a rush and failed to read the entire piece, whereupon Stephen makes it clear it was a satire. More on this later. For my progressive readers: Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
For my right-wing readers: My bad.