Carl Rove & Old Republicans Playing yesterday's Ballgame
Huntsman Calls Rove Plan for Primaries ‘Yesterday’s Ballgame’
By Jonathan D. Salant - Feb 8, 2013 12:14 PM CT
Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman described an effort spearheaded by strategist Karl Rove to intervene in Republican primaries as “yesterday’s ballgame” as he called on his party to focus on big ideas rather than political tactics.
Huntsman dismissed as “politics, you know,” the move Rove is helping lead to create a new super-political action committee to spend money in primaries to support Republican candidates deemed more electable in November. The plan has drawn attacks from anti-tax Tea Party groups and other conservative activists.
“I think he’s kind of yesterday’s ballgame,” Huntsman said of Rove on “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television. “Politics isn’t going to win the elections for us. It’s not about people. It’s about ideas. And the ideas are going to drive people to victory.”
Those ideas should include changing the way government works, such as restrictions on campaign spending, limiting congressional terms, requiring nonpartisan redistricting, and taking on banks deemed too big to fail, Huntsman said.
“We don’t have any ideas now that are big enough and bold enough and visionary enough for most Americans to say, ‘I like that, I want to sign on, and I want that person to lead me to the future,’” Huntsman, 52, said of his party.