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Phyllis Schlafly: Karl Rove Gave Us ‘Bunch of Losers’
Conservative activist and author Phyllis Schlafly says the Republican Party has too often been dominated by the “establishment” instead of by the real conservative “grass-rooters” — thereby producing a “bunch of losers.”
Schlafly, 88, is the founder of the pro-family Eagle Forum whose latest book is “No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religion.”
She sat down for an interview with Breitbart contributor Warner Todd Huston that was posted on the wizbangblog website.
Schlafly, who has attended GOP presidential conventions for decades, said she has witnessed first-hand the fight between the Republican establishment, with “the series of losers they have given us like Thomas Dewey, and the grass-rooters who wanted their own candidate.”
Ronald Reagan was the “best president of the 20th century,” she opined, but after his two terms “we lost the party again to the establishment, and they’ve given us a bunch of losers — Bob Dole, John McCain, and then Mitt Romney.”
Alluding to the infighting between Karl Rove and the tea party, Schlafly said “now we have the same battle again. It’s the establishment against the grass-rooters. The establishment likes a certain type of person who calls himself a moderate, will do what he’s told, vote the way he’s told, and not talk about certain issues. They don’t want him to talk about the social or the moral issues. They don’t even want him to talk about the national defense issues. Which is all a terrible mistake because that’s where all the money is.”
She went on: “The establishment’s voice seems to be Karl Rove, and they just gave us a bunch of losers. Rove had at least $300 million to spend on campaigns. And he only won, I think, nine of 31 races where he ran ads. A dismal result.”
As for Mitt Romney, she said “he couldn’t even run his own staff. So how is he going to run the country?”