Famous Karl Rove Quotes On Education, History, Politics

These Karl Rove quotes will inspire you. Karl Christian Rove is an American Republican political consultant, policy advisor, and lobbyist. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until his resignation.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Karl Rove quotes, Karl Rove sayings, and Karl Rove proverbs.

Best Karl Rove Quotes

  1. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” ~ Karl Rove
  2. “As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.” ~ Karl Rove
  3. “All politicians operate within an Orwellian nimbus where words don’t mean what they normally mean, but Rovism posits that there is no objective, verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is.” ~ Karl Rove
  4. “In chaos, there is opportunity.” ~ Karl Rove

  5. “The effective strategies in politics are ones that are so clear and obvious that people can grasp it.” ~ Karl Rove
  6. “You may end up with a different math, but you’re entitled to your math. I’m entitled to the math.” ~ Karl Rove
  7. “But perhaps the most important difference between conservatives and liberals can be found in the area of national security. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. In the wake of 9/11, conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban.” ~ Karl Rove
  8. “The president has an obligation to serve all the people of America.” ~ Karl Rove

  9. “One of the great things about America is that we have the freedom to worship or not worship as we please. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an evangelical or a Catholic or a moderate Jew. You’re entitled to worship – or an agnostic or atheist.” ~ Karl Rove
  10. “The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead – higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery.” ~ Karl Rove
  11. “If we do with Latinos what we did with African-Americans, Republicans and conservatives will be doomed.” ~ Karl Rove
  12. “At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views of the world.” ~ Karl Rove

  13. “It’s time to put America at the front of all of our agendas and to find ways to work together on common ground.” ~ Karl Rove
  14. “In Europe and the United States, you’ve got different systems to select candidates, and no system is perfect.” ~ Karl Rove
  15. “Every presidential spouse is going to be subjected to scrutiny.” ~ Karl Rove
  16. “In America we believe there ought to be limits on government.” ~ Karl Rove

  17. “When you appoint someone, you appoint somebody because of their character, their convictions, their abilities. And not because you have a belief, a confidence, in a foreordained outcome in any given decision.” ~ Karl Rove
  18. “That’s important, I think, for people who come here to realize that we are here for only a time and we have an obligation of service and we need to keep things in perspective.” ~ Karl Rove
  19. “I believe in limited government and the right of the individual to make choices and in a strong national defense and in freedom and liberty as being the right of every person on the face of the Earth.” ~ Karl Rove
  20. “The labor movement must be destroyed.” ~ Karl Rove

  21. “To be able to compete, we’ve got to improve our education system, our litigation environment, our tax code, our health system and our trading policies if we’re going to be as strong economically in the years ahead.” ~ Karl Rove , Karl Rove quotes on education
  22. “If you are wealthy and can hire enough accountants and attorneys, you can find ways around the code. It’s fundamentally not fair. It wastes a lot of time and energy and effort to comply with it. It doesn’t encourage savings and investment. And we need to simply it and make it more fair.” ~ Karl Rove
  23. “America has become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day.” ~ Karl Rove
  24. “Our health-care issues is another big structural drag. All of these need to be dealt with if we’re going to keep the American economy the most dynamic and flexible in the world.” ~ Karl Rove

  25. “It’s a mandate for you to do in office what you said you would do on the campaign trail.” ~ Karl Rove
  26. “The government that can take everything from somebody can take everything from everybody. And there ought to be a limit.” ~ Karl Rove
  27. “To win in November, Republican candidates must show they are in touch with voter concerns about growth, jobs, paychecks, government spending and debt. The only way to do this is by offering specific, persuasive ideas.” ~ Karl Rove
  28. “Our competition for American business is no longer in the next county or the next state, it’s around the world.” ~ Karl Rove

  29. “So Americans do want their presidents, by and large, you want them to be people who get things done and have experience. That’s going to be Trump’s big disadvantage going into this election, because people are going to be looking back and saying, we’ve got the guy without the experience who said the things that sounded good. And guess what? That hasn’t worked out for us too well.” ~ Karl Rove
  30. “Look, in 1800 the sainted Thomas Jefferson arranged to hire a notorious slanderer named James Callender, who worked as a writer at a Republican newspaper in Richmond, Va. Read some of what he wrote about John Adams. This was a personal slander.” ~ Karl Rove
  31. “And I think there’s something about conservatives frankly – and the Left, when it comes to their channels of persuasion, are unpersuasive. They are, most of them are hate-filled, obscenity-clogged rants of anger and hatred.” ~ Karl Rove
  32. “Hurricane Sandy interrupted Mr. Romney’s momentum and allowed Mr. Obama to look presidential and bipartisan.” ~ Karl Rove

  33. “I have become an adjective. There is something called a Rovian-style of campaigning and it’s meant as an insult. One columnist said it consists mainly of throwing mud until it sticks. One prominent blogger described the elements of a textbook Rovian race as fear-based, smear-based and anything goes.” ~ Karl Rove
  34. “There has to be a consequence to failure. Schools in the inner cities cannot be told, ‘Oh, we want you to teach every child to learn how to read and, incidentally, if you fail to do that there’s no consequence,’ .. There has to be a consequence to failure, and the Title I money needs to follow the child.” ~ Karl Rove
  35. “‘Empathy’ is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn’t pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.” ~ Karl Rove
  36. “If you decide to become a political actor, then the things that you say and you do become subject of public scrutiny and comment.” ~ Karl Rove

  37. “Now is the time to be bold. It is easy when the wind is at your back. But the real test is now when the wind is in our face. That’s when we find out if we are tough enough. Inspired enough, committed enough.” ~ Karl Rove
  38. “Mr. Obama denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush’s watch as ‘deficits as far as the eye can see.’ But Mr. Obama’s budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. What happened to Obama the deficit hawk?” ~ Karl Rove
  39. “You may be right that people say: You know what, we had Obama. He was inexperienced. The guy had great rhetoric, sounded good, looked good, but has turned out to be an utter disaster. I want someone where I have confidence and credibility that they’re up to the job and that I can trust what they tell me.” ~ Karl Rove
  40. “It’s a complex system we live in to think the actions that we take have consequences beyond the years in which we serve, and we all have an obligation to do what is best for our country.” ~ Karl Rove

  41. “My name is Patrick Fitzgerald … I like to tear the tops off small animals.” ~ Karl Rove
  42. “Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal.” ~ Karl Rove
  43. “We face a brutal enemy who will kill the innocent for one purpose and that is to gain control of the Middle East and to use the leverage of oil to bring down the West, and to attack us again.” ~ Karl Rove
  44. “What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn’t really ’empathy’ and ‘understanding.’ He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice.” ~ Karl Rove

  45. “I think it was Osama bin Laden’s [idea to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq].” ~ Karl Rove
  46. “Our [Republicans’] object is to avoid having stupid candidates who can’t win general elections, who are undisciplined, can’t raise money, aren’t putting together the support necessary to win a general election campaign, because this money is too difficult to raise to be spending it on behalf of candidates who have little chance of winning in a general election.” ~ Karl Rove
  47. “Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real antiwar movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an antiwar rally.” ~ Karl Rove
  48. “Guy got in a gyrocopter in Gettysburg, flew under the radar all the way to Washington and came – What if he had had rather than petitions to Congress had had a bomb?” ~ Karl Rove

  49. “Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.” ~ Karl Rove
  50. “Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plame’s identity on July 11, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson was in the news that week. I didn’t know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove, and he said that she worked at the Agency and worked on WMD.” ~ Karl Rove
  51. “But, look, Washington is a town that creates myths for its own existence and its own amusement, and I was a subject of myth, sort of like Grendel in Beowulf – you know, not seen very often but often talked about.” ~ Karl Rove
  52. “Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it’ll be because of the president. And if we lose, it’ll be because of me.” ~ Karl Rove

  53. “It’s been just a year since the RNC committed to revamp the way they help our candidates with its ‘Growth and Opportunity Project,’ and already there are signs of improvement. From new leadership and initiatives in the digital arena, to improving the GOP ground game (as we just saw with David Jolly’s victory in FL-13), to the historic decision to restructure the primary calendar and primary debates, the RNC’s steps will help keep the House and to take the Senate in 2014, win the White House in 2016, and build for the future. Looking forward to more progress in the months ahead.” ~ Karl Rove
  54. “I would have strong opinions and be prepared to argue my case, but if you talk to my colleagues, I think you’d find they consider me the jokester, the informal mayor of the West Wing.” ~ Karl Rove
  55. “I don’t know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble.” ~ Karl Rov
  56. “Would the Iraq War have occurred without WMD? I doubt it.” ~ Karl Rove

  57. “Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives.” ~ Karl Rove
  58. “The claim made by Team Obama that every dollar in stimulus translates into a dollar-and-a-half in growth is economic fiction. The costs of stimulus reduce future growth. No country has ever spent itself to prosperity. The price of stimulus has to be paid sometime.” ~ Karl Rove
  59. “The definition of relationships ought to be left up to the states and that proper protections can be put in place for the right to visit in the hospital or the right to inherit or other legal contractual questions like that.” ~ Karl Rove
  60. “And not only that, I also have the MacBook Air which is really cool. Even my wife is jealous of my MacBook Air.” ~ Karl Rove

  61. “5,000 years of human history should not be overthrown by the acts of a few liberal judges or by the acts of a few local elected officials.” ~ Karl Rove , Karl Rove quotes history
  62. “Marriage is and should be defined as being between one man and one woman.” ~ Karl Rove
  63. “I believe in traditional marriage.” ~ Karl Rove

  64. “You’re entitled in this country to worship as you please or to not worship. It’s one of the great things that defines us as a nation, and it’s at the heart of what it is to be in America.” ~ Karl Rove
  65. “I mean, if you have to wake up in the morning to be validated by the editorial page of the New York Times, you got a pretty sorry existence.” ~ Karl Rove

Karl Rove has also headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives.

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