"Our Karl Rove is the blog you should be glad that Democratic strategists don't seem to listen to"
-- what they're saying on Republican blogs

Friday, October 15, 2004

About Our Karl Rove (along with "best of" reviews)

George W. Bush and the Republicans had a Karl Rove on staff in the White House for six years, and will have a Karl Rove (and disciples) in the wings for years to come. The Democrats have nothing even close.

To be clear, Our Karl Rove does not advocate nor replicate any "dirty deeds" that Karl Rove is infamous for. Instead, Our Karl Rove aims to leverage and expand on the political strategy, messaging, and branding, and counter-branding that Rove, Luntz, Card, Hughes and others have so effectively mastered.

This group of Republican operatives have effectively transposed marketing and PR best practices from big business into the political sphere, leaving the Democrats looking like rank amateurs in comparison.

This state of affairs is not good for America, because people respond to marketing even more than facts.

As a result, there is an unhealthy imbalance between the parties' ability to communicate their value to the American public. This boutique blog is designed to help Democrats regain this equality and balance.

On this blog, Karl Rovian advice will be delivered to a Democratic party that does not yet seem to value the power of brand, message, and political management as part of business of politics.

Note: Advice and political messaging will be published on this blog on an as-needed basis. As a result, this is not a traditional "daily" blog. Information will be posted only when high-quality information is prepared and developed.

We invite the Democratic party leaders and the Progressive Net Roots to exploit the insights and recommendations on this blog. Use them when you write op-eds. Use them when going on political talk shows. Use them to advise the candidates you work for. Let's change the debate by changing the framework in which we talk about our values.

With your support, insights, and comments, we can all create a better Karl Rove than the original. Let's roll.


The editor of Our Karl Rove is a politically independent communications and technology professional. In conjunction with an advisory team, the editor of Our Karl Rove believes that it's critically important for the future of America that there are at least two healthy parties competing for the hearts and minds of Americans. Our Karl Rove is not based in the D.C. area, and is therefore not subject to the distortions of the establishment's political echo chamber.



"Our Karl Rove. This site answers the question “What Would Karl Rove Do (if he were a Democrat)?” The Dems or someone looking to start a Dem spin-off party should hire whomever it is that writes Our Karl Rove. It’s smart." - Remedial

"[We] discovered this excellent blog yesterday entitled Our Karl Rove. Essentially, it's someone using the Rovian strategies to create strategies and tactics that would benefit democrats. I've read most of the entries, and I think many of them are dead on.... color me impressed." - The Sleeper Cell

"Our Karl Rove is the blog you should be glad that Democratic strategists don't seem to listen to." - Comment on the conservative Galley Slaves blog

Our Karl Rove Featured in an article by The Nation's Ari Melber.

"Every progressive needs to read this [blog]" - One foot in the clouds, one foot in political activism

"An attempt to simulate Rove's 'good twin'. Worth reading." - Joshua Rhys Taliesin O'Madadhain

"Our Karl Rove is brilliant. Lord knows the Democratic Party could utilize this guy... Don't know who he is, or anything about who's doing the writing, only that the work is superb and I really, really wish the Dems would hire this guy." - Big Ass Belle

"Ridiculously Brilliant" - TexasBrian

"As usual, Our Karl Rove is astute and on the money. But on this occasion particularly so. That dude amazes me with his ability to put his finger on the precise subtextual little things that nobody is really conscious of, but that everything hinges on. - A Million Dollar Arm and a Five Cent Head

"This blog is crisp, well thought out, and relentlessly on message. Read it Dems - tell your friends - tell your friends friends - and have them tell their friends in the campaign." - Small Thoughts

OKR is listed in Campaigns & Elections magazine.


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