March 25th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Rove to headline prominent GOP dinner

Karl Rove will speak at a big fundraising dinner for the South Carolina Republican Party.
Karl Rove will speak at a big fundraising dinner for the South Carolina Republican Party.

(CNN) - The keynote speaking slot at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant Banquet is usually given to an up-and-coming voice in the party – often someone looking down the road to a possible presidential bid and eager to meet activists in a key primary state.

GOP heavyweights like Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, George Allen and Mike Pence have spoken at the event over the last two decades. The dinner, the party's biggest fundraiser of the year, also hosted two Republican presidential primary debates in 1996 and 2000.

This year's speaker though is someone who likely won't be on the ballot in 2012: Karl Rove.

The former adviser to President George W. Bush, who is currently promoting his new memoir, will headline the dinner on April 24 in Columbia.

"The South Carolina Republican Party is incredibly excited about having Karl Rove speak at our Silver Elephant dinner," South Carolina GOP chairwoman Karen Floyd said in a statement. "Karl knows what it takes for Republicans to win, and our activists are anxious to hear what he has to say."

"We've received enormously positive feedback on having him here for this, and we're looking forward to a great event," Floyd said.


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. mantysman

    Nothing that turdblossum says interests me in the slightest. The man who was one of chimpy's handlers hsouod be in JAIL.

    March 25, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Bob Dog

    Rove is the Adloph Eichmann of the republican party. One of today's true living monsters. DIsgusting in virtually everything he is, does or says.

    March 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Barack reads his lies, unions thrive, government and debt grows, and the economy and our individual freedom under attack by the radical left

    Fantastic, this guy is an absolute genius. Wish I was there. He is great, should be very interesting.

    March 25, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. HUH

    Why do the Republicans keep recyling the same, tired, political failures. K Rove is certainly a heavyweight. He, as much as anyone, was responsible for the failures of the last administration, Yet the GOP thinks he makes a good keynote speaker for a party that suffered major defeats recently. Please, how are you going to attract independents, new members, or even disgruntled Democrats with these same worn out politicians, To many of us, he represents what is the worst in our political system. Why do you think he can do anything besides rile up the Republican base.

    March 25, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Shawn Ames

    TTTT, of all the people they could have picked to head this thing, they picked this guy? At least pick a creature with a spine!

    March 25, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hmmm.... All of the window smashing this past week reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on it..... Can someone help me out here? Have a nice day!

    March 25, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Rove is a disgusting human being, totally devoid of morals and ethics, intent on gaining power and money, regardless of who (people) or what (our country) he hurts.

    He learned his nasty craft at the knee of his mentor, Lee Atwater, the man responsible for the Willie Horton ads during George HW Bush's Presidential campaign.

    Rove is the driving force – along with the GOP's propoganda arm, Fox – behind the debasement of political discourse and the rise of violence (teabaggers damaging property, calling for armed insurrection) within our political process today.

    If there is justice in this world, Rove will suffer the same fate at Atwater. It can't come soon enough for me.

    March 25, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Mark L.

    ZEIG HEIL !! ZEIG HEIL !! HEIL Karl Rove !! HEIL Karen Floyd !! They're ALL Nothing But a Bunch of Totalitarian-Loving, Grand Ol' Plunderer (GOP) FACIST Pigs !! I am wondering, is "Komendant" Karl Rove inviting any other former heads such as his "Fuhrer" George W. Bush or maybe even the former "Vice Fuhrer" Tricky, Dicky Cheney??

    March 25, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. walleye

    It took the thieves and liars of the previous administration 8 years to create the mess we are in. Not only the economy, but our standing in the world went down the toilet. I predicted when Obama was elected that by the end of this 2009 the Market would hit 10,000. I predicted that we would have Health Care for all Americans before his term ended, and I predicted that the GOP would never agree with anything Obama wanted to do. I now predict that by 3rd qtr of 2010 the economy will have greatly improved over what it was a year ago, the Dow will hit 11,000 and jobs will begin to come back.
    Remember this, Americans vote on one thing and one thing alone – the ECONOMY and how it affects them. By all indications, Barry will be in the White House for 8 years. BEST PRESIDENT in my Lifetime.

    March 25, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Rodney in Dallas

    If John McCain still wonders why he lost the election, he should ask this guy.

    March 25, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. dan smith

    I'm sure CNN will moderate this i.e. not post it,but here it goes anyway. To all you lazy bums out there that pushed for the health care bill,just want you to know that I will no longer donate Any money to charity and I know many more conservatives that are planning on ending their charitable donations too. Since Very few liberals donate to charity,I guess all you welfare people will have to start going to Obama for money. I ENCOURAGE EVERY CONSERVATIVE THAT IS AGAINST THIS COMMUNIST PRESIDENT TO STOP ALL CHARITABLE DONATIONS EXCEPT THOSE TO ANIMAL SHELTERS. TIME TO LET THE WELFARE PEOPLE REAP WHAT THEY'VE SOWN.

    March 25, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Are they roasting him on a spit? Seriously...dude looks like a sweaty version of Porky Pig...just stick an apple in his mouth and put him on a platter...

    March 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Michele

    Karl Rove, the mastermind behind the principle of executive dominance over the Constitution, is being welcomed by these nuts who complain daily about their rights being taken away by our President. Do they really not know what this man is responsible for doing?

    March 25, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Albert R. K.

    Rove and prominent do not belong in the same sentence! If this is the best the GOP can do, this will be the last year of the GOP.

    March 25, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    GOP and prominent do NOT belong in the same sentence. They are bullies, cowards, liars.

    March 25, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Debbie from AZ

    I hope the GOP enjoys it's talking canned ham with glasses.

    March 25, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Chris in SC

    No telling where that thumb has been!

    March 25, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Florida Joe

    Sounds like they booked a GOP Heavyweight alright.........Better order an extra side of beef for this big boy!!!

    March 25, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    That's just what the GOP needs, another crybaby, paper patriot. I love the way he can't accept the fact that the Democrats saved the economy, fixed health care and have basically made the country a better palce to be. On his watch....................not so good I hear. Losers.

    March 25, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Joe in PA

    I think your opinion that Rove would not represent the Rebublicans in 2012 may be a bit short sighted. Consider the following: he is against increasing health care for middle America, he endorses the Tea Party, is a consistent contributor to Fox News, and he would have the support of 34% of the republican party (Tea Party folk + another 10%) All he would have to do is win over the people in the US who are able to think.

    March 25, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. stevetall

    Still the same old dog and pony show. This is exactly why the Republican party is so out-of-touch. Holding on to failed attitudes of the past. How soon they forget.

    Rove is a traitor to America based on his role in exposing a CIA operative, not to mention being a devious little schmuck.

    March 25, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Frozone

    If Rove is attending this dinner the real question is will there be any food left for the other diners to eat?

    March 25, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Monrob

    He looks like a piglet.

    March 25, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Peejay

    "This year's speaker though is someone who likely won't be on the ballot in 2012: Karl Rove."

    And for that, I am eternally grateful.

    March 25, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. marylee

    Why is this man not in jail????

    March 25, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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