Rebecca Hagelin

Karl Rove's message is clear in the wake of his losing battle to protect his establishment power: Anyone who dares to challenge the Good 'Ole Boys Club will be punished - even if it means handing a senate seat to a liberal democrat.

In the wake of Rove's diatribe against Christine O'Donnell, the Republican party leaders scrambled and may be supporting her after all. We'll see how - and if - they actually do it.

But Rove's remarks after O'Donnell's upset victory over moderate-to-liberal Castle made it painfully clear that the GOP establishment first and foremost seeks to protect and preserve the GOP establishment at any cost. There has never been a more effective or more hungry power broker in Washington, DC than Karl Rove - and the rising tide of red-blooded Americans like the tea party activists and Christine O'Donnell have revealed what many have come to believe for a long time: The power brokers want to run the country. They want to protect their power. They think they are omnipotent and omniscient. And they will damn anyone who dares to challenge them.

There are two things that must be defeated in November: Big government advocates and power hungry operatives - no matter which party they fall into. Sadly, many Republican incumbents and long-time strategists fall into both camps.

The Christine O'Donnell/tea party phenomenon is an uprising of the people. Karl Rove still doesn't get it. He thinks the war is about Republicans versus Democrats. What he still fails to see is that the war is over anyone in the Good 'Ole Boys Club that believes they are the ultimate king-makers; that they get to run the country because they want to; that they are smarter than everyone else. That only they deserve to hold the reins of power over all of our lives. And, of course, it is also fundamentally about failed liberal, unconstitutional, big-government wolves - no matter what party clothing they wear.

So it took Christine 12 years to pay off her college debt. Welcome to the real world, Karl. You may be a person of personal privilege and wealth, but most Americans are not. Millions of students will spend years and years paying off college loans because that's the only way they could have gone to college in the first place. Wake up and see America, Karl.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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