Maybe Michael just doesn't get it. Maybe he is being too clever by half.
The fact remains, real conservatives win when they run as such. Mistakes are made by everyone so that argument is a dead dog. Karl Rove is a NEO-CON. Meaning NEO-conservative, meaning NOT CONSERVATIVE. His boy W expanded government like a liberal on steroids and he never said boo. THIS IS THE CENTRAL FACT THAT SEEMS TO ESCAPE THE BELTWAY MOUTHS.
Until a member of the intelligentsia like Mr Barone gets up in front of the USA and states clearly, that they get it: the Media controls the discussion, and they are scarily in the tank for liberalism, ergo the mainstream media must be BYPASSED entirely. This can be done.