Mark Levin to Karl Rove: ‘Get the hell off the stage already, will you pal?’
On his Monday radio program, talk show host Mark Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” rejected the notion that the Republican Party should become more moderate to win over voters and blasted several commentators who suggested otherwise.
Levin added that the so-called Republican “consultant class” — including MSNBC analyst and former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt — should be required to disclose how much they’re being paid before they’re allowed to try to steer the party.
“This consultant class, ladies and gentlemen, is very, very dangerous,” Levin said. “And all this money you contribute to the campaigns — they’re pocketing a fortune. And the Republican Party, they’re not only pulling the Republican Party in the wrong direction, they’re losing campaigns.”
Levin also argued that failed Republican Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, contrary to many analysts’ assessments, were not representative of the party as a whole on Election Day. He noted that the GOP ran moderate candidates in Hawaii, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.
“And I hear Rove today going on, ‘We got to do this better,’ ‘I got to do this,’ ‘Got to this,’” Levin continued. “Get the hell off the stage already, will you pal? You’re a hanger-on. I don’t say this with any personal contempt. It’s just, enough is enough. We need fresh faces in politicians. We talk about them all the time — Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, and so forth. Well, we need fresh faces who are advising these people too. And I’ll be honest, some fresh faces on Fox wouldn’t hurt. It’s time for Rove to go. I can’t take it anymore.”
Levin also took on The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol for his “Fox News Sunday” remarks suggesting that some conservative leaders should pull back and accept a tax increase on the wealthy.
“Let me help you out — we’re not defending millionaires,” Levin said. “We’re defending capitalism. We think the government is big enough. Now, I don’t know why I have to tell Bill Kristol this, but not every billionaire has it inherited from mommy and daddy. Some people actually earned it, and they want to invest it in their businesses.”