After pouring millions of Other People’s Money into anti-Obama ads, Bush “Architect” Rove, unaccustomed to losing and losing face, accuses the Obama Machine of “supressing the vote” with nasty Romney ads.
The Fox News hired gun arguing over Obama‘s obvious Ohio win in front of God and everyone on Fox election night and Rove‘s ridiculous rant that Obama‘s ads affected voter turnout should render him unfit for subsequent on-air gigs.
The well-connected moneybags Rove and his American Crossroads political machine are just too invested in the outcome. This time around Rove didn’t get any bang for bucks wrested from rich Republicans. Buyers remorse, chortle Democrats as Rove‘s operation knocked off only one Dem out of 10 targets. NYDN.
Obama Chicago cudgel David Axelrod: “If I were one of those billionaires who were funding Crossroads and those other organizations, I’d be wanting to talk to someone and asking where my refund it, because they didn’t get much for their money. … [I]n the final week, over $100 million was spent against us in these battleground states. How much influence did that actually have? … [T]he heartening news is that you can’t buy the White House. … I would think that there’ll be reluctance in the future when Mr. Rove and others come knocking on the door because of what happened on Tuesday.” (h/t Politico Playbook) UK Daily Mail.
Fox’s Megyn Kelly wasn’t buying Rove‘s ramblings Thursday. Wash Post’s Erik Wemple:
Kelly: “You keep saying that, but he won, Karl.”
Rove: “Won what?”
That would be the presidency.
Rove whined in the Wall Street Journal that Hurricane Sandy was “lucky” for Obama, stalling Romney‘s “momentum.”
But the Post‘s Wemple points out that Ouija oracle Nate Silver — who predicted the outcomes in all 50 states — decreed Romney‘s “momentum” had already “petered out days before” the storm hit.
Wither, Karl Rove? No chance.
“Whither Karl Rove?” Wash Post‘s Chris Cillizza:
Much of the debate about Rove centers on his role as the most prominent face and lead fundraiser for American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS — the dual-headed conservative group that raised and spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ads in the presidential and congressional races this cycle.
“Until there is someone who can supplant [Rove] with the relationships with the millionaires/billionaires, he’s got a role,” said a pro-Rove Republican operative. “He’s the preeminent personality in the party right now, and the donors (at least most of them) believe the super PACs played a vital role in keeping this close and making it not as bad as it could have been.”
The fact that Republicans not only lost the presidential race but also failed to pick up seats in the Senate has led to some grumbling among some of the major donors in the GOP world, said one senior strategist. “Big givers wondering where the money went and why Karl was so mistaken,” said the source.
Even when he was on top of the Republican political world, Rove was a divisive figure — he is an acerbic personality who doesn’t suffer fools gladly — so it’s not terribly surprising that in the wake of an across-the-board defeat for the GOP there are those questioning Rove’s role and future.
For all the criticism of Rove, it’s hard to imagine him disappearing from the political world any time soon. With Republicans likely headed into a period of deep self-examination between now and the 2016 election, Rove is nearly certain to remain a leading voice in that conversation — if for no other reason than his role as a commentator on Fox News Channel and his relationships with the mega-donors that every candidate covets.
In short: Karl Rove isn’t going anywhere.