Karl Rove: Meet The Supressed

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.

Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 7:37 AM


  • Anon

    I saw it live and Rove’s argument was valid. FOX declared that O won Ohio while he was up only 3% with 25% of the votes uncounted, which was more than enough for Romney to catch up and which is why Rove flagged it. At that point, they went to the back room for an explanation, which was when we learned that most of the 25% were in Cleveland — the place where Obama voters were casting mulitiple ballots.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       Whether it is valid or not, it wasn’t Rove’s call.  That’s why Fox had a “decision desk” staffed with numbers crunchers. 

      Rove had no business challenging the Fox News anchor team of Baier and Kelly.

  • Anon

    I presume they retained him for commentary. If so, then why would he not challenge them if he has a valid argument?

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Commentary and analysis are valid! Rove bucked Fox judgment. I believe Rove overstepped his role.

  • Anon

    FOX News pays Rove for his opinion. Rove offered his opinion, which contradicted FOX’s call, but was his opinion nonetheless, and you believe he crossed the line.

    You have a website where you invite comments and opinions from others. I offered my opinion, which contradicts yours. I have overstepped a line?

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       Okay, how about this?  Why did Fox have to prove to Rove that Ohio went to Obama? 

      So perhaps the error was with Fox News overreacting?

    • Anon

      “Why did Fox have to prove to Rove that Ohio went to Obama?”

      FOX “called” Ohio for Obama based upon their “projection.” Rove challenged both their call and their projection, stating that Ohio still had too many outstanding votes to call the state, which he based upon the 25% figure. In Rove’s opinion, FOX “called” it, or made their “projection,” too soo. So at that point, it became the Decision Desk’s opinion vs. Rove’s opinion, at which point Megyn Kelly walked back to the Decision Desk to hear their justification for their decision because 25% of the votes uncounted in a 3% race did sound premature.

      And as a side note, we know they rehearsed this bit once or twice because as Megyn Kelly reached a certain point during her walk, she said, “When we practiced this, I lose my audio right about here. . . Yep, just lost it. . .” So I beleive FOX prepared itself for this very scenario.

      Anyway, after the Decision Desk explained their decision, Rove responded by saying the running footer on his screen did not contain some of the information the Decision Desk had and he essentially agreed with them. Race over. Obama wins.

      So assuming everyone told the truth, I don’t blame Rove, because, like him, I hoped against hope that FOX was wrong, not because my PAC was financially invested in his loss but because Obama’s decrees will directly impact my life for the worse.

      Interestingly, I followed Dick Morris on Twitter during he returns, and he kept saying they called all those Midwestern states too early. He was as dumbfounded as Rove and tweeted more than once that we should watch for them to correct those projections.

      Both Karl and Dick were wrong and we may now rest assured that this is no longer our fathers’ America.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       Okay, I give up! 

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Not even my husband agrees with me!   I’ll blame it on being ill.  And I suppose Rove will now “defriend” me on Facebook.

  • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

    FYI:  I’m ill today.  Just picked up antibiotics.  My apologies for not being on the ball and cranking out the hits!  Have had this all week but have been fighting it.  I now give up! 

    Have a great weekend, my friends!

    • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

      Hope you feel better soon Marty.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Took Cipro, slept from 2-5p, awoke to discover David Petraeus’s oddly-timed resignation and reason. 

      More to come.  Right now I’m doing my daughter’s laundry.  She has no washer and dryer in her new rental condo.  She and my son-in-law are waiting for Black Friday sales.

      Eight-month-old Owen’s tiny Puma socks are sooooo cute!

    • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

      It sure is convenient timing having to resign because of an affair right before he had to testify in front of the Senate about what happened in Benghazi.

      What’s that old saying about hero’s with feet of clay? 

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       Even Fox’s big boss Rupert Murdoch is suspicious. https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    “Winning” Democrats Celebrate Gridlock
    The results from Tuesday night’s election tally means, we are in for at least two more years of gridlock. Voters voted for status quo. The democrats hold the presidency, and the senate, the republicans hold the house, so no change. It’s going to be like ground hog day up in here for the foreseeable future.
    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2012/11/tgif-winning-democrats-celebrate.html

  • Grandpa D

    For the next election, the Fox “expert” panel will be a couple of Las Vegas bookies.