Karl Rove cannot accept that he poured 300 million dollars into the election and has fuck-all to show for it. Instead of admitting he done screwed it all up, he’s blaming President Obama for suppressing the vote.
His evidence of such nefarious shenanigans? That President Obama (accurately) characterized Romney as a rich douchebag***:
Karl Rove insisted that Barack Obama won re-election by “suppressing the vote,” during an appearance on Fox News Thursday, even though the president secured more popular and electoral votes than challenger Mitt Romney and grew his margins within certain voting blocks.
ROVE: I think the Republicans lost in this election because of two things. One is that the Obama campaign was very effective in keeping roughly 92 percent of the people who voted for President Obama before to vote for him again. But they didn’t do a good job of growing the electorate…The Democrats, the the only group that they got more votes this time around than they got four years ago were among Latinos. About 700,000 more Latinos voted Democratic this year than the year before. But the president succeed by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, ‘you may not like who I am and I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself.’
Setting aside all of Rove’s failed efforts at actual voter suppression — from voter ID laws to crackdowns on early voting to wonky voting machines — Rove is essentially claiming that Obama suppressed the vote by campaigning.
Also, too, his statement doesn’t even make sense! Rove says Obama kept 92% of the vote, and then in the next breath, says that Obama knew people couldn’t stomach voting for him, so Obama characterized Romney as a rich selfish vulture capitalist (thank you, Rick Perry), which, by the way, was how all of the Republican candidates characterized Romney during the primary.
The fail is strong with Turd Blossom.
***The WSJ, by the way, has a must-read article about Messina’s strategy to spend money early on to characterize Romney as a douche before Romney had the money to counter that characterization. Brilliant.
[via Think Progress]
[cross-posted at ABLC]