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Rove: Obama won 'by suppressing the vote'

4:38 pm - 11/08/2012


GOP strategist Karl Rove went on Fox News today to argue that President Barack Obama "succeeded by suppressing the vote" -- an argument that directly contradicts the conventional wisdom that Romney failed to appeal to non-white and female voters.

Rove argued that Obama won with a smaller popular vote and a smaller margin of victory than in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain. Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama "suppressed the vote" by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.

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keeperofthekeys 9th-Nov-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
I see his ODS is just getting worse and worse each year...
lovedforaday 9th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Rove argued, Obama "suppressed the vote" by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.

I can't believe that this garbage about Mitt Romney being a nice, sensitive, caring and compassionate guy who Obama lied about and defamed is an actual talking point. Limbaugh said it on his program yesterday, O'Reilly said it last night, and now Rove is saying it. Even if Obama lied about Romney, which he didn't, he beat Rove, Limbaugh and the GOP at their own dirty-ass game.

n a subsequent segment, Kelly would cite "demographics" and a "racial divide in the voting booth" that "raised questions" about whether the GOP needed to do more to reach Latinos and African-Americans.

They're already saying they have to convince Latinos, white women and young white people that an entitlement society is bad and only leads to ruin and tyranny. I have a bad feeling the GOP is yet again going to scapegoat black folks.
ladypolitik 9th-Nov-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
The only thing that made having to listen to that tolerable was Megyn Kelly being all "...Yeeeeah but he won tho, bb, he won. Let it go, hun'." Even Megyn Kelly is sick of that shit. I cackled.
bmh4d0k3n 9th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Just for you:

schexyschteve 9th-Nov-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
I saw that live yesterday, and god, it was a thing of beauty
dark_puck 9th-Nov-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
The GOP is melting down. They put people in the House, in the Senate, on the promise of making Obama a one-term president.

They poured millions, if not billions, of dollars into the Romney campaign.

And they failed.

Oh, how they failed.

So what can they do now? What will they do now?
oceandezignz 9th-Nov-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
They poured millions, if not billions, of dollars into the Romney campaign.

They poured over 300 billion into GOP campaigns across the map! I cannot find the infographic I saw on tumblr to link it and am maaaad about that.

But they poured so much money in and lost so much. What ground they did win (or hold), cost them nearly 40 mil a win.

If the GOP was a legitimate country at war, they just got boned by the nation they were going after.
tabaqui 9th-Nov-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
It's actually kind of scary, how freaking batshit this is.
jessyryan 9th-Nov-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
He's just trying to save his ass after he blew 300 mill for nothing. Fucking loser.
mercystars 9th-Nov-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
wow, these delusional fucks just cannot get it thru their thick skulls that they lost the election BECAUSE OF THEIR PLATFORM
sunktheglow 9th-Nov-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Wasn't this the highest voter turnout ever, though? CRY MORE, KARL ROVE.
oceandezignz 9th-Nov-2012 06:24 am (UTC)
Youth, Black and Latino vote went UP! But...

I'm sitting here wondering if the election would have went in the GOP's favor if they did not try so hard to FIX the election with these stupid Voter ID laws, fucking with voter registration, jacking up the machines and the polls... the news media ate this up. Social media ate it up harder. It probably got some people curious. So guess what? THEY ALL WENT OUT TO VOTE to see if they could catch shenanigans and the like.

Like they literally blew enough money to put a gazillion kids through college on a free ride, to cheat, lie, make special snowflake rules, etc... and lost.

But this is one humble pie the GOP won't eat.
nicosian 9th-Nov-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
they will get their chance again in a few years.

Of course it remains to be seen whether they take a good honest look at their actions,platform, stances and how they locked themselves up with Fox and Fundies, or if they realize that's a bad strategy, and start backing into moderation again.

I suspect they'll simply wail like its the end times, and cry, and weep and not take this for what it was, a lesson in "you don't always get what you want."

The crying is getting embarassing, entitled folk. Grow up. Put the big pants on, and deal with the loss. I really want to also believe this is the death throes of 50's white picket fence idealism of church on sundays, womens in their place and those minorities and gays didn't get all...well, vocal. When the manly white man was king. Change is hard for them.
hinoema 9th-Nov-2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Of course it remains to be seen whether they take a good honest look at their actions,platform, stances and how they locked themselves up with Fox and Fundies, or if they realize that's a bad strategy, and start backing into moderation again.

Thanks, I needed a good laugh.
cyranothe2nd 9th-Nov-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Its so hilarious watches them spinning their wheels, blaming everyone else and basically not just admitting that they lost because they are fucking racist and sexist.
masakochan 9th-Nov-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
blaming everyone else

This pretty much sums up how my parents have been reacting.

My dad was actually trying to pull some bullshit ~secret/actual reason~ as to why barely anyone voted for Romney in Ohio. He went quiet after I pretty much snapped and said, "There is no secret. Romney lied, scared the shit out of so many workers there, and made people not want to vote for him."
hinoema 9th-Nov-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama "suppressed the vote" by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.

"He said mean things about Romney in an election, that Commie Moozlim Unamerican!!!11!!"

(I switched to firefox and noscript and can c/p again.)
vvalkyri 9th-Nov-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
This is of course the classic GOP tactic of accusing the other side of something they've been trying to do.

SRSLY, suppressing the vote is defined as making your supporters unexcited?
kagehikario 9th-Nov-2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Are they just repeating what people say about them back at us now? Like, the way 5 year olds debate?
homasse 9th-Nov-2012 07:54 am (UTC)
This is the same bizarro-world logic as 'Heckuva Job' Brownie saying Obama did a terrible job after Sandy.

The Republicans are projecting so hard you could use them for a dang PowerPoint presentation.
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