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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.

"President Obama has become the first president in history to win a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the first term," Rove said.

"But he won Karl, he won!" Fox News host Megyn Kelly interjected. Kelly also asked Rove how Republicans intended to appeal to minority groups, especially Hispanics, after doing so much to alienate them in 2012. Rove pointed to Hispanic-voter turnout in Texas to argue that there was no fundamental disconnect between his party and Latino voters.

As many pundits and strategists have pointed out, the Obama campaign succeeded in large part because it appealed to -- and registered -- non-white voters, expanding (rather than suppressing) the vote in key battleground states.

In 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. "Why can't the Republicans do better with people of color?" she asked her guests.

Rove's appearance on Fox News follows the now-infamous moment from election night when he argued with Kelly and co-host Bret Baier over the network's decision to call Ohio for the president.

By Dylan Byers. Posted 11/8/12 2:43 PM EST

mollywobbles867 9th-Nov-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
le sigh That didn't take long.
layweed 9th-Nov-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Apparently he was flipping out on election night itself, saying that it was completely premature to declare Obama the winner and he did it on Fox News. *rolling my eyes*
amber_protocol 9th-Nov-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
He was and it was hilarious. It was even better when he made Megyn Kelly go and talk to their statisticians (or whoever those guys were) live on air, he was so very butthurt. Enjoy the next four years, asshole.

Edited at 2012-11-09 03:19 am (UTC)
crunk_cubed 9th-Nov-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I switched to fox immediately after Obama's win was called. Their tears and delusion were DELICIOUS.
layweed 9th-Nov-2012 05:52 am (UTC)
I was at a watch party at a beer garden so I couldn't change the channel, but I def. went to their website to see if they were onboard and it looked like they were on the verge of declaring Obama the winner too. You know it's over when even Fox News is ready to call it for Obama!
shortsweetcynic 9th-Nov-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
When your co-anchor asks if this is actual math or just a lie you're telling yourself so you feel better, it's time for a good hard look at your life and choices.

That shit was delicious though. Jon Stewart's take on it was amazing.
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