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For Stumbling Fox, Megyn Kelly Is a Hero

She's smart, telegenic, and skips the GOP cheerleading: Noreen Malone

(Newser) - Fox News may still be licking its wounds after Karl Rove's " bizarre" moment on election night, but Megyn Kelly proved why she might just be the network's salvation, writes Noreen Malone at the New Republic . She was the shining star Tuesday night when she challenged Rove and...

Rove's New Claim: Obama 'Suppressed the Vote'

Argues on Fox News that Obama did so via negative ads

(Newser) - Karl Rove is not backing down: Though he seems to have accepted the fact that President Obama was, in fact, re-elected, Rove was back on Fox News yesterday to claim that Obama won by "suppressing the vote," the New York Daily News reports. How exactly did the president...

As Rove and Aides Argued Results, Romney Gave Up

Campaign advisers were urging both not to concede defeat

(Newser) - Karl Rove's on-air confrontation with Fox News' projection team, and Mitt Romney's failure to concede once all the networks had called the race, were two of the weirdest subplots on election night, but the reasons for both are coming into focus. Rove remains one of the best-connected men...

Stewart: Fox Had 'Avalanche on Bullsh** Mountain'

Kelly to Rove: Is that math, or Republican-friendly math?

(Newser) - Things went pretty smoothly for the networks on Election Night, Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show —with the screaming exception of the station he lovingly dubs "BMN: Bullshit Mountain News." Or as you know it, Fox News. Stewart runs down Fox pundits devoutly dismissing...

Rove Disputes Fox's Call, Triggers 'Bizarre' Moment

He warned network against 'intruding in process'

(Newser) - Fox News contributor Karl Rove caused a kerfuffle by disputing his own network's decision to call Ohio for President Obama. He called the decision "premature," saying "we have got to be careful about calling things when we have like 991 votes separating the two candidates and...

Rove: Romney's Going to Win a Squeaker

Poll numbers, early results all in Romney's favor, says Karl Rove

(Newser) - Political guru Karl Rove may be predicting a Mitt Romney win next week, but at least he's keeping his predictions more modest than Dick Morris' " landslide ." Instead, Rove notes in the Wall Street Journal that Romney has a thin lead in national polls—he's ahead in...

At Long Last, Dems Giving to Super PACs

But they've got a long way to go to match GOP

(Newser) - After the Supreme Court paved the way for super PACs, many Democrats were uncomfortable with the idea of limitless political spending—but as Republican-backing groups rake in the cash, it seems reluctant Democrats are coming around. As of the beginning of September, more than 40 donors had given at least...

Karl Rove Told Komen to Re-Fund Planned Parenthood

CEO Nancy Brinker said 'Karl' urged her to 'backtrack': ex-VP

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood, it seems, had an unlikely champion in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy : Karl Rove. In a new book, former Komen VP Karen Handel , who stepped down amid the uproar, remembers a comment from CEO Nancy Brinker. "I’ve talked to a lot of people,...

GOP Defector: Republicans Are Reality- Challenged

Jeremiah Goulka explains why he had to leave party

(Newser) - Perhaps Karl Rove put it best when he described "creating our own reality": The GOP has a giant blind spot when it comes to the bigger picture, writes a former Republican and Justice department attorney in Salon . Jeremiah Goulka grew up Republican, and it wasn't until he turned...

Reporter Goes Inside Karl Rove's Elite Fundraiser

He talks strategy, jokes about murdering Todd Akin

(Newser) - In a rare look behind the super-PAC curtain, BusinessWeek 's Sheelah Kolhatkar was able to crash an American Crossroads breakfast yesterday, featuring Karl Rove speaking frankly to the 70 top donors who fund the leading political action committee. Rove said the key to the election was persuading undecided voters...

IRS Probing Rove's Crossroads GPS

Tax-exempt groups are supposed to benefit community

(Newser) - The IRS has launched an investigation to determine if Karl Rove's GOP-boosting Crossroads GPS and similar organizations are violating their tax-exempt status by spending too much money promoting a party agenda and candidates. Organizations are granted tax-exempt status only if they promote a benefit to the community. The IRS...

GOP Plans to Drop $1B Ad Bomb on 2012

Super PACs and other outside groups plan a huge blitz for 2012 elections

(Newser) - Republican groups plan to spend a record $1 billion on the November elections, and could outspend Democrats by a margin of 2-to-1. Politico has the details on the spending plans of super PACs and other outside groups: The Koch brothers plan to spend $400 million; Karl Rove's groups are...

Boehner on JPMorgan: No Law Against Stupidity

Speaker, Karl Rove also slam PAC plan to attack Jeremiah Wright

(Newser) - John Boehner today took to ABC's This Week to offer his characteristically blunt assessment of JPMorgan, and promptly asserted that Dodd-Frank wouldn't have averted the bank's $3 billion blunder : " There's no law against stupidity . No law against stupid trades. As long as there's no...

Karl Rove: I Didn't Want Dick Cheney

Bush strategist says to ignore politics when picking a VP

(Newser) - From now until August, pundits will be speculating about Mitt Romney's VP choice, and poring over the political benefits of each candidate. Karl Rove thinks Romney should ignore all of that and choose, as George W. Bush did, the "best partner in the White House and a person...

After Iowa, Romney Vaults Out in Front

Karl Rove looks at the state of the race headed into NH

(Newser) - Not long ago it seemed unthinkable that Mitt Romney would win in über-conservative Iowa. But win it he did—albeit by only eight votes—and if he wins in New Hampshire as expected, “he becomes the prohibitive favorite,” writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal . Sure,...

Gingrich's Organization 'Embarrassing'

And that's a major liability in Iowa, elsewhere

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich is first in the polls, but his campaign might not be ready for prime time, warns Karl Rove in a Wall Street Journal column. "Mr. Gingrich has little or no campaign organization in Iowa and most other states," Rove observes. Gingrich didn't even complete his...

Huntsman: Trump Debate 'a Joke'

And he's not the only one who thinks so

(Newser) - The saga continues: Donald Trump thinks Jon Huntsman is a "joke candidate." Huntsman thinks Trump's debate "is a joke." More from the candidate's comments, made today, plus other reactions to the controversial Dec. 27 debate:
  • Huntsman: "This is not about ratings for Donald
...

Trump Rips Huntsman, Paul as 'Joke Candidates'

If GOP can't pick a winner, he'll step in

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul made no bones about deriding the upcoming Donald Trump-moderated Republican debate; now, the Donald is firing back. The mogul has labeled the two men “joke candidates,” MSNBC reports. “Those two candidates have zero chance of being elected so it makes no...

Rove to Cain: You Knew for 10 Days This Was Coming

So why in the world was his campaign so poorly prepared?

(Newser) - When it comes to Herman Cain's sexual harassment mess, many conservatives are crying racism . Not so, Karl Rove. In an appearance on Fox News last night spotted by the Hill , Monica Crowley asked the Republican if Cain "should be prepared for more of this because he is a...

Rove, Kochs Square Off for Heart of GOP in 2012

Two big groups may be working at cross purposes

(Newser) - Two of the most powerful and moneyed groups in conservative politics could be working at odds with each other during the 2012 election, leading some Republicans to worry about the GOP’s chances to take both the Senate and the White House. On one side is Karl Rove’s network,...

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