Karl Rove: Obama Was ‘Lucky’ That Hurricane Sandy Hit
Karl Rove: Obama Was ‘Lucky’ That Hurricane Sandy Hit
By Aviva Shen on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:08 am
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, GOP fundraiser and former strategist Karl Rove claims that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the eastern seaboard a week before Election Day, was “lucky” for President Obama in his successful bid for reelection. The op-ed was published just a day after Rove disputed Fox News’ call for Obama’s win in Ohio and the election, sending the network into confusion on live TV. Despite his initial refusal to accept Obama’s reelection, Rove writes today that Obama won because of fundraising, negative campaigning, and a convenient break from Hurricane Sandy:
[quote]The president was also lucky. This time, the October surprise was not a dirty trick but an act of God. Hurricane Sandy interrupted Mr. Romney’s momentum and allowed Mr. Obama to look presidential and bipartisan.
The GOP candidate himself also apparently blames the storm for his loss. Mitt Romney reportedly told donors at a Wednesday breakfast that Hurricane Sandy hurt his momentum. MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews also credited the storm with “possibilities for good politics,” though he later apologized.
Though Republicans believe the storm damaged Romney’s momentum, Sandy’s political impact may have had more to do with Obama’s rapid response to the storm, which 77 percent of Americans praised. Moreover, Romney’s alleged momentum was already slowing; his favorability ratings began gradually declining after his first debate against the president. In Sandy’s aftermath, Romney was widely criticized for an insensitive “storm relief” rally in Ohio, where his campaign staff staged donations and took photos of the candidate posing with canned goods.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/10/2012|
Sandy did hurt Mitt. Because it showed how wrong his policies are and how important the federal government is.
But, no, Karl, Mitt would not have won without Sandy. And certainly no one is lucky that Sandy arrived to wreak havoc on our country.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/08/2012|
"This time, the October surprise was not a dirty trick..."
Of which Karl Rove knows absolutely nothing about.
"...but an act of God."
But Karl, you yourself and countless other Republicans have said Republicans are the party of God, God's chosen people. Why would God do something that would help His opponent, that evil, godless, Muslim worshipping black man known as Saddam Obama?
Please elaborate, Turd Blossom.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/08/2012|
Haley Barbour said the same thing to Matt Lauer this morning.
So this must be the Party Line -- blame Mitt's defeat on the weather! Yeah, that's the ticket!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/08/2012|
Lucky bastard, he got a massive storm to show the country how a real president acts in a crises.
Lucky magic negro.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/08/2012|
Why the FUCK is the WSJ giving serious space to this creature?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/08/2012|
I saw what was happening in America, I acted. You're welcome.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/08/2012|
Chris Matthews apologised yesterday for his comment. He said, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week."
"I said something terrible," Chris Matthews admitted. "I said something not just stupid but wrong."
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/08/2012|
I believe The Almighty has just punked us twice.
First, he sent Superstorm Sandy to wash away our political hopes. And then he made us lambs of the SuperFatForm Rove to expose us as dopes.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/08/2012|
It's especially unfair that Obama handled it well! If there had to have been a hurricane, he should have fucked up the recovery from it so we had a level playing field.
Basically I blame God for creating this event and then Obama for handling it so well. They both should have left everything to me and to the billionaires whose cash I spent.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/08/2012|
Sandy certainly gave us a good clear look at the short-sightedness of Mitt's thinking.
It was easy for the candidate to say FEMA should be handed off to the states, and then we all got to see why that will never work. Sandy was an object lesson in why people who know what they're doing should be doing it.
I don't live in NYC and I'm not particularly interested in its day to day operations, so I haven't paid much attention to Bloomberg. I would have thought crisis management and especially protecting his citizens would have been a major priority for a NYC mayor. I was disappointed in seeing the incompetence of Bloomberg and NYC's government.
The biggest surprise was Chris Christie, who was excellent. I never would have thought it, but there he was excelling as a leader.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/08/2012|
The only way one could say this is true is if Romney was ahead in the pols before the storm. But he wasn't. Obama was predicted to be the winner for as far back as the conventions. These people really live in an alternative universe.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/08/2012|
Rove is trying to find a scapegoat so he can hand off his part of the responsibility for such a major loss.
Mitt would have lost regardless, Sandy or no Sandy.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/08/2012|
[quote]Rove is trying to find a scapegoat
And that scapegoat is....God.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/08/2012|
Uh, how did a storm hitting the blue states hurt Romney?
If anything, it hurt Obama a little. A lot of people who would have probably voted for him may have been unable to vote
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/08/2012|
Gee, too bad Obama didn't handle Sandy the way Bush handled Katrina !!!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/08/2012|
Karl Rove needs to die a jet fuel volcano lava grease fire.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/08/2012|
Is Chris Matthews going senile? He completely lost his shit this week. He soured the blissful moments after Obama's beautiful, bipartisan acceptance speech by immediately tearing into him for not thanking Bill Clinton. Rachel was shocked and told him that Obama had in fact called Clinton right after he won and thanked him.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/08/2012|
Exactly, R15. It's perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/08/2012|
Rove is amazing. A hurrican devastates the east coast of the US and this is his take away. He is a nasty enough, clueless enough, totally without grace enough guy to make these comments. Well quelle surprise!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/08/2012|
Chris was possessed with remorse last night for his comment and continued to apologize for it throughout the night. He and Andrea Mitchell stayed a little too long at the fair this time. Andrea could barely function the other night.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/08/2012|
Soooo the election had the results GOD intended! Thank You for seeing that Karl.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/08/2012|
Why haven't the billionaires put out a hit on him yet? I relish the idea of fat, flabby Rove on the run, hiding in dingy motels, buying new identities. Maybe a TV series based on his flight, a la Loreen Hobbs?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/08/2012|
R25, how do we know they haven't?
I'm sure they're too subtle to have him gunned down in the street the day after elections.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/08/2012|
Obama's competent response helped him, but he would have won the election without it. He had Ohio and probably VA before the storm. It may have given him Florida.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/08/2012|
Sooooooo, God wanted Obama to win.
Okay, what's the problem.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/08/2012|
r13 is correct. Rove lost HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of scum suckers' money.
He has a lot of explaining to do.
I think some of it had to do with over-saturation of the NEGATIVE Obama and Senate ads he ran. The same bitchy voice. The same message. The same shameful looks to the viewer. It was pathetic.
Look, Americans are ignorant (my father still doesn't understand that he benefited from Obama's HARP program, and benefits from Social Security and Medicare. He still insists Obamacare caused this, and "it's not fair that 98% of blacks voted for Obama" (yes, sadly, I have to put up with this shit) but I think in the end they knew what the real deal was.
And I also think Rove & co. cheated. Mind you, it's just a feeling, but I find it implausible that 48% of voters voted for Mitt. I think it's closer to 44-45%
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/08/2012|
Haven't the billionaires been donating to PACs? Those donations are tax deductible.
Rove has been running a superPAC. His donations are all tax deductible, so the donors haven't lost all that much.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/08/2012|
Can you imagine people like Adelson and the Koch Bros -who could live a thousand times over and still be wealthy- thinking nothing of spending hundreds of millions solely to hurt rather than help most of the people who live in this country?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/08/2012|
R30, that's exactly what they're doing.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||11/08/2012|
Why doesn't this fucker have prostate cancer?
Actually, if Romney had not greased the hole of the far right...he probably would have been elected and THAT'S the truth.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/08/2012|
Ryan and company planning to cut FEMA spending was a factor. Willard's snarky remark about not being able to lower the oceans as tossed out to appease the anti global warming crowd led by Flush Dumpball didn't help. NITMIIT'S lies were catching up with him. In the last few weeks he morphed into Obama. Truth is his campaign never had the traction they claimed. Rove, Addelson, Trump all of this shit turned off the public. His family made my GAG. Would not release taxes, the rest of the world HATES the mother fucker and he was a FUCKING inbred Mormon. Mormons are only for Mormons.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||11/09/2012|
we had evidence that voting machines were tampered with...of course there was cheating going on. Another problem was with voter repression, which was very evident in Florida.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/09/2012|
It's true...being a Mormon is like belonging to a cult.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||11/09/2012|
R35? Guess what? The country's dong was no factor. Obama handed Mitt his ass even with Jon Husted in OH trying to suppress the vote.
Republicans are mentally ill because we know for a fact the GOP tried to keep people from doing what was their most fundamental right - that's why in went to court.
Rove can't name one state led by Democrats where Republicans were being kept from voting, so of course Rove makes that claim.
Sick, demented fucks on the right.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/09/2012|
For the first time in my life I will give George W Bush credit. He finished his job and went away. Not a peep. Karl Rove who the Republicans deem a genuis, doesn't have the common good dsense to just shut up and go away.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/09/2012|
Karl Rove can go somewhere and sit down.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/09/2012|
I do think pigface Karl Rove is a marked man.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/09/2012|
Here's the part that Uncle Karl doesn't know: God's actually Muslim.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/09/2012|
[quote]Guess what? The country's dong was no factor.
This country's dong? You mean Florida?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/09/2012|
[bold]Krazy Karl: He's Come Undone[/bold]
[quote]Rove manufactures realities like mobile homes and then convinces otherwise intelligent people they are valuable property and great places to live. In his neighborhood, loving gay people wanting to get married threaten Ward and June Cleaver's ability to keep safe Wally and the Beav. This fearsome vision even drove moderates in Ohio in the direction of Bush in 2004, and many of them were black evangelicals. Karl Rove can sell the rickety products to anyone who is frightened a bargain might disappear at the close of business. Rove has been trying to reconstruct 1950s America since his father disappeared into the oil patch and came home one Christmas Eve to tell his family he was gay. Unfortunately, the parts wouldn't fit together for Karl. His mother committed suicide, the nation was torn apart by Vietnam, and putting on a blue blazer and tie to attend high school didn't give him access to June Cleaver's household. Rove had to create a reality that no longer existed.
[quote]His latest scam has been to portray a socialist America run by a secret black Muslim that taxes the wealth and destroys the economy of people like the Koch brothers. Rove convinced countless rich people and their corporations to write him big checks for his Super PAC Crossroads GPS. If only he were properly funded, he insisted, he could prevent the horrible American tragedy that waited like a specter behind a door. Three or four hundred million dollars later he lost and came undone on national television. The numbers cruncher had his reality crunched by numbers. A bonfire of inanities was burning his future.
[quote]Rove has not healed himself. He still believes the vote counts exist that no one else can see. He's back on TV accusing the president of suppressing the vote. How this happens to get Mr. Obama reelected is unclear but Rove undoubtedly sees secret armies of the night crossing the American landscape and sneaking through suburbia, stealing the car keys of middle class and upper income white voters so they can't drive their SUVs to the polls. Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch can be expected to sustain Rove's intellectual imbalance because he brings a decreasing audience of lemmings to their broadcasts but the Republican Party can provide no explanation for taking his guidance. Karl Rove has almost single-handedly destroyed the GOP. He has chased away almost every constituency other than white males with money and anger issues. There is only a platform left that creates division and patent meanness, which are Rove's greatest accomplishments.
[quote]His legacy will be that he was the mad scientist that developed a rhetorical germ that caused reasonable Americans to grab each other around the throat. Our social fabric of debate, discussion, compromise, and caring has been on the verge of tearing apart and setting us all off on a race among the ruins. Karl may not have shame about what has happened but we ought to at least be embarrassed by the complicity of what the world once thought of as a great nation.
[quote]Karl Rove is not a genius; he has become almost a kind of national village idiot. He is humored by some, ignored by others, but has been allowed too often back into the public square trying to tell strangers his odd stories. If he has friends, they need to take him aside and gently get Rove to therapy. Fortunately, our democracy can recover from his ministering and manipulation.
[quote]Karl's future is less certain.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||11/09/2012|
Did you see the clips of him on Fox News Election Night? Where was the Democrat for the "Fair & Balanced" part? Did you see how the host qivered and quaked when he objected and he actually had an on air host get off set to go and interview the number crunchers? His ego is out of control and it needs a major deflation.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||11/09/2012|
[bold]Akin advisor: Rove super-PAC "a colossal failure"[/bold]
|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/09/2012|
Hmm... God sent a hurricane, how will hardcore fundies/teabaggers interpret this?
God is punishing them for not being hard-ass enough on abortion, gays and godless commies. Also, nominating a culty Mormon who was once pro-choice, pro-gay and implemented the godless commie program of Romneycare in MA brought down God's wrath upon them.
Presto! It's time to move MORE to the right.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/09/2012|
Wonder how the people in New Jersey and New York feel about Rove's brilliant comment?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||11/09/2012|
Rove is making excuses, excuses, excuses to cover his ass for spending more than $400 million and producing nothing.
Yes, 'Sandy' put Obama in a good light; however, now that all is said and done, it appears that Obama was going to win anyway as we learn more and more about the Obama campaign, its strategy and ground game. The Romney campaign was full of itself, but in disarray.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||11/09/2012|
I have to say that Andrea Mitchell is useless. But I'm glad I was tuned to MSNBC rather than NBC which, to my great disdain, still employs David Gregory.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||11/09/2012|
I sent Hurricane Isaac to temper and warn the crazies gathering in Tampa. In the midst of it all, Mitt Romney said: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…” I felt very slighted.
But when Republicans started their relentless attacks on women, I had to send the girl hurricane, Sandy, to shut them down.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||11/09/2012|
Actually the president was very lucky that the gop spent the year proudly, and I mean VERY PROUDLY displaying their utter contempt and outright hatred of women, gays, blacks, latinos, union workers, auto workers, teachers, senior citizens, poor and unemployed people
The president was extremely lucky the gop shot themselves in the foot. And that they did it NONSTOP - day after day after day after day
|by Anonymous||reply 51||11/09/2012|
I saw a headline yesterday estimating that Sandy cost Obama about 800K votes. Of course, these would have been in blue states.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||11/09/2012|
[quote] Wonder how the people in New Jersey and New York feel about Rove's brilliant comment?
He doesn't give a shit about them or any other disaster victim. And he never has. None of the gop ever has. Wasn't katrina proof enough for you? They did NOTHING for 5 days. They sent no one in to help for 5 days because they were all on vacation
|by Anonymous||reply 53||11/09/2012|
I like the way Rove doesn't miss a beat when he describes the October surprise as a dirty trick. He says it without thinking, as if it's the natural order of things. And in his world I suppose it is. Pig.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||11/09/2012|
He'll use Hurrican Sandy as an excuse for his failure and will continue to get rich Pubbies to donate millions of dollars to his groups. How much money did he keep for himself?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||11/09/2012|
I'm not so sure he'll be raking in as much as he used to. 400 million is lot to produce nothing. They may be evil but they're not stupid. At least about money.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||11/09/2012|
Hurricane Sandy destroyed Romney's chances = the dog ate my homework
|by Anonymous||reply 57||11/09/2012|
He ran an Angry White Man campaign once too often. This time out there weren't enough people who think like Angry White Men.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||11/09/2012|
With the millions and millions he wasted with nothing to show for it, it will take an act of God to keep Rove from getting flattened in a mysterious car wreck, thanks to all those poor Republican billionaires he swindled.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||11/09/2012|
On election night Karl Rove said, "All the candidates looked great on paper. Herman Cain looked great, Newt Gingrich looked great, Rick Perry looked great"
NO they didn't. They all looked bad on paper.They look and are bad any way you look at them. They were all terrible.The fact that rove doesn't realize this is pure insanity. The gop advisers must only watch faux news. If they ever watched any other network they would know these candidates all came off terrible to the average citizen. And it was immediately apparent. They all had extreme baggage. All of it bad. None of it good. gingrich is the biggest hypocrite on earth. Cain and Perry are both buffoons.
I definitely thank karl rove from the bottom of my heart for everything he has done this year. The president wouldn't gotten elected without all his hard work
|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/09/2012|
Well, if it was an Act of God, clearly God didn't want a Republican in the White House.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/10/2012|