December 5, 2012 |
You remember Karl Rove: He's the Republican strategist and Fox News contributor who made television history last month when he refused to accept that President Obama had won the state of Ohio and effectively clinched the entire election, leading to a showdown between Megyn Kelly and the behind-the-scenes statisticians on the network's “Decision Desk.” If a report out Wednesday from Gabriel Sherman at New York magazine is to be believed,...
November 16, 2012 |
Karl Rove: Fox News commentator, conservative who caused consternation on election night , major Republican strategist. And fan of metafictional writer Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, really. The news comes from Rove's own website ( via Twitter ). Since 2010, Rove has been posting his recently read books on his website, Rove.com ; Borges' "Everything and Nothing," published by New Directions, is No. 65, read by Rove this year. He writes, "I don't read much fiction but the stories, tales and essays of the Argentinan fabulist, Jorge Luis Borges, are worth reading and re-reading, as I did when I picked up a new collection of his work EVERYTHING AND NOTHING (NEW DIRECTIONS PEARLS)
November 14, 2012 |
After what the Obama campaign accomplished with a backroom filled with 20-something math geeks, American presidential politics will never be the same. For decades, candidates have put their faith in political consultants whose gut instincts, ability to read polls and track records of victories made them look like magicians with an astounding array of tricks up their sleeves. Mitt Romney had one such man at his side throughout the 2012 campaign, a guy named Stuart Stevens who could claim to have helped elect more Republican governors and senators than any contemporary media consultant.
November 8, 2012 |
Karl Rove went on Fox News on Thursday to explain why Mitt Romney didn't win. Yes, that would be the same Karl Rove who, practically right up until the -- for Republicans -- bitter end Tuesday night was predicting a Romney victory. And the same Karl Rove who founded two “super PACs” that poured millions of dollars into Romney's losing presidential race. Which, and I'm just spit-balling here, raises the question: Why on Earth would anyone turn to a guy who was dead wrong before the election and ask him to come back and explain that same election?
November 8, 2012 |
For viewers with a taste for schadenfreude, Fox News was the only place to be on election night. From Karl Rove's refusal to believe the network's own projection that Mitt Romney had lost Ohio , to Bill O'Reilly's assertion that the “white establishment is now the minority,” to Sarah Palin's enormous new Joan Collins hairdo, there was a panicked and slightly unhinged quality to the evening's proceedings. Not surprisingly, Jon Stewart had a field day with the material on Wednesday's “Daily Show.” He was especially delighted by the fact that it was left to co-anchor Megyn Kelly to force Rove to face the music, via a long walk through the bowels of the Fox News offices and a meeting with their in-house nerds.
November 7, 2012 |
Every election night has at least one standout television moment, and -- with all due respect to John King and his magical fingertips -- the clear winner Tuesday was Republican strategist Karl Rove, who staged a civil war on the air after Fox News called Ohio -- and therefore the entire election -- for President Obama. Technically speaking, it was Chris Wallace who fired the first shot. Shortly after Fox projected Obama as the winner, Wallace explained that he had received an email from the Romney campaign contesting the network's decision.