Karl Rove is very worried about failing to win the senate in November thanks, in part, to Todd Akin’s “legitimate” rape comments.
On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican Party’s highest-earning and most powerful donors. During the more than hour-long session, Rove explained to an audience dotted with hedge fund billionaires and investors—including John Paulson and Wilbur Ross—how his super PAC, American Crossroads, will persuade undecided voters in crucial swing states to vote against Barack Obama. He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Then Rove pleaded with his audience for more money—much more.
Todd Akin is an epic buffoon and misogynist, but joking about murdering him is completely out of bounds.
And the consider the fact that Rove doesn’t necessarily disagree with anything Todd Akin said. He’s simply upset that Todd Akin made his job harder.
The best part is the revelation that Democratic messaging really is working.
Rove spoke almost exclusively about defeating Barack Obama and retaking control of the White House. There was sparse praise for Mitt Romney—either as a candidate or as a future leader and policy maker.
One of the few Romney mentions was by Haley Barbour, who jumped in to explain how Democrats hoped to define the nominee: “You know, ‘Romney is a vulture capitalist who doesn’t care about the likes of you. He doesn’t even know people like you—he’ll lay you off, cancel your insurance, shit jobs. He’s a plutocrat. Married to a known equestrian!’”
I propose a toast to David Axelrod, Stephanie Cutter, and everyone else at OFA.