Rove Piling-On Continues As He Rings Donors Today

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Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, in San Francisco in this file photo.

If Election Day was bad for Karl Rove, the days after may be even worse.

News organizations, including Bloomberg, have labeled Rove one of the biggest losers of the 2012 elections. He bragged about raising more than $300 million for American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies. All that money didn’t do much: Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney and 10 of the 12 Senate candidates he backed  lost.

Rove is set to call his biggest donors today to explain what happened, Stan Hubbard, a Republican financier and media company owner in Minnesota, told Politico yesterday.

“Obviously, somebody made a mistake and didn’t do things right. There’s no question about that,” Hubbard told Politico.

The public haranguing of Rove is in full force on Twitter.

Donald Trump posted yesterday: “Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.”

For much of today, “Karl Rove” has been a trending Twitter topic in Washington.

“Some of Rove’s Crossroads Super-PAC donors thinking of bypassing him next election and throwing their millions directly into a deep well,” wrote one Twitter user who identifies himself as a cartoonist.

Several users were more forgiving —  noting that all of Rove’s spending may have stimulated the economy.

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