Whack-a-Karl Rove: The Piling-On

Courtesy Michael Bonfigli/Christian Science Monitor

Senator Charles Schumer, vice chair of the Democratic Conference and chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, speaks at the Monitor Breakfast, on Nov. 8, 2012.

Democrats are having some fun at the expense of Karl Rove this week.

First it was Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown, re-elected this week, taking stock of how little impact the super-PAC engineered by the former Republican White House political strategist  had on races around the country. By the numbers, it was a bad day for Rove.

Now it’s New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer.

Republican political mastermind Rove’s reputation took “a significant hit” with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s election loss,  Schumer told reporters today at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Schumer, the chamber’s third-ranking Democrat, predicted that Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit group that Rove helped create, would be less influential in future elections.

“If Cossroads were a business, and Rove was the CEO, he’d be fired for getting a poor return for his investment,” he said.

Schumer said he saw Rove on television about 2 a.m. yesterday talking about how his efforts helped to decrease Obama’s margin of victory in swing states. The billionaire donors backing the super-PACs had something else in mind with their investments, he suggested.

“I’m sure he went to Sheldon Adelson and to Harold Simmons and said, `Put up these millions of dollars, and he’ll win, but we’ll decrease his margin,'” Schumer said. “I don’t think Crossroads is going to end up being as much of a player two years from now as it was right now, and I think his reputation has obviously taken a hit.”

Democrats yesterday also were delighting in watching a video of Rove on Fox News on election night in which Rove insisted that the news channel had prematurely called Ohio for President Barack Obama.


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