VIDEO – Karl Rove, who collected some $325 million from wealthy donors looking to buy the election, has a complete meltdown on FOX News’ election night coverage and refuses to accept the fact that President Obama has won Ohio and the election.
The 2012 election was predefined as “close” according to the mainstream media. But anyone who looked closely at the state polls knew the chance was very small that Romney would win. FOX News and the right-wing media refused to accept the polls after the Democratic convention that showed President Obama leading in all of the swing states. But when Romney closed the gap after the first debate, right-wingers raced to embrace every poll that showed his revival, especially some of the national polls that showed a clear lead for their candidate.
That lead quickly faded after the second and third debates and by the time election day was near, President Obama had at least a four or five point lead in most of the crucial swing states, with Ohio in particular showing a consistent lead for Obama in almost every poll. But you could not say that to Republicans, who instead decided to point to outlier national polls that still showed a Romney lead and even crowd sizes at Romney rallies as proof that their candidate would win.
Republicans encased themselves in the FOX News/right-wing echo chamber, assuring each other that the polls were wrong. Some even said Romney would win in a landslide.
Karl Rove’s meltdown on FOX News during election night may have been rooted in his disbelief that his candidate won. But it also could have been the product of a man who realized that the billionaires who had given him $325 million to run attack ads against Obama were about to come after him for answers.
Republicans thought they had everything in place for victory. The state governments they controlled installed voter suppression laws to lower turnout. They had spent the last four years tearing down Obama at every turn, even turning against policies they once supported to keep Obama from getting any credit. They were so sure that Democrats would not turn out in the same way they did in President Obama’s 2008 landslide, and that the lower turnout would allow Rove’s attack ads to be the difference to get them the White House.
FOX News and right-wing media kept talking about an “enthusiasm gap” for Democrats. They said the President’s supporters wouldn’t show up on election day because they were down on him and that the GOP base was energized to get Obama out of office. They were sure that their four years of hard work to destroy the President’s image had accomplished the aforementioned goal.
But something “unexpected” (for them) happened. Democrats did turn out on election day. The Obama campaign turnout machine did what it did four years before and all of those polls showing a 7-8 point lead for registered Democrats versus Republicans translated to an easy victory for President Obama. The polls were right. There are significantly more Democrats than Republicans in the nation.
The 2012 election was a triumphant victory for a real grassroots movement of people against the sheer power and influence of billionaires and corporations. The top 1 percent tried like hell to buy the election and they lost. President Obama was able to counter their attack ad machine with money from his own donors, most of it coming from small donors in the amount of $200 or less. And the Obama get-out-the-vote ground game, both in early voting and on election day, rivaled the records they set in 2008.
Karl Rove was completely dumbfounded by this. He and his FOX News cronies just could not believe that President Obama could overcome all of their money, their attack ads, their voter suppression, their thinly-veiled racism, and their party’s obstructionism. Rove sat there on the FOX News set on election night trying to find some ridiculous way that Romney could win Ohio, even after every network (including FOX) had called Ohio for Obama.
Apparently, the Romney campaign (and Romney himself) were stunned as well. FOX anchor Chris Wallace noted that the “Romney camp has real doubts” about the call in Ohio. Then, in what appeared to be an impromptu response to Rove’s challenge, Megyn Kelly left the set to “confront” the FOX decision desk, where they explained to her that it was over and that Rove was playing games. A close listen to the video reveals that Megyn Kelly says they rehearsed her walk down the hall to challenge the FOX pollsters.
Obviously, the progressive majority can bask in the glory of this hard-fought victory. For once, the power of a grassroots get-out-the-vote effort and a massive amount of small donations beat the mighty money of a few billionaires and a sophisticated propaganda machine. But the progressive majority cannot have their guard down for 2014. There will certainly be lower turnout for the next midterm election, and an election with suppressed turnout (that they were counting on and didn’t get this time) is where the attack ads from Karl Rove can tip the balance to the favor of the minority Republican party.
Still, this video is priceless. Karl Rove collected $325 million for American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS to run attack ads against Obama and many other Democrats and the candidates he opposed won almost every race. If you ever feel like the wealthy and the powerful corporations cannot be defeated, watch this video. It will remind you how good it feels when the power of the will of the people defeats the cynical forces of the elite few attempting to buy the government.