Karl Rove, the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush, is not a fan of Donald Trump.
In recent comments through a Wall Street Journal post, Rove took a swipe at Trump after admitting that the GOP frontrunner was “consistently strong” among Republicans polled.
In a piece entitled, “Trump Is the Democrats’ Dream Nominee,” he laid it all on the line, pointing out that a Trump nomination would pretty much secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.
Karl Rove maligned Trump for his public spats with Megyn Kelly and his frequent insults of John McCain.
“Although Mr. Trump’s antics may not drive away his current supporters, they make him unlikely to win the White House,” Rove wrote.
Huffington Post attests that Karl Rove is right to make his prediction that Donald Trump would lose. The left-wing blog’s Pollster sees Hillary with a 4-point advantage over Trump in a general election, though many call the accuracy into question for the site’s political leanings and its claim that Bernie Sanders would do even better against Trump.
By the accounts of most political analysts, Sanders is unelectable for his admitted socialist leanings and he consistently gets trounced by Hillary Clinton in head-to-head poll match-ups.
But Democrats should also be leery of Rove’s prediction for another reason — it was made by Karl Rove.
Rove has never quite lived down the humiliation of the 2012 general election in which he was certain that Mitt Romney would best President Barack Obama in the president’s bid for a second term.
Rove stood by his prediction all through the race, and when Fox News finally had to break the news to him that he was wrong on live TV, he refused to back down.
If you are not in a position to watch the above video, or you simply do not have the patience to sit through 19 minutes of Fox News‘ 2012 election night coverage, here is precisely why Democrats should feel disheartened by the latest Karl Rove opinion piece.
Rove lost all credibility that he ever had on that meltdown. After Fox felt comfortable enough to call the election for President Obama, he refused to back down, saying it was “too early to call.”
The objection rested on a single turn of events — that Obama was only beating Romney with 911 votes in the state of Ohio and all precincts hadn’t reported.
What he failed to realize in that moment, forever immortalized on YouTube, was that most of those precincts leaned heavily Democratic.
In other words, Romney had pretty much gotten all the help that he was going to get. Nevertheless, Rove persisted, prompting Kelly to take a walk down to the projection room and get final confirmation from their experts.
Translation: Karl Rove saying that someone doesn’t have a chance of getting elected to a position usually means they have a very good chance of getting elected.
— john (@redletter99) December 15, 2015
In the buildup to the 2012 election, he had guaranteed donors a victory over Obama. His own private data found that Romney was trending better than Obama in skewed poll after poll.
In the end, Obama, who wasn’t having the best time as president at that point, won comfortably.
Therefore, if you are a Democrat hearing Karl Rove say that Donald Trump would get “creamed” by Hillary Clinton in a general election, you need to be afraid. Very afraid.
Trump only grows in popularity with each outrageous statement. He’s motivating a base that America hasn’t seen at the polls in quite some time, if ever. And most general Republicans, who don’t like him or find him distasteful, are more frightened of a Hillary Clinton presidency, so they will support him anyway if he turns out to be the GOP nominee.
But what do you think, readers? Should Democrats be afraid of Trump come general election?
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