Last night, Karl Rove contested the Fox News declaration that President Obama had been re-elected and has since been mocked by rival media outlet MSNBC.
During Tuesday night’s Election Day coverage, Fox News was among the first to call the presidency for the incumbent Barack Obama, after polls in battleground state Ohio swung toward his re-election. Karl Rove appeared on Fox with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, who announced their projection that President Obama had won his re-election bid.
Rove appeared to be quite upset and disputed the call, confronting the network’s “decision desk” about their results. Rove’s assertion that the call was premature was noticed, and subsequently mocked, by commentators on MSNBC.
“I don’t mean to cross-advertise here, but I want to note that conservative cable news network Fox News Channel – Fox News Channel called Ohio for Obama, but the on-air talent is refusing to concede that they believe it,” Rachel Maddow said on Tuesday night.
“Can you define that word ‘talent’ for the people who are not in this industry? They happen to have positions. It doesn’t say anything about their quality,” said Chris Matthews.
Rove himself returned to Fox News on Wednesday morning to talk about the GOP’s post-election strategy and what the party ought to do moving forward with eyes on 2016.
“If we’re going to win in the future, Republicans need to do better among Latinos, and they need to do better among women — particularly single women,” said Rove. “The Republican Party had better pay attention to the Latino vote.”
Rove was not asked about his seeming meltdown the night before, nor did he himself bring it up.