by Christian Catalano
It wasn’t Mitt Romney’s lack of appeal to non-white and female voters, which is the conventional wisdom, it was that President Obama “succeeded by suppressing the vote,” claims Karl Rove.
Rove argued that Obama won with a smaller popular vote and a smaller margin of victory than in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain. Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama “suppressed the vote” by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.
“President Obama has become the first president in history to win a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the first term,” Rove said.
“But he won Karl, he won!” Fox News host Megyn Kelly interjected. Kelly also asked Rove how Republicans intended to appeal to minority groups, especially Hispanics, after doing so much to alienate them in 2012. Rove pointed to Hispanic-voter turnout in Texas to argue that there was no fundamental disconnect between his party and Latino voters.
That is an odd statement, given that the president had a 52 point lead with Latinos.