March 25th, 2010
07:40 PM ET
8 years ago

Rove: Dems could suffer 'wrath' of Americans

Washington (CNN) - Karl Rove predicted Thursday that the political outlook for Republicans looks sunny, but bleak for Democrats heading into the midterm elections. This shouldn't be a surprise coming from President George W. Bush's top political advisor.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Rove discussed the 2010 elections including the possibility that Republicans will retake the House.

"I think, you know, before health care passed, I was saying 23 to 30," Rove said in the interview on John King, USA about the number of seats he expected the GOP to win. "I think the number's going to be slightly higher now.

He added, "But it could conceivably be a Republican majority in the House."

As for Senate Democrats, Rove believes they should also worry.

In his estimation, if the election were held now, Democrats "would be lucky to get 51" seats, perhaps even less, Rove said. Less than 50 seats would mean that Republicans would return to power in the Senate. If it were a 50-50 split, Democrats would retain the majority because of Vice President Joe Biden's vote as president of the Senate.

In the interview, Rove said Democrats may not escape, what he called, "the wrath of the American people." He cited anger over the new health care law and recent Republican victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governor races, and Republican Sen. Scott Brown's success in Massachusetts.

Rove added, "There are concerns about the failure of the stimulus bill, there's anger about cap and trade, the spending record of this administration and the flow of red ink coming out of the Obama White House are already fueling a lot of voter angst."

However, Rove also warned his own party. "You cannot surf a wave of discontent with Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to victory. That'll only get you so far," Rove said. He urged Republicans to lay out conservative solutions to the nation's problems as a way to win in November.

Rove was asked about one slogan Republicans say they plan to use: "repeal and replace" the new health care reform law.

"No Republican is out there saying, take away the $40 billion in small business tax credits in this bill," he said. "What they are saying is, get rid of the $466 billion in subsidies to insurance companies that begin in 2014, and get rid of the $434 billion of federal dollars, plus hundreds of billions of dollars as state dollars for Medicaid expansion. Let us find a less costly way of solving this problem."

Rove said the expansion of Medicaid will not completely ramp up until 2017, and said the same about the expansion of the new insurance "exchanges" created by the law.

"But the pain starts now, with higher premiums, drug companies starting to raise prices to take care of the $2 billion in taxes they're going to get hit with next year," Rove said.

Rove also discussed the selection of Dick Cheney as Bush's running mate in 2000.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Brook

    Don't feed the Troll.

    March 25, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. I am the Great and Sociopathic Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    The definition of a "Concern Troll"

    Karl knows that the momentum is back with the Big "O" and the g.o.p. will be lucky to pick up any seats in either the House or the Senate.

    "If heath care fails, it will be Obama's Waterloo"

    Hey Karl, looks like Obama is the Duke of Wellington.

    March 25, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Does he believe that the Republicans can win back the house without a platform or any solutions as they have been the past several years?

    March 25, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    With a Republican majority in the house, what exactly can they do, nothing and they know this. Why, because President Obama will still be President and has the veto power %100 to %0 and hopefully, Karl Rove will be in prison. But then again the Republicans will probably want Rove as their candidate.

    March 25, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. A Real American

    In my town, the unhinged right keeps predicting they will win "the next election."

    And then, when they inevitably lose the next election, they shake their heads in bewilderment, and predictably wonder what's wrong with everybody else.

    We're seeing the same divorced-from-reality predictions (to be followed by the same failure to accept reality after the election) now at the national level.

    Fact: The health care reform bill is popular with the majority of Americans, and will continue to grow in popularity leading up to the 2010 and 2012 elections
    Fact: The Democrats will retain the House and Senate in 2010.
    Fact: President Obama will win re-election in 2012.
    Fact: The unhinged right will continue their struggle against reality.

    March 25, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Carmelle

    Keep thinking that. Your hate and your arrogance towards the 54% who voted for Dems and Obama, is making us see red!!


    March 25, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Debbie from AZ

    Oh please, enough already. I had way more than enough of Rove when Bush was ruining our country.

    March 25, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Jackalope

    What the heck does Karl Rove know about Americans?

    March 25, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. raingirl2

    Carl "Rogue" is projecting his angry views hoping that he can mesmerize the week minded poor people who don't know any better to follow this nonsensical gloom and doom mantra that he and others like him have used for decades to scare the crap out of feeble minded Americans. Well Mr. Rogue we are not buying your crap so find something else to use to program your sick thinking upon those who tend to listen to you and the rest of your hood rat friends who's only mission is to destroy the poor and middle class. we the people in my circles see through your smoke and mirrors we know what's best for us you only think that you do. we don't want or need the likes of you anywhere in politics you have made enough of a mess of this country step out of the picture and let someone else try and fix what you guys screwed up. Get the message poof!! be gone we are not listening to you and your BS.

    March 25, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. LG

    The contradiction here is so tiring....

    They criticized Clinton as a president who had no standards and changed his positions to fit the latest polls.

    Now they criticize Obama as a president who does what he thinks is right and does not cave to the polls.

    In today's hyper-political climate, there's nothing that Obama might do that the Conservatives would praise.

    March 25, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Tom from TX

    Let me see.....should I start shaking in fear now? This creep is not credible and is probably the creator of the GOP talking points used for all their Power Point presentations: #1 is "Use scare tactics" to sway the masses"!
    Just because a major portion of this country falls for the lies and exaggerations of the GOP, don't be fooled by the rest of us. The GOP has been a disgrace to our country and that's what I'd expect to see people finally realize.

    March 25, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. TM

    Isn't this the same ignorant bonehead that predicted a "permanent" Republican majority?

    March 25, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. sharon

    The Republican said American people are upset. Correction we are all American and not all are upset. We do not feed into lies, hatred and violence. Those people who are upset is very gulliable. They would rather listen to lies than get the facts. They are unable to comprend the truth. The Republicans are sitting back and laughing at these fools. The Repub. can't stand that a Black man have that much power also he is taxing the rich and is taking money out of their pockets instead of middleclass. but yet the american people is upset. Upset because we need more taxes. Are you that dumb???? WAKEUP you are only hurting yourself with these stupid antics. The rest of the world are just shaking their heads. Those Americans ought to be ashamed of themself and they called themselves Americans. (white female)

    March 25, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Mickey

    No, Karl...the Democrats are suffering the wrath of domestic terrorists such as yourself, and the GOP.

    March 25, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Hate Republicans

    Karl Rove needs to be punished, if there is a wrath it needs to end with Rove in a Coffin or in Prison

    March 25, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. frank in valparaiso indiana

    how can you tell when Karl Rove lies? When he opens his mouth.

    March 25, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The outlook for republicans is the same as what it was in 2008. Independents are beginning to see what republicans are all about.

    March 25, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Hate Republicans

    Go read Joseph Goebbels Speeches to the German People as they indicted hatred against the Jews

    It is exactly the same thing like the Republicans are doing

    These Republicans need to be punished for destroying this country

    Joseph Goebbels even said The "Jews should feel the Wrath of the German People"

    The Republicans are the Nazis, they need to be punished before they damage the USA any further

    March 25, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. DianeRPCFL

    KRove is deluded if he thinks people cannot connect the dots that Republicans do not give a hoot about the average American. After all, he is the father of the Republican political strategy built around their fundamental belief that Americans are generally a stupid bunch who will respond like Pavlov's dogs to a political platform built on fear and hate.

    March 25, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Linda from Minnesota

    If someone with the integrity of Carl Rove thinks what President Obama and the democrats did was wrong, It has to be the right thing to do. Like he is admired by anyone except the far right.

    March 25, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    Sunny for the RepubliCAN'TS??? You are DREAMING!!!

    The Democratic base is TIGHT and we're NOT out there acting ROWDY and threatening people. You think the little tea party rallies are telling the whole story – you are mistaken... We will be glad to meet you at the POLLS come 2010/2012.... Yes We Can!!!

    March 25, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" war can send 'em to the tomb

    That is why when President Obama said "Bring it On" today in the Iowa speech, we knew he was talking about America's domestic terrorist the "christian cabal".

    March 25, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. quincy of nashville

    These predictions feed his followers. Its time for this guy to fade into the background. In the end, we will be evaluating our position, our healthcare, and our future. What goes in politics will be way down on the list.

    March 25, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. carlos

    he was wrong on both wars and witness to the slaughter of our brave men and women in uniform....war criminal and stupid s o b

    March 25, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. ray

    look who is talking, hahahahah, hahahahah what an ...............................

    March 25, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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