March 25th, 2010
07:40 PM ET
13 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. emmie

    So once again I suppose Rove has the "magic math" that tells him this. I somehow think it will end up the way the last election did–Rove was so wrong. Once people quit listening to the lies from Fox and Hannity and Limbaugh, they will like what they see in this health care plan and thank the Dems for getting it done. What a crazy thing to be protesting: children covered until they're 26, no pre-existing conditions for children, no life time caps. Tea Baggers: 95% of you got a tax cut under President Obama–what in the world are you screaming about? Get educated!

    March 25, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. ib

    he's right; the right thing to do is get even in Nov. Remember in Nov. vote them out.

    March 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. annie against biased news

    The only threat being made to this lying bunch of demmies by the Tea Party or anyone else is See you at the Polls in November on Rejection Day!

    March 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Jim

    I hope he's right and they do get in as the majority. It will be fun to watch them tear down everything done by the democrats.
    Also can't wait for the repeal of the Federal Employees Health plan they get at taxpayers expense, Social Security and Medicare, along with more tax cuts for millionaires.
    Just can't wait.

    March 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Steve in Denver

    Good luck with that, you lying piece of dog turd.

    I'm hoping that the vast majority of your following will wake up one day and realize that the sky isn't falling. They'll realize that there are no "death panels," Obama isn't telling their doctor how to treat them, they can't have their health insurance cancelled because they got sick. They will say, gee, I wish the government would be between me and my insurance company, becuase it stinks to have the insurance company between me and my doctor. They will realize what a great thing has been done for this country despite all your lies, all your inciting people.

    I hope they will hold you accountable someday for your lying. Your days of fooling people is long gone.

    Turdblossom, indeed.

    March 25, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. LouieD

    You never know, Rove. Keep pushing peoples' buttons with your incendiary talk and it might be YOU who ultimately suffers a "wrath."

    March 25, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. kravitz

    Did he give you this interview after faxing Clyburn?

    March 25, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Recreator

    A prison cell is waiting for Mr. Rove, if there is any justice in this land.

    March 25, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. dan smith

    Time to vote out all Communist liberals.

    March 25, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. MCD

    "But the pain starts now, with higher premiums...." He makes it sound like insurance premiums are only just now going to go up and it is because of this bill. Come on! Premiums have been through the roof and rising. Give me a break!

    March 25, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Regina P

    No one cares about your predictions, Karl. Go crawl back under the rock you slimed out from.
    I predict that once the dust settles, it will be revealed that only a minority of loud, loony tea bag types were responsible for all the bigotry and harassment. I for one support our president and the health care reforms he has enacted.

    March 25, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. CMG

    If Karl's lies ever really surface, he as well may suffer the wrath. '

    March 25, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. JonDie

    Republicans are terrorists...just like bin Laden.

    March 25, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. joel palmer

    absolutely noone cares what this fat traitor thinks

    March 25, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Ahh the top scumbag maker speaks

    March 25, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Republicans are Americas Taliban

    In Rove's wildest dreams he HOPES Democrats will suffer because of the Health Care Reform passage but he like many other Repugliban are begining to realize is that this has become the Waterloo of the Repugliban party, not the other way around and now what has gone around is going to come around and they are Soo afraid of reaping what they have sown, too bad, could not happen to a more deserving party. If there was any advantage going to the Repugliban this November they have wasted it away in stupidity and must now pay the Piper, The Democrats have won, the Repugliban have lost even more.

    March 25, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Pete

    You could suffer the wrath of the people too, Turd Blossom. You and Cheney are the real reason American politics is in the crapper. There hasn't been such evil advising a sitting ruler since Rasputin.

    March 25, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |

    Wishful thinking Rove, the senate race in Mass. didn't reveal anything. That was a politician who tried to ride on the coat tail of Ted Kennedy and it back fired. Republicans will have to fight just as hard as the Dems. Americans are watching this boiling pot brewing that you wingnuts are causing

    March 25, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. petena

    Rove: What do you know. Did you also predict McCain would be president. Get real!

    March 25, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    1. Two republican wars that bankrupt the nation, one of which is an illegal war against a soveriegn nation that had nothing to do with 9/11.
    2. Banks wrote legislation and brought it to the republicans who "rammed" it through congress. This was the bankruptcy laws which took away the rights of many Americans leaving loopholes for business and the wealthy.

    and rove has the nerve to suggest the liberals will feel the wrath of Americans. What kind of rhetoric is this?

    March 25, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. TCM

    haha...COULD? No, Karl, it's WHEN...and that's November.

    March 25, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. GaryB

    I think once people realize that health insurance form has passed and Grandma isn't being dragged to the gas chamber, they're going to wonder what the Republican congressman were so exercised about. Then, hopefully, they'll be smart enough to follow the trail of the bulk of the Insurance lobby money, and they'll see why these bought and paid for Republicans were really against reform.

    March 25, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. ThisAintNoFlowerChild

    Yes, Karl Rove, Democrats "could" suffer the wrath of the perpetually angry/whiny/negative/cowardly/fearful Republican party, but in fact, Republicans WILL suffer the wrath of the MORE self-controlled and LESS-vocal/violent/borderline-insane, but every bit as passionate and angry Democrats/Liberals/Progressives. Your ship has sailed, you angry old bitter fruit. There's will NEVER be "repeal, replace, reform" BY the GOP b/c the GOP has no clue HOW to reform. They are the reason this country is in the craphole it's in and only complete idiots (the Limbaugh crowd–clinging to an illusion of the Republican Party that has long since ceased to exist) don't understand. GOP is no longer even remotely "small gov't" and proved that in its recent 8-year reign of terror. Only the absolute brain-dead believe otherwise.

    March 25, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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