Everyone was talking about Attorney General Eric Holder and the IRS scandal on this week's Sunday talk shows. Issa made the biggest statement with a transcript that might show direction for Tea Party scrutiny came from Washington while also calling Jay Carney a "paid liar." Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer says immigration reform will pass the Senate on July 4!
The story reported right after the election was that Rove relayed the concerns of the Romney campaign on-air that night. But on Thursday, Ann Romney gave her first solo post-election interview, and she said it was Rove who'd been calling them that night, reassuring the Romneys they could still win.
Here's another smoldering ember in the IRS's Tea Party targeting kerfuffle: the same Cincinnati office responsible for giving some extra scrutiny to conservative "social welfare" groups applying for non-profit status also released confidential, pending applications to at least one media organization.
Rove writes today that Republicans have an "outside chance" of winning a majority in the Senate in 2014, as long as they don't nominate awful candidates who "self-destruct" like Akin and Richard Mourdock did last year. Here's an analysis of some of the most promising seats for the GOP to pick up, with an analysis of their Akin potential.
Here's the curious thing about the defenses of Bush during his legacy tour: rather than saying he did a good job as president, his allies are emphasizing that he had a really hard job.
Former Bush adviser Dana Perino made America cringe by rapping a response to Jay-Z's rapped defense of his trip to Cuba, following in the footsteps of many conservatives who have rapped before. They have never not made us cringe.
We were denied the sure-to-be-explosive on-camera face-off between NRA chief Wayne LaPierre and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, but they still fired shots at each other during their solo segments on the Sunday talk shows. Elsewhere, Rand Paul talked about his feelings on marijuana. Hint: He's a bit more mellow than you'd expect.
As the Republican party continues to re-evaluate itself this week, Rove's role is looking increasingly dangerous when you compare his predictions to the facts on gay marriage, the Iraq war, the 2012 election, and more.
The Speaker of the House talks with Martha Raddatz about the state of his relationship with the President, while Paul Ryan defends his budget from the criticisms that it's old, boring and a recycled campaign documents.
Now that the old white guy at the Pentagon is set to be confirmed, the online conservative media seems ready to target a female movie star, no matter how thin the evidence.
"GOP grassroots" can mean thousands of activists, drawn from Christian conservatives and Tea Partiers, gathering because they feel the the country and culture is drifting dangerously off course, or it can mean the paid consultants, like FreedomWorks, who think a video in which two female interns, one dressed as a panda and the other as Hillary Clinton, simulated oral sex, is hilarious.
The king of all geeks thinks the would-be king of all Super PACs is about to watch his house of campaign cards implode, which could actually lead to something of a Tea Party resurgence.
Washington might blame Mitch McConnell for this even having a chance to become a thing, but Karl Rove is blaming Hollywood — and he isn't backing off his Ashley Judd for Senate smear campaign.
Just when you thought Rove had taken back control of his own war on the Tea Party, the outspoken Iowa congressman sent a fundraising email to supporters today that, in very clear language, says Rove is trying to "bully" him out of running in 2014.
Fox News and the Republican Party, while still technically distinct entities, are moving to purge figures who are so controversial they're damaging the conservative brand. Even Dick Morris says he was wrong.
Karl Rove's American Crossroads has started a new group to make sure the 2014 Senate races produce zero Todd Akins. But it turns out some conservatives like Rove less than Akin.
Less than two days after the new pundit rules at Fox News surfaced, with special permission suddenly required for Karl Rove to appear on-air, Special Report with Bret Baier has booked him for Monday's show.
You have to give credit where credit is due: In a world where there are few consequences for appallingly bad pundit predictions, Fox News — not The New York Times, not ABC News, not CNN — is taking the lead in pundit accountability.
Less than a month after his strange, dramatic and sort of sad election night meltdown on air, Fox News is distancing itself from Karl Rove.
When Barack Obama won reelection by a wide margin, a lot of people thought it spelled the end for Karl Rove. The GOP's most dominant money man over the last decade was toast, everyone thought, but Rove is digging in his heels and preparing for a fight. He's not going anywhere.
We've all been waiting four years that special night in November—no, not the election. We're talking about The Daily Show's morning (well, evening if you want to be specific) after show: the night when we get to watch Jon Stewart watch Fox News implode: it's here, and it's delicious.
Two pundits have dominated the conversation (for different reasons) leading up to election day: Nate Silver and Karl Rove. They're both guessing a different outcome in 2012, but back in the heady days of the 2008 campaign they both predicted an Obama victory.
Karl Rove predicts that Mitt Romney will win at least 279 electoral college votes, and 51 percent of the popular vote to President Obama's 48 percent in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. But it's a very different prediction than the one Rove has been making on his own website.
Americans will get a second helping of Clint Eastwood's endorsement of Mitt Romney, but this time it's more serious, and does not involve talking to chairs.
If Mitt Romney wins, the $1 billion conservative super PACs raised this election will be seen as money well spent. If he loses, there will be a fight among the biggest groups over which one made the most effective ads and who gets to be the "shadow boss" of the Republican Party.
Two conservative nonprofits, one started by GOP strategist Karl Rove and the other backed by billionaire Koch brothers, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together.
Karl Rove doesn't want it to be this way. He doesn't want outside groups like his own to have so much power.
Ed Gillespie went on State of the Union to explain that Romney "retired retroactively" from Bain in 2002, while a former Bain parter appeared on MSNBC to explain that it was a management board who ran the company while he was gone. Elsewhere: Republicans complain about Obama's ads while Democrats tell them to stop whining.
The Romney campaign packed up their things for a weekend getaway in Park City, Utah, where top campaign supporters got to mingle with some of the GOP's mast famous faces, including runaway comedy star of the weekend Karl Rove.
Karl Rove is absolutely delighted at the Obama campaign's burn rate -- how many millions more dollars it's spending than it's bringing through fundraising -- six month before the election. But is this a sign of a campaign struggling or a campaign hard at work?
When news broke that Commerce Secretary John Bryson was involved in two car crashes just minutes apart this weekend, Karl Rove's Super PAC American Crossroads clearly felt the news gods were shining upon it.
President Obama and the RNC debate whether Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a silly person., Obama attacks Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor, and Karl Rove's Super PAC complains Obama is being too mean too early.
Today in Ad Watch: Karl Rove tries the soft sell on swing voters using a little CGI, while President Obama and Mitt Romney fight for reporters over Bain Capital.
Karl Rove thinks the proposed Jeremiah Wright attack ad was a "stupid" idea on Fox News Sunday; Paul Ryan defends his budget and dodges a question over whether or not he's being considered as Mitt's running mate on Meet the Press.
The general election has begun! And so has the onslaught of campaign ads. Which ones succeed? Which fail? In Ad Watch, we review them as they come out. Today: Karl Rove makes a joke about Obama's new slogan, a Vermont candidate jokes about a 1984 ad, and Mitt Romney saves a teen.
Forgive us for asking, but do you even know the name of the Swiss electronica band who sang that "Oh Yeah" the song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off that they swear is in Karl Rove's janky, and much-talked-about Obama attack ad?
The general election has begun! And so has the onslaught of campaign ads. In today's Ad Watch: Bill Clinton makes the case that only President Obama can make tough national security decisions, while Karl Rove makes the case that Obama's an empty suit.
Mitt Romney and President Obama are pretty close in national polls, but what really matters is who's winning in the right states. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Karl Rove wasn't mad when Dmitry Medvedev scoffed that Mitt Romney's claim that Russia was our "No. 1 geopolitical foe," sounded like a 1970s Hollywood movie -- he was inspired.
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