Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mark Levin blasts Karl Rove

On his talk show, conservative talk show host, Mark Levin, was the latest to dump on The Architect.

"Get the hell off the stage already, will you pal? You’re a hanger-on. I don’t say this with any personal contempt. It’s just, enough is enough. We need fresh faces in politicians."

Levin has never been a fan of the establishment or Rove, but it's striking that Rove is now getting hit from all sides within the conservative movement.

Ken Vogel recently chronicled Rove's post-election woes, which center around the apparent impotence of his American Crossroads group to do much for the GOP last Tuesday (despite spending $300 million).

And Chris Cillizza pointed out that some GOP operatives who used revere Rove are now doing the unthinkable -- reviling him (if not openly).

“He has lost his mojo,” said one longtime and well connected Republican strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly about Rove. “He has become total spin, including spinning himself.”

But there are the exceptions to what's fast becoming the rule. The Washington Post's Ed Rogers wrote yesterday.

He wasn’t in charge of anything that cost us Republicans votes this year. Mitt Romney was never even his favorite. And he didn’t really know many of the drones that were part of the Romney old guard from Massachusetts — who were, at times, a little too eager to show they could win without Karl and put distance between themselves and Bush 43.

But despite all that, Karl did herculean work for the cause when he didn’t have to lift a finger.

There's no question Rove's aura took a hit one week ago, but you really can't blame him for Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock or Barack Obama's incumbency, ground game, and superior likability.

That being said, excuses don't write checks, and the big question is whether Crossroads can ever approach the gaudy financial numbers of the 2012 cycle again.