Rove is a lot like Trump in that he catches flak from conservatives as well as the mortal enemy -- liberals. I have poked at Rove, but always bearing in mind that he did help flip West Virginia in 2000 and he is a reason we finally flipped the Legislature in 2014. Small part. Hired Coddy Johnson and listened to Buck Harless. But there is more to like than dislike about the man.
So I hope this Politico report is true:
Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton.
But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors that it can help Trump win the White House and save Republican senators whose reelection bids could be jeopardized by having Trump at the top of the ticket.
The apparent warming of the American Crossroads super PAC and its sister groups to Trump has become evident in its recent communications with donors, including a Tuesday afternoon “investor conference call,” according to multiple sources familiar with the outreach.
The phone call — which featured Rove, Crossroads officials and a pollster — laid out swing state polling and electoral map analysis done by the group showing circumstances in which Trump could beat Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, in a general election, according to three sources briefed on the call.
One source, a high-level operative with the Koch brothers’ conservative advocacy network, characterized the conversation as heralding “a softening of the anti-Trump position” within the big-money GOP establishment. The source added of Crossroads’ stance on Trump, “It's not that they support him, only that if he's the guy, we can do something to stop Hillary.”Politics is math. the numbers are in Trump's favor.
Hillary has a hard core of 40 percent for and 40 percent against.
Trump's core is 30 percent for, but you really cannot say what his hard core against is, because he has not been a politician as long as she has. Sure, people know of him but they do not know him.
Rove is doing the numbers. Maybe he is thinking elect Trump president, and then deal with him. Sometimes the devil you don't know beats the devil you do.
Anyway, I want this over so I can get on with my book.