Karl Rove: Scandals Eroding Obama's Credibility

Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:07 PM

By Greg Richter

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The trio of scandals facing the White House hurt the administration's credibility, Republican strategist Karl Rove says.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rove said President Barack Obama is in part responsible for the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Obama set the tone in an address to college students when he called tax-exempt groups that engage in some political activity "a threat to democracy."

"I can imagine some low-level bureaucrat out in Cincinnati saying, "Boy, let's get revved up about this because the president says it’s a threat to democracy,'" Rove said.

Similarly, Obama's own words on Benghazi "got him into trouble," Rove added, when his U.N. Ambassador appeared on all five Sunday morning talk shows to say the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others was caused by an anti-Muslim video made in the United States.

"So credibility matters," said, pointing to a Pew poll that shows 37 percent of people paying attention to Benghazi controversy say Obama is being honest, while 40 percent say he isn't.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reportedly told senior staffers not to spend more than 10 percent of their time addressing the multiple scandals currently facing the administration.

"Good luck," said Rove, who was deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. "It will consume as much time as is needed."

"This narrative of the government not being able to get things done: It's not just the government can't get things done," Rove said, "it is President Obama cannot get things done.

Right after the November elections, he said, a Pew Charitable Trust poll showed 57 perecent of Americans thought Obama was able to get things done. After sequestration, failed budget deals and more 49 percent now agree Obama can get things done.

"I think this is going to get worse, not better," Rove said.

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