Rove: 'Embracing' Wall St. Protests Will Cost Obama Votes

Friday, 14 Oct 2011 04:52 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Karl Rove says it is ironic that President Barack Obama blames Republicans for America’s employment crisis when he couldn’t get even his American Jobs Act through the Democratic Senate. The former presidential adviser also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday that Obama embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement is going to cost the president votes, and Herman Cain's surge might be temporary.  
 
“The president is there blaming the Republicans when it’s the failure of the Democratic Senate leader to be able to get this [jobs] bill through,” Rove said. “I mean, look, the incompetence of the administration, and its failures are in several different areas: There [are] failures of policy — the stimulus bill didn’t work; the Affordable Care Act, every promise about healthcare reform has turned out not to be true. There is the president’s own personal leadership failures: Here’s the man who lead us to believe that he would change the tone in Washington — and we thought it would change for the better, not for the worse.

“There are problems with the execution — the blocking and tackling of the administration. And then finally, there [is] the political ineptness of the administration.” he said. “This week, you know, going out and embracing the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which you know, I think is going to cost him credibility with the exact voters that he needs — swing independents, business-oriented Democrats, and culturally conservative blue-collar voters that he needs in order to win in 2012.”

Rove told Hannity the Occupy Wall Street Movement is dominated by a “toxic group.”

“Look, I mean, this is a group that’s dominated by kooks: We have anarchists, we have Socialists, we have LaRouche, we have an anti-Semites,” Rove said. “This is a toxic group that doesn’t really know what it wants that’s been infiltrated by extreme elements that do know what they want.”

Turning to the GOP presidential race, Hannity asked Rove whether Herman Cain — whose numbers have surged in recent polls — can sustain his momentum.

“You know, we’ll see — but I doubt it — we have seen the Trump surge, the Bachmann surge, the Perry surge,” Rove said. “I think what matters is: What is the status of the polls in the early states and how strong and effective is the organization that the candidate is building — both in the early states and then financially — in order to have the resources to convey the message.

“And this is where Cain — who has drawn passion and enthusiasm from his debate performances — I think is coming up short. He’s not been raising much money — he will probably step up that pace now because of the Internet and so forth — but I am mystified,” he continued. “The guy . . . did four stops in Texas — today, I think he’s on a bus between going around Western Tennessee, which votes on March 8. I mean, he needs — if he’s serious about this — to be spending virtually every waking moment he can in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada.”

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