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Did Karl Rove have a point? Was the media rushing to call the election?

L.A. Times 2012/11/07 06:00:00
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Every election night has at least one standout television moment, and -- with all due respect to John King and his magical fingertips -- the clear winner Tuesday was Republican strategist Karl Rove, who staged a civil war on the air after Fox News called Ohio -- and therefore the entire election -- for President Obama.

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  • JoeBob Scruggs 2012/11/07 17:37:34
    No
    JoeBob Scruggs
    +21
    JoeBob bettin a lot of Rich Folks is pretty pissed off at the Ham head today. Billionaires don't like it when they don't get what they pay for. Time to can the ham Koch Suckers.

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  • Queen B 2012/11/10 21:16:27
    No
    Queen B
    The only point Rove has is on top of his head.
  • Heptarch 2012/11/10 21:01:35
    Yes
    Heptarch
    Sure they were. But it was the "scoop mentality", not any political bias.
  • flrdsgns 2012/11/10 01:27:31
    No
    flrdsgns
    Karl is just another butt hurt loser. Hopefully he will fade back into the woodwork and never be heard from again.
  • Gloria 2012/11/09 19:47:22
    No
    Gloria
    +2
    When President Obama won he won no matter what time it was. It's just that simple.
  • Mack 2012/11/09 17:04:57
    No
    Mack
    +1
    Rove got it wrong and it blew up in his face! I'm sure the big money contributors to the GOP want their money back!! Thanks Mr. Rove.
  • Dana 2012/11/09 16:21:23
    No
    Dana
    +3
    This guy has the credibility of OJ Simpson... he has fools who will bow down to him, but why? He is nothing more than a lying crook with a job at the most unethical "news" network in America.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/11/09 15:48:37
    Yes
    jackolantyrn356
    It was obvious an hour or so later Romney had won by 2 % points in the College, but it was all over then. You do the count
  • flrdsgns jackola... 2012/11/10 01:28:49
    flrdsgns
    +1
    By the time it was called for Obama, you were so drunk you wouldn't even remember.
  • Heptarch jackola... 2012/11/10 21:02:39
    Heptarch
    +1
    What the hell are you talking about? In what whacked out world did Romney win the electoral college?
  • dominick virgilio 2012/11/09 15:16:28
    No
    dominick virgilio
    +1
    THESE PHONY SO CALLED CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES LIKE ROE, HANNITY, LIMBAUGH PALIN CHIC-FIL-A THEY HATE ABORTION AND GAYS YET THEY SALUGHTER GODS ANIMALS FOR FOOD AS A CHRISTIAN VEGAN I HAVE BEEN JUMPING FOR JOY THAT THESE PHONIES HAVE TO PUT UP WUTH THE LIBERALS FOR 4 MORE YEARS , GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING GENESIS 1:29 IS HIS DIET FOR ALL TIME AND WE BETTER OBEY IT OR 1COR 3:17 WILL COME ON YOU
  • Debra S... dominic... 2012/11/09 19:27:56
  • Darr247 2012/11/09 14:23:18
    No
    Darr247
    +3
    He was stuck in his fantasy world and could not bear to believe he had wasted $270+ million of his Super-PAC's money trying to put the country's vehicle back in the ditch... but he's still glad he kept his $30 million cut (aka golden parachute) of the corporate bribes laundered through American Crossroads.
  • s2k 2012/11/09 14:04:21
    Yes
    s2k
    It seemed a bit quick although when they count all the military ballots that got "misplaced" by our postal service, Romney will still not have enough. Rove, Norquist, and the like need to step aside and let the new voice of Republicnism come through - personal safety, personal freedom, and personal responsibility (including financial). We can win with this. These are weaknesses for the left. We need a broader reach and stop worrying about Soros and trying to counter balance his ilk. We must again become the voice of reason.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/11/09 14:02:21
    Yes
    Marcus Clark
    +1
    Elections returns should not be broadcast until the last poll closes. The bandwagon effect actually favors the *presumed* winner.
  • Darr247 Marcus ... 2012/11/09 15:34:37
    Darr247
    +1
    NBC was the first to call it, at 11:12pm eastern time, after all the contiguous 48's polls had closed... your theory about the bandwagon effect doesn't seem to have helped Obama in the last hour of Alaska's voting. I doubt it changed much about Hawaii's, either, since he was born there.
  • Marcus ... Darr247 2012/11/11 00:01:48
    Marcus Clark
    I was checking several sites during the election and they were all calling States for one candidate or the other with less than 10% of that State's results reporting. There were active predictions (by the "news" reporters) of Obama winning with less than half the States called. And contrary to what some may expect, Fox was making those calls even before CNN, HuffPo, Google/AP or NPR.
    Your comment above is skipping over the whole process to final call of the winner.

    When I mentioned election returns above, that includes any reporting of results or presumed results (including exit polling) from the time the first polls open until the last polls close.
  • Heptarch Marcus ... 2012/11/10 21:04:57
    Heptarch
    That makes no sense. If a candidate is so far ahead in the electoral college that the race can be called before a given poll closes, no amount of votes at those polling places would matter. The election is, for all intents and purposes, finished whenever a candidate has won enough electoral votes.
  • Marcus ... Heptarch 2012/11/11 00:03:31
    Marcus Clark
    Since this comment is basically a parrot of the comment above, I just refer you to my reply to it. Click here
  • Heptarch Marcus ... 2012/11/11 00:32:58
    Heptarch
    The only two states that hadn't closed their polls were Hawaii and Alaska. Obama was always going to win Hawaii, Romney was always going to win Alaska. And neither state had any bearing whatsoever on the final outcome. Obama had already won.
  • Marcus ... Heptarch 2012/11/11 01:03:32
    Marcus Clark
    You still missed the point of what I wrote. Go back and read it again.
  • Heptarch Marcus ... 2012/11/11 02:16:31
    Heptarch
    "You still missed the point of what I wrote. Go back and read it again."

    Why? I've already read it and addressed it. There is no "bandwagon" effect either in theory or practice since both states were lost to one candidate and neither had any bearing on the election in general.
  • Marcus ... Heptarch 2012/11/11 07:31:44
    Marcus Clark
    IF you read it, you obviously didn't understand it. You definitely didn't address it. I didn't comment about 2 States. I commented about a majority of the States.
  • Heptarch Marcus ... 2012/11/11 11:23:57
    Heptarch
    The vast majority of states had already finished voting, Marcus. Those two were the only ones that had not.

    Your point was that the integrity of the election could be tainted if people saw from the news that their votes didn't matter. For every person outside Alaska and Hawaii, that was not true.
  • Thom Payne 2012/11/09 11:48:54
    No
    Thom Payne
    +3
    Turd Blossom is such a...well, turd blossom. All night long the networks were calling states for Rmoney when not a vote had been counted, but classifying states know to be solid blue as 'too early to call' to keep Rmoney either ahead or tied for most of the night to keep people watching.

    Case in point (I was watching NBC News), Texas and Minnesota closed at the same time. With 0% of the vote counted in Texas, they gave those 38 EVs to Rmoney and said that Minnesota was 'too early to call', despite the fact that every poll showed Obama a clear winner in the state.
  • twocrows 2012/11/09 10:43:34
    No
    twocrows
    +3
    of course he had to say that. he was sweating bullets as he anticipated the phone calls from very powerful people that were, right that moment, beginning to fill his voice-mailbox saying, "What the hey did you do with my money?????????"
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/11/09 10:12:36
    Yes
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    the news is for sheep especially MSNBC and Fox News
  • mrdog 2012/11/09 06:41:30
    Yes
    mrdog
    +1
    But it had nothing to do with the outcome...bark
  • imantrek 2012/11/09 06:38:02
    No
    imantrek
  • YOMOMMA 2012/11/09 06:12:09
    Yes
    YOMOMMA
    +1
    They had all the immigrants afraid they would be kicked out of the country if Romney wins. The media made Romney look like a rich, out of touch stuffed shirt. Anyway let's see how this plays out.
  • twocrows YOMOMMA 2012/11/09 11:04:59
    twocrows
    +1
    yeah - let's see how it plays out.

    hmmmmmm - Obama got 332 votes. he needed 270.

    uh - what is it you're waiting for again?
  • Darr247 YOMOMMA 2012/11/09 15:41:23
    Darr247
    +2
    Actually, Romney made himSELF look like that, just by being, well... a rich, out-of-touch, stuffed shirt.

    I'd like to know which walmart Ann's personal shoppers get his Brooks Brothers button-downs from, by the way.

    I can't wait to see what happens to the vehicles sitting at the top of the car elevators they'll be able to put back in the remodeling plans now, when the big one hits CA.
  • YOMOMMA Darr247 2012/11/09 18:25:16
    YOMOMMA
    Personal shoppers need a job too.bwahahahahahahah! Yikes!
  • Ann 2012/11/09 05:18:39
    Yes
    Ann
    +1
    Most of them are democrats, of course...
  • twocrows Ann 2012/11/09 10:46:12
    twocrows
    tell that to FOX which had just called the race for Obama when Karl made his statement.

    then duck.
  • C. C. Rider 2012/11/09 05:09:41 (edited)
    No
    C. C. Rider
    +3
    Karl Rove was wishing they were rushing that call. I am sure Romney was on his speed dial asking were was the election he was paid to steal. cartoon karl rove steal elelection
  • twocrows C. C. R... 2012/11/09 10:47:50
    twocrows
    +1
    and Romney isn't the only one. all those billionaires who had Rove on speed-dial were speed-dialing at that very moment. and he knew it.
  • Broken 2012/11/09 05:03:42
    Yes
    Broken
    +1
    The media is nothing more than a propaganda machine for all things Leftist. Of COURSE they are going to call the election for Mr. O quickly.
  • twocrows Broken 2012/11/09 10:49:51
    twocrows
    +1
    FOX had just done so.
    yep. those lefties on FOX were just all over Obama's win. couldn't wait to call it - - -
  • Broken twocrows 2012/11/09 13:26:53 (edited)
    Broken
    +1
    Like I said.....

    I just noticed how many responses you have made to people who made comments here. It almost seems you are more invested in making a point than the one who posted the question originally? Do you think you are really going to change anyone's mind with your snide comments? Or is this just the way you get yourself off?
  • twocrows Broken 2012/11/11 00:30:10
    twocrows
    so you are saying that FOX is liberal. i c.
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