The general election is pretty much on now, and former Bush “brain” Karl Rove is ready to play.
His conservative super PAC, American Crossroads, already launched a $1.2 million ad buy in several key state across the country, hoping to influence some senate races that could potentially decide which party ends up in control in November. Hitting Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and Montana, Rove makes it clear exactly what swing states are going to need a helping hand in order to get a win.
EMILY’s List, who notes that two of the five states are currently served by women senators, won’t let the states go without a fight. In a fundraising pitch, the group writes, “[A]t the top of [Rove's] list: Nevada, where EMILY’s List candidate Shelley Berkley is looking to unseat a GOP incumbent, and Missouri, where Republicans desperately want to get rid of our own Claire McCaskill. We can’t let that happen. These are must-win races for the GOP, and we cannot let Rove’s vicious attack ads go unanswered!”
And now, Rove is once more coming for President Barack Obama. The group has already spent over $12 million in the general election, and now they have prepared a new prong in their attack. Calling him a “celebrity,” the group has a new video that highlights him as more media icon than leader of the nation. “Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads is up with a video which strings together clips of President Obama dancing, singing, drinking a beer and “slow-jamming” the news. The tagline: ‘After 4 years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?’”
As First Read notes, we’ve seen this all before — yes, it’s the 2008 race all over again.
So what’s with all the nervousness from Rove? Apparently, he’s pretty concerned about the GOP prospects for 2012, especially in the presidential race. “Karl Rove‘s latest electoral vote forecast finds President Obama with 220 votes and another 64 votes which “lean Obama.” Mitt Romney has 93 votes with another 79 which “lean Romney.” The remaining 82 votes are “toss ups.”
And when Obama performs well in a state, the other Democrats on the ticket do well, too.
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