The gas bag called Karl Rove, an “analyst” for Fox News, seemed on the verge of exploding last night. President Barack Obama had just been declared the victor in Ohio — even by Fox News — which meant that he had won re-election. Rove insisted that the Ohio call was premature, and he spent much of the next hour trying to convince his fellow talking heads that returns from the final precincts could still put Mitt Romney over the top in Ohio.
The gas bag was deflated before viewers’ eyes as reality kicked in and he realized his arsenal of dirty tricks and the record sums he helped raise through American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies hadn’t won the day for Romney.
While discussing the matter with and without Rove, Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly and the gang didn’t mention the possible connection between Rove’s obstinacy and the fact that he was the key player behind efforts by millionaires and billionaires to buy the election. What a surprise. This would have raised embarrassing questions about their own credibility — questions such as what the hell are you doing in the same studio with this guy?
Progressives don’t have many reasons to smile, but this is one: There were just enough discerning voters out there who realized Romney was poison, despite the best efforts of a right-wing Supreme Court (the Citizens United decision), voter-suppressing Republican governors and creepy propagandists like Rove.
Update: Thank God, all is well between Rove and the rest of Fox’s on-air “talent”:
Karl Rove has made nice with Fox News following a night of media meta-mockery… [Rove’s confrontation with Fox’s “decision desk”] became an awkward moment of frustration on the cable outlet — and it didn’t go unnoticed on rival station MSNBC…
…“I don’t mean to cross-advertise here, but I want to note that conservative cable news network Fox News Channel – Fox News Channel called Ohio for Obama, but the on-air talent is refusing to concede that they believe it,” Rachel Maddow said Tuesday night.
Quipped Chris Matthews, “Can you define that word ‘talent’ for the people who are not in this industry? They happen to have positions. It doesn’t say anything about their quality.”