As former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove appeared on Fox News on Thursday night, he revealed why he’s “looking forward” to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) running for state governor, and it’s not for the reasons you would think.
Rove noted that O’Rourke has previously run unsuccessfully for the United States Senate and the Democratic presidential nomination, and that he will most likely fail in a bid for governor of Texas.
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“For the past year, he has been planning to run for governor,” Rove said. “He was also the captain in charge of the Democratic voter registration and turnout campaign.”
“This week, they released an autopsy report saying we don’t know how or why, but we lost the fight for voter registration to the Republicans who enrolled us with at least 88,000, and we lost the attempt to get the vote out,” he said.’
They were expecting the Senate race to win, to carry the state for Biden, to win at least three and maybe as many as seven Republican seats in Congress,” he added.”
“They’ve got none,” said Rove. “They expected to take control of the Texas State House of Representatives, but they made no gains at all. By double digits, they lost the Senate election. With a secure reelection, the president won.’
“That was Robert Francis O’Rourke’s handy job, so how do they reward that?” Rove went on. “They suggest that we run him for governor. Uh, God. The Democrats of Texas can’t keep their act together.
“I’m excited to see Robert Francis O’Rourke on the campaign trail since he’s only been out there for around a year and a half after his unsuccessful presidential campaign. For him, failure is the only thing that succeeds.”
Rove expressed concerns in the same interview that Trump would use his CPAC speech this weekend to say that the election was stolen from him once more.
“His last two speeches, on the 5th and 6th of January, would suggest that he was — ‘I’m furious.’ I was battered. The election had been stolen from me. I obtained 74 million votes, but they were stripped from me. People who are really poor in my faction. I will punish them and go after their fellow Republicans. I’m going to wage civil war on the United States.
If Trump heads down that path again, Rove says, “it’s going to be a very tough recovery.”