Karl Rove, the political mastermind behind the George W. Bush White House, has resuscitated his political career since appearing before a grand jury five times in connection with the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Now he runs Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, two political organizations that could spend $1 billion combined to promote Republicans during the coming election. Bloomberg Businessweek magazine recently dubbed him "King Karl" in a cover article.
Congressman Akin suggested that women's bodies could naturally prevent a pregnancy during what he deemed a “legitimate rape.” He has subsequently apologized for his remarks but vowed to carry on his campaign despite a hail of criticism from inside the GOP.
“Well, it’s unfair, I get that,” Rove said of the process of removing a candidate after the party primary. “But [what Akin said] was also incredibly wrong and there’s no recovering from it. It would have been one thing if he made some minor misstatement. But this is pseudoscience and morally incomprehensible.”
He thinks the party can still win the seat – seen as the easiest for the GOP to win from a Democratic incumbent before Akin’s implosion – if Akin does withdraw before the Sept. 25 deadline.
“If Republicans nominate a credible candidate they will leap into the lead and beat Claire McCaskill handily,” Rove said of the Democratic incumbent.
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