Articles by Karl Rove

Obama Needs a New Second-Term Approach

Wall Street Journal | December 27, 2012

President Barack Obama wasn't in the Christmas spirit during recent discussions with Speaker John Boehner to avoid the fiscal cliff.

According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, when Mr. Boehner asked what he would get for offering $800 billion in new tax revenues, the president responded, "You get nothing," adding, "I get that for free."

Boehner Plays a Weak Hand Well

Wall Street Journal | December 20, 2012

Since the election, House Speaker John Boehner has emerged as that Washington rarity, the adult in charge. To keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff, he has dealt with a president uninterested in compromise while leading a GOP House caucus understandably reluctant to concede much to that president.

What Obama Is Really Bargaining For

Wall Street Journal | December 13, 2012

As the country waits to see if Washington avoids plummeting over the "fiscal cliff," let's consider what President Obama's demands reveal about his motivations.

The Political Risks of Cliff-Diving

Wall Street Journal | December 6, 2012

President Barack Obama has clear advantages in the public-opinion contest over the fiscal cliff. He recently won re-election, Democrats increased their Senate majority and the GOP controls only the House. In the Nov. 25 ABC News/Washington Post poll, 60% of respondents said they support "raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year," the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's approach.

The Outlines of a Budget Deal Are Obvious

Wall Street Journal | November 29, 2012

With a big assist from Ohio, the president clinched a second term after a tough fight. In his victory statement, he pledged to "continue our economic progress" and see "our servicemen and women . . . come home." There were high hopes and a belief he had a mandate.

The year was 2004, and the president was George W. Bush.

The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP

Wall Street Journal | November 15, 2012

The GOP is undergoing the type of re-examination that occurs whenever a party loses. That useful exercise should be guided by facts. Here is some of what we know.

The President's 'Grand Bet' Pays Off

Wall Street Journal | November 7, 2012

In a difficult political environment, President Barack Obama charted an unusual and impressive course to victory, defeating Mitt Romney by 2% (50% to 48%).

Sifting the Numbers for a Winner

Wall Street Journal | October 31, 2012

It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney.

Strategies for the Stretch Run to Nov. 6

Wall Street Journal | October 25, 2012

This year's presidential election was transformed between the first debate's opening statements in Denver and the closing statements in Boca Raton. As a result, most of the negative impressions created by the Obama campaign's five-month, $300-million television advertising barrage were destroyed.

Obama Won the Debate but Is Losing the Argument

Wall Street Journal | October 18, 2012

Americans on Tuesday night watched what was the most ferocious presidential debate ever. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney circled and interrupted each other, jabbed fingers, got into each other's space, and exchanged verbal body blows for 90 minutes at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.