Articles by Karl Rove

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.

The Dividends of Romney's Debate Victory

Wall Street Journal | October 11, 2012

How big an impact did Mitt Romney's performance in last week's debate have? Huge. Mr. Romney not only won the night, he changed the arc of the election—and perhaps its outcome.

Can We Believe the Presidential Polls?

Wall Street Journal | October 4, 2012

I've seen a movie like this one before. I was in my 20s and director of the Texas Victory Committee for Reagan-Bush. Our headquarters was in an old mortuary in Austin.

Obama's Biggest Opponent Is the Truth

Wall Street Journal | September 27, 2012

When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney in a Sept. 14 "Good Morning America" interview what he's learned about President Obama as a debater, the former Massachusetts governor replied, "I think he's going to say a lot of things that aren't accurate."