Now, you may think that voter suppression is an electoral tactic favored by Republicans, due to the fact that they worked so hard to suppress votes this past cycle. But Karl Rove believes it goes both ways.
The political strategist and super PAC heavy-hitter — who is currently on his I Didn't Lose $400 Million of Conservative Money media tour — explained to Fox News how the President engaged in a little voter suppression of his own…
Republican political strategist Karl Rove on Thursday claimed that President Barack Obama was re-elected because he was able to suppress voters.
During an appearance on Fox News, Rove claimed that Obama had not gotten more people to vote for him, compared to 2008. Instead, Obama successfully retained his 2008 supporters and convinced voters not to cast their ballots for his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
"He succeeded by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, 'You may not like who I am and I know you can't bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself,'" he said.
Whether that was Obama's winning strategy or not is open for debate. And I'm willing to concede that bumming potential Romney voters out was in all likelihood a sizable chunk of their game plan. But what's not open for debate is definitions of words. And the definition of voter suppression is not "making people not want to vote for your opponent." I don't know what that's a definition for, but it's probably something like being good at politics.
Now, if that New Black Panther guy who was opening doors for voters in Philadelphia only opened them up 3/5ths of the way for white voters, that would be an actual example of trying to suppress the vote. Also, it would be hilarious.
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