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Rove: Obama's grand bet paid off

News Withheld Until After Election
Apparently, unbeknownst to the American public, on November 1st, the Iranians fired at an unarmed American drone flying in international waters. The incident was not made public until two days after the election. Critics of the president have claimed Obama deliberately withheld any announcement of the attack until after the election to avoid exposing the failure of his foreign policy. Additionally, the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August food-stamp data. One glance at the number reveals why: at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year. And now, according to it appears the White House, with concurrence by the FBI and Justice Department, held off on asking for Petraeus' resignation until after the election. His resignation occurred three days after the election, avoi ding the possibility that Obama's ill-fated appointment of Petraeus could become an issue in the election. "There is a lot of this stuff coming out now...a ton of it!" Sean said kicking off Monday's show.
The President's 'Grand Bet' Pays Off
Karl Rove joined Sean in the show's final hour to defend and explain his positions and intense reactions on Fox during the coverage of the polls on election night. Rove explained that the president's team ran a focused, disciplined ground game to identify all Obama supporters from 2008, hold them in line, and turn them out this year. While the president appears to have converted very few supporters of Sen. John McCain, he did get at least 92% of the votes he received in 2008. America's shifting demographics - fewer whites, more young people and minorities - were just enough for the president. Mr. Obama was ruthlessly efficient in executing what his campaign manager, Jim Messina, told the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza was "a grand bet" - an early negative campaign that started in May and targeted Mr. Romney's character, business ethics and wealth. A massive volunteer army armed with these same arguments then worked in the fall to convince family, neighbors and friends to support Mr . Obama. This strategy required money, lots of it. Team Obama convinced the president to attend a record-shattering 220 fundraising events over 20 months, with the campaign and Democratic National Committee raising around $900 million. To listen to Sean's entire interview with Karl Rove, please click here.

Newt On What's Next For The GOP
Last week's election results has made Newt Gingrich and many long time Republicans wonder what exactly the future holds for the GOP. Newt, who joined Sean via the NewsMaker Hotline, believes that much of the problem with the party lies in the the establishment. We need more brave Republicans to take the lead and stand up to those who feel they should control our ability to make our own decisions. Newt also believes that demographics are changing across the country and that many people have been mislead to believe that Republican values clash with their own. However, many of the values held by the Latin American and Asian communities, i.e. faith based and family centered values, are directly in line with the Republican message. Listen to Sean's entire radio conversation with Newt Gingrich here.

Show Guests

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Peter King

Peter T. King (born April 5, 1944) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of New York, currently the United States Congressman for the state's 3rd Congressional District. Along with Chris Lee, who represents New York's 26th congressional district, King is one of only two Republicans to represent the state of New York at the federal level. King was considered a possible candidate for United States Senate in 2010, but has decided to run again for his congressional seat. However, in January of 2010, King said he was reconsidering a Senate run.