Karl Rove to Republicans: Don’t get cocky
By: Jonathan Topaz
April 29, 2014 11:43 AM EDT
Karl Rove said Tuesday that while President Barack Obama’s current low approval ratings may seem to bode well for the GOP in the November midterm elections, Republicans still need to present a positive alternative to the president’s agenda.
If “Republicans get cocky, think the election is over and think that all they need to do is to play it safe and beat up on Obama,” Rove said on Fox News, “Democrats are going to win more races than they otherwise should.”
Republicans, Rove said, instead need “to offer their own prescription, their own positive agenda for the future of the country.”
The Fox News contributor cited a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Tuesday that showed Obama’s approval ratings at a new low. The president also received low marks for his handling of the Affordable Care Act implementation and the events in Ukraine and Russia.
Rove said that the president’s poor ratings leave his party in worse condition than in the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans recaptured the majority in the House and took back six Senate seats.
“Democrats are in worse shape now then they were in October of 2010, when a tsunami hit them,” Rove said.