Karl Karl Rove, a former White House official, said on Thursday that the Democrats and Joe Biden's administration need to have a reality check regarding the president's role in last month's midterm elections.
In response to a memo sent by Mike Donilon, a White House official, Karl said that the Democrats' improved performance in the midterm elections was not due to the president's agenda or his actions.
"In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Karl noted that the Democrats' improved performance in the midterm elections was not due to the president's actions or agenda. Instead, he said, it was due to the Republicans' mistakes."
According to Karl, Democrats who avoided Biden's involvement were more successful in the elections. For instance, in Georgia, Sen. Raphael Warnock was able to win a close reelection after he highlighted his opponent Herschel Walker's competence and character. In Arizona, Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for governor, focused on local issues instead of Biden. Mark Kelly, a senator from Arizona, also blamed the vice president for the southern border's issues.
Karl also noted that the end-of-year rhetoric was influenced by three factors. One of these is the desire to distance the Democrats from the Roe v. Wade controversy, which he said led to their victories. The second is the belief that Biden will not be focused on governing in 2023 and instead will be campaigning for reelection. The third is that the country is past its "dark days" due to the declining inflation rate.
"In his column, Karl asked White House aides to stop trying to make Joe Biden look like a political colossus. He noted that the vice president has a 43.5% approval rating, and only 19% of Americans want him to run for reelection."
According to Karl, Biden would be hard-pressed to beat if he decides to run for president in 2020. He noted that Donald Trump was the only candidate who would be easy to beat.
In 2020, Biden and his team should create a new narrative that focuses on uniting the country, according to Karl. Instead of focusing on the 2020 presidential race, they should instead focus on bringing a sense of normalcy back to the country.
Karl also noted that the Republicans were able to gain significant victories in the midterm elections. For instance, in Ohio, the governor's race was won by the Republican, while the Senate seat went to the Republican. In Georgia, the only major victory for the Democrats was the election of Sen. Raphael Warnock, which helped them maintain their Senate majority.
Although the Democrats were able to gain control of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections, the Republicans were ableto win a total of 222 seats. The new Congress, which will be sworn in on January 3, 2023, will have a new majority of 247 members.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Washington Examiner.