Republicans In Free Fall as 67% of Voters Disapprove of Karl Rove’s Hillary Clinton Smear


Per a new ABC-Washington Post poll released on Wednesday, it appears that Republican strategist Karl Rove’s plan to hurt former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by questioning both her health and age has completely backfired on him and the GOP. Earlier this month, it was revealed that, while on stage during a conference, Rove claimed that Clinton suffered a “traumatic brain injury” in 2012 and that it was possible she’d sustained some brain damage. After the New York Post ran the story, Rove decided to run with it, doubling-down on the smear of Mrs. Clinton and getting some of his buddies at Fox News to push the story along.

On top of that, Rove has also pointed out Clinton’s age and has said that questioning her age, along with her health, is completely fair game. Earlier this week, while on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Rove called Clinton “old and stale” and claimed that voters were looking for something new and fresh. This is especially rich coming from a man who has been in the political game for some 40 years now. It appears that people like Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee are the ‘fresh’ faces that Americans are looking for, per Rove. However, Clinton is just old news.

Anyway, per the poll released on Wednesday, a full 67% of registered voters disapproved of Rove’s strategy. Only 25% approved of Rove using the media to openly question whether Clinton is capable of being President due to her age and health. Obviously, a huge majority of Democrats disapproved of Rove’s plan, with 84% responding unfavorably. However, even Republican voters aren’t enamored with it. Only 45% approved of Rove’s game plan, while 46% felt negatively about his Clinton comments.

The poll also shows that Hillary Clinton is still a very popular choice for President in 2016. 52% of registered voters, and 55% of all adults, support her candidacy. She has a net positive of 9 points with registered voters and a whopping 16 points will all adults. At the same time, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, scored a very high approval rating in this poll. 63% of those polled hold a favorable view of the ex-President, while only 32% see him in a negative light.

Overall, this strategy by Rove, that the GOP has recently tried to adopt, has been a total failure. By bringing up Clinton’s age and health as negatives, they have made voters feel sympathetic for an already popular Presidential candidate. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was on Meet the Press this Sunday and tried to run with this strategy. This poll will probably act as a wake up call to GOP leadership that this is an awful, awful, awful direction to go in when it comes to running against Hillary Clinton. It should also serve as further confirmation that Karl Rove should be cast aside. There is no reason to heed advice from Karl Rove.

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15 Replies to “Republicans In Free Fall as 67% of Voters Disapprove of Karl Rove’s Hillary Clinton Smear”

  1. “This poll will probably act as a wake up call to GOP leadership…”
    I believe you are giving the GOP leadership too much credit. Learning from their mistakes is not one of their strong suits.

  2. I would predict that they will only double down on their stupidity. It’s all they have. Fake scandals and bad mouthing the opponent.

    I think people in general regardless of their political affiliation are fed up with the negativity. They want results. They want jobs, benefits, etc.. All of which you don’t hear any of the repubs talking about.

    The winds of change are coming. They just refuse to see it.

  3. Karl! Psst! KARL!! Ppppssssssstttt!!!!

    “O-HI-O!!” No one hears a loser…even those on Faux Noise know enough to spot a saggy flanked looooosssseeeerrrr! Hang it up, has been!

  4. Note to Karl –

    We STILL don’t care about the blowjob, either.


    The Vast Majority of Voters

  5. It looks like the same 30-35% willing to accept the GOP line. It’s about the same percentage no matter how ridiculous or sleazy the current BS offered up by the right wing extremists.

    Soooo… 35% of the American populace is brain dead and that is the republican base.

    Hard to see how they plan to win any election if that is the best they can do.

  6. It looks like the GOP can’t brain-wash the American people anymore. The people are starting to see what they really stand for. Rove is the best things that ever happened to the Democrats.

  7. KKKarl is losing his touch. He relies too much on Fox news, who in the past had very good CABLE ratings. That would surmise about 2 million viewers. I think that viewership is falling.Two million is a very small number compared to 315 million in the USA. They know going in the 25 to 35% are going to be GOP all the way, it is the 65 or better they are failing with. Sure, they will win the gerrymandered shit all day, but national elections are not within their graso for at leat two generations, at the rate they are going.

  8. I wish that change was in 2014. Repubs will do all they can to continue disgusting ways for the next 2 years.

  9. How Rove and GWB won the Texas governorship in 1994 over an extremely successful and highly popular first term governor named Ann Richards baffles my mind still. They won by using the most nasty garbage tactics I have ever witnessed. The things they made up about Ann was pure trash propaganda. The fact a women governor beloved by the people of Texas with approval ratings over sixty percent lost to these two criminals is still mystifying to me.

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