GOP strategist Karl Rove went on Fox News today to argue that President Barack Obama "succeeded by suppressing the vote"—an argument that directly contradicts the conventional wisdom that Romney failed to appeal to non-white and female voters.
Rove argued that Obama won with a smaller popular vote and a smaller margin of victory than in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain. Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama "suppressed the vote" by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.
"President Obama has become the first president in history to win a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the first term," Rove said.