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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Rove warned the GOP about Latinos

(Tony Gutierrez - AP)
The GOP uproar over Tuesday’s debacle — so reminiscent of the Dems implosion after John Kerry’s 2004 shellacking — has focused on political strategist Karl Rove and the $400 million he spent, detractors say wasted, on useless TV spots for Romney.

But don’t forget that it was Karl Rove who warned repeatedly years ago that Republicans needed to reach out to Latinos in order to remain competitive. And his former boss, President Bush II, picked up a healthy chunk of Latino support.

Any presidential candidate who mentions the phrase “self-deportation” — infuriating Latinos and driving up turnout — will find it difficult, if not impossible, to win.

Some of the initial Republican fury over the voters’ incomprehensible ignorance naturally tended to be somewhat incendiary.

“We are in a war. We’re in a war to save this nation,” Michael A. Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action, an arm of the Heritage Foundation, said in a video message.

And highly regarded conservative legal analyst Ed Whelan, weighed in on the National Review Online Web site with this: “Great nations rise and fall. Anyone who takes for granted our country’s continued vitality is a fool.

“As I see it,” he continued, “last night’s elections confirm my fear that the great American experiment in constitutional republicanism is in grave peril, if not doomed. I very much hope that I’m wrong, and I will continue to work to prevent my fear’s ever being realized, or at least to defer as long as possible the date of the grand and awful collapse, but the fundamentals look terrible.”

Well, the GOP still controls the House. And Republicans — especially if they stop nominating Mourdocks and Akins — should be able to retake the Senate in a couple of years. And by then the duck will be quite lame.

So not to worry.

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