Top Links: Karl Rove faces his donors, conservatives take aim at GOP and how Republicans kept the House

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Cyclists ride on a beach passing by a sand sculpture congratulating U.S. president Barack Obama for a second term in office in Puri, India.
Cyclists ride on a beach passing by a sand sculpture congratulating U.S. president Barack Obama for a second term in office in Puri, India.
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Today is not a good day to be Karl Rove.

  • Karl Rove has to tell a room full of the GOP’s 1% donors today what happened to all the money they gave him. (Ken Vogel)
  • “[Karl] Rove spends more for Republican candidates than the NRSC and the NRCC. He’s running things,”[Republican strategist Rick] Tyler said. He added, “Rove is definitely a problem.” (Buzzfeed Politics)
  • “Some top donors privately unloaded on Romney’s senior staff, describing it as a junior varsity operation that failed to adequately insulate and defend Romney.” (The Washington Post)
  • The 1% and their money are soon parted, or: An accounting of how much this election cost “Job Creators.” (NBC News)
  • Why the GOP’s theory of the race—and which demographics would show up to the polls—was so, so wrong. (Burns & Haberman)
  • “The ideas that dominated the past four years won’t become more attractive [to Latinos] if all conservatives do is translate them into Spanish.” (David Frum)
  • Conservative think tank Heritage Foundation says Mitt Romney’s loss is “not a decisive defeat.” In other news, Waterloo is still too close to call. (Think Tanked)
  • Paul Ryan won his congressional seat – but by his smallest margin yet. (Smart Politics)
  • President Obama’s re-election was greeted with a protest and reports of racial slurs at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), 50 years after James Meredith became the first black student to enroll there. (Associated Press)
  • Why the President won most of the swing states—but the House configuration remained largely unchanged. (Dave Wasserman) and (Roll Call)
  • Your counterfactual of the day: President-elect Mitt Romney’s transition website. (Political Wire)
  • Election Night was also a disaster for the Florida GOP. (Tampa Bay Times)

Top Links: Karl Rove faces his donors, conservatives take aim at GOP and how Republicans kept the House

Updated