There's almost nothing a Republican can do that Karl Rove can't put a positive spin on. Yet, in an interview with Politico, he didn't break out a white board to demonstrate how Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remark was actually good for everyone all around:
“I think he’s better served saying, ‘I’ve said what I said, I’m worried about [the] culture of dependency and that’s why I’ve got [a] plan for the middle class’ and just go to that,” said former George W. Bush adviser and American Crossroads co-founder Karl Rove.
Rove, emphasizing that Romney has “plenty of time,” offered caution about using the 47 percent figure, noting that many such Americans who don’t pay income taxes are part of the GOP coalition.
“A lot of people who get a Social Security check paid into that their entire lives and they’re plenty wired up about the deficit and there are lots of people getting an unemployment check who would love to have a job, so you’ve got to be careful about that number,” said the Bush strategist.
And there you have it. Regardless of whether what Romney said is 100 percent factual, if even Rove can't make it shine, it wasn't a politically smart statement.