I have to say, it does just really warm my heart to see poor old Karl Rove get his blood pressure up when things aren't going his way, and it looks like Donald Trump and his ego have managed to do just that with this dog and pony show of a debate he's going to be moderating right around the holidays.
As Mediate noted, Rove made several appearances on Fox this Monday, the latest of which was with Greta Van Susteren which can be viewed above, and lashed out at Trump for putting the GOP presidential candidates in the position of feeling like they don't have much choice but to attend Trump's publicity stunt and openly opined about how much damage it might do to the candidacies of anyone Trump has it out for, and that does go ahead and agrees to show up for this fiasco.
Rove didn’t hide his feelings about the debate from the beginning of the segment, explaining that in Trump, “We’ve got a guy who is not only saying ‘I’m going to make a decision on who I’m going to endorse shortly after this debate and I’m already leaning someway, and I may run myself’ and we expect him to be the impartial moderator? Could you imagine what would happen if MSNBC hosted a debate and the moderator said ‘I’m going to endorse…’ Nobody would show up!”
Van Susteren argued that a similar situation arose when PBS’s Gwen Ifill moderated a general election debate in 2008 despite having written a book on then-Senator Barack Obama, a situation in which, Rove countered, “all heck broke loose.” There was also the matter that Trump had controversial positions and didn’t have any experience in journalism. “Is Mr. Trump going to ask the candidate whether they agree with him that Barack Obama was not born in the United States… that George W. Bush is ‘evil’?”
Rove went on to argue that Trump was “not a newsman” and that “he could do a lot of damage to somebody.” “I think it’s just odd,” he continued, then suggesting that “everybody’s going to bust up their holidays” to go to the debate and it would still have “the smallest viewership of any one of the debates this year.”
While that's true, Rove knows the sound bytes from those that do record it won't be going away any time soon.