Let me say up front that I have always thought that Karl Rove is a brilliant man. I realize he is reviled by the left as a partisan hack. This is not true at all. He clearly is conservative and I doubt many people spend much time wondering who he votes for. With this said, he is an analyst and he takes that seriously. If people would have watched him closely throughout this election, they would see that he takes Republicans to task just as much as he does the Democrats. While he is partisan in his views, he is brutally honest and nonpartisan in his analysis.
Further, the obvious comparison for Rove is with his Democratic counterpart, James Carville. If one takes away the media hype of him being a genius and examine his record, he doesn't have nearly the track record of Rove.
Karl Rove advised two successful Presidential campaigns, the second one when Bush's popularity was slipping. Carville won one. He is falsely credited with Bill Clinton's second campaign and he did not work on it. Further, he worked on two losing campaigns. He was a last minute adviser to John Kerry and an adviser to Hillary Clinton's losing campaign for the Democratic nomination.
The Republicans one 3 of 4 Congressional campaigns during the time Mr. Rove was advising the party. Two of the campaigns bucked historical trends for the sitting President losing Congressional seats. Mr. Carville helped President Clinton keep control of Congress in 1992 after which he stopped advising.
The point of all of this is that Karl Rove does not get the credit he deserves as a political analyst and adviser, primarily because of the media. I think the most likely reason is because as much as the left hates him, they fear him more. He has been effective and he has spent most of the last 8 years frustrating them.
All of this, in my mind lends credibility to this article by him. In the article History Favors Republicans in 2010, Mr. Rove makes a good case for the GOP having a good year in 2010, with the obvious caveat that it depends on how they proceed from here.
I will let the words of Mr. Rove speak for themselves and just say, the fight is not lost, we just lost a skirmish. So keep up the good fight and do all you can to assist the GOP in righting the ship.