Karl Rove raised hundreds of millions of dollars this year, mostly from rich Republicans, promising to take back the White House and Senate. It didn't work, and Rove had a hard time facing reality on election night. When Fox News called Ohio for President Obama, Rove — on set as a commentator — refused to believe it. A camera followed Anchorwoman Megyn Kelly into a room full of number crunchers who said there was not doubt. In the conversation that followed, Rove cautioned that "It's just in terms of public perception, it looks a little odd to be making a call." Wayne Slater is senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News and co-author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.