Please read below the fold.
Don't think for one second that Rove got the chop because he threw a mild tantrum when Fox called Ohio for the Bomber. Remember, you don't get a gig on Fox unless you're good at throwing on-air tantrums. And Rove was just as pissed off in 2008 when Virginia was called blue and the final results were, when all was said and done, in the can. No - there's something much deeper going on here and it's another chapter in the collapse of the Republican Party.
You may recall that Rove sat on the sidelines in 2008. Other than his spieling gig for Fox he really played no role in the Presidential campaign. But the Citizens United decision in 2010 changed all that. Because Rove could now go out and build his own political infrastructure with virtually unlimited financial support from anonymous donors. Which is exactly what he did.
He raised it and he spent it. Maybe as much as $300 million. Know how much the Republican National Committee raised? Try $340 million.
Karl Rove raised almost as much cash all by himself as the whole Republican party raised!
If Romney had won the election, Rove probably would have argued that his PAC was more powerful than the GOP. And he might have been right. And where would that leave Ailes and Fox? Dependent on Rove for access and scoops from the Romney White House? You betcha.