- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Karl Rove said the GOP is poised to take over the Senate if it can link Democrats to President Obama and offer a vision of “constructive change.”

“Republicans should resist the temptation to focus exclusively on the former while neglecting the latter,” Mr. Rove, who served as a top political adviser to President George W. Bush, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Mr. Rove also said Republicans will benefit if Mr. Obama takes executive action on immigration.

“It appears his calculus is that by granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, he will help Democrats cement the long-term loyalty of Hispanic voters while giving Red State Democrats an opportunity to appear independent by disagreeing with him,” Mr. Rove said. “In truth, such overreach would energize Republicans, drive many independents into opposition and discourage working-class Democrats already dubious about the effects of illegal immigration on their communities. “

Mr. Rove said Republicans are positioned to flip control of seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia and it’s likely that Republicans will also grab somewhere between three and five more seats.

“If Republicans hold on to Kentucky and Georgia, as appears increasingly likely, that will be enough to kick out Harry Reid, install Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader and rein in Mr. Obama during his last two years in office,” Mr. Rove said.