Karl Rove Loves Calling Bernie Sanders an 'Elderly, Dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins'

On Thursday evening’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Karl Rove taped his audition for Nick Cannon’s Wild N Out— his subject? Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Ooh, and you better believe Sanders felt the bern.

Apart from Hillary Clinton, Rove argued, the rest of the field is “really, really weak.”


“I call Bernie Sanders an elderly, dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins appearing like he was at the British labor party meeting. I mean this is just ridiculous.”

Rove was actually repeating an insult he had used in a Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Clinton Wallops a Cranky Hobbit,” on Wednesday, in which he roasted each flailing candidate with a small, crystallized gem of an insult:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came off as an elderly, dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins attending a British Labour Party meeting [Ed note: Haha, nice one]. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley sounded like an overly earnest, slightly too intense 1950s ad man making a bad pitch. Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee was as hapless as a puppy stranded in a hurricane. And former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, probably sensing how inconsequential he is, was angry all night. It’s hard to believe this crew will draw many viewers for future debates.

Who ever said Republicans had no sense of humor? I mean, give this dude a late-night show on MTV2!


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