“I’ll relax when Karl Rove wakes up one morning and realizes that Mitt Romney can’t win the White House, and he needs to throw all his money at other races,” the adviser told POLITICO hours after Mother Jones posted hidden video of Romney describing Obama supporters as a government-dole-addicted 47 percent of the population who will never vote for the Republican.

“Until Rove does that, we are going to get outpaced by two to one, at least, by these super PACs. Add a couple of good debates for Romney, and the fact that he’s doing well in North Carolina, and [Paul] Ryan’s put Wisconsin in play — there’s your tight race.” …

“Could Mitt still get his s—- together and win? Sure. Could Obama have a couple of really bad economic reports, a couple of bad incidents in the Mideast, could Mitt outperform expectations in the debates? Yeah. … The bottom line is we’ve got to keep everybody focused ’cause no election has ever been won this far out.”