“My posterior was shredded a little bit by donors wondering why we are writing checks for people who then turn around a run such lousy campaigns.”

Rove and American Crossroads were symbols of the awful year Republicans had nationally.

“Yeah, I’m personally responsible for it all, I tell you,” he joked as NCPA President and CEO John Goodman tossed him questions.

Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s successful presidential campaigns, said American Crossroads was around for the long haul.

And he said Republicans should not give up on winning national elections and use more than “old white men” to deliver the conservative message.