September 18th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Rove: Palin excitement will die down

Rove says the excitement surrounding Palin will wear off.
Rove says the excitement surrounding Palin will wear off.

(CNN) - His insight guided both of President Bush's successful White House bids, but aides to John McCain might just be hoping Karl Rove stops talking.

Days after the prominent Republican strategist said the latest McCain campaign ads had "gone too far" and failed the "100 percent truth test," Rove told the Associated Press Wednesday he thinks the choice of Sarah Palin was a political one and that the excitement she has generated will soon wear off.

"Nothing lasts for 60-some-odd days," he told the Associated Press. "Will she be the center of attention in the remaining 48 days? No, but she came on in a very powerful way and has given a sense of urgency to the McCain campaign that's pretty remarkable."

Related: Palin excitement levels off

Rove also described the choice of Palin as a "political pick," and said she was not the most qualified Republican McCain could have chosen. But Rove also said Joe Biden, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was also a political pick - designed to make up for Barack Obama's relatively short resume.

"I think the American people have deep and persistent doubts about the readiness of this dynamic and charismatic first-term senator from Illinois," said Rove.

Rove's comments also come days after he wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal advising Barack Obama to stop attacking Palin directly, noting past attempts by Democratic presidential nominees to attack the No. 2 on the GOP ticket have largely fell flat.

“It's a match-up he'll lose," Rove writes Thursday in his regular Wall Street Journal column. "If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he's running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president."

Rove also told the AP Obama is an "arrogant dilettante," but continued to offer the Illinois senator advice on how to win the election: "The way that Obama can win is by explaining, expounding on who he is."


Filed under: John McCain • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. blake

    I am not as smart as Rove, and so I can not help but feel suspicious of these comments. I don't trust it.

    He is a very sneaky fellow that Rove.

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Well, the Devil always knows his people best!

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Truth does matter

    What????? Not with the news fawning over her. She sucks and so does John McCain and Americans are brainless to even consider her for president.

    September 18, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Gary

    I can't believe that I actually agree with karl Rove on some things???

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Way to go, Karl! Tamp down those expectations!

    Maybe no one will notice that Obama wants to build a bridge to the future, while McCain wants to build a bridge to nowhere.

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Catherine

    I guess the blossom's falling off the turd eh, Turdblossom?

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. J from DC

    This is an interesting story, Since Palin is doing interviews with Fix News, I mean FOX news. Other reporters are trying to change their tone on the McCain Campaign. I think, they feel that writing positive words, will gain some future gratitude from Republican, with hope of getting a much sought after Palin interview. I think that if Palin does not want to interview, just report the news. I mean after her recent interviews, I never really hear anything news worthy that she said. Except for the fact that she said something at all. If that is the real story, there is no story there. Obama is the hope for the rest of us, and Biden is still my kind of guy. McCain has no answers at all.

    September 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. PA Independent

    Karl Rove has a lot of guts to call anybody "arrogant".

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Sarah's shadow

    Even Chuck Hagel has doubts about Palin’s VP capablities. Beware people! She has borrowed an outfit from the Bush wardrobe and McCain’s main means of visibility is clinging to her frock tail.

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. TC

    Palin is a novelty act. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Saddest thing of all is that so many across the country have been in a coma for the last 8 years, especially white women, and when they awoke the first thing they asked for was Kool-Aid.

    How pathetic that women are taking such a huge leap backwards and are too ignorant and apathetic to even notice.

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. John

    Karl Rove, you sound much wiser these days. If only McPalin could get some wisedom from you...

    Obama '08

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Sarah's shadow

    Beware people! She has borrowed an outfit from the Bush wardrobe and McCain’s main means of visibility is clinging to the frock tail of this new American idol.

    September 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Sarah's shadow

    Even Chuck Hagel has doubts about Palin’s VP capablities.

    September 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. No more Bush

    Obama will win by talking about policies, and why his ideas are worth voting for. He should never listen to people like you. We got his back this election, we will vote.

    September 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. ines

    Softening the crash landing, Rove?

    September 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Sarah's shadow

    Serious question for Palin: If you lived in Key West – a mere miles from Cuba -would this make you an expert on how to handle relations with the Castro government?

    September 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. JimS.

    And again, it begs the question (as I'm sure many other people are saying on this thread)....who cares what the hell Carl Rove thinks?

    Face it Rove, you're going to need a real job soon.

    September 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. TCE

    The excitement about Palin will subside, because she has no substance.

    September 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Sarah's shadow

    She has borrowed an outfit from the Bush wardrobe and McCain’s main means of visibility is clinging to her frock tail.

    September 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. FILTH

    SOMEONE SEND ROVE AWAY SOMEWHERE... SIBERIA. HE'S CREEPING ME OUT.

    September 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. DebM, Allentown, PA

    What is Rove up to? He's actually making sense and being a little bit reasonable. Something's fishy, because he's never like that.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. cara

    I am listening to McCain... he is pathetic!!! WAR WITH SPAIN!!

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Irma in North Carolina

    Who in the Heck side are you on? Make up your mind. We surely see that God is performing his task here, and he continues with his task of taking Sarah and John out of this election. We do not need four more years of Bush plus a president in the white house who has committed adultry, what kind of morals are these.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. White Privilege

    For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

    White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

    More to come....

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Jim

    This American has deep and persistent thoughts that Karl Rove should be behind bars.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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