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."

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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. A ray of Hope

    Wow...that's sobering, but I smell a rat. They cannot be trusted, and this may very well be another sympathy ploy ~ since obviously the "alleged" and "most convenient" email hacking situation has proven futile. What else is left if the McBush bag? I'm growing bored with all of the DRAMA...

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    Well, well, well. Those Repubs are more afraid of their own than they are of Obama. They know this is a distaster waiting to happen. Remember the Repub newscasters who made their comments into a hot mike who did not support Palin. Well, well, well.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    The Palin "excitement" will not just die down....it will die completely!

    As the truth of her record and leadership become widely known, Independent and moderate voters will reject the misrepresentations that McCain is throwing at us. Palin is not what McCain says, that's already clear....she will ultimately hurt his ticket more than help....mark my words!

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Julia O

    Rove calling anyone else "arrogant" is downright hilarious!

    Keep talking, Karl. . . just keep talking. . .

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Herman In LA

    Palin is an empty suite...

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. TONY

    After this weeks Wall Street disaster, how could anyone vote for the Republican ticket?? The vast majority of Americans are so easily fooled and even more easily led. How true.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Dandelion.

    It already is.

    September 18, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Dayahka

    A political pick for McCain would have been Huckabee, but Palin was clearly a psychological pick, not a political pick. McCain likes weak and vulnerable women around him so he can feel manly, and that's what he wanted in a VP–not someone smart and independent, but someone who would do whatever he said because they would be dependent on him. The Palin pick was also psychological and not political because no one in his right mind would pick someone as unqualified as Palin or someone with such scientifically illiterate views or a fundamentalist nut based on politics.

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. MISSISSIPPI FOR OBAMA

    Who cares about Palin who cares about Rove? She can't even give her position on issues. Hell she can't even answer a question directly....oops......they don't have the answer....lol. Really looking forward to this Biden/Palin debate. That is one pitiful pitbull!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Shirley

    McCain needs to get another stump speech because the nomination is over. They are such a liar that the only way they can survive is to tell lies..

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Blah, blah, blah, blah.

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Charles

    When did Karl Rove get out of jail?

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Agnes

    America and American will be safe with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
    God Bless America.
    McCain/Palin 08

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. the other jd

    Lord, I am agreeing with Karl Rove?!?!?! The world is all topsy-turvy!!! I feel dizzy.

    September 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Lisa G of PA

    Don't let him fool you. Karl Rove is sly as a fox. He is only trying to stir up the faithful.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

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

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. ss

    Wow.........Rove FINALLY got it right!!! Do you think he and Fiorina will be traveling to Siberia together??

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Emily

    Even this nasty piece of work admits it?

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Yankee

    This turd blossom should be in jail wearing a nice pretty orange jumpsuit!

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. grant

    "I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'" he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Sharon, TX

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks! CNN, shame on you. I've been watching you for the past 20 minutes and counting. You are showing the McCain-Palin rally in Iowa continuously without interruption, in FULL. I don't ever recall you showing either Obama or Biden's rallies in FULL, and I'm certain you will not do in the future. I always have to go to the internet to see in full. Shame on you. You are a disgrace to your profession and you are not providing due diligence to the American public. May God hold you accountable for your bias.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Truth

    "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.

    Hey jerk!
    I am an American and have no doubt whatsoever about this dynamic and charismatic first-term senator from Illinois.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. mike vanyo

    you would have to wonder why carl rove isnt in hiding with bin laden with all the damage he and his sidekicks have done to america. if i was disliked as much as he is id consider living in a bunker in salt flats coming out only on groundhog day.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. ANGIE

    OK WHATS UP WITH ROVE? im not buying this WHAT IS HE UP TOO???

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. AmericanGirl

    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, I think the American people have deep and persistent doubts as to why you are allowed to open your dirty pie hole.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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