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. JB

    I think the American people have 'deep and persistent doubts' about the value of Mr. Rove's comments.

    September 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. tedious898

    Wow ...I never thought I'd see the day that Rove would be a "boat anchor" for a republican ticket.

    Honestly, I think this is a move of self preservation. He may be anticipating Obama will win the election. He doesn't want Obama bringing charges up on him. Smart man...no matter how much I dislike him. Knows how to save his butt!

    Besides, we're all americans and we don't need a cheer leader, pom pom, sports caster, hockey mom, learning what a VP does on day one.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. TC

    Sarah Palin is nothing more than John McCain's talentless opening act.

    She's the flavor of the month that many are tiring of. Fortunately, people who are able to think for themselves are pulling back the curtain on this phony and horrified by what they see.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Henry, CO

    So, Palin is McCain's lifeline. Would you give up your life preserver if you were in the middle of and ocean and it had a small hole? No, you'd cover the hole with your finger and pray like hell to be rescued. The Republicans have 48 more days, and they're praying like hell.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. NoMcSame

    Race. All race is why he wants McSame and Palin. He would rather a person that he knows nothing about than to vote Obama. What has Palin and McSame shown that they would do more for the country than Obama and Biden. For 18 months all we would hear is that the country does not know Obama but all of that just went out of the window when it came to Palin and if McSame wins that would put her one last breath from president. Top of the line educated black is still not good enough But C student crash and burn McSame and five univ. in six years to graduate Palin is all American. She does not know nothing about nothing. Race. All race.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Lesley

    Gotta love Karl Rove. He tells it like it is. I don't believe he has faith in McCain and he obviously doesn't support Palin. 'Course negative ads are his speciality but I guess he doesn't want to be seen as the craftsman of a failed presidential candidacy.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Susan

    I wouldn't trust this guy as far as I could throw the big lug.
    GO OBAMA!

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. WARC from Toronto

    I wonder WHO the real arrogant dillettant is?

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. A New Beginning

    Carl, I thik you were yesterdays news, look who you gave us for eigth years, so who cares what you have to say about our future.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Ron

    I swear to God Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh are the same guy.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    OFCOURSE IT WILL..............

    ONCE PEOPLE REALIZE THAT SHE IS THE DOLL THAT SAYS EVERYTHING JOHN MCCAIN WANTS HER TOO AND DOESN'T HAVE AN ORIGNAL THOUGHT IN HER HEAD.... THAT MAKES HER A.............................. :)

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Chuck

    It sure will. It has already started. If you really want to see what Alaskan's think of Palin, go to Youtube.com and search "Alaska rallies against Palin". There are many videos of smart Alaskan's who know the real Palin. She isn't the Princess of Alaska that the GOP would like you to think. More like the ICE QUEEN.

    September 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Kerry

    Resembles Porky Pig huh?

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Henry

    So, Palin is McCain's lifeline.

    Would you give up your life preserver if you were in the middle of an ocean and it had a small hole? No, you'd cover the hole with your finger and pray like hell to be rescued. The Republicans have 48 more days, and they're praying like hell.

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Fan of carl now

    Thanks for your honesty Karl. You are absolutly right. Her 15 minutes of fame is almost over. Good job Karl. Keep up the good work.

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. JImmy in California

    WOW Karl Rove is beginning to scare me. He is beginning to sound like an honest man when he speaks of Palin and the Republican Party. That is a frightneing thought.

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Was for Hillary, now for Obama 100%

    Hey Rove, go away! We all know that Sarah Palin is a political pick. And we also all know that Joe Biden was NOT a political pick. He was the best man for the VP slot.

    YES WE WILL!
    Obama-Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Hill's / for McCain

    McCain is the only maverick in the running that can and will take on special interest groups in DC.

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. buba, cincinnati oh

    Yeah, Rove always come in after the facts and tells you: "I told you so!".
    I have yet to see any good advice for any campaign going forward.

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Christina, Wisconsin

    Where is the reporting of the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally held in Anchorage on September 13th?

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Kristyn

    If the American people pick McNsane/Palin...who your breath America; we're going down....waaaay down!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. TC

    When Obama wins in November, I think he should offer Chuck Hagle a very important position in his cabinet.

    September 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Jim

    Rove is once again creating facts. Obama has never attacked Palin.

    September 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    After all the attention of the rich Hillary supporter defection to McCain, why no blog on Senator Hagel's comments on Palin's total lack of foreign affairs credentials. This man is a true maverick and hopefully a member of Obam's bipartisan team in January.

    Also where are the comments on another McCain foreign affairs blunder about Spain not being on of America's allies?

    CNN would rather give credibility to a man who should be indicted and is most responsible for taking national campaigns in to the gitter ...give me a break.!

    September 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Iris, UT

    The face of a man who put himself before his country. I've seen enough.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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