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. Republi-Con

    Well..Well Rove..
    Obama has displayed good judgment. insight, intelligence and even portions of an economic plan to restore America. His relative 'lack of experience' (as Republicans like to coin the phrase), is countered by Biden's experience and his foreign policy credentials..

    McCain's ignorance of current events, his absent mindedness, along with his overall lack of intelligence is countered by Palin's ..... hmm, uhhh.. INEXPERIENCE!!!

    Don't worry Karl..U are going to be exiled too... Just like GWB

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Gobama

    If any of you think Karl Rove is somehow being genuine, you're wrong. While we sit and comment on internet news stories, he and his staff are scarmbling to find an "October Surprise" to spring on the American people about Obama and/or Biden, if they haven't found something they think can stick. Mark my words.

    The solution: do MORE than just vote. Talk to those people who are still (unbelievably) on the fence. Volunteer to drive people to the polls on Election Day. Do NOT be shy about why you're voting for Obama/Biden.

    NO ONE can afford another four years of what we've ALL endured the past EIGHT – republicans and democrats alike and everything in between.

    September 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. ChrisP

    It's a trick. People are asking for less "drawn-out" and more precise answers from Obama. Rove wants America to think that Obama is all words and little substance. Let's let Obama know to give them the substance and keep it simple!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Kristen

    Of course Palin was a political pick, McCain needed it to boost his ratings. And maybe that will help him temporarily, but frankly it scares me when a man who wants to run our country makes an ignorant decision like picking Palin (when he could have picked someone with much more experience). Do we want someone leading our country who is just looking out for himself? At least Obama is looking out for our country and picking someone who is qualified to be Vice President, and is not just a show boat pick.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. AMERICA for Obama

    Hey Michelle in Philly, you're an idiot just like your stooge presidential candidate.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Kel in Auburn, AL

    How is it that I've been agreeing with Karl Rove all of a sudden? He's actually been telling the truth, some..

    Karl Rove telling the truth.. GOP steered the country in a bad direction yet still has a fighting chance to win, is this election getting wierd or what?

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Killbucket

    Rove realizes he will need work after next year. I smell a book deal.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    Why is Karl Rove an ANALYST instead of an INMATE?

    I still blame him for helping the worst president in our nation's history get elected.

    He is right on one thing. Sarah Palin will come down off of her pedestal as soon as she starts answering the questions voters want asked.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Lynnette

    Karl Rove is really working to defeat McCain. His recent actions and statements certainly don't support him at all. The question becomes: Why is Karl Rove working to defeat McCain?

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Julie from MD

    I REALLY wish CNN would stop paying attention to the stupid things that come out of Karl Rove's mouth. He is completely irrelevant to anything.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. danel

    Bill September 18th, 2008 12:35 pm ET

    McCain will be the only maverick running with the experience to change DC.
    Where was he for the last 26 years? If he REALLY wanted to shake Washington up GOP was in charge of the WH, the congress and the senate for 6 years. The results: economic collapse, foreclosure,2 wars and 911.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Bruce

    What is he up to?

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. White guy for Obama

    Rove is just understanding that defeat for McCain is near!!! about 48 days near...

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. darko

    It won't die down if the Obamatards think they'll win the election by smearing ANOTHER woman.

    They don't know how to counter her on the issues, so they attack her character which happens to be her strongest trait. Bad move...

    God, I can't wait for the debates. I only hope they're moderated better than the primaries.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. white independant for Obama

    Again McCain wants Obama to do "town hall meetings beside him ?" Oh please, why should Obama cave in to just what McCain wants ? because McCain KNOWS in a real debate with tough hard economy questions againdst Obama he is going to show up pretty ignorant and is trying everything he can to get out of reg debates !!!!!!! what a COWARD McCain really is....oh booo hoo
    Obama, Obama, Obama all the way

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Richard

    I once stood 3 feet from Rove. He looked at me and initiated movements that could possibly have lead to....SHUDDER... a handshake! He saw the look of horror on my face and turned away.
    I still have nighmares.......

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. MBFLA

    Who cares what Karl Rove is lying about these days? He needs to be in jail. Obama has never attacked Mrs Palin. Who is arrogant, Mr Rove, or Turd Blossom, as the few who love you call you? This time we want an intelligent president. If he uses a few big words that you don't understand, then so be it. Sorry!

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. beevee

    Has Rove become a born again or wants to make it right for his wrong doings in the past two elections? Or is it another ploy of the republicans to throw Obama campaign off guard. They need to be careful and watch closely. It is hard to trust person who has such bad reputaion even if he is saying something that is true and sincere.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Will smith

    We all know that, but good spin. keep telling us what we all already know, to keep yourself relevant.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Jon

    It looks like Mr. Rove is fishing for a job as a political pundit.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. CHANGE = OBAMA

    What is she hiding?

    Why doesn't John McCain get the economy?
    "Sound fundementals" = out of touch.

    September 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. mark

    why are these CNN articles all biased towards Obama. They are taking words out of Rove's mouth. It is plain common sense that someone like Palin will not enjoy the same media coverage for another seven weeks. Rove is just stating the obvious that every Republican will admit.

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. DeMj

    I don't know....either McCain did something to turn Rove off or Rove turned into a new leaf? I am betting on that Rove is bitter. I just can't trust Rove.

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. SdJ

    Why do we even pay attention to Rove? He's entirely a nonfactor in this election. Why is this at the top of the political ticker. Gives a platform to someone whose voice has dominated our political consciousness for far too long already.

    Could we just pay attention the candidates? Kthnxbye.

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. sandy

    Everytime I look at this man I just can't help thinking about "Lipstick on a Pig! Go Obama/Biden '08

    WASP member

    September 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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