September 15th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin says Karl Rove should 'buck up'

Sarah Palin responded Wednesday to Karl Rove’s assessment of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s chances in November.
Sarah Palin responded Wednesday to Karl Rove’s assessment of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s chances in November.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin has a message for former top Bush aide Karl Rove: "Buck up."

Palin sent her message to Rove Wednesday on Fox News, after he expressed the doubt that Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for."

"Well, bless his heart," Palin said. "We love our friends, they're in the machine, the expert politicos. But my message to those who say that the GOP nominee is not electable, or that they're not even going to try, well I say, buck up!"

Rove, on Tuesday, also said that O'Donnell had made some "nutty" statements prior to her victory.

Palin stuck to her message that competition within the GOP will produce candidates best suited for victory in November –a theory that may be proven incorrect, especially in Delaware where Republicans had hoped to take control of the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden. Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons is now favored over O'Donnell in the general election.

Palin said the GOP should "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos" and unite behind all of its nominees.

"I have absolutely nothing against Karl Rove or any of the guys who have much fatter political resumes than I will ever have, but […] they need to realize that the time for primary debate is now obviously over, and it's time for unity because the time for choosing is here," Palin said.

Palin endorsed O'Donnell just days before her primary victory, capping off a remarkable come-from-behind victory for the political newcomer and dealing the Republican Party establishment a significant blow in their hopes for regaining control of the Senate in November.


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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Tulsa

    LOL!!!!!!
    Love it when the animals attack each other!

    September 15, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ""Well, bless his heart," Palin said. "We love our friends, they're in the machine, the expert politicos. But my message to those who say that the GOP nominee is not electable, or that they're not even going to try, well I say, buck up!""

    Well I say, "shut up!"

    42 words together and still she said nothing.

    September 15, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Clint, Wa.

    Nutty statemants, how about insane statements.

    September 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Sarah Please...........

    So sorry Sarah – but Rove got it right this time.

    Between you and O'Dumdum, the two of you have more nuts in your heads than Planter's, Jiff, and Peter Pan have in cans and jars............

    You are IRRELEVANT.

    Go back to AK and keep an eye on those sneaky Russians for us, will ya please????

    Now there's something you just might be qualified for.........

    September 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Willow

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who cares what the "Quitta from Wasilla" says to or abut Rove?
    Nobody except her!

    September 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Craig

    Yes endorse, even if they are crazy, the party is more important then the country

    September 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. g

    i can see why reagan took funding mental health out of the health care bill, he knew it would destroy his party

    September 15, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Eva Palin is either very brave or very stupid.....I think she's a healthy dose of both...short of any actual global perpective....

    It is a sad reflection on the American electorate that so many are so enthralled by this lady's winky jibber-jabbering.

    Moving forward, O'Connell sounded like a toddler who stole an extra cookie last night; Goofy Christ Nazi!

    September 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. carlos

    the alaska hag should go face to face with rove and tell him how she feels about him, however, she hides behind the classless tv station,and now the odone woman in delaware will have her platform of LUST and MASTURBATION for the idiotic followers, but, once again, it WAS NOT A BIG WIN......get real.

    September 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The Queen of personal destruction is chastising the King of personal destruction.

    Oh me (hee hee hee heee)

    September 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. hwy911

    Palin needs to decide whether she's going to go completely rogue and leave the GOP, or if she's going to continue to rely upon the party of no for everything she can wring out of it. She's playing both sides against the middle, playing Queen of the Tea Party, but she's too afraid to let go of the teet of the Grand Old Poobahs. What she's going to do is split the conservative vote – the moderates won't vote TP and the TP won't vote for centrists. Palin THINKS she's smarter than Rove, but Rove will drive her into the ground, just as he has every other political rival.

    September 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. TangledThorns

    Rove and others in the GOP need to understand the (R) or (D) doesn't matter anymore. It's about where the candidate is on the political compass.

    September 15, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. G"NO"P

    Sarah Palin has a message for former top Bush aide Karl Rove: "Buck up."

    I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR PALIN ......." GET LOST !"

    September 15, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    This fine lady has more stones than the entire democrat party, must scare the snot out of the whinney progressive brats.

    September 15, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Nellie Bly

    "I have absolutely nothing against Karl Rove or any of the guys who have much fatter political resumes than I will ever have..." With that comment, half-gov Palin is referring to my local dog catcher.

    September 15, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    Rogue-from a dictionary
    1.A dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel
    2.A playfully mischievous person; scamp
    3.A tramp or vagabond
    4.A rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition
    5.Biology, a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal

    September 15, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. newtopolitics

    Can someone tell my they would want the endorement from a quitter.

    September 15, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. vic, Nashville TN

    Lincoln , Reagan and Bush republicans zip it here after Only Palin republicans can talk

    September 15, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Jim in San Mateo

    Palin is such a joke. Leaving Palin to lead the Republican party is like leaving the running of Harvard to a Sunday school teacher.

    She gives stupidity a new look and feel.

    September 15, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. JD in Moraga, CA

    "Palin said the GOP should "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos" and unite behind all of its nominees."

    Party before principles, huh Sarah?

    September 15, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. SueEllen

    Turdblossom, you have your new marching orders! If Sister "Bendy-straws" says "Buck Up," then you BUCK UP without question.

    You Betcha!

    September 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Enrique

    This is golden. Rove and Palin in a brawl. Though I Rove was the mastermind behind George W. Bush's failed presidency, Palin has no chance against him. Rove can actually speak and write in proper English.

    September 15, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. True American

    MORE sexist comments from Palin and the GOP???

    September 15, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Big Ed

    Better watch who your 'dissin, Half-Governor. I don't like Karl Rove, but at least I know when I am in over my head. Taking pot-shots at someone of his background and influence is not a smart move.

    September 15, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    If I can get through one day, without having to read any of Sarah Palin's dim-witted drivel, I think I'll faint.

    September 15, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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