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. Tom Denver

    I don't like him, but Rove is likely right with his opinion that these dark horse GOP candidates will find it hard to win a general election.

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Jimbo (the real one)

    You better "buck up" too Sarah. Rumor has it that your "first dude" hasn't spent much time alone while you are off on your money grabbing tour...

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

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

    Yeah, past statements and proper vetting shouldn't be a factor when deciding the merits of a candidate, huh Sarah?

    You should know...

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. jackson

    "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.

    ___________

    Sarah, maybe you would have a fatter political resume if you didn't keep quitting the jobs you were elected to do.

    Gump was right ..."stupid is as stupid does"

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. RapidRay

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

    Yeah, past statements and proper vetting shouldn't be a factor when deciding the merits of a candidate, huh Sarah?

    You should know...

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. jeff

    I'm not a huge fan of Karl Rove, but as a political operative he's very good, very smart and very shrewd. Cut-N-Run Sarah ought to keep that in mind. As a neophyte, she could learn something from Karl.

    September 15, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Nice...someone that can't even speak or spell proper English and makes up her own words is the voice of the Republicans. Perfect fit.

    September 15, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Bassman

    It is all about the issues with Ms. Palin. It is not about her or the candidates she has endrorsed. It is all about smaller gov't less taxes, and a strong national defense. She is a purest. That means some of the candidates she endorses will lose . It always means she picks candidates that put issues first, and personalities second.

    She resigned because of a higher calling. To serve.

    September 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Still not paid to blog

    Sorry Thomas. Revisionism only works when people don't remember or were not alive during the period you fictionalize. Anyone getting "news" from IBD should know this is the multi-national corporate view of things, and is not in the best interest of middle-class, working Americans.

    September 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Donnatella

    I thought I would never agree with Karl Rove but this time I have to say he is right, I can't understand why the teabaggers don't get better candidates, they are scarred to debate or interview if it isn't fox news. This woman was flat broke she doesn't know how to balance her household budget, she was living off of contributions and her house was in foreclosure, I would not want a person that doesn't know personal responsibility representing me in congress.

    September 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. charles

    How do people with human brains listen to palin? thats a sign of desparacy otherwise myself i cant. God bless the republican party. this is a shame to this country.

    September 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Betty

    You tell them Sarah, you go girl!

    September 15, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Bonnie in Seattle

    LOL! The republicans created Palin and the Tea Party...let them deal with the nut jobs!

    September 15, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. 60s survivor

    cats outta the bag

    September 15, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. CathyinAZ

    I despise Karl Rove but this time he is correct. The GOP has been hijacked by the right wing NUT JOBS and the DEMS may just not lost as many seats as projected.

    September 15, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. DiMo

    Well I say SHUT UP Sarah...

    September 15, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Emeka, KS

    Palin, an issue for Dems?, yes... she is. More so, she spells trouble for the RNC. The RNC want to run/stay to the far right, but they cant even affirm her tangent.

    Dont forget we elected a guy, just because we thought he was a guy you could drink beer with...how smart.

    Lastly, your presentations on the job is a factor in the equation, FYI.

    L8r!

    September 15, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    With the primary over McCain now pushing the DREAM ACT.
    That is politics as usual.

    September 15, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Ted

    I am a Democrat and always voted Democrat. I gotta tell you – these Tea Partiers like Palin and Odonnell and Angle and bachman and the rest of the far right wing delusional wackos scare the crap out of me. Where is the mainstream GOP? DOA? Reagan and Nixon are turning over in their graves, I hear. I cannot imagine any of them getting elected, but if they do, OMG.

    September 15, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. bj

    I am no fan of Mr. Rove, however he has forgotten more than Ms. Palin will ever know.

    September 15, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Sen. O'Donnell

    Waiting for Karl Rove to admit he bucked up...

    September 15, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Again Sarah Palin is coming out quickly with the right message. She doesn't need a room full of political advisors and speechwriters to tell her what to say. She is right on target because she has the experience and intelligence and she is guided by a strong and consistent set of values.

    September 15, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Patriot

    This is why tigers eat their young....

    ...Rodney Dangerfield.....

    September 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Greg M

    Ah, yes. Sarah Palin. Just the person I would ask about electability.

    September 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. kimberly

    someone shoot this twit at the next NRA meeting...OH WAIT, NO, I want her to run for president!! It will be like all the teabaggers that won the the primaries, once they hit the election in November they will learn, America is NOT behind these lunatics! I want her to be the nominee and let Obama rest from campaigning, because he CERTAINLY would have NO need to even attempt a contest with this wind bag!

    September 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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