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. Bridgett

    All i can say is that the american people want things so bad until they will settle for the likes of Sara and her weird remarks.

    September 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Lin C

    Palin "P" brain did not understand a word Carl said. LOL

    September 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    O'Donnell is younger, prettier, and more nuts than Phailin, and she has never had a real job.
    So all the old man GOP lust and poor me victim crap is going to shine on someone else.
    Phailin your time (15 min) is coming to a close – hope you spent your alotted time wisely ........ wink-wink.

    Tina Fea will keep shining as a new GOP parody has bloomed. LOL!!

    September 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. susie

    Democrats don't pay their taxes, why is it a big deal that O'Donnell had difficulties?

    September 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. DebLee

    It's been said many times that Sarah Palin uses "power" as a tool for her vindicitive side. I'm thinking that Palin's endorsement of all of these teabaggers is just that, an exercise in vindictiveness against the "mainstream" GOP for not embracing her in 2008. The GOP seems to have a tiger by the tail!

    September 15, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. daveinla

    O'donnell would just vote with the Dem's on all the major issues anyway so who needs him. Conservatives want "true" conservatives and liberals want "true" liberals. Liberals hate it when a Blue Dog Dem wins in the South, and Republicans hate it when a Republicrat wins in the northeast.

    September 15, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Yes, you will get the Timothy McVeigh's of the country to sign on with the wingnuts, no problem. The problem is they will not head the country in the right direction. Just look at the problems we are now dealing with because of wingnut policy over the past decade. Tax-cuts for the rich to create jobs. Well that worked. 8,000,000 jobs lost under Bush. Now what do we hear? Extend the cut taxes to the rich so they can create jobs. Well, there is plenty of cash on the sidelines and they could create jobs now if they wanted too. The problem, they are too busy trying to scare the people who have jobs that the ecomony is sooooooooooo bad. What do the people do? Don't spend, repair their balance sheet. We are just having to pay for the drunken sailor Bush years. Let's go back to that, it did us all good!

    September 15, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Stephen Fleming

    How in the world can the republican establishment support John McCain. He is the true energy behind the Tea Party. Nominating the rouge Sarah Palin who has been a poster child for the tea party has created a rift unlike any I've seen in the political landscape during my lifetime. They are eating their own. Congratulation McCain. Looks like Washington is hearing what maverick really means.

    September 15, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. RickRude

    The Moose Mama has spoken and ...........................................It still dosent amount to polar bear fecal matter. O'donnell congrats but when "THE ROVESTER" calls the game he know his stuff.

    September 15, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Dinah

    Republicans love stupid women politicians. As long as they have good looking T and A.

    September 15, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. CTYank

    Why is nobody taking exception to how Fox "news" is employing these overt political operatives- Rove, Palin, Huckabee, ad nauseam?
    This is most unethical, certainly not near "balanced."
    Then, why should anyone pay attention to whatever this gold-digger says about anything/anyone? She's all about money and power, and severely lacks education.

    September 15, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Tim Doogan

    "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos" Palin should take some of her own medicine.

    It is my feeling that politicians, left or right, are not capable enough to handle today's problems. Our system is too large and too complex. The people out there that are able to help us – those in academia and research – are not the ones who are being called upon – and rightfully so. Why would they want to cut down on their own productivity and ingenuity to go into politics?

    We all have to accept the fact that "democracy" is not perfect nor are any solutions. Life is suffering. And the U.S. still has it pretty good compared to the rest of the world, in my opinion.

    September 15, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Do you think she meant- Buck Off?
    It is Sarah, she isn't known for being able to speak properly.
    I did notice this morning the new disciple managed to make a up a word describing Rove. They dress alike, they talk alike, at times they even sound alike what a crazy bunch – but they're tea partiers, identical tea partiers,

    September 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Half Gov. Palin is the one who is going to have to "Buck Up". She is clueless about general elections although she should understand them because she lost in the last one. It's simple, when you only play to your extreme right base (because you think that's where America is) the rest of America sees you for exactly what you are, extreme right. Half Gov. Palin thinks that the voices she hears in her head is a crowd behind her. She can walk around now and talk about how well she did in the primaries (where the loons of the party votes) right up until November when once again America will reject her and her loony friends. Even after that happens she still won't believe the truth, we'll be hearing once again that somehow, someone stole her America and she wants it back, again. She'll try once again to dumb down America but again it won't work for the majority, only the ones she has already dumbed down to her level.

    Vote NO in NOvemeber to the party of NO.

    September 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Tired of the Dems lies

    Now I am tired of the REpubs, a real person won in Del and Repubs wont support, then I will no longer donate or support, standard old rinos.

    September 15, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    Please consider this a compliment for Rove. I don't like him at all but I don't like Palin even more.

    September 15, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. tracy

    I just can't stop laughing. Mccain, Mccain, Mccain.... Dude, what were you thinking? And what was The GOP thinking when they sold this woman to THEIR constituents. (Dems didn't fall for it).Oh well, how do you all tame or contain this lady. She is loose in the city!!

    September 15, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Micky

    "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos"

    Couldn't agree more Sarah, I'm glad we have someone we can count on! You'betcha!!

    September 15, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Rove now answers to Palin.

    September 15, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. liberal elite = anyone with an education

    Sorry Karl, apparently even you aren't far enough out on the right wing for these lunatics.
    The American Voter should be terrified of these folks that think even the NeoCons were too liberal.

    September 15, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. greg

    Rove now answers to Palin.

    September 15, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Mike Mc

    That's it....Palin obviously works for the DNC. Picking fringe wackos over the establishment definitely makes a statement, unfortunately it's not a statement that gives me any confidence in GOP leadership for the future.

    September 15, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Djinn

    When Sarah does not get her nomination and this Odonnell twit loses this seat to a democrat will she FINALLY STFU and stop getting far more than her 15 minutes??????????

    September 15, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. MrAmerica

    The inmates running the asylum? Or the asylum running the inmates? We report, you decide!

    September 15, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. all of America

    The dems are making a big deal out of Christine O'Donnell . Ya know, it doesn't matter now because she will still get the vote come november. The majority of the people have already made up their minds to remove the dems from power. The democrats are going to loose and that's all there is to it. All of the propaganda that the corrupt dems are trying to spread now is all for not .The democrats have to rig the elections ,again,if they want to win .

    September 15, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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