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. Rosebud

    Does she even speak English? Its like a bastardization of the redneck meets valley girl.

    September 15, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Jacob

    my distaste for her just grows and grows!

    September 15, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. andrewstl

    fox news has changed thier name to something more apprporiate.

    all shows are now called retards on parade and palin and the turd blossom will highlight the new fall schedule

    September 15, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Don W

    These three all have the same motives; screw the low-lifes that make next to nothing! All three preach the 'Gospel of Extreme Wealth'. The problem with this is the fact that it was debunked decades, ago.

    September 15, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. glib lib

    "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for."

    wonder who had to explain to Palin what that meant.

    September 15, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Ben

    Palin: Yes that's right we Tea Party folks hate the establishment. Now the establishment should buck up and get behind us!

    September 15, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. uscentral

    Sarah decides when it's time for unity. What does buck up mean?

    September 15, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. dick delson

    Ah yes, THE BIMBO and Rove. Dumb and dumber.

    September 15, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Karl Rove engineered nationwide republican wins in 2000, 2002, and 2004. Sarah Palin lost the 2008 election and since then has barely broken the 50% win mark in her handful of endorsements. Yeah, I'm sure Rove would listen to lectures by Sarah Palin...

    September 15, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. GP

    Nice to see the dems are not the only party suffering public arguments.

    September 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Rick in AZ

    Sarah should be careful. If she ticks off Karl he'll squash her like a bug.

    September 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Who cares about Palin! She's a has-been a quitter and a nobody!

    September 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. TheProgram

    either agree with Sarah or shut up! she's such a narcissist; it's hilarious how even Karl Rove doesn't seem to be crazy one anymore.

    September 15, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Danny Cali

    I agree with Kart Rove about O'donnell , she not electable for Senate and not qualify for. So, VOTE for Democratic.

    September 15, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Texas Progressive

    Karl is an evil politico but he was the brains behind the Bush election. Sarah Palin is really attractive, but dumb as a rock. If the GOP plans to use her, they should use her for her only valuable attribute – her looks.

    September 15, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. ken

    If I was karl rove I would tell sara palin to brain up this women is a joke she can't even hold a job much less pick lawmakers.

    September 15, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. johnRJ08

    "Well, I say buck up!" What does that mean?

    The drama going on in the Republican Party right now with the wins of the Tea Party candidates is almost Shakespearean. An ideology feeding on itself. A pleasure to behold.

    September 15, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Randy

    Karl is used to convincing idiots to vote against best interests but now troubled when those idiots grab the wheel of the Republican clunker.

    September 15, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. John Q.

    I just think it is sad that elections come down to what may be best to keep a given party in power, and less and less about what is best for the state, qualifications, or will actually "represent the people" there the best. Not a peep about that in any news article I've read about the elections, only what O'Donnell "might" cost the GOP! It's all about national power anymore, just win it for Washington. No wonder Congress has favorable ratings down in the teens and people feel left out. However, it is those same voters that keep putting parties above individual people, not making them "earn" their votes, and candidates in office more beholding to a party than their constituents. At least in this case the voters want something different and were willing to say so...

    September 15, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. jerseylou

    WHAT THE HELL.....And i say HEE-HAW to you Palin. And Turd Blossom Rove you stink.

    September 15, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. PacificView

    Palin said the GOP should "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos" – I guess that means Palin should shut up and go home, that description fits her to a T.

    September 15, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. guy from NM

    Look at the rats eating each other (ooops, that is demeaning to the rats)

    September 15, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. justsane

    well golly gee, i guess momma sarah does know best...

    September 15, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Mark

    Palin will end up being a "Rove 2.0". Watch

    September 15, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Could someone please give Palin an English lesson and please let it not be Karl Rove, she won't survive.

    September 15, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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