Rove's Palin prediction
August 21st, 2011
02:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Rove's Palin prediction

(CNN) – Karl Rove predicted Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to run for president and will make her decision known soon.

Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush and co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee, said Palin's upcoming trip to Iowa and recent web video are evidence she is gearing up for a run.

"I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd put a little more money that she gets in than if she doesn't," Rove told "Fox News Sunday."

If Palin, who was the vice presidential candidate on the 2008 Republican ticket, doesn't make a decision shortly, people will assume she is not running and withhold their support, Rove said.

"You can only tease so many times in the political process, and I think she is getting to the end of that," Rove said.

Palin has flirted with a White House bid for months, even launching a bus tour in early presidential contest states.

Most recently, she attended the Iowa State Fair on the same weekend as the high stakes Ames Straw Poll. The video her political action committee released Friday showcased her trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Palin returns to Iowa to address a tea party group on September 3rd.


Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. tim

    Palin, O'Donnell, and Bachmann. The new three stooges in 2011.

    August 21, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Matt

    If she runs three things will happen:

    1. Obama will remain in the big white house.
    2. The Republican party will destroy itself.
    3. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher will hire a slew of additional writers.

    August 21, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. cobra

    Look at all the left wing progressive dimocrats getting their panties in a wad when you mention Sarah, it is a hoot watch them.

    August 21, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Bessy

    I hope that she really does run. It may be the only way we can finally get rid of her. She will never get in, so, why not ?

    August 21, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Baked Alaska

    Karl's fantasizing about the cat fights between Palin and Bachman. I think Palin is just staying in the spotlight until 2015 when she will announce. For now she likes the fact that the GOP as a whole is more obnoxious than she is as a rogue. I know politics should be serious stuff but ain't this great entertainment?

    August 21, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. EffortPA

    I hope Palin runs, but he she doesn't, I hope that she continues making public appearances and given her opinions. Sometimes, I disagree with what Obama is doing, sometimes I don't think he is being a good leader, sometimes I think he could do more, but then I hear what Sarah would do and it reminds me that regardless of how bad things are right now, they could be much, much worse. That contrast would not be nearly as pronounced without Sarah around. Sarah, please continue doing what you are doing, it really helps to keep everything in perspective. Run Sarah, run!

    August 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. gg

    Palin is a dithering coward. If she's such a great leader, why doesn't she "man-up" and announce her candidacy for President?

    August 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. SCAtheist

    I thought that was impossible. Please Jesus make it happen!

    August 21, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. josh

    it will be really a soap pera.....we will get to see a good circus show....

    August 21, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Matt

    Gee? What gave it away? Could it possibly be her gigantic bus tour which is obviously indicative of her intention to run for president?

    August 21, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. EffortPA

    The goods news is that if Sarah ran and won, you can bet there will be an amendment to the constitution that requires all presidential candidates to submit to an IQ test. That would be her biggest achievement.

    August 21, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Pam

    Please wake me when this election is over. It's very tiriing already. Wait...I could wake to a nightmare if Palin is elected!

    August 21, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Tony

    The way things are going for Obama, he needs all the help he can get. Palin will remind voters why they voted for the inexperienced guy in the first place.

    August 21, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. grizzly

    Karl Rove should get a real job and earn his pay. He is like a giant weed with poisen thorns. Palin on teh other hand is flirtiung with the White House? Yes of course she would like to sit in teh Oval office and look at Russia from the front window. She is a sly buit not smart paerson, she is calculate and filled with greed. Make no mistake that she would use any office for self enrichment.

    August 21, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. SA in OO

    Sarah loves the spotlight, but at this point I think she has realized that actually governing – whether in Wasilla or Washington – isn't really all it's cracked up to be. (I THINK ?)

    Like Donald Trump she's building hear celebrity status and looking for the next gig.

    August 21, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Jill-IN

    talk about a tone deaf woman – doesn't she get it yet?

    August 21, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. EffortPA

    If she runs, I am afraid the GOP will send her on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney.

    August 21, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. EffortPA

    I found the definition for Grandiose Delusional Disorder in the WebMD website. Here is what it says:

    "A person with this type of delusional disorder has an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity. The person might believe he or she has a great talent or has made an important discovery. In reality, however, the situations are either not true at all or highly exaggerated.
    People with delusional disorder often can continue to socialize and function normally, apart from the subject of their delusion, and generally do not behave in an obviously odd or bizarre manner. This is unlike people with other psychotic disorders, who also might have delusions as a symptom of their disorder. In some cases, however, people with delusional disorder might become so preoccupied with their delusions that their lives are disrupted.
    Although delusions might be a symptom of more common disorders, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder itself is rather rare. Delusional disorder most often occurs in middle to late life and is slightly more common in women than in men."

    I think it is time for Palin's family to have an intervention.

    August 21, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. JohnRJ08

    Palin will never run. She is too much of a coward to risk being a two-time loser. She is now in this for the money. Period. Keeping herself in the spotlight as much as possible, without risking any political losses, to maintain high speaking and appearance fees. She is manipulating her followers and exploiting their stupidity in order to make a few bucks. Between her FOX News deal, book deals and speaking fees, she would be taking a huge pay-cut as President of the United States. NEVER going to happen, assuming it was even possible.

    August 21, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. johnborg

    All the Republicans who are doing well are idiots. Romney wasn't on my idiot list until the "corporations are people" stunt. It looks like Huntsman and Paul are the only two sane one's left and god knows they won't win the nomination. Sarah Palin is just another idiot for the GOP primary carnival.

    August 21, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Michael Stout

    Palin. Bachmann. Perry. THE most powerful weapons in the Democrats' arsenal. I hope they eat each other, and the GOP, alive.

    August 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Andy Botwin

    Run Sarah run! The Republican can of mixed nuts just wouldn't be complete without your Wasilla sensibilities.

    August 21, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. BodySnatcher

    Someone has already mentioned squirrels and nuts – looks like a bad winter since there is going to be lots of food on the ground.

    August 21, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Angy

    Michael Stout

    Palin. Bachmann. Perry. THE most powerful weapons in the Democrats' arsenal. I hope they eat each other, and the GOP, alive.
    August 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |

    AMEN!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Kate in NJ

    Sarah StirThePot can't stand to sit on the sidelines. She will probably enter the race, raise some more funds to be able to write off expenses, then withdraw and write another book about the left wing media out to get her. Sarah will look to boost her price for speaking fees and look for another TV program – once again wailing about how the media talks about her kids, even thought she drags them in front of the camera. Now that Kate Plus 8 has been cancelled she is proably looking to ink a deal to fill the void. She has certainly learned the art of self-promotion and how to milk the system.

    August 21, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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