Rove levels Palin accusation
August 25th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
7 years ago

Rove levels Palin accusation

(CNN) - Karl Rove accused Sarah Palin of "thin skin" over a message from her political action committee criticizing the speculation surrounding her presidential intentions.

"It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her," Rove said Wednesday night of Fox News.

The statement from SarahPAC, released Monday, said the predictions are "intended to mislead the American people" and "fuel the 24 hour news cycle."

The post followed Rove's comments Sunday when he said the release of a web ad and the former Alaska governor's travel schedule are evidence she is more likely than not to jump into the race.

But Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said if Palin is unhappy with the speculation she should "simply say 'I'm not running.'"

"Instead, every time she pops up in the public eye – like she did on CNN at the Iowa State Fair a number of days ago – she said 'I haven't made a decision,'" Rove said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate is expected to address a tea party event in Iowa on September 3. When asked recently in Iowa if she would be ready to join the race by Labor Day, Palin said "I doubt it."

Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
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  1. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama wrote:
    The world has turned upside down, I am agreeing with Rove.
    I find myself surprised to in agreement with Rove on anything. But, I though it was because Palin is really that bad. I wonder what it means when conservative strategists start making honestly critical remarks about her.

    August 25, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Middle America

    I think I have had enough with Palin. I'm looking close at Cain, Paul, Perry and Romney.

    August 25, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. keeth

    She wants the spotlight, but she doesn't want anyone to talk about her unless it is scripted and approved. She wants to tell us all the bad things Obama is doing (even when it's not about him, she makes it about him), but then she offers no solutions. Is she schizophrenic? Bipolar? What is her deal?

    August 25, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. AEJ

    Look at what she did recently when she went on HER BIG BUS TO IOWA? All she was doing was trying to get some attention. The fact is Sarh Palin is OUT and this will deminish her. She will disappear just like the Tea Party will soon!!! Remember there would be NO Tea Party is we did not have a Black president.

    August 25, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Sue

    So true.
    Palin is a coward. Every move she has made has been cowardly, from her resignation from political office to her refusal to speak with news outlets she doesn't deem "friendly." Zero leadership skills beyond the level of, say, a bake sale. And some people actually WANT her to be President? Rove is right on this one.

    August 25, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Cat

    II am joining the crowd who can not believe I am agreeing with Rove. Palin is a moron, she loves the attention and the money. Come on America stop listen to her, stop watching her. And maybe, just maybe she will go away for good. Sound good does it not, NO more Palin.

    August 25, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Dea2

    At least when it comes to $P, I find that I agree with Carl Rove much more than I disagree with him. Why can't the rest of the extreme GOP see her for what she is, a money hungry, publicity hog, with no substance and no plans to do anything that will cause her to actually have to make decisions. She couldn't handle being the governor of Alaska, there is no way she'd last six months as president.

    August 25, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. dave

    Of course, it does make logical sense. The GOP is trying to gear up their future candidate to go up against Obama in re-election. Sensing that most people have tired of Palin and her antics they are wanting to clear the playing field and refit it with serious candidates. Sarah Palin has more or less worn out her welcome with the GOP months ago... they have kept somewhat hush hush because she continues to garner respect amongst their more radical and less educated fringe voters... granted, these are people that the GOP will probably never truly pander to but a vote is still a vote. Seeing how her base has shrunk and her mere presence is now proving more damaging than beneficial, Sarah has become the unwanted relative that absolutely never fails to show up at the family reunion. The strange relationship between her and the media is now more of an annoyance to the GOP than an opportunity.

    August 25, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. RINO Bil

    What Karl Rove doesn't realize is that Sarah Palin is marketing Sarah Palin. She wants to control, and profit from, all things Sarah Palin. So by speculating about her candicay, Rove is threatening to take away some of Palin's thunder and control.

    Another thing Rove doesn't realize is that Sarah Palin is in this for Sarah Palin, the money and perhaps the adulation (it makes her feel important); she is not in it for the country, she is not in it for the GOP, and she is not in it for the Tea Bag Party.

    August 25, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. emmy skadittle

    for pretending to hate the media, they love to feed it.

    August 25, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. joan

    Palin has interested the American eye like a bad reality show... I truly doubt she would ever be electable again. she sunk herself and the only reason people even bother to read or write about her is something akin to the irrestiable urge to slow down and watch a train wreck.

    August 25, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    The following is an encore presentation of The Truth
    EffortPA wrote:

    It is clear that Sarah is incapable of having any kind of constructive relationship with people who disagree with her. People who disagree with her tend to become enemies for life. Unfortunately, that means that she will never be able to surround herself with people who are smarter than her, because if she did, they would more than likely disagree with her quite often. This behavior is very destructive, you simply cannot go in life making enemies everywhere you go. In her delusional mind, she thinks that the problems will stop the day she becomes President, but they would only get worse. In her delusional mind, she thinks that once she is President, everybody will agree with her. That is a fantasy that only exists in her mind. If you asked me, I would say that this woman belongs in the Nut House, not the White House.
    She's running for the What House.
    "What? You talkin' about me?"
    "What? You writin' stuff about me?"
    "What? You shootin' your cameras at me?"
    "What? What you want?"
    "What? You want some of this? What?"

    August 25, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Cat

    OMG, Palin is the leader we need now???!!!! What moron said that??? Let me guess, a right wing ultra conservative. We need someone with brains, that leaves her out. We need some who can answer simple questions, that leaves her out.

    August 25, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Scott

    Rove is just doing what Bill Buckley did before him. Pointing out the incompetent political candidates in his party like Palin to preserve the party as a legitimate contender in the future. Palin is so incompetent she makes fringe candidates like Bachmann look competent, even when they severely lack executive experience.

    August 25, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Katy

    Palin isn't running and Rove knows it. If Palin wanted to govern, she wouldn't have quit her job as governor, and if she DID run, she wouldn't even carry Alaska. I would love to see her in a debate with Obama, former President of Harvard Law Review. But, that isn't going to happen. She wants to stay in the news so she can make money. Sadly, her day has come and gone. Her movie was a complete bust. America has moved on. Good bye, silly, stupid, sensitive Sarah.

    August 25, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. erich2112x

    The goose vs. the gander.

    August 25, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Eagle Eye

    Karl who?

    August 25, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. John

    First time I've EVER agreed with Karl Rove! Palin.... just put up or shut up! I'm sick of you!!!

    August 25, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. bassman

    This is not about being thin-skinned. Its about a paid contributor and doing his homework. If he had, he would have known Gov. Palin addressed his original prediction about getting in the race on Sept. 3. Palin addressed this issue with CNN, when she said she was doubtful she would get in by then. If Rove had done his homework he would have known this and never would have said she is getting in then.
    Rove was trying to set her up. If she did not announce, her critics would say she is being indecisive. Now since she set the record straight by reminding us what she told CNN, her critics are now saying she is thin-skinned. The bottom line is CNN asked the right question, and Gov. Palin made it clear Sept. 3rd is not when she is announcing. That question makes Rove's criticism mute. Except our media will ignore the fact that Palin made it clear before Rove made his prediction. Our media will not point out that Rove did not know or he mislead Fox's viewers.

    August 25, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. JustMe

    This woman's thin skin is just about one out of about a gazillion reasons why she has no business whatsoever running much less holding any public office, especially that of President.

    August 25, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Ken in Nc

    THE SKY IS FALLING. It must be because I agree with Carl Rove. Sarah is in doubt about running for POTUS because Sarah cannot coordinate with Palin and Palin cannot coordinate with Sarah.

    August 25, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Dot8

    Sarah Palin already knows she's not electable for the presidency, she is a political figure fluke.

    August 25, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. JJ

    Does anybody really expect this dingbat to behave with any sort of substance or professionalism? Please. Just dump her from the news cycle already. She's playing you media chumps like violins.

    August 25, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Geezer

    I"m in the twilight zone. I'm agreeing with Rove. What's wrong with me?

    August 25, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. clarke

    She would never make a good leader. But she loves the game, and a game it is for her, just to keep her name in print. She really has nothing of Substance to offer the American people to solve all the problems we have in this country. For myself, I really don't care what she does. For some reason the media does, she is not news.

    August 25, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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