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."

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    If Sarah Palin is thin skinned then Karl Rove is the pillsbury dough boy. By the way, I don't respect either one's political actions.

    August 25, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. The Beatles

    Look up narcissistic personality disorder, and read the criteria for diagnosis. Palin truly fits all of them. Rove may be a colossal jerk, but he's smart & savvy enough that he realizes if the party winds up nominating her that his party's goose is cooked

    August 25, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Judas

    Why did it take Rove three years to call her out for being thin-skinned? This is hardly a recently discovered pattern of behavior on Palin’s part. She’s pretty free with her criticism’s and talking trash, but when it’s directed back at her, she never lets it pass, and never fails to issue a predictably lame retort that would make a middle school mean girl cringe with embarrassment. The sooner Palin exits stage right the better off our country will be, and if a manipulative lowlife like Rove can make that happen, then fire away.

    August 25, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. RayJacksonMS

    This is the first time that f ool Rove has ever been right about something.

    August 25, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. REG in AZ

    Even the Republicans are recognizing Palin as a liability that offers nothing but self-centered energy.

    August 25, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Robert - Atlanta

    All publicity is good for “public figures”, that’s what makes them celebrities. Palin and Rove both know that, it keeps the money flowing in from the ignorant flock of GOP/FOX sheep. The real crazies like Palin, Perry and the other crazy lady make Romney look good to their right leaning, non-insane supporters. Mittens is not that crazy, he’s just another very rich guy with a big ego and a lust for power; he’ll still toe The Party line. Money and power make-up for their other short comings, if you know what I mean.

    August 25, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Norm

    It's called milking the cow. Her goal is to collect as much in campaign contributions as possible. Saying she's not running would end that. Would probably be very interested in VP offer.

    August 25, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Like I said before, Sarah will only admit she is a presidential candidate when Roger Ailes tells her it is ok to do so. Outside of that, she will play this wait and see game. Also, by keeping on the fence, she can hope for a brokered convention where she can come in and try to play the hero asking for the presidential nomination to break any deadlock.

    August 25, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Bullricky

    Rove drove the Republican party to near extinction. Palin almost single-handidly revived it in 2010. He needs to fade away before he does even more damage. I hope she doesn't run, she is far more valuable as a king maker– and revenue generator to candidates (for both parties, even!).

    August 25, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    wow just like some others here I find myself agreeing with Karl Rove for a second time this week. The first was his opinion of Rick Perry and now Miss Sarah. With earthquakes in DC and a hurricane heading up the coast along with Jeb Bush telling GOP hopefuls that bashing Obama is not all they need to do along with Huntsmen calling out his fellow Republicans this just might be the end of the world coming as we know it. And if it is of course the GOP will say it's Obama's fault. 🙂

    August 25, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. CB002

    And the thick head to go with it!

    August 25, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Rick 7809

    I didn't think two Faux News employees were allowed to disagree.

    August 25, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Adam

    I tell ya, Mitt Romney is some kind of sharp politician. You can't find even the slightest chink in that guy's armor. He has only one mode: cool mother-effer. He's easily the most electable candidate against Obama. He looks like a President, sounds like a President, and is just top to bottom ridiculously on point.

    It's gonna be Perry out of the GOP because he's a Christian. But Romney is honestly the smarter choice to run against Obama.

    Regardless, Romney is showing his stuff. And it's pretty special to watch.

    August 25, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. AK11

    I believe Palin is entitled to use her PAC for whatever she wishes until she decleares her candidacy, and at that point there are some restrictions. So why would she announce early.

    August 25, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Toejam

    Good Lord. I agree with Karl Rove. The Mayans were right, and the world is ending!

    August 25, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Indy

    Sarah the Defeated Palin is going to run on what ?
    Defeated by 5 colleges
    Defeated as Mayor of Wasilla (20 mil debt from stupidity)
    Defeated by Troopergate found guilty
    Defeated by expense fraud as Governor
    Defeated as VP pick
    Defeated as Governor (quit when it got tough)
    Defeated on Death panels
    Defeated on "Blood Libel"
    Defeated on reality TV show (cancelled due to lack of interest)
    Defeated at the box office
    She was the Un Defeated liar of 2009,2010

    August 25, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Confused

    The statute of limitations must be over for Mr Rove when he defended the Cheney adminstration and Skippy Bush. Now he seems to have come to his senses with his opinions of Perry AKA Bush 3.0 and Caribou Barbie. I get the feeling of pigs flying and cats and dogs living together when Karl begins to make sense! Bravo. Welcome to the real world!

    August 25, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Blackman in America

    Oh ok................didn't realize she had any "skin".

    August 25, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Really?

    Karl Rove and Sarah Palin are two peas in a pod. Both have very little to actually offer the country in any constructive way, and yet both love to be in the spotlight. Wasn't it just last week that Rove was gushing about what a great candidate Palin would make? I disagreed with him then. I have to admit I agree with his latest statements however. Sarah does NOTHING to offer positive solutions to our country's problems. She constantly hurls accusations, and then gets outraged when someone dare make an offhand comment about her own situation. Read back through her statements to the press. Do you see ANYTHING that is an original idea, or a substantive plan for turning things around? Nope. People are tired of hearing politicians whine, but give no solutions. Palin, Bachman, Perry...give me a break. Obama may not be as good a president as we'd like him to be, but at least he's trying. The others can't even begin to say that.

    August 25, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Stokley

    Regarding Palin entering the 2012 Presidential race...who cares??

    August 25, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Walt

    Rove is right, but he is still a traitor to this country

    August 25, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Alina77

    Fraud with lipstick!
    People on the right keep your wallets close to your hearts, dont give her a penny, buy some food for your kids, or pay some bills instead. She is using your kindness and trust.

    August 25, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Lagos

    To be fair, if you had the media obsessing over you for 5 years day in and day out, you'd eventually get pretty ticked off about it.

    August 25, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. TJeff1776

    There is beginning to be some rumbles about Palin, and a few other Demos and Repubs, attempting to put together a third party. I believe there is something to it.

    August 25, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Kent Allard

    The question isn't whether or not she will run. The question should revolve around when she will quit. She is the ultimate modern American, a Frankenstein monster of narcissism and greed. Rove is an insect, but a clever insect. He hit the nail on the head. She mocks the media if they pay attention to her, and, if they ignore her, she does something so they pay attention to her.

    She is a creation of the media, is fueled and enriched by the media, and smirks her way through her interaction with the media.

    August 25, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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