September 18th, 2008
12:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Rove: Palin excitement will die down

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove says the excitement surrounding Palin will wear off."](CNN) - His insight guided both of President Bush's successful White House bids, but aides to John McCain might just be hoping Karl Rove stops talking.

Days after the prominent Republican strategist said the latest McCain campaign ads had "gone too far" and failed the "100 percent truth test," Rove told the Associated Press Wednesday he thinks the choice of Sarah Palin was a political one and that the excitement she has generated will soon wear off.

"Nothing lasts for 60-some-odd days," he told the Associated Press. "Will she be the center of attention in the remaining 48 days? No, but she came on in a very powerful way and has given a sense of urgency to the McCain campaign that's pretty remarkable."

Related: Palin excitement levels off

Rove also described the choice of Palin as a "political pick," and said she was not the most qualified Republican McCain could have chosen. But Rove also said Joe Biden, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was also a political pick - designed to make up for Barack Obama's relatively short resume.

"I think the American people have deep and persistent doubts about the readiness of this dynamic and charismatic first-term senator from Illinois," said Rove.

Rove's comments also come days after he wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal advising Barack Obama to stop attacking Palin directly, noting past attempts by Democratic presidential nominees to attack the No. 2 on the GOP ticket have largely fell flat.

“It's a match-up he'll lose," Rove writes Thursday in his regular Wall Street Journal column. "If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he's running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president."

Rove also told the AP Obama is an "arrogant dilettante," but continued to offer the Illinois senator advice on how to win the election: "The way that Obama can win is by explaining, expounding on who he is."

Filed under: John McCain • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. susie for Obama

    Michelle in Philly – Senator Obama (that title is curiously left out in Fix News) has been criticized, scrutinized and answered tough questions for more than 19 months. He fought and came out ahead of both the Clintons!!

    There isn't enough research in the world that can vet Sarah Palin in the next few weeks – let everyone do their job and shut up!

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. CRAZY



    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. vanessa

    HOLY COW!!!!

    Rove, please keep talking honey!
    The more you talk, the more you damage the Mavericks.


    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. WI Cheesehead

    Palin excitement will die down before the freak show comes to a town near me?
    Palin should get a new line on the stump.
    Question: What do you bring to the table?
    Answer: Drama.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Republicans Regret Palin Pick

    McCain picking Palin was believed to be a rash decision and events every day are proving this to be true. Either she was not properly vetted or she was and the McCain campaign thought they could keep this stuff under wraps. Either way his judgment, or lack thereof is in question. She was a bad pick and we will lose this election because of it.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Obama voter

    How hypocritical is America, we complain about Sen. Obama don't wear an American pin, where is McCain's American pin, and can someone please tell him to try to remember at least 1 sentence without reading every single word, getting confused on what he is saying.

    Hope no one Hacks into my e-mail for my comment.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. NC

    Rove calling out the Rethugs. The earth must be spinning backwards or something.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Republican Conservatives do turn on their young!

    Don't fool yourself fellow bloggers! There are a significant number of Republicans who look at the McCain/Palin ticket with disdain. Many so-called Republican surrogates of the McCain/Palin ticket have/are speaking out indirectly against it (i.e. Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, and now Karl Rove).

    Karl Rove was talking up the McCain/Palin ticket as smart for McCain 5 days after McCain announced her as his VP on Aug. 29th. But ever since Palin's interview with ABC's Gibson and the financial market mess, even conservative thinkers such as George Will and David Brooks really question whether McCain was right to pick Palin.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. barbara

    Hey Karl,
    any insite as to why Sarah Palin continues to lie? How did she react when asked to be the V.P. candidate?

    A) without hesitation (as she told Charles Gibson)

    B) after discussing the idea with her daughters (as told to Sean Hannity)

    If she did ask for her daughter's opinion, she should have told the first dude because he didn't know his daughter's knew what was going on. (as told to Greta Van Susstern)

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. S. Boatman


    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Perhaps you should explain to all the parents of special needs kids that you claim to be an advocate for, just why you vetoed $275,000 from the Special Olympics budget while governor of Alaska, therefore, cutting it by half.

    We adults can handle the many lies we have come to expect from you about your record, but this is particularly grievous, because with friends like you, these kids do not need any enemies

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Danni

    Rove is being.......honest?! Hell must have frozen over.

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Rob

    HELLO- the excitement is already gone. its all the GOP's lying that's hurting them–2 pathological liars on one ticket–thats amazing . Palin still can't answer a question without a prewritten script . and as for McCain -he can't read it or remember it , but hey he invented Blackberry. do you thing RIM knows this-LOL

    ISSUES AND TRUTH MATTER –TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES.and stop saying the economy is fundamentally safe.

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. David

    Can this comment be considered in any way prescient, in light of the fact that Palin mania has already subsided?

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin

    It already has, people are seeing her for the pathological liar that she is. Why won't she release her tax records? Why do they say she is ready to be VP when she is not even ready to give interviews?

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. st_ives00

    Man this guy is cunning...u can never tell what he is up to...but this is the definite trick up the republicans sleeve...don't fall for it people!

    Obama '08

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Mccain and Palin are Liars

    from the Lips of the Smear man Himself Rove shouln't you be in Jail by now if the democrats win you will be. Obama 08 the Truth Canidate

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. am


    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Dexter in Houston TX

    Why does Rove have a platform??? Oh yeah, he’s the evil mastermind who focused millions of Americans on the non-issues like gay-marriage, gays are the reason traditional marriages are on the decline, gays are destroying the country… “Me thinks Rove protest too much…hmmm!”

    September 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Franky

    Ohh look guys!! The Dow is about 60-80 pointsd low!! I was right!!! UNDER baby!!! LOL!!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. McCrazy

    Someone asked Palin yesterday a policy question and instead of answering it, she said something to the effect of i say ask me anything you want, play stump the candidate or something like that. That was her answer? She didnt answer anything, and then McCain stepped in.

    Obama, while still green, can answer a question.

    It is so sad to me, because i used to like McCain, that he is willing to go so low as to play second fiddle to Palin just to get his name up as president.

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    Just more lies from Gidget does Fargo. She and McCrypt are such liars why is this even news anymore? Just another guilty republican liar.

    Just like Larry Craig who we now know must have been “tapping” out Broadway show tunes in that bathroom stall!

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    It already has!


    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Sam

    "For the first time in my life, I am proud to agree with Karl Rove"...

    September 18, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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