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

Rove: Palin excitement will die down

Rove says the excitement surrounding Palin will wear off.

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."

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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. America the Stupid


    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. D from MI


    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    I miss the John McCain of 2000; the Republican-sponsored 2008 version is just a shell of a man spouting lies, fabrications, half-truths, and BS. Recycled philosophies, dangerous political hijinks, unqualified picks and reckless rhetoric are self-serving and, more importantly, threatening to our domestic security. A ‘maverick’ does not mimic the talking points of Herbert Hoover while towing the Republican Party line. An elephant cannot change colors unless it lies in the mud…

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Rodger

    Rove telling the truth...maybe the dow will go back to 15,000, he just wants to be heard. When the Democrats take complete control of congress and the White House...they need to put him and the entire Bush team in jail!

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. youth vote

    at least he doesn't lie like john mccain does

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. high information voter

    One must always wonder what Rove's agenda is. This is not a man concerned with governance, ethics, voter's rights or competence. What does he want, I wonder?

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Purple Nurple

    I sitting here in my office listing to John spew his lies, and he just called Obama part of the problem in washington; this comming from a man that was there the 26 years?? Go freakin figure????

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Stacey T., Lowell, MA

    It would be nice if her 'celebrity' finally did die down. That way the issues (you know the little things that should be used to gauge electability) are discussed. I am also sure that Palin would like the 'Troopergate' press to die down, especially now that she won't (nor will anyone in the administration) cooperate with the investigation all of the sudden.

    I hope Americans really are smarter than McCain-Palin are hoping.

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Karen - Missouri

    Rove is one example of why Americans are really tired of the old style politics. We have so many more dire needs right now than worry about this "silly season" stuff.

    I'm voting straight Democratic ticket for the first time in my life. Republican economics has failed during MANY presidents and congresses, including at the state level.

    The Democrats just have more intelligent approaches and are the only ones who back individuals, small businesses, and workers....PERIOD

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Baze

    This guy is a real piece of work. Now he's campaigning for himself. He probably wants to be the next Director of the CIA under whatever President wins. You have to admire his incredible ability at mind games.


    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    Did someone finally inject this guy with a truth serum?

    September 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Mark in Houston

    Coming from such a pillar of morals as Karl Rove, this "news" can be essentially ignored as useless. Like everything else Rove says.

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Jews for obama------google palin and buchanan brigades

    this is a trick........don't fall for it

    they want media attention for palin.......................

    think about the e-mail was an inside thing.........

    I know this.....................they want us to sympathise with palin...............

    believe's from a reliable source

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Rick

    Barack Obama = Lying, Corrupt, Political Hack.

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Deborah

    Notice how his comments immediately have us talking about her again. Karl Rove never does ANYTHING unmotivated....there is a reason why he is keeping his nose in this, make no mistake. It is not as Joe would say "an ephinany" and sudden love of truth. Do not be distracted.

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. RJ, CA

    Funny how Obama suddenly had "foreign policy experience" after a one-week sightseeing trip abroad.

    Let's send Sarah Palin over there for a week. Not only would she draw bigger crowds than Obambi - it would shut the Obama camp up about HIS foreign policy experience - which is a great, big ZERO other than that orchestrated photo-op - which is why he had to pick Biden - who voted FOR the war in Iraq, to boot!

    LOL – Obama/Biden - what a couple of losers - what do they ACTUALLY stand for?!

    This former Hillary supporter is proudly voting for McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Howdy

    CNN – I know you won't post this, you haven't posted any of my comments, but here goes.

    You all should check out the article on regarding Palin's governing tactics. She claims to want open government, but expects total secrecy from her staff. She uses personal email accounts so they can't be subpeoned when something goes wrong. She fires people when they disagree with her and appoints friends that are not qualified to run the departments.

    Is that the type of government you want?

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Craig Nazor

    Rove is the one who's arrogant. He should be in prison for contempt of court instead of handing out not-so-accurate election advice. So far, the Democrats don't seem to want to uphold the rule of law in an election year – it might galvanize the opposition. Oh, well, in sixty days, with a decisive win by the Democrats, those in the Bush administration who violated the law (and the Constitution) may be standing on ice as thin as the ice on which polar bears now stand, thanks to the very same "it can't happen to ME!" arrogance that threatens the entire globe. And with the current financial crisis, caused by Republican deregulation once again (didn't anyone remember the S and L debacle?!), we may not have the financial cushion we thought we had to address global warming. At this point, if people can't see how badly the current Republican Administration as screwed this country, then I supposed we will get what we deserve. Thank you, Karl Rove!

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Transparency Please

    Palin needs to back away from using Heart's "Barrcuda". A more appropriate theme song for her and McShame is from the Thompson Twins: "Lies, Lies"

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    "Rove also told the AP Obama is an "arrogant dilettante,"

    What does that make Rove?

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. PalinLiesTooMuch

    I just can not stand this potato head guy, did you guys see he was insuling Allen Colms for telling the facts about Mccain having 59 lobbiest working in his compagn more than any body in polical history.

    September 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Karl Rove told McCain to get Palin and now he knows that this was a stupid move. Rove knows that Palin has NO substance and knows NOTHING at all about the country's economy, foreign policty etc.. That shows you that McCain can't think for himself and he would be a puppet for Bush in the Whitehouse.

    Atlanta, Georgia

    September 18, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. B

    Does anyone beside me find that it strange that while McCain believes in a "culture of life" his wive's family and fortune depends on an industry that is responsible for 40K -50k deaths a year in automoble accidents?

    September 18, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Celeste

    The Republican campaign is going to crash and burn into political oblivion – they will be in the political wilderness for at least 16 years, I predict. Every Republican I see/hear are acting as though they dont belong to the incumbent party, which is responsible for the crisis (on all front)in America. They are behaving as if they are of a third party. They are totally at fault, the fundamental principles that they have supported all these years, are coming home to roost. John McCain and Sarah Palin both ascribe to the failed policies of the party. I hope the American people wake up this time.

    September 18, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Alice

    He's diminishing the public's expectations of Palin, so when she gets through the VP debate without a major gaffe, she'll be declared the winner – like W was against Al Gore.

    September 18, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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