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."

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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. nobama

    What Michelle in Philly said.....

    There is NOTHING behind Obama's speeches. He talks pretty, but has not substance. Why does he need a teleprompter all of a sudden? He can deliver a speech but can't be specific on issues without notes. He may well have some difficulty in the debates, especially in the Twon Hall format. I guess we know why he rejected the McCain suggestion of a series of joint, town hall appearances. I think he agreed to that during the primaries, but to steal a term from most of you "Lied" about that, just like the public financing issue.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. candis

    I am waiting to see this Pig On A Spitt give out information to other in stripes in Prison. Rove should not be in front of a mike giving his views on anything. He thinks he is so smart. All of his corruptions will soon catch up with him and I will be so happy to see that. Take him completely out of the public's eye.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Morals and Values for sale!

    First off, who cares what Karl Rove thinks... Stop asking him questions unless it's when he's going to join th Hairclub for men.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Fed UP


    I think you are right!!

    Somebody needs to seriously investigate this! Has anyone ever seen Rove and Limbaugh in the same room together??

    The conspiracy thickens!!

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. American Ariman

    Whoever keeps pulling this guy's string, please stop.....

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Kathy, OK

    He's giving a point that everyone already knows, especially the Obama Camp. They're doing just fine without him. This man is constantly trying to pull himself out of the bowels of inhumanity into decent society, and he can't. Stop paying attention to him, stop posting what he says. He should be in jail, where he can't profit from his crimes.

    He sold his soul, but let's not sell ours. The man is a leach, shun him.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Eli

    THIS MAN has to be a SEXIST, why would he run his own party down. Im a DEMOCRAT and I can see that.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Lorraine

    McCain is attacking the republicans and Carl Rove does not like that. I don't trust him either.

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Knucklehead61

    I wish Karl Rove would stop talking, too. He'll talk to anybody but Congress.

    And how can you compare yourself to a pitbull when you won't even be interviewed, and all you can do is whine that you haven't been treated with the proper deference?

    September 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. TKW-New Mexico

    Why can't Sarah Palin answer questions from the real media outlets? What does this chic have to hide? When is this sideshow going to be over? It feel like I'm watching a circus act. I can't believe this is real. Karl Rove is the ring leader. Why are we listening to the "Swift Boat King?"

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Christina

    To Michelle in Philly:

    Darling have you been living under a rock for these past 20 months. Obama has constantly gotten tough questions and he's constant;y given truthful answers. Please explain to me what type of person would vote for a man that doesn't know how many houses he owns. That's absurd!!! It's past time for change in the White House.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |

    60 DAYS? It only lasted 6 after you allowed Gidget to giggle her way thru an interview.

    Feeling a bit like a used condom Sarah?

    You should, as the republicans have definitely used you and had "their way with you"(hope that is biblical enough for you).

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Chris from NY

    I don't know why Democrats are leaving their battle to the media and people like Rove to fight. Republicans for six years were in control of both arms of Govt and the Executive branch. And the Republicans have had the gutts to accuse the congress that Democrats have controlled only for two years of being reduncdant. And the Democrats are not fighting back harshly against these people. This is a mess. I like the Democarts but sometimes they made me question their political abilities. If the shoes were on the other side the Republicans would have bled this for all it's worth.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. si mwen te konen tou jou deye

    i'm sure alot of mcclueless supporters are wandering if karl have been drinking from the same cool laid the OBAMA SUPPORTERS HAVE. LOL..........clearly, the GOP brand is in trouble. Prominent but croocked republican have signal the danger ahead with sarah as mcclueless V.Pig pick.
    i don't want to say i told you so but i told you guys she was bad and she was a political imposter, placed on the ticket to deflect attention. now she has to answer to the press, the currious georges out there and now even conservative are saying "what was mclame thinking."

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Even the Devil Can Tell the Truth

    Rove's correct. The surge generated by Palin won't last.

    Remember, Karl Rove is first and foremost a careerist. He wants to be known as the guy with the sharpest, most accurate political judgments. So, the advice he's recently offered to Obama is truthful. Obama will help his own chances of getting elected, he if attacks McCain and Bush but pretty much ignores Palin. Palin's a fluffball who will fade all on her own.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Darryl

    The McCain and Palin act is truly a game. They master the Art of lying.

    John McCain in one breath said not to tax the Rich and then in the next breath he said that the CEO and CFO are Stealing money which one is it?

    Is John McCain if confuse?

    Why is Sarah Palin alway Yelling?

    She's acting like a Car Selling model what is she trying to sale..

    America needs to look under the hood...

    CarMax rejects that car.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Brian

    Looks like Darth Vader has wandered off the reservation.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    > When has any news media outlet who sat with Obama to interview him
    > ever asked him any tough questions?

    Ummm... last month when Bill O'Reilley interview him for FOX News. I guess you don't remember that too much... maybe that's because Obama held his own and didn't come away looking like a total dolt unlike some other hockey mom who shall remain unmentioned.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Republican for truth

    Why don't you negative people just shut up. If you know so much why didn't you run this country or do something about the war, economy?
    I have never seen or heard or so many ignorant people and it is really an embaressement to the American people. Are you people US born citizens?

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Mike in Columbus

    Michelle in Philly,

    I've done a lot of research. I have never found the information that so many like you insinuate is out there.

    Lets see some links to these facts you allude to. I'll look at it. Where's it at?????

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Arden

    I don't care what Karl Rove says, Barack and Joe are still the better pick. I anyone can vote for a Republican at this crucial time is absolutely stupid. God forbid that anything were to happen to either presadential candidate, however, at least Joe Biden would be the safer choice to step in to become President.

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. P. D.

    Palin is a flawed V.P. pick. He choose her not for her qualifications, but because she is a woman. Did He honestly believe women would fall for that? We are much smarter than he credits us. I am, in fact, insulted. I would never vote for a woman who charged rape victims for their own rape kits. That is cruel and unjustified!

    September 18, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Alex

    Hey Michelle in Philly, Obama sat down with Bill O'Reilly. Can't get much tougher than that.

    And it's more than I can say for Mooseburger Palin.

    Check your facts next time.

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

    Sarah what color is your lipstick?

    In what aspect, Mike?

    Game over!

    September 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Cam

    The only thing needed to complete the picture is Rove saying all of these things while munching on a drumstick from KFC. He is grotesque to look at. Reminds me of Henry the Eighth.......

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