September 15th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin says Karl Rove should 'buck up'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Sarah Palin responded Wednesday to Karl Rove’s assessment of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s chances in November."](CNN) - Sarah Palin has a message for former top Bush aide Karl Rove: "Buck up."

Palin sent her message to Rove Wednesday on Fox News, after he expressed the doubt that Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for."

"Well, bless his heart," Palin said. "We love our friends, they're in the machine, the expert politicos. But my message to those who say that the GOP nominee is not electable, or that they're not even going to try, well I say, buck up!"

Rove, on Tuesday, also said that O'Donnell had made some "nutty" statements prior to her victory.

Palin stuck to her message that competition within the GOP will produce candidates best suited for victory in November –a theory that may be proven incorrect, especially in Delaware where Republicans had hoped to take control of the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden. Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons is now favored over O'Donnell in the general election.

Palin said the GOP should "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos" and unite behind all of its nominees.

"I have absolutely nothing against Karl Rove or any of the guys who have much fatter political resumes than I will ever have, but […] they need to realize that the time for primary debate is now obviously over, and it's time for unity because the time for choosing is here," Palin said.

Palin endorsed O'Donnell just days before her primary victory, capping off a remarkable come-from-behind victory for the political newcomer and dealing the Republican Party establishment a significant blow in their hopes for regaining control of the Senate in November.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Mom of 3

    Palin and O'Donnell are quite a pair. They are both intellectually underwhelming, of questionable integrity, full of generalities and short on details of what they would actually do to help the country. I'm sure the likes of Palin doesn't think it's a problem that O'Donnell has lied about her education, defaulted on her mortgage, defaulted on her student loans, has a very sketchy employment history and cannot decide if lying to Hilter to save Jews is OK or not, but intelligent voters will care.

    September 15, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. GLO

    What she wanted to tell Karl Rove is: "I'm in charge now, I do the thinkin', and if I tell the teabaggers to vote for flakes and idiots, then that's what they'll do, so shut your piehole!"

    September 15, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    Wow! Who knew the Republicans would implode like this? Hilarious!!!

    September 15, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    I LOVE IT. Palin Likes O'Donnell. Rove says O'Donnell's "Nutty". Palin tells Rove to "Buck up". O'Donnell isnt's saying anything.

    It's like a political version of the Jerry Springer show. The entire party is on the verge of collapsing under the weight of so many megalomaniacal liars and power-grabbers. The puppets dont know which way is up, the TEA partiers keep waving their signs even though no one cares about them any more... Palin even calls it a 'Machine' ! Even Fox News cant keep up with this pace of mud-slinging, outright lies, dirty money changing hands so fast no one can track it. Commercials in every state in the Union where the right is trashing the right...

    I guess it's true that some species eat their young. Let the Chaos roll on! The GOP gets what they deserve. ROFLMAO!

    September 15, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. marianne

    She's still mangling the English language, but glad to hear her call Rove out for his bad character.

    September 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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