September 15th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
12 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. Rightwingevangelicalconservatism is a disease

    Palin, Angle, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman et. al. should be put in a sack and beaten with a stick. Doesn't matter who gets hit, it'll always be the right one.

    September 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Geoffrey

    All talk and no substance! Some of the things which has come out of this "Contract with America Party", unhappy, clueless little complainers really doesn't make sense such as revisting the Civils Rights Act of 1965. Why don't we revist what happen to the indigenous people (natives) when the boyz from Europe went on a field trip to what would be called the New World.....sort of like the Palestinians..right?... or the Africans who became slaves, negros and then African Americans...that's a lot of name changing ! Ha Ha..u may think it's funny...but I'll never forget. The Tea Party isn't my "cup of tea"...(pun intended)......solution to the problem regarding unhappy patriots....go back to where your forefathers immigrated...BTW...Is the tea an import...I think so!!!!

    September 15, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. teabooger

    Well God Bless Her. We Love her more than anything. Keep at hun.

    September 15, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. regular guy

    At least she can stand up to Karl Rove. You have to hand it to the woman...she's got balls.

    September 15, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. they call me "tater salad"

    And you Sarah Palin should "shut up" !............Works for me!!

    September 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Looks like this has the makings of a real old-fashioned shining-off.

    By the time Rove gets done with Caribou Barbie, she's gonna feel like a squirrel that just got caught in a tractor's gears!!!

    Sarah, you are reassuring the Dems will maintain control of the House and Senate – Keep up the good work!!!

    For the rest of you, if you want a good time, stop a Tea Bagger and ask them to explain their party's platform. They can't.......

    September 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. lovable liberal

    I don't think she meant "buck" and I don't think she meant "up". But close.

    September 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Carol

    Anyone connected with Palin should not be elected to anything!

    September 15, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Dano

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. I'd wait until some of your tea party candidates actually win a congressional seat before crowning yourself the Grand Pubah of politics. It's one thing to win a primary election, but in the general election one has to appeal to more than your rabid followers. Quite frankly, candidates like O'Donnell scare the hell out of voters who think about more than lower taxes, God & guns, and she'll be hard pressed to get many IND voters to buy into her small minded agenda.

    September 15, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Obviously, this nut has no idea who she is taking on. These are the powers that be and can take her down in a heart beat. They let her lie and carry on thinking it would help them. They unleashed these monsters on America and now they will have to deal with them. Good luck with that!

    September 15, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    It's not about a party: it's about saving America from a madman.
    If Republicans help reverse the Race for Marxism that began in 2009, let them do it. If Tea Party stars reverse President Obama's parade, let them do it. If Blue Dog Democrats help, let them.
    It has nothing to do with your precious political party.
    Just stop President Obama and bring back America.

    September 15, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Camron

    Watch out Sarah you are not even close to being in Rove's league. The only time you will know that he has stabbed you in the back is when you see the blood on the front of your short – and then it will be too late. A man who could plot and scheme to keep Bush in the White House for 8 years is far above your head.

    September 15, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Ricky

    I've never agreed with anything Rove has said in the past, but I must say the he does bring up some good points & questions about O'Donnel that she will have to answer to the voters.

    September 15, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Lynn

    To finish her governorship she should have "bucked up". Can someone please explain to the voter's what Palin has to offer, she only speaks in generalities. A train wreck is more interesting.

    September 15, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. SmarterHuman

    Every single thing out of this witch's mouth is ACID.

    So sick of hearing about her shew-like warnings to other people. She should be buried in 8 foot thick concrete.

    September 15, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Laurie in Spokane

    Golly gee whiz.....I just love it when the Republicans attack each other. Like a pack of cur dogs, and everyone blaming everyone else for GOP mistakes. Keep it up PLEASE! You are now a laughtingstock party.

    September 15, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. The Wise One

    Sarah who?

    September 15, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. cel

    My Dearest Sarah,

    What the hell does that mean ? Once again, you have provedthat you are as whacky as Rove, Libby, Cheney and Baby Bush. You right winger whackos are ALL out of touch. Would you mind just going away ?

    September 15, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I wish we could be rid of this trailer-trash bimbo..... god she is repulsive on every level.

    September 15, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Kenneth Krieger

    Sarah is right again.

    September 15, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. USA 1

    After the Tea Party/GOP extremists take over in November....

    The New Pledge of Allegiance

    I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United Corporate States of America, and to the wealthy, for which it stands, one Corporation, under Wall Street, with discrimination and poverty for the American middle class.

    September 15, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. David

    Nobody wants to vote for a far right extremist. Obama gets painted as a liberal extremist, but these tea party people are so far to the right they should just start wearing brown shirts. You and the rest of your kind can go start a new country in Sudan where you would fit in.

    September 15, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. jae

    wow, rovey, how does it feel to be put in your place by Palin? Sorry I am LMAOROFL!!!!!

    September 15, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. IndependentVoter

    Sarah Palin is a cancer to the GOP. She should take her own advice, and leave politics alone... Nobody wants to hear from a Governor who could not even complete her term.

    September 15, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Dean

    It is all about party, for these politicians. It isn't about what 'the people' want. It isn't about what is 'right'. It is about 'us vs them'. This is true of both Democrats and Republicans. Vote your conscience and your beliefs – not your party. Vote for the candidate who reflects your own values – not your party. The US is in trouble right now primarily because of party politics, on both sides of the aisle.

    September 15, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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