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.

Filed under: Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. dude

    I voted a straight democrat ticket two years straight while the republican party tried to take out Ross Perot just like Rove is talking now.

    Be careful or the "rump" party will be the one with the Elephant.

    September 15, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. TheTraveler

    "Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons is now favored over O'Donnell in the general election. "

    Keep up the good work Sarah... You and the Tea Baggers will do more damage to the GOP than any Democrat, incumbent or otherwise, could ever dream of.

    September 15, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Tony 140

    WAY TO GO SARAH. Taking on her own party – like she has done in the past and she will continue to do. Now she's showing the Republicans what "cajones" are. Ah, leadership, what a breath of fresh air. Haven't had it in awhile in DC.

    September 15, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Russ

    Buck Up? What the hell does that mean? Is she talking about a horse? Why does anyone care what this has been says? Almost every candidate that won that she endorsed would have won without her. Why does CNN and other news agencies keep saying Palin's big win. She didn't win a damn thing. She a media whore plane and simple. Nothing else. She gets off seeing her name in the headlines. I'm sure her own family is getting sick of it by now. Can anyone say: Look at me, look at me, look at me. Hey I'm Sarah Palin!!!

    September 15, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Prat

    Dude, Sarah Palin is the worst arguer in the world. All she can ever do when confronted with a disagreement is sound off some old-timey saying. "Buck up" "Well bless his heart!" Why are people still listening to her?? Hey Sarah, shut the buck up!

    September 15, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. carly

    Interesting that the extreme right wing has become too extreme for those who led the way (Rove). After all they have just juiced up the type of tactics that Rove used for many years.
    Now the old extreme is scared of the new extreme on the right.

    September 15, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. twiddly

    Yes, Palin wants more people as dumb, or dumber, than she is.
    Then, she might look almost intelligent by comparison.

    September 15, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Carrotroot

    The Republicans are certainly airing out their dirty laundry. Now even Rove is being thrown under the bus. O'Donnell must be *really* bad if Rove has to come out and denounce her candidacy.

    September 15, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. RedMan, Canada

    Well, he better listen to her. After all she has accomplished so much right? It's not everyone that can be chosen as a VP and then talk some crazy arse gibberish to Katie Couric. And it's not everyone that can call out Hillary Clinton for being too soft regarding the media and then spend the next 2 years crying about the same media, whilst working for the media.

    Yessir, this girl is a special kind of d.umb. Only exceeded by the minions who follow her.

    September 15, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Tony 140

    If Sarah helps pull off an O'Donnell win in the general – everyone needs to shut up about her political clout. And if she does, I hope she writes another book and gets even richer. Amazing – the Lefties cannot understand how someone, who is not a well-bred, Ivy League lawyer, can get rich and wield political influence.

    September 15, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Wisman

    More Like SHUT UP!

    September 15, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. George of the jungle

    I hope these people can live with the mess they are creating. It would be awful if these tea baggers get elected. Out country would go down the tubes with these nuts at the helm.

    September 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. sheppard

    "put aside internal power grabs and greed and egos"??? This woman is made up of "internal power grabs and greed and egos".

    Hopefully Karl will 'man-up' and tell her where to get off at – if only we could be rid of the both of them.......

    September 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Dover

    Palin gives good advice. I think she gets it from experience. After all she has done nothing but *a phrase that rhymes with "Buck-up"*

    September 15, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Jackalope

    The arrogance of powder!

    September 15, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. A Kickin` Donkey

    i may not like Rove but his view of American political climates is head-n-shoulders above Sarah Palin`s.

    As the GOP lurches right, those thinking voters will not be able to take the looney candidates seriously.

    We need only listenn to what came out of Rand Paul, Sharon Ingle? or O`Donnell`s mouth too see that true Americans will recoil from a GOP with EXTREMIST elements.

    The Tea Party is opposed to ANYTHING initiated by President Obama and they think they`ve succeeded in turning indepedent voters against the socialist.

    Wrong, we`re smartwr than that.

    September 15, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. JON

    This is what America wants more crazies in office. If any republican works with the DEMS vote him or her out and put a I HATE DEMS AND WILL VOTE NO ON ANYTHING THEY COME UP WITH TEA PARTY CANDIDATE. You think Washington is broken now just wait and see what happens after November. How dumb do you have to be not to see what is going to happen. After NOV. and republicans have power be ready for your taxes to go up to pay for the rich and big business, be ready to loose your rights and be ready for the national debt to jump by 2 trillion dollars. The one good thing out of this the blame will go back to the people that put us in this mess the REPUBLICANS. GOD HELP US ALL.

    September 15, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. steven rothacker

    Karl Rove is no one to criticize these candidates. He was in the Bush team and spent $5 trillion more than they took in and other problems that enabled Obama the liar to take the election. He is a big spender and has no standing to critcize candidates. He had his chance and blew it.

    September 15, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Santa Fean

    Rove vs. Palin! The "brain" vs. the "quitter"! I love it too much. I am sure that Palin reminds Rove of the empty headed man he used to boss around and think for. Now all the "quitter" needs is someone to think for her too! Both parties are ruled by corporations so don't go thinking that the Tea Party has any real chance of change. Corporations will not allow any real change in The United Corporation we call America. Time to kill Corporate America.....if we can.

    September 15, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. HiloBob

    Tea Party candidates tend to make wacky statements about civil rights to abolishing social security, etc. They want ordinary folks for extraordinary jobs and this is what you get.

    Maverick says you're a rebel outside the box... Tea Party says "You should be put in a box."

    And then there goes Palin, a snake swallowing its own tail.

    September 15, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. xwheels

    Buck up.....Palin can't even get a euphemism right. It's buck-off Rove, not buck up, silly rabbit.

    September 15, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Marcus

    If this some kind of 'smoke and mirrors' strategy, then it is really starting to work!

    September 15, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Squigman

    If both were thrown into a burlap bag, then tossed into a deep river, the world would still turn. Possibly the air we breathe would be fresher, and the sun would shine brighter, but who cares about quality of life, when there's a daily soap opera to keep all entertained.

    September 15, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Gotta love it when someone with Sarah Palin's extensive credentials gives Karl Rove a verbal spanking.

    September 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Sebastian Haff

    Karl Rove accusing somebody of lacking rectitude and sincerity! That's the funniest thing I've heard all year!

    September 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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