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. Enoughalready

    You go Sarah! Thank you so very much for the democratic help! Keep up the good work! Democrats are "all in" for you!

    September 15, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. BD70

    Figures Palin would say something like that. Its either "Buck Up" or "You Betcha" or "We all part of the same group". Eeesh....Nothing in depth comes from that womans mouth. I am beginning to feel sorry for the Republicans.

    September 15, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Silly Sarah is destroying America one State at a time.

    September 15, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Precious

    "I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid, to take a stand, to take a stand. Everybody, everybody come take my hand, come take my hand, let's walk this road together, through the storm............

    September 15, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    *LOL* I guess this is a ladies way of saying "Buck you" Karl...

    September 15, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. PaulC

    The U.S. is indeed entering a dark and scary period.
    This could be the start of the second dark ages.

    September 15, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Gilbert

    We love dissension in the grand OLD party!! Keep it up sarah

    September 15, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. PaulC

    If this group gets into power it will be death panels and bedroom police.

    September 15, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Sam

    I never thought the day would come that I'd agree with Karl Rove on anything, but this time I do. I think these teabaggers, Palin and O'Donnell included, are in for a rude awakening this November. Democracy is government by the majority, not the loudest minority.

    September 15, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. oklahoma lib

    Mrs Palin, and I know you're reading, do you think that perhaps Mr Rove is simply responding to this because he saw how badly you performed in 2008? And perhaps, is he saying that it's a mistake for the Republican party to put people like Mrs O'Donnell and yourself up for really important national elections? I know this is hard to hear, but hey, Buck up! You get a ton of cash for making generic speeches to conservatives and pontificating on Fox, since you aren't serving as Vice President. So maybe the world is as it should be Madam.

    September 15, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. c a skinner

    The Republicans and Democrats better start listening to the people. The politicians work for the people and the majority rules. O"Donnell won the primary therefore the majority spoke. Wake up.

    September 15, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Tanbiker2

    Generally, I despise Karl Rove and anything he stands for, but in the case of Kathleen O'Donnell and Sarah Palin he is right on the mark. Those two women seek to destroy the Republican party. Hopefully, the Tea Party will die with it.

    September 15, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Blanche Jackson

    Sarah Palin need to learn how to speak correct English, what "buck up", and what lady speaks like that, she sound like she is talking about a deer. Hell hast no fury like a women scorned, she didn't win and she is taking it out on President Obama. She is nothing more than an opportunist and the women following her are the same.

    September 15, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. dave

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. Plain and simple.

    September 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. JJ

    A dingbat quitter telling a fat repuke to buck up. That's hilarious! LOLOLOL!

    September 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. nell

    People are entitled to their opinions, but I would like to think Americans who support Palin and the tea Party would want more from them than one sentance statements, Mama grizzly, Buck up. Sarah speaks only on radio shows that cater to her. How are the Tea Party folks and republicans considering rounding up voters from the Democratic party, Independents and libertarians if they do not let the people hear them debate. For instance, Angle cancelled her debate with Reid, after requesting a debate. Are we so against the President that we will permit people who are not qualified to lead this country?

    September 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Robbie

    Sarah Palin and Karl Rove = symbols of the republican party

    Barack Obama = 2016

    September 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Patrick

    "Buck up?" What does that mean? I think that comment shows us the intelligence of this woman.

    September 15, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    Go get him Sarah!

    September 15, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Kate

    As a lifelong Dem Icould not be happier about the Tea Party victories!

    September 15, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. hjs3

    Oh Joy!

    The GOP has built their very own monster....
    The gift that's going to keep on giving...

    September 15, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Republicans is smart in the head area

    It's her party now, Karl. You released these wingnuts on the world and are shocked when they turn on you. Ever talk to Newtie? He knows a thing or two about it.

    September 15, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Barry In Las Vegas

    Sarah's right – primary is over – time to get behind the candidate and get to work. His ego can be fixed later.

    September 15, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. jms

    I would never have believed that I could agree with Carl Rove.

    September 15, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. methuselah

    Yeah divided. Not falling for that. Rebrand the GOP all you want, they are still the same bunch of idiots.

    September 15, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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