Rove levels Palin accusation
August 25th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Rove levels Palin accusation

(CNN) - Karl Rove accused Sarah Palin of "thin skin" over a message from her political action committee criticizing the speculation surrounding her presidential intentions.

"It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her," Rove said Wednesday night of Fox News.

The statement from SarahPAC, released Monday, said the predictions are "intended to mislead the American people" and "fuel the 24 hour news cycle."

The post followed Rove's comments Sunday when he said the release of a web ad and the former Alaska governor's travel schedule are evidence she is more likely than not to jump into the race.

But Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said if Palin is unhappy with the speculation she should "simply say 'I'm not running.'"

"Instead, every time she pops up in the public eye – like she did on CNN at the Iowa State Fair a number of days ago – she said 'I haven't made a decision,'" Rove said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate is expected to address a tea party event in Iowa on September 3. When asked recently in Iowa if she would be ready to join the race by Labor Day, Palin said "I doubt it."

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  1. Kate

    I'm appreciating something said by Karl Rove. There's hope for bipartisanship after all!

    August 26, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Rino McCain and his rino campaign workers did not know anyone other than rinos and so assumed that all Republican politicians where rinos. They selected Governor Palin for the VP slot thinking she was the same as they and found an actual conservative in their midst and where horrified.

    When Governor Palin moved the McCain campaign from eight points down to four points up in only three weeks, the progressives, both Democrats and rinos, panicked. They knew at that point that McCain was going to win the election and with Palin as Vice President she would be a shoe in as President in 2012 or 2016. Having a true conservative as president would derail the progressive agenda for years and they would do anything to avoid that.

    The progressive media had lauded Palin with many positive articles prior to her being selected as the VP candidate. With Palin living in the sticks, That's the progressive label delineating Alaska, she was no threat to the progressives in power. When they realized that she could drive to an airport and fly to the lower forty eight in just a few hours, they panicked. Then they find that she is married to a minority, made babies with him and one of the babies is a special needs child. At that point it was......OH!..MY!....GOD!....she must be destroyed.

    Progressives, being in a full blown panic now, ordered McCain and his campaign workers to lose the election, which they managed despite Governor Palins efforts.

    August 26, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  3. The_Mick

    I have a bad opinion of Palin, but it should be pointed out that Rove only makes comments when he has an agenda. He's either courting another candidate or has already agreed to support one (Perry?). He'll lie like he did when he had people call McCain "the Manchurian Candidate," belitting his captivity in N. Vietnam and implying he was brainwashed or when he got Pickens hooked up with the anti-Kerry Swift Boat "Veterans" who raised issues about Kerry's Vietnam service even though Bush explicitly refused to go to Vietnam. Rove is garbage and shouldn't be listened to.

    August 26, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  4. jp0887

    HA HA HA , Palin is the best since slice bread. She is so smart and knows
    how to get all the liberals banging and scratching their heads.

    If she is in for the money and etc, so What. She is just so smart, smarter than
    the liberals.

    That chubby rove, just keep shooting his mouth off, why fox would put up with
    this nasty is beyond anyone. Get rid of him, he says the same thing over and
    over again.

    August 26, 2011 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  5. brad

    Sarah Palin is an attention w--. The media is her drug of choice. Rove is a doosh, but he's on target here.
    She was the governor of the north pole, no one knew who she was or if they did, they certainly didn't pay much attention to her obviously. Then McPain needed to offset the minority thing with Obama, and here we are. Stuck with this moronic, air-head who does nothing but travel around seeking attention, and has no intentions whatsoever of seriously doing anything but seeking more attention. The saddest, most profound thing of all? When she steps off a bus, there's a sea of idiots with microphones falling all over themselves to record her next anemic attempt at constructing a coherent or meaningful sentence.

    August 26, 2011 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. borisjimbo

    Gee Karl, you have a talent for the obvious.

    August 26, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. Lenny Pincus

    Ohhhh, catfight. First off, when you quit a political job, you don't keep the title. That's stupid. So no more Governor Palin. Let's call her Puss Palin, that'll be better. Yeah, Puss, can you come over here and submit to you dork husband. That'll be fun. Then Bachmann can try to outdo her by submitting to her androgynous husband. That'll be cool. Finally, Rick Perry can cop some crank and call some chicks–you know, his usual Saturday Night. Unless he deflates and needs a booster. I hear he has bags of the blue pills for just the such occasion. But who will enter the ADD/Reublican Race next week? Rubio, Christie, maybe Ted "I'll poop my pants to get out of Nam" Nugent, or Kelsey Grammer who women leave because he's dull. I hope Pawlenty has a littler more time, Running a race by arguing napkins aren't paper towels usually assures public humiliaation, which Rich knows well–santorum is now some kind of butt dischaarge and it sdounds really gtoss,

    August 26, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. nm56

    Palin is in for the money, So What
    she is a quitter

    August 26, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  9. Tanya

    If Palin, Perry and Romney are the best the right has to offer, I don't think Obama has to worry about 2012.

    August 26, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  10. DixonIV

    Palin is nothing more than a self serving professional victim.

    August 26, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. M.K.

    This pitiful excuse for a woman should go to some desert island and buy it with all the money she conned the right wing nuts and bible thumpers out of. She is a spiteful and mean spirited bxxxx, and would be better off if she would just expire. I cannot believe that otherwise smart and knowledgable people would listen to her B/S.let alone consider voting for her.

    August 26, 2011 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  12. M.K.

    The repukelicans are still not over the shock of their darling [McCain] getting his clock wound by a black man. That must be a hard pill to swallow for McCain. That is why he acts so bitter. He should retire and spend some of the government checks he is going to draw for the rest of his miserable life.

    August 26, 2011 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  13. blftgk

    Do panhandlers have to pay income tax on the money they recieve?

    August 26, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  14. FallORome

    Sarah Palin is simply unelectable!!! She does not have the command to be president and I believe that American people recognize that. My sense is that she is waiting until the last minute to jump into the race so that she can avoid as much of the political fray as possible. All the liberals can stop worrying about her. She makes for great media but that is the extent of it.

    August 26, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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