Karl Rove: Palin’s reality show doesn’t exactly lend her presidential gravitas

posted at 9:49 pm on October 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

First came the criticism of O’Donnell on the night she won the primary, then came the knock on tea partiers for being unsophisticated, which earned him Rush’s ire. Now this.

Is he … trying to alienate grassroots conservatives? And if so, why?

“With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’,” Mr Rove told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.

He added that the promotional clip for Sarah Palin’s Alaska could be especially detrimental to any political campaign. It features the mother of five in the great outdoors saying: “I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office.”…

Mr Rove was asked if the 46-year-old Mrs Palin, who is among the front-runners for the next Republican nomination, would be a wise choice if the party wanted to seize the White House from President Barack Obama. He replied: “You can make a plausible case for any of them on paper, but it is not going to be paper in 2011. It’s going to be blood, it’s going to be sweat and tears and it’s going to be hard effort.”…

“There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world’.”

His excuse for this will be that he’s just being honest, as he’s duty bound to be when he has his commentator hat on, but no one on either side gives Karl Rove that little credit strategically. If he thought there was advantage to be had here in ducking the question, I’m sure he would have done so. Three theories, then: (1) This is pure payback for Palin needling him on the night of O’Donnell’s victory, calling him a “good old boy” who’s part of the GOP establishment “machine.” (2) This is him trying to run down a formidable presidential contender so that his own candidate of choice in the primary will benefit. Who that candidate might be, I don’t know, and maybe Rove doesn’t know yet either. But Daniels is, of course, a Bush alum, and Rove had some very nice things to say about him just a few weeks ago. (3) This is a ploy to try to reorient Republicans who are leery about Palin back towards the “establishment” and away from the tea-party grassroots. It’s one thing for the average conservative joe to harbor doubts about her, but if a guy who helped get George Bush elected twice is hint-hinting that she’s disqualifying herself by doing this, it may goose the perception among undecideds that she’s unelectable.

Exit question: Isn’t the response to this simply that Palin plays by her own rules and is playing … pretty darned well right now? The reality show is unorthodox, but being authentic and unpretentious and outdoorsy have always been key to her appeal, and the show feeds all of that. No doubt Rove would have said three months ago that appearing on Maher’s show in the 90s meant that O’Donnell could never beat Mike Castle, and yet here we are. Voters turned viciously on the GOP in 2006 and 2008 and now they’re about to turn viciously on Democrats; they’re utterly exasperated with what they’re getting from Washington, in which case if there’s ever a moment to try something out-of-the-box, now would be it. High risk, but high reward too.

Update: The AP’s seen the first eight episodes of the show and has nice things to say.


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Perhaps he should tell it to the star of Bedtime for Bonzo.

Rip Ford on October 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Yeah…but its Presidential to go on Stewarts show…for a laugh.

royzer on October 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I think that sort of backfired. Not many people laughing today.

AnninCA on October 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

How’s this for Presidential gravitas?

long_cat on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I’m not a long-time GOP type. Newly Independent, in fact. But from my readings, the typical GOP pattern is to run, lose, run again, and do better.

I think she’s bowing to the GOP tradition. Sure, her ideas might not be the “winning” ticket, but she’s sure entitled to toss her hat in the ring.

And the only reason I can see for the backlash? A lot of people are worried she might win the primary.

AnninCA on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Sure, it’s no “The View” or “The Tonight Show” or “Mythbusters” or “Iron Chef”* but it does look like a beautiful introduction to Alaska and maybe a way for people to see the Palins who, unlike the people here, only know of her what the MSM has been saying about her/them for so long.

*all shows our current CIC has been on that apparently aren’t taking away from his gravitas per Rove.

DrAllecon on October 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

When is Rove going to get on the bandwagon? He is only hurting his credibility and starting to sound more and more like one of those “elitist” talking heads.

ultracon on October 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Rove needs to take his “wet blanket” and stick it in his ear or the orifice of his choice . . . and he needs to shut up.

rplat on October 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Bush was not a conservative domestically. His failure to govern as a conservative is what destroyed the Republican brand which has fortunately been saved by the Tea Party. The Tea Party’s origins are in all the Conservatives that were silently enraged that Bush governed domestically as a liberal. Rove is Bush’s Architect. He has absolutely no credibility with anyone who sees the truth in what I’ve stated above. Rove should be ashamed of himself, b/c he bears a lions share of the responsibility for Bush’s incredible contribution to the national debt and destroying the Republican brand. He should shut up and go take a hard look in the mirror. Idiot.

Simona on October 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Sunday before election
Fox News Sunday
Who should be our primary interview?
Who can shed light on this election?
Who do our viewers want to hear from?

Rove – No
Palin – Yes

I guess we know who has more gravitas!

huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

PS – Bush governing as a liberal & destroying the Republican brand is the only reason Obama got elected. So if Rove is the architect, he’s a big part of the reason Obama & the Democrats are in power and able to destroy this country economically. Why would we listen to anything he has to say?

Simona on October 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Yeah, the architect of the demise of the GOP needs to go teach somewhere or resume consulting and stay out of the public arena.

Everyone who has written Sarah’s political obituary has subsequently eaten crow.

I guess that all of Reagan’s B-rate movies means that he lacked the political gravitas to lead out country for 8 years.

Too bad that Karl Rove helped turn the goodwill generated by Reagan into complete distrust on the part of citizens of all political stripes.

molonlabe28 on October 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

What’s up with Karl Rove attacking women? Really.

redwhiteblue on October 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Is he … trying to alienate grassroots conservatives? And if so, why?

He’s a party man. Everything about Karl Rove’s behavior points to the idea that there is something more important to him than advancing conservatism…like party politics. It’s not that hard to figure out.

gryphon202 on October 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

This validates that what he did to O’Donnell was intentional.

darwin on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Sure, her ideas might not be the “winning” ticket, but she’s sure entitled to toss her hat in the ring.

And the only reason I can see for the backlash? A lot of people are worried she might win the primary.

AnninCA on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Exactly. That is the thing that personally drives me crazy about her attackers. If indeed she is so unelectable, such a joke, that will become apparent if/when she has to compete against all those guys with gravitas. If she is intellectually unqualified that will come out when people compare her answers, her positions to other candidates. When did it become a crime for a politician to run for office?

katiejane on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Rove is dead-on correct politically. Ms. Palin is a smart woman. She won’t misread her tea leaves. Chances of her running are slim to none because she knows she can’t win in the general. Why would she chance her good fortunes at this point?

sherry on October 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

This woman took down a standing governor and doesn’t believe in playing it safe. One of her favorite quotes is “A ship is safe in the harbor; but that’s not why a ship was built.”

bw222 on October 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Rove and his cohorts are happy to accept the life preserver the tea party has thrown them but, once back on the boat, want to reassign the tea partiers to steerage.

Makes me sick, honestly.

MaxMBJ on October 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

This validates that what he did to O’Donnell was intentional.

darwin on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I could have told you that weeks ago. I don’t necessarily disagree with the substance of criticism from O’Donnell’s detractors, but no one can tell me what the point of all of it is.

I believe Rove is politically fossilizing himself.

gryphon202 on October 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

This validates that what he did to O’Donnell was intentional.

darwin on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

“We call it sacred honor” Will Folks.

the_nile on October 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Does he have aspirations of his own presidential bid? Is he trying to validate is own political career? Is he trying to jump start a new career in political/news commentary? Is he anti-feminist? Why does he pick on Sarah Palin quite often and not the other prospective Republican Presidential candidates?

LurP on October 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

“I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office.”…

I am positive that Washington and Jefferson felt the same way. Did that stop them from doing their duty?

BierManVA on October 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Karl knows exactly what he is doing. He’s trying to get his negative narrative out there before the show is even shown. I read last week that Karl’s cohort was the man who ran McCain’s campaign (was it Schmitt or something?) so this explains the reason they undermined Sarah all through the campaign (I’m sure they didn’t even want her for McCain’s running mate), and continued to badmouth her for so long afterwards. Karl Rove is an evil genius and his goal is to knock Sarah out as soon as possible before she even gets started, so he can get the candidate “they” want. Karl most likely played a large part in things Bush did or didn’t do that we didn’t agree with, such as not responding to bad press. He has become powerful and has lots of big donors behind him – we cannot let him get by with sandbagging Sarah before she has even declared. Rush is going to have to take him on to stop him. Will he do it? I believe he will.

silvernana on October 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

And the only reason I can see for the backlash? A lot of people are worried she might win the primary.

AnninCA on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I’m sure that’s true.

Esthier on October 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I have been amused reading so many of you geniuses opining on the future effect of this TV series, while insisting the content of the series does not matter.

You are asked, “have you seen it?” “I don’t need to see it”
“I don’t care” “Doesn’t matter”.

Brilliant analysis! May I subscribe to your newsletter?

Who are the closed minded cultists again? Ha!

I fail to be convinced that should Sarah run in the general, after a successful nomination campaign, that she would lose any of the states where McCain won. Your arguments are not at all valid in this regard. I also am not convinced she would lose any of the states where Bush won in 2004.

If she were to win the Republican nomination, the campaign leading up to that ultimate victory would be changing perceptions all along the way, and we would be looking at a completely different landscape than exists today.

She can restore the Reagan Coalition, and that is exactly what she has been working toward all this time.

Pro-life, social conservatives
2nd Amendment, NRA
Economic, fiscal conservatives
Libertarians
National Security, Peace Through Strength
Reagan Democrats, blue collar private sector union workers

add in the new dynamic of the Tea Party Movement.

If she can pull this off, Obama is toast, no third party required. If there is some middle of the road third party candidate, they will draw votes from Obama more than her, because for all the talk about Sarah being “extreme”, in reality Obama is in the crapper now because he turned out to be too far left for a good chunk of the voters that got him elected, and they are abandoning the Democrats in droves this year. They are not coming back.

All of you in the “unelectable cult” are deluding yourselves with old talking points that are worn out.

First, she has to make the sale to Republican primary voters, and that she can do.
Then it will be easier to make the sale to enough others to get over the top. The “lightwieght, unserious” perception will be changed by primary victories, one after the other, as it was for Obama, and even Huck when he won Iowa.

It’s very doable, if you aren’t too shortsighted to recognize it.

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

A nice flake, who I agree with on most things.

She can get people to the polls. Let her be RNC Chairman.

Nodonkey

WOW..SEXIST much?? I am sure that that NICE FLAKE is just sitting in a corner waiting for you to tell HER..a former governor but to your dismay, still a woman…what she can do with her life and her career. Keep your condescension, loser. My money is on her gut and her guts. She has more COJONES than the entire rest of the 2012 field combined.

Dan Pet on October 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Rove is a political scientist. His pragmatism does not mesh well with the enthusiasm of the Tea Party and the underlying sentiment surging through the country at the moment.
If he is to remain true to his science he has to tell it like he sees it.
In his heart I am quite sure he does not want Obama to see a second term.

FireBlogger on October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Vote for one only please:

1. “I live for the game of politics; the deals, the compromises, the power. Being in a political office is my life.”

2. “I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office.”

‘Nuff said.

Freelancer on October 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

By the way, I absolutely believe that Karl Rove does recognize what I’m talking about, and is endeavoring to prevent it from coming to pass. For what reason exactly, time will reveal, although many have educated guesses right now.

These people KNOW she can do it, and don’t want it done.

For a variety of reasons.

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I agree that Rove probably has his own idea of who he wants to run for president and if Palin enters the ring she will take away some votes from whoever that may be and it could possibly hurt both of their chances. Kind of like Edwards took away a bunch of votes from Hillary. In the end, though, it’s Palin’s decision as to whether or not to run and if she decides to and wins the nomination, he has no choice but to support her. Whether the reality show hurts her as a candidate is anyone’s guess, but just look at Mr. President, being all presidential by letting Stewart get the best of him on last night’s show. Surely that didn’t help his image. Well, I don’t think anything can help his image at this point, so why not go on Dancing with the Stars next?

scalleywag on October 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

In his heart I am quite sure he does not want Obama to see a second term.

FireBlogger on October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

But the question is whether he does not want to see a Tea Party type in the office just as much.

katiejane on October 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

The process of building credibility through the primary campaign can be illustrated in reverse.

Take the case of Mitt Romney. He looked and sounded like a strong candidate, but every primary he dumped loads of staff and cash into the arena, and came up short time and time again. He had to drop out and endorse McCain.

Same with Rudy. He was the front runner for a long time, remember all the Rudy vs. Hillary Battle of The Century stories? When he failed to win, he faded pretty quickly.

If Sarah throws her hat in the ring and takes Iowa, either wins an upset or finishes strong in New Hampshire, then takes South Carolina, the game has changed dramatically.

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Whether the reality show hurts her as a candidate is anyone’s guess, but just look at Mr. President, being all presidential by letting Stewart get the best of him on last night’s show. Surely that didn’t help his image. Well, I don’t think anything can help his image at this point, so why not go on Dancing with the Stars next?

scalleywag on October 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

The difference is, she is not President of the USA, he is.

I have no doubt that Sarah Palin would treat the Office of President more like Reagan or Bush, not like Obama has.

She has great reverence, respect and pride for the institution of President, and the Nation it represents.

Obama sees it as a tool for his own use, and does not revere the history like she would. Reagan would not remove his suit jacket while in the Oval Office, and Bush loved the White House as the House of America’s people.

To Obama, it’s the ultimate progressive romper room for deconstructing the history of our country, and rewriting it in his own image. Take, for example, how he has more than once left out the Creator from the Declaration.

Sarah would never do that, she would emphasize that line in particular, because of what it means.

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM

We didn’t know how good we had it under GWB.

slickwillie2001 on October 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Kinda. GWB may not own one-third of the blames but his “compassionate” conservativism (lite socialism and pandering) became the stepping stone [main basis] of this criminal Administration to implement “extreme” policies like Obamacare.

On the fundamentals? Because GWB’s compassionate conservatism has no teeth at all! He couldn’t even wield his powers to investigate those damned evil twins, Fannie and Freddie.

Why? COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM THAT IS NOT SO POLARIZING AND SO ELECTABLE.

TheAlamos on October 28, 2010 at 12:48 AM

I appreciate what you’re saying about the failings of compassionate conservatism, and it was definitely part of the problem. Even saying the phrase is conceding to the critics that conservatism is not compassionate, which is of course false.

That said, I don’t think the blame falls quite as much on Bush as you imply. I think our basic problem is the herd of RINOs in Congress. Even when we had control of both houses of Congress, it was just barely, and there were plenty of Republicans kowtowing to Democrats and political correctness. Bush couldn’t get anything conservative through Congress if he tried.

That may be an academic question for the Bush administration, but it’s extremely relevant for the future. If we don’t get more conservative Republicans in Congress, we’ll be back in the same boat no matter who is the next president.

Palin sees this clearly, and has dedicated herself in this election cycle to getting more conservatives elected and building up the Republican party as a conservative party. Whether she runs and wins in 2012 or not, we really owe her a debt of gratitude.

With all she’s done in this election cycle, I don’t think hosting a travelogue/documentary on Alaska is going to hurt her.

tom on October 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Have you seen it? Did it disgust you?

TheAlamos on October 28, 2010 at 8:40 AM

No I have not but I don’t need to see it. Whether the show is good or not misses the point. The mere fact that she’s DOING a reality show is the problem. There is nothing presidential about that in any way shape or form. Full Stop.
Believe it or not the perception of a president is important, both domestically and globally.
SP is appealing to many b-c she comes across as “one of us,” but it’s hard to see her handling the job of pres in real-time. It just is. Look @ how badly The One is doing…?!?

Tom66 on October 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

It doesn’t look like a “reality show” to me, but I think arguing about the distinction misses the point. The question will be, is she actually doing anything on the show that is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate? Rock climbing? As part of a show about things you can do in Alaska? Fishing?

People keep calling it a “reality show” so they can imply it’s like Survivor, or Fear Factor, or [shudder] Big Brother. It’s not.

tom on October 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

This is the guy that Democrats are frightened of and regard as the great political mastermind that engineered ALGore’s defeat? I don’t hold him in such high esteeem and just where the hell did Barak Obummer’s gravitas get us? Go Sarah!

Herb on October 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Sure, her ideas might not be the “winning” ticket, but she’s sure entitled to toss her hat in the ring.

And the only reason I can see for the backlash? A lot of people are worried she might win the primary.

AnninCA on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Exactly. That is the thing that personally drives me crazy about her attackers. If indeed she is so unelectable, such a joke, that will become apparent if/when she has to compete against all those guys with gravitas. If she is intellectually unqualified that will come out when people compare her answers, her positions to other candidates. When did it become a crime for a politician to run for office?

katiejane on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Yes, people keep acting like there’s some possibility the GOP will just run up to Palin and offer her the nomination. In fact, one of the best things about Palin is that no one has ever handed her anything. She had to work for everything she’s ever accomplished. If she wants the nomination, she’ll have to enter the race and campaign and debate, just like everyone else.

Obama? What can you say about someone who is given the Nobel Peace Prize before he’s done anything to earn it, just based on his [mythical] potential?

tom on October 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Could it be that Sarah is trying to re-shape the public perception of her following the ruthlessly unfair image distortion hit job done on her by Saturday Night Live et al?

Recently a co-worker was telling me Sarah Palin wrecked McCain’s chances in the last election. I asked how? Was told “I saw a few things she said back then that were really ‘out there’”.

When I asked co-worker if what she saw were actually the SNL hit pieces, she couldn’t remember. This is a typical consumer of mainstream media propaganda. She was also a big fan of John Edwards.

Hopefully my friend watches Sarah’s reality show, but I won’t count on it.

As for Karl Rove, one of distinguished “Big Gubmint republicans”, all I can say is:

Karl, put the crackpipe down and step away from the microphone. Here, put this “special” white jacket on and take deep breaths….these walls are padded for your wellbeing.

Sweet_Thang on October 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

It’s very doable, if you aren’t too shortsighted to recognize it. ….Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Right On!

Herb on October 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Relax Rovey…….

http://www.etonline.com/tv/102269_Sarah_Palin_I_will_Run_for_President_in_2012_If_There_s_Nobody_Else_To_Do_It/index.html

she’s not going to run…..so who knows maybe your boy JEB will jump in the race and trot out the family line that he’s a “CONSERVATIVE”.

I will NEVER vote for another BUSH or a BUSH Surrogate!!!

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I think our basic problem is the herd of RINOs in Congress.

tom on October 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Would that be a crash of RINOs? :)

alwaysfiredup on October 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

You keep saying she won’t run, but I keep seeing the opposite.

You’re wrong.

Brian1972 on October 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

It’s a completely novel approach. A travelogue? No politician has done anything like this before. The Obami are terrified it will make her more lovable and personally appealing to the electorate. Cults of personality work, and the Obami know this better than anyone. This is why they are trying so hard to get him on TV on the Daily Show and Mythbusters, so that if it works out she doesn’t have a total lock.

Obama is rattled. Palin and the Tea Party are inside his head. People make mistakes when they are rattled. Palin was rattled in 2008 but she’s got that behind her now. Obama and I both know she might just pull it off.

alwaysfiredup on October 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Okay I’m going out on a limb here…….

….is it possible that the RINO/Progressives/DC types have a deal/agreement where the DOTUS will serve two terms and then the GOP can have a turn (all in agreement that the FEDGOV will continue to grow it’s power regardless of party in charge)?

Therefore 2012 is just a throwaway for the GOP and that Rovey is really just setting up 2016 for JEB or Rubio and that Palin is going to have “hell to pay” by the GOP like they gave O’Donnell in Delaware?

And if they’re going to give (the Progressives in both parties) BHO 8 years to do his thing then they’re going to keep Bloomberg in waiting in case they need to bring him on to defeat Palin in 2012 (should she even run)?

When you see her discussing 2012 and here her talking to Mary Hart about the Presidency you know this is a UNUSUAL way to go about being “Presidential material”, and then of course there are going to be credible candidates that will be running as CONSERVATIVES in the GOP so it sounds like she’s telling her supporters to look elsewhere.

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

….is it possible that the RINO/Progressives/DC types have a deal/agreement where the DOTUS will serve two terms and then the GOP can have a turn (all in agreement that the FEDGOV will continue to grow it’s power regardless of party in charge)?

Possible? Hell, I’d say it’s more than likely! Even a cursory look at the last century’s political history should lead one to ask wether the Big Two have made some sort of unholy power-sharing alliance.

Dark-Star on October 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

but if a guy who helped get George Bush elected twice is hint-hinting that she’s disqualifying herself by doing this, it may goose the perception among undecideds that she’s unelectable

Frankly, the more these professional manipulators of the ruling class opine, the more I’m willing to go in the opposite direction.
I’ll file Karl with Arnold and Jonnymac in my old heroes file and try to find a 12 step program and recover.

Don L on October 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

“The Evil Karl Rove” strikes again. The neo-con, RINO empire striking back? Always the agent provacateur.

I suspect he’s doing this for all three reasons. I bet Palin will outmaneuver him yet again too. And, just like Rove’s attacks on O’Donnell backfired and earned him the well deserved and everlasting nom de politique/guerre ‘Tokyo Rove’, I think this is going to backfire as well.

JimP on October 28, 2010 at 2:06 PM

…is it possible that the RINO/Progressives/DC types have a deal/agreement where the DOTUS will serve two terms and then the GOP can have a turn (all in agreement that the FEDGOV will continue to grow it’s power regardless of party in charge)?
PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

No, it’s not possible.
And I’m pretty sick of your conspiracy theories about the GOP, frankly, after reading your deranged, capitalized, bolded rants for months.

Jenfidel on October 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

…of course there are going to be credible candidates that will be running as CONSERVATIVES in the GOP …
PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Like whom?
I can’t think of a single true conservative besides Sarah.

Jenfidel on October 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM

KARL ROVE IS RIGHT BY DAMMIT!

IF YOU WANT “GRAVITAS” … IF YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT.

THEN YOU HAVE TO DO SERIOUS STUFF LIKE THIS.

HondaV65 on October 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM

My eldest son is 12 years old. That may not be able to vote for President in 2012 BUT definitely able to vote in 2016! He already liked her during her the previous campaign. He said she reminds him of me… because she looks way younger and prettier than her age. He says that she’s so natural and tough and cool. That’s coming from a 2nd degree taekwondo black belt who pushed his mom to join up too and cheered her while she worked hard to get her 1st degree black belt. He likes the woman in control to take no prisoners and hold up the strategic plan. He’s NATURALLY more Conservative than even “I” am.

So what does he say when he sees the commercials of her show? How awesome she is and how she’d make an excellent President! He says her out their in the wild with the bears reminds him to Teddy Roosevelt and Night At The Museum. She’s simply that cool.

I don’t think Karl Rove understands how 18 years old will FEEL about her if we keeping going down this road by 2016. If Republicans don’t reverse ObamaCare they’ll have 3 years to get the gist of what Socialism will be like.

Sultry Beauty on October 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

HondaV65 on October 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM

You are so right!

Karl Rove shows that his type of Conservative is a Compassionate Conservative that will join with the likes of a Teddy Kennedy to get Prescription Drug Care Benefits and Education Reform and try to have Meirs for SC Justice and then NOT revamp Social Security and encouraging the START of Stimulus Bailout Packages so that Republicans can be accused by Democrats of WANTING BIG GOVERNMENT.

Sorry Karl, we already tried your way…. and were more than behind square one. We’ve had a total meltdown of the squares and we’re sinking in deeper and deeper.

Sultry Beauty on October 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

He gets douchier every day. I never really liked the guy and I could never put my finger on why. He is now showing me the light.

ReneePA on October 28, 2010 at 3:46 PM

SP is appealing to many b-c she comes across as “one of us,” but it’s hard to see her handling the job of pres in real-time. It just is. Look @ how badly The One is doing…?!?

Tom66 on October 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Is she a President now? Is she just really “one of us” at the moment? TRYING TO EARN BUCKS FOR OUR FAMILY?

How thick can you get?

Obama’s golfing, surfing, laughing with Leno, yada yada yada yada yada ….. IS A TOTALLY A DIFFERENT THING! HE’S THE CURRENTLY SEATING PRESIDENT, for “Cristie’s Sake”!

TheAlamos on October 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

they’re going to keep Bloomberg in waiting in case they need to bring him on to defeat Palin in 2012 (should she even run)?

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

People really need to get over the idea that Bloomberg is a threat. The man spent 100+ MILLION of his own money to eke out a win for mayor of NYC and even many of those people are looking forward to him leaving. In 2012 he will be 70 years old.

He is an out and out liberal and basically unknown anywhere except the coasts. People who would vote for him are not people who would vote for Palin anyway so he will drain the Dems of votes..

katiejane on October 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, ALLAHPUNDIT!!!!

You got quoted on AOL News!

ProudPalinFan on October 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

BTW I am getting tired of his off-aim antics. Go huntin’ with Cheney or something. Watch out for her responses, because I don’t think Sarah will let this go away with merely one response.

I guess Roves does not read résumés either. Geesh…

ProudPalinFan on October 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I guess Roves Rove does not read résumés either. Geesh…

ProudPalinFan on October 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Sometimes a cigar the truth is just a cigar the truth.

JohnGalt23 on October 27, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Wanna hear a scary story? He was four minutes away from home…campaigning for a candidate that is more than 10 points down…and you know what else is scary? He never left the airport! The stumpin’ was off his private jet and everybody in town parked all over the place to see him!

Betcha it was so scary for him to get outta the airport, because our supplies of cigars are limited. Didn’t wanna let the Tasmanian devil loose tearing my town apart.

There were two moving trucks blocking/covering the private jet, so I got to see the ruckus and the nose of the private jet. I wanted to get off and blog it, but Mr. PPF said no; he wanted to go shopping for accessories for the house.

I hesitated (everybody likes to see a good scary attraction, especially being swarmed with pure “enemies”) but I let it go.

ps: Age is surely getting to him. Wow.

ProudPalinFan on October 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Sorry Hotair fanboys/fangirls. Rove is right on this one.

I will say that candidates appearing on the Tonight Show etc… was similarly breaking bounds of professionalism and now is normal, but that said, this still makes Sara less serious a candidate.

scotash on October 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Sorry Hotair fanboys/fangirls. Rove is right on this one.

I will say that candidates appearing on the Tonight Show etc… was similarly breaking bounds of professionalism and now is normal, but that said, this still makes Sara less serious a candidate.

scotash on October 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

SP knows what she’s doing. The elitist Tokyo Rove… not so much!

Ogabe on October 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Rove does more good for Palin by being against her than he would by being for her as a presidential candidate.

Skandia Recluse on October 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Memo To Karl Rove: In 2008, Then Governor Sarah Palin was ONLY Reason Why This Arizonan voted FOR Senator John McCain and/or Why I Voted at All in the 2008 Presidential Election, “My Friend”. It Damn sure Wasn’t because of his Daddy-Issues Daughter, Meghan, and Her like Totally “Progressive Republican” Beliefs. Whatsmore, my later learning that Senator McCain’s simply choosing Sarah Palin as his Running-mate made that Dingbat Cry, was just a Bonus.

Just thought that you’d like to know what Some Of Us Red-Staters think of RINOs for Future Reference, Mr. Rove.

Teddy on October 28, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Rove does more good for Palin by being against her than he would by being for her as a presidential candidate.

Skandia Recluse on October 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

If he’s doing a Brer Rabbit routine, he really is the magnificent bastard.

Disturb the Universe on October 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

It may be true that most politicians couldn’t get away with starring in a docu-reality series about their home state without losing some political firepower, but it is clearly true that Palin can pull off things that nobody else can.

This is what defines a leader.

Choke on it RINOs.

pugwriter on October 28, 2010 at 7:56 PM

This link has a nice short video of Sarah being interviewed by Entertainment tonight.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/10/28/2010-10-28_sarah_palin_bristol_will_kick_my_butt_in_ratings_faceoff_between_dancing_with_th.html?r=news

Also, everyone should read the nice review her new show on Alaska got from AP (which tends to be liberal)linked in the body of the main article above

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101028/ap_en_tv/us_ap_on_tv_sarah_palin

PS She can win the nomination and general.

She is a cross between Reagan and Princess Diana. People can’t get enough of her and those who hate her love to hate her.

To me her new show will generate ratings. I love looking at any picture of her, just like Princess Di. She inspires like Reagan, who everyone also said was unelectable and not fit for office and a dope.

I have never watched Dancing with the Stars, yet I am watching Bristol this year and even voted last week, because she has improved. Anything Palin will generate money, viewership and votes.

Don’t tell me Sarah can’t draw votes. She is going over the heads of the liberal media in her own way. Like Reagan did.

She has baggage from the distortions and lies that the McCain campaign allowed to happen to her and did not protect her. And like any newbie, she made a few mistakes. She needs to overcome this.

She knows what she is doing now. And when people actually see her and hear her, most moderates and conservatives will like her. And the liberals will always hate her, like they did Reagan.

Elisa on October 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM

This series is not a typical reality TV trash thing. It shows off Alaska in a professional and warm way. And it will show off Sarah in the same way.

Americans eat this stuff up. It will be great for Sarah. Not everyone wants to watch FOX News and be informed. Some people aren’t into politics. Sarah can reach them with this show.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101028/ap_en_tv/us_ap_on_tv_sarah_palin

“The series is produced by Mark Burnett, whose many credits include “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” In a recent interview with The Associated Press, he marveled at how gung-ho all the Palins were in taking part.

“It would start out with, ‘We’re gonna have Sarah and Todd do something,’” Burnett said. “And as she’s getting ready, she would say, ‘Piper, you want to come? Willow, you want to come?’ Take the politics away, and this is a family, and they hang out a lot together.”

Elisa on October 28, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Obama is rattled. Palin and the Tea Party are inside his head. People make mistakes when they are rattled. Palin was rattled in 2008 but she’s got that behind her now. Obama and I both know she might just pull it off.

alwaysfiredup on October 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

agreed

Elisa on October 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

It may be true that most politicians couldn’t get away with starring in a docu-reality series about their home state without losing some political firepower, but it is clearly true that Palin can pull off things that nobody else can.

This is what defines a leader.

Choke on it RINOs.

pugwriter on October 28, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Yup. Or in the words of our illustrious leader: “You betcha.” lol

Elisa on October 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

My eldest son is 12 years old. . . .He said she reminds him of me… because she looks way younger and prettier than her age. He says that she’s so natural and tough and cool. . . .

He says her out their in the wild with the bears reminds him to Teddy Roosevelt and Night At The Museum. She’s simply that cool. . . .
Sultry Beauty on October 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

OMG How adorable. God bless him.

And you know, that comment likening Palin to Teddy Roosevelt is spot on. Americans like that rugged outdoors type. Strong and patriotic.

Elisa on October 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I would agree with Rove except that the show is focused on Alaska and not just her as a personality. Part of her “vision”… or whatever… seems to be to promote Alaskan tourism and business. So why not, she is being a spokesman for her state.

evergreen on October 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Time to say “bye, bye” Karl. You may have been the architect of the Bush years, and I thank you as much as I can for that – but now its time to STFU and GTFOOH!

Er, … in other words, Bye, Bye!

seanrobins on October 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Why does anyone care what Rove thinks? He has already proven himself as just another “establishment Republican.”

It’s a conservative ascendancy coming and he’s not ready for it…

ArgoNunya on October 28, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Karl, That was spoken like a true northeastern, country club, establishment, Bush, moderate. Exactly what the Tea Party is working hard to rid the Party of.

RJL on October 28, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Rove tells it like it is. He has great commentary and is more often than not right on. I also agree with the idea that we have to focus on competency and qualifications and not just charisma and style. Especially in times of uncertainty, people want the former. Palin’s folksiness and O’Donnell’s “I’m you” are going to fall flat in the end if it’s not backed up with substance. And that is the way it should be. As much as I want Obama to go down in flames, I don’t want to replace him with a conservative equivalent who is all gas.

evergreen on October 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

As much as I want Obama to go down in flames, I don’t want to replace him with a conservative equivalent who is all gas.

evergreen on October 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

There is no conservative equivalent to Obama.

It simply doesn’t exist.

Brian1972 on October 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM

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