Skip to comments.Rove: Americans fear Palin lacks the gravitas to be their president (There he goes again!)
Posted on 10/27/2010 3:38:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Karl Rove, the former senior adviser to George W Bush, has cast serious doubt on Sarah Palin's viability as a White House candidate, questioning if the American people thought she had the "gravitas" for the "most demanding job in the world".
Expressing the strongest public reservations about the conservative star made by any senior Republican figure, Mr Rove said it was unlikely that voters would regard someone starring in a reality show as presidential material.
In two weeks, the former governor of Alaska launches a cable television series exploring her home state's wilderness.
"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'," said Mr Rove, who remains a considerable force on the U.S. political scene.
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 also implied that Mrs Palin lacked the stomach for the rigours of a presidential primary campaign, which will begin early next year before the first polls in 2012.
Mr Rove was asked if 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."
He said Mrs Palin had done a "terrific job" in 2008 when Senator John McCain took her from near obscurity to the vice-presidential nomination, but added: "Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying 'I want to be the person at the top of the ticket'.
"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'."
After losing with Mr McCain in 2008, Mrs Palin resigned as governor to write books, become a television pundit - on the same Fox News network where Mr Rove is an analyst - and an influential supporter of Tea Party-backed Republican candidates in next week's mid-term elections.
Thanks to her staunch conservative views, Mrs Palin remains a highly divisive figure with high negative ratings. Many Republican strategists think her selection as nominee would almost guarantee Mr Obama a second term.
But such is her popularity among the grassroots of the party, few in Washington are prepared to stick their head above the parapet.
No major figure in the party has yet to come out in support of Mrs Palin, including Mr McCain, who refused to endorse her yesterday.
Mr Rove's forceful comments signalled his confidence in his own standing and track record as the architect of Mr Bush's two election victories. She could face further attacks from within the party's hierarchy in the coming months as the competition for the nomination heats up.
All the indications are that Mrs Palin will run for office. She has delivered a speech in Iowa, where the first caucuses are held, quietly accumulated members of staff and has a sizeable pot of money.
But Mr Rove suggested that "outside of the true believers", most Republican primary voters were still watching the race and would choose the candidate most suitable for the role. "They are going to be saying 'the person who can win is the person who proves to me that they are up to the job'," he said.
Yes, what is it about this lady that seems to freak them out. LOL
Hey, appearing on TV didn’t hurt Fred Thompson. Oh, wait a minute . . . .
He can’t keep his foot out of his mouth. I’m glad he helped raise money but he AIN’T SO SMART.
Screw him....jumped the shark like Fonzie, only Rove don't even got no leather jacket....morelike a whirly-beanie cap, prissy boy shorts and suspenders, and a big-ass lollypop in one hand while holding a Smurf Balloon in the other hand....
Hey Rove..put a sock in it already! Either that or just go to the Dem side and start working for them, you know you want to
Go Mitt. Go Mitt. Go Mitt.
FUKR. I guess you need a job, well as Sarah said, “buck up or sit in the Truck.” to which I would add “sit in the truck and shut the f**k up!!”
She gets my vote.....Rove can KMA !
Tired of this punk polidiot pundit.
If you ever got to cash even one of his paychecks, you’d be able to get that doublewide you always wanted and your teeth fixed. Maybe even get the Camaro off those concrete blocks and shoes for the kids.
He needs to go away...after this election.
Bull’s Eye by Karl Rove.
Not sophisticated enough, eh Karl?
Rove and the country club republicans want to run one of their own. Some old clunker like Dole and McCain.
Beat it, Karl. You’re a loser. Move to Anguilla and live on your dividends.
Maybe we need upbeat redneck elan, instead of “gravitas.” Anyway, Sarah can hit the serious note when it’s appropriate. She’s very serious about protecting handicapped children, for example.
No need to go full retard on me, I’m just making the same observation as Rove. If Palin wants to make a run in 2012, then she has more important things to be doing than appearing on the Discovery Channel.
Sniff, sniff at #14.
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