Karl Rove Fires Back at Sarah Palin: If I Ran, I’d Serve Out My Term

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Republican strategist Karl Rove fired back at Sarah Palin this morning on Fox News Sunday in response to remarks the former Governor of Alaska made at CPAC Saturday where she suggested “The Architect” should “buck up or stay in the truck”… or something along those lines.

“The last thing we need is Washington, D.C., vetting our candidates… If these experts – who keep losing elections – ya keep getting rehired raking in millions – if they feel that strongly about who gets to run in this Party, then they should buck up or stay in the truck.  Buck up and run.  The architect -sss- can head on back the great Lone Star state and put their names on some ballot.”  

I’ve posted video of her full speech below.  If you’re a Palin fan, I’m sure you’ll like it.  The Hill called it “grassroots.”  I call it Palin being Palin.  Take that as a compliment or a criticism.  It’s really the only way I can accurately describe it.

What I did find somewhat “entertaining” was the portion of the speech where Governor Palin said Washington looked a lot like “reality TV.”  And she would know.  The Palin family’s more than done the rounds with said reality television.  She went on to say “every event feels calculated to fool us somehow.”  What blows my mind is that she somehow thinks she’s not a part of that.  Remember her 2011 Republican Primary bus tour?



Karl Rove on the Fox News Sunday Panel…

MEDIAITE:  (Emphasis Mine)  Republican strategist Karl Rove responded to the harsh comments former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had for him at CPAC on Fox News Sunday this morning. Before taking a shot at Palin for not completing her term as governor, he said that Palin was actually in agreement with him on former Senate candidate Todd Akin and that he actually works pro bono for American Crossroads.

Palin said that consultants like Rove needed to “buck up or stay in the truck” so Chris Wallaceasked, “Are you bucking up?”

“Well, first of all I live in Texas and not Washington. Second of all, look Sarah Plain should be agreeing with this. She didn’t support Todd Aiken and when he said the reprehensible things he said. she said he ought to get out of the race,” said Rove.

Rove continued that Palin endorsed in primaries and got involved in other races around so he didn’t understand what the problem was with other people doing the same thing. He defended his work for American Crossroads saying he doesn’t “take a dime from my work” with them and actually pays all of his travel expenses for the group out of his own pocket. “I’m thought Sarah Palin was about encouraging grassroots activity.  I’m a volunteer,” said Rove.

Then he took a shot across her bow.

“I appreciate her encouragement that I ought to go home to Texas and run for office.  I would be enthused if I ran for office to have her support but I don’t think, I’m a particularly good candidate, a balding fat guy.  Second of all, if I did run for office and win I would serve out my term and I wouldn’t leave office midterm,” said Rove.

Two thoughts.

1.  I applaud Rove for not backing down.  Sarah Palin swings a mighty powerful sword with much of the Right.  She may have marginalized herself with some, but she’s still very much a player on many levels.  It would have been very easy for Rove to have simply taken a pass on this one; but he leaned in.  Whether that was a “smart” move is another story entirely.

2.  He’s right.  Sarah Palin famously brags about her “endorsement” record of wins and losses and she’s been very active in the last two election cycles during the primary process.  She’s essentially Rove without the machine.  She picks candidates, she stumps for them, and then she takes credit for their victories.  Substitute cash for the stump speeches and you have Karl Rove in a low-cut sweater.  The ridiculous hypocrisy of her indignation is dumbfounding.

Either way, I’d expect a sharply worded response from the Former Governor – to Rove’s response – perhaps, via Facebook.  You know, grassroots. 

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