Rove’s Palin criticism provokes backlash from supporters who label him Biden of the right

Sarah Palin and her allies have not taken kindly to comments by Karl Rove this week that the former Alaska governor is not ready to be president, firing back at the former Bush White House political adviser in a fight that illustrates the simmering tensions within the Republican Party.

Palin herself made a crack about Rove Thursday but refrained from making pointed comments. But nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin went after Rove with passion.

“I have to say, nice guy aside, this guy needs to get off the stage. He is yesterday’s operative,” Levin said. “There is a movement going on in this country, a movement that is trying to do serious things and substantive things, and this guy’s just running around, gassing off at the mouth, attacking some of the most conservative candidates in the field.”

“You know, Karl Rove is sort of becoming our Joe Biden, how many times he puts his foot in his mouth,” said Levin, an attorney who was chief of staff to the attorney general in the Reagan administration. “I think he’s got a Joe Biden problem.”

“There is a conservative uprising taking place, a conservative rebellion against Washington, against big government. And I don’t happen to think Rove and those guys are exactly the best face to put on it, because they had nothing to do with it. And in part – you want to know the truth? – in part it’s a reaction to them,” Levin said (see below for a transcript of Levin’s remarks).

The comments by Rove came during an interview with the London Telegraph that was published online late Wednesday, in response to questions about whether Palin would be a good Republican candidate for president.

Palin, who will star in a Discovery Channel “eight-week television event” titled “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” told Entertainment Tonight this week that she would run for president “if there’s nobody else to do it.”

Rove was clear that he thinks there are serious questions about whether Palin is ready to be president.

“Well, ’08 I think she did a terrific job. But being the vice presidential nominee on the ticket is different than saying I want to be the person at the top of the ticket,” Rove said. “And there are high standards that the American people have for it, and they require a certain level of gravitas.”

“You know, they want to look at the candidate and say, that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they’re up to the most demanding job in the world,” Rove said. “And, with all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I’m not sure how that fits into the American calculus of, ‘Yeah, that helps me see you in the Oval Office.’ Particularly if the promos of it are you, outside, saying, ‘I would rather be here than in any political office in America.’”

On Thursday, one writer at Conservatives4Palin, a blog that supports Palin, referred to Rove as “Karl ‘Tokyo’ Rove,” in a reference to Japanese propaganda broadcasters during World War II.

Palin herself was asked Thursday about Rove’s comments by Glenn Beck on the Fox News personality’s radio show.

“Isn’t is amazing that the establishment, the GOP establishment, you know, people like Karl Rove, who by the way has announced that you’re just not qualified to — It’s a good thing you’re in the kitchen, Sarah, it is,” Beck said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-H-Silverstein/1206255144 Susan H Silverstein

    To Brianjb. I agree that Obama, w/all his Ivy League background, does not appear to be the politically mature Commander in Chief we need. In terms of Palin, 2 mistakes don’t make things better.

    I agree with you totally in your second statement. She sure is strong enough to mess up big time! It saddens me that people don’t realize how difficult a position of being POTUS is. All Americans should be looking for demonstrated levels of achievement and excellency re background qualifications. Ms. Palin does not seem to be serious about making sincere effort to upgrade her skills for this position. Doing a travel show for Discovery is interesting, but a waste of time for her, in terms of serious preparation for WH. Her inadequacy does not make her followers in Tea Party look good either. I agree w/many of the TeaParty grievances, but listening to some of these populists responding to
    4th Estate, makes me feel awkward. I guess I am just an “elitist” myself.

  • BMF

    I’m I missing something or was it Rove himself that was quoting Reagan about Conservatives not attacking themselves.

    Karl is way off base. He can think whatever he wants, but he only hurts conservatives when he openly attacks conservatives.

    It make me wonder why he doesn’t have the courage to pick up the phone and tell Sarah directly what he thinks. I’ve lost respect for Karl. Not because he is criticizing Palin, but because he is doing so in public and through the foreign press.

    Well, it’s a free country, but I’m also free to tune Karl out now.

  • Carnate

    The GOP deserves their fate. Instead of being honest Americans they decided to fan the flames of hate and sat back while the Tea Party grew bigger and bigger. Now they are shocked that the monster they created is now turning on them.

    I’m conservative on many issues, but I’m sorry but the Tea Party and GOP will not get my vote on Tuesday because I have never seen such hostility and anger stemming from very immoral intentions. You know damn well that if his name was not Barack Hussein Obama that the level of animosity towards him and the liberals would not be as high or insulting.

    • Supernatural Witness

      Your “obvious” conclusion defies actual logic since the swing against Obama is from voters who previously supported him. Do you think they were unaware of his name in 2008? HAHAHA The real mystery is not why everyone but blacks have abandoned their Marxist Messiah, but why blacks have not abandoned him in far, far greater numbers.

  • robb32

    drop the chalupa Karl and move AWAY from the podium. There’s no room for old school Republicanism at the Tea Party table.

  • Callie369

    Carl Rove is a politician wannabe who is nothing but a failure. The only political; “trait” he is good at, is lying. During the 2008 political campaign, he was wrong so much it was pathetic. Yet people kept having them on their shows and asking his (worthless) opinion. Whatever Rove says, believe the opposite and you’ll be right most of the time.

    • Supernatural Witness

      I’m sorry, but this is just not true. Rove was the man behind the curtain that led two successful Bush campaigns and was his primary advisor during his presidency. He is definitely a somebody, a likable guy, a great strategist, a great analyst, and a very practical pragmatist.

      But, he is a moderate not a conservative which puts him at odds with us who are. He is also wrong to pan Republican nominees after primary. Sarah is not a nominee; she is a potential candidate. He has every right as both a pragmatist who favors running electable RINOs over SoCons to oppose her in favor of some Neo Con who fits his centrist ideology.

      In 2012, if Republicans run moderates instead of conservatives, it will be the death of the party and probably result in a bad scene in America.

      • bc3b

        In politics as with baseball pitchers, the record includes losses as well as wins. While Rove engineered winning campaigns in 2000 and 2004, he also was the “architect” of the GOP’s failure in 2006. Rove’s fingerprints are all over every Bush error from big government spending to the near-nomination of Harriett Miers.

        • Supernatural Witness

          My point, exactly, as stated in my other posts on this thread.