Rove on Palin: ‘I think she gets in’

Alec Jacobs Contributor

Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff in the George W. Bush White House, said Saturday morning on Fox News that he thinks former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin will enter the 2012 presidential race around Labor Day.

Palin “has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity,” Rove said, adding that Palin’s campaign-style video released when she traveled to the Iowa State Fair makes it look like she’ll make a run for the White House. (Mark Levin: ‘I believe Sarah Palin will run for president’)

Palin is schedule to speak at a Tea Party of America-sponsored event in Iowa on September 3. The event was recently moved to a bigger location to host a larger crowd.

“This is her last chance. She either gets in or gets out. I think she gets in,” Rove said.

A late announcement “always raises questions about whether a candidate has the time to raise money, build an organization and meet voters face-to-face,” the Washington Examiner’s Byron York writes.

But Rove addressed that issue on Fox: “[Palin] thinks the normal rules don’t apply. If you’re Sarah Palin, you just show up and the money comes and the organization comes and the people come.”

York writes about a Fox News appearance in May where Rove said much the same thing. Asked if Palin was right that the rules don’t apply to her, Rove replied then: “Look, politics is changing. My sense is her people don’t think she needs to have county chairmen and organizations and go around and line up people. It’s just going to happen.”