Skip to comments.Karl Rove: Sarah Palin not a ‘front-runner’ for 2012
Posted on 12/07/2010 9:46:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Former presidential adviser Karl Rove said Tuesday that the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination is wide open.
There is no front-runner in Iowa; theres no front-runner in America, Rove said on Fox News. We should welcome that.
Since November, Mr. Rove has made similar comments during his speaking tours. He has openly criticized a number of Republican nominees, including Republican Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine ODonnell. Ms. ODonnell eventually lost to Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Coons.
He noted that recent polls show four candidates who are consistently ahead. Among those included likely include former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom have been touted as possible presidential candidates.
The fact that no single candidate is leading in early polls means this contest is going to be wide open, Mr. Rove said, adding that a wide open race is good for conservatives.
Rove blew it. Someone needs to tell him. He is over.
Impossible for him to say as NO ONE had announced yet.
Karl, you ought to ask Sarah if she will accept your endorsement now, before it’s too late.
Rove wants conservtives to wallow around with a half dozen potential candidates while some RINO walks away with the prize. We need one conservative front runner by spring.
Rove truly has become the bastard, but not a magnificent one, as many FReepers once assigned to him.
He is an idiot. Someone tell Sean Hainnity who has RINO idiots like Rove and Newt on his radio show.
Karl is looking rather irrelevant these days.
He doesn’t know anything, but he sure is more than willing to spout off utter tripe.
Every true conservative who does not kowtow to the RINO line will always be shut down by Rove.
He’s for hire. The more they wallow the more he can shop himself. Dude is past tense, no longer relevant, and stumping still for the Bush faction.
Karl Rove is as much my enemy as Nancy P. Is. Why, you might ask?
Answer: He opposes Conservatism as much as she does, and further more he supports DC corruption as much as she does, pure and simple.
Know thy friends and enemies, and then proceed wisely, that’s my outlook!
Karl, Newt, The Huskster and others are paid against dedicated to the destruction of Our Republic because they operate for money at hand, and have no principles that they are willing to sacrifice for. JMHO
there really is no front runner,it’s too early to declare anyone as the potential winner.Chris Matthews especially has declared Sarah Palin as the winner. Maybe it’s because he wants her to win? so he can continue bashing her for the next two years? I am still sticking with my earlier predictions of either Pence or Thune(even though many Freepers don’t agree with me).
Oh, shut it Karl.
I’ll bet Rove will soon come out and tell us that it’s Dick Lugar’s turn in the GOP nomination barrel.
I thought he made some good points on the National Review cruise, but when I discussed my thoughts with the unassailable Kate O’Bierne, she said he was defending W’s and his policies.
Palin 2012... and Rove can KMA.
Translation: Romney has dropped in the polls! Sarah is surging...We need to do something quick!
I’m not a big Palin fan, but Rove is a fool and a weasel. Palin is clearly the front runner at the moment. (I’d prefer DeMint, but he doesn’t have anything like her numbers or her...well...her numbers)
We don’t even have announced candidates yet.
Presidential politics have evolved — or devolved,depending on your viewpoint — so that they are in the news two of every four years of our lives. That’s absurd.
I agree with Rove.
If we have to put up with this for two years, let’s not try to crown a candidate yet. Let it play out. Vet them all, let them state their case, and let’s listen with open minds.
Anything can happen between now and the summer of 2012.
Let’s see. Sarah endorsed O’Donnell but O’Donnell wasn’t elected. I guess Sarah made a wrong guess. Nobody’s perfect.
Karl endorsed her, but said O’Donnell would lose. Whatever his motivation, Rove was right. Somehow, though he becomes the spawn of Satan in that single moment of clarity.
So how is it that making right predictions in his commentary is sufficient to move him from “Rove, you magnificent bastard,” to, “Rove, you stupid bastard”?
And when did we change the meaning of the initials “FR” from Free Republic to Fickle Republic?
Then again, maybe our motto should be ‘We kill and eat our wounded.” Now there’s a recipe for victory.
Rove, shut your liberal pie hole and get lost!
In before some clever genius types the words “Tokyo Rove.”
Not only that, he has declared more than once that he is not running.
That’s rich. I wonder how many actually knows what that means. /lol
However, if she chooses to run, few will run against her in the primaries. If they do, it will be short lived.
Palin will suck up all the money, attention and votes very, very early in the campaign.
That's why nobody has formally announced yet. They all know they don't stand a chance against her.
I agree with Rove on this. The field is wide open and there’s a lot of time between now and then.
Rove’s problem, though, is that he was part of the W republicans, who spent 8 years purging conservatives from the party. I was a party official during those years and saw it happen over and over.
Rove can’t stand seeing his work in that regard undone. But 2010 was a huge repudiation of the bluebloods’ handiwork by the R voters. Our gains in the state houses and the house moved the party strongly to the right. Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin are the prime movers in undoing his work. That’s why this battle is going to be so vicious.
“Karl is looking rather irrelevant these days.”
Can’t say that I agree. He is one of the leaders of a faction of R’s that have the most money and the best power network in the party, by far. He’s a smart, capable guy. Don’t underestimate him.
I just disagree with the direction he wants to take the party.
Errrrr..... Not exactly.
Who gets all the buzz,
all the press,
is most hated and ridiculed by the MSM and
has all the MO?
Plus who’s gonna get $2 million dollars from 2ndDivisionVet?
I’ll explain it to you.
Rove went on national T.V. and trashed ODonnell on the night she won the primary. Rove was free to support whoever he wanted before then, but at that point, the people of the state had spoken and chosen their candidate.
He and the “establishment” should have backed her and supported her financially at that point, but instead they continually trashed her. After a while it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
Rove never mentions Romney wasting millions in his support of loser Carly Fiorina, who lost by a wider margin than ODonnell did. Somehow that doesn’t translate into “causing the republicans to lose the Senate”
Rove and the establishment RINO’s are stupid bastards...there is nothing ‘magnificent’ about them.
They practically destroyed the republican party and we have Sarah Palin and the Tea Party (oh they hate that too) to thank for the victories in the last election.
Most conservatives I know are sick to death of the elite Washington go-along-to-get-along insiders and their big spending ways. Rove is just the ugliest and most visible example of that and he keeps speaking up.
If he don’t start none, won’t be none.
Wooly, I don’t buy those numbers and even if I did, it’s way too soon for them to mean anything. The process has hardly begun.
I believe in this lady and I will support her in what ever she chooses to do. Palin will win, you’ll see.
Sarah Palin will win the nomination in a cakewalk and the White House in a landslide.
This is going to be fun to watch.
Very well explained. Even a caveman should understand it.
This I actually agree with Rove: “a wide open race is good for conservatives.”
However, Rove does not say why it will be good. I can say that it is because Sarah Palin will be in it. Because of her, the level of discourse will be one that explains the conservative cause. It will be a discourse that the nation will benefit from because Sarah Palin will lead the conversation in a way that only she can do. She will be most prepared on what to say and, because of the way she can communicate it, she will be the one that everyone will look to.
And, Sarah Palin will convince the nation that the conservative, constitutional direction is the way to go.
At least get the numbers right:
Fiorina lost by 11%, O'Donnell lost by 16.6%.
There’s a strategery here.
Do you remember the race in 2000?
All I’m saying is that their feud will escalate, then he’ll come around, and their ‘reunion’ will be good for a couple of dozen news cycles...
You heard it here first.
He is trying to strangle her in her crib....I doubt she will come around when it is over.
“Rove wants conservtives to wallow around with a half dozen potential candidates while some RINO walks away with the prize.”
As does the GOP.
Gay men cannot stand strong women.
How’s the koolade, Rover?
I am completely over Hannity and Beck. I cringe when I hear their voices. The same old stuff with the same old retreads every stinking day.