Friday, July 22, 2011

Rove: Palin advisers push non-traditional campaign

Karl Rove, on whether Sarah Palin can wage a non-conventional campaign.

"Her people think so.

They've talked with people about it, whom I've talked to, and they've been very explicit about it -- that she doesn't need to go to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, press the flesh and go to all these local events in order to cultivate the local leadership. She can talk to people over that. She doesn't need to cultivate the fundraisers and the bundlers, because her mere presence in the race will generate the cash needed for the campaign."

Rove then said she was ignoring the "niceties" at "her own peril".

Again, I link to Scott Conroy's piece on Iowa today, where he notes that the old niceties might not mean as much in Iowa anymore.

To wit: check out Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty's standing in the Iowa polls vs. Rick Perry and Sarah Palin's -- Even Chris Christie, who hasn't lifted a finger in the state, isn't running for president, and is supposedly out of alignment with Iowa voters, doubles T-Paw there.