Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rove chides Palin's "enormous, thin skin"

On Fox News last night, Karl Rove called out Sarah Palin for her belligerent response to speculation that she's planning to jump into the race.

Rove:

"I'm mystified. Look, she is all upset about this, saying I'm somehow trying to sabotage her in some way and how dare I speculate on her future.

Look, if she doesn't want to be speculated about as a potential presidential candidate, there's an easy way to end the speculation: simply say 'I'm not running'.

But instead, every time she pops up in the public eye -- like she did on CNN at the Iowa state fair a number of days ago -- she said 'I haven't made a decision'.

I'm just speculating that the kind of schedule she's keeping leads me to believe she's more likely than not that she's going to be a candidate.

.... it is a sign of enormous, thin skin that if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about it.... it's weird, very odd"

Rove was referring to Palin's biting comments about those, including himself, who claimed she was probably planning a run for president (note: Rove never said she was certain to).

Palin's statement, via SarahPAC, was -- as Rove said -- "mystifying", especially considering that she's made every effort to ensure her name remains in the presidential mix.

The statement.

"Three years ago DC pundits predicted with glee the demise of Sarah Palin's political career.

This past weekend their tune changed, citing false information that she has made a decision and set a date regarding a future campaign. Any professional pundit claiming to have "inside information" regarding Governor Palin's personal decision is not only wrong but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public.

These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all Americans will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the "politics-as-usual" that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career."

Vid via FOX News. Starts 12:50 in.