Karl Rove: Sarah Palin isn’t quite ready to be President

It’s not that she isn’t qualified, it’s that she hasn’t transitioned herself into a presidential candidate:

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  • mitchblatt1dot1com

    Yes, it is true that Palin isn't qualified. She hasn't served a single term as either a governor or a congressman. She has less experience than even Obama. And she hasn't ever done anything to suggest that she has a good grasp of the issues and how to handle them, for example, how to destroy Social Security.

  • ndes

    And she isn't too bright. Everything she did so far strongly suggests that she is nothing but a parrot.

  • williamm

    NDES, Sounds to me like you are parroting the Obama Tv network. The big reason libs attack her is fear that she will expose them and their corrupt way of life. BTW, Obama is proving how much experience he has, and we will be paying for decades for the damage as a result of his experience.

  • Yeah, and the guy who couldn't even bring Hope and Change to Chicago was some how qualified to bring it to the United States.

  • mittorquit

    He's right.

    Romney is the only conservative who has the intellect and philosophical rigor required to be president. Palin looks good and can give a good speech on a Teleprompter (much like a certain other person) but she does not possess the constructive, original intellectual curiosity that it takes to run a government and serve a public going through hard times.

  • mittorquit

    Attacking Obama does not make Palin any more qualified though. Her supporters are very unforgiving of criticism of her lack of experience and intellect, I have noticed.

  • Fredddd

    mitchblatt1dot1com 3 hours ago

    Yes, it is true that Palin isn't qualified. She hasn't served a single term as either a governor or a congressman. She has less experience than even Obama. And she hasn't ever done anything to suggest that she has a good grasp of the issues and how to handle them, for example, how to destroy Social Security.
    ————————————————Nothing you listed is a qualification for candidacy for President of the United States. Amazing how the trolls hit the articles first. If qualifications mattered, how is it an unverified man sits in the White House currently????? and she has way more qualification and EXPERIENCE than the current usurper in thief, chief.

  • So Sarah Palin was good enough to be chosen for VP but not enough to run for President in their own right? Rubbish. Remember when Hillary said the same thing about Obama – that Obama wasn't ready to be President but he should be VP and Obama smacked her down for saying this? Sarah would have finished her term as Governor had it not been for left-wing bloggers filing bogus ethic charges against her and basically preventing her from doing her job.

  • Fredddd

    ndes 3 hours ago in reply to mitchblatt1dot1com

    And she isn't too bright. Everything she did so far strongly suggests that she is nothing but a parrot.
    ———————–Hey parrot, your doing a good job parroting. How much Union money are you paid for being an obamatron?

  • mittorquit

    Again, just because Obama is slightly MORE qualified than Palin does not mean Palin is qualified. She's over 35 and is a citizen, though the birthers (now the base of the GOP, unfortunately) may take issue with that.

    She needs to lay out her own personal political philosophy and worldview. Attacking others, throwing out useless phrases like “death panels,” and being fed talking points by neoconservatives like Bill Kristol shows to me that she does not expect to be taken seriously as a leader with her own vision.

    She is milking her supporters for attention and money, and she knows it. Palin must do the honorable thing and 1) announce she is not running, and 2) admit she does not possess the intellectual curiosity required to lead a nation of 300 million on a host of issues she knows little to nothing about (health care, climate change, unemployment issues, transportation, energy, international diplomacy, etc).

  • What experience does Romney have? He only served one term as Governor and he chaired the Winter Olympics. Not much of a public service background. Yeah he was a good businessman but Palin also co-owned a small business too. Palin was a city councilwoman, a Mayor, a state regulator, and a Governor. She has far more public service experience than Mr. Romneycare.

  • Fredddd

    mittorquit 0 minutes ago in reply to williamm

    Attacking Obama does not make Palin any more qualified though. Her supporters are very unforgiving of criticism of her lack of experience and intellect, I have noticed.
    —————-I noticed Obamatrons are very forgiving of Obama's lack of experience running any thing, except agitating 'real or perceived' complaints, and certainly ignored his Islamic upbringing. Who funded his alleged college education? Ignored. How did he put himself through college with no income? Ignored. Can't pronounce words correctly, ignored. Can't name one white sox player. Ignored….Yep Obamatrons sure ignore a lot, but they have a lapdog media pushing an 'image' that doesn't really exist. Union dollars do lots of things, eh?

  • Nessus

    Rove is right but there is still ample time for her. I don't love or hate her. At this point, I'll support anyone but Barry Dunham.

    Priority #1 is November. There needs to be a massive Democrat loss. Obamacare and the big government, statist policies of Obama need to be repealed, cancelled, turned back, etc.

    Priority #2, then the Palin and others can focus on 2012, which is not far away. With a little luck, Barry can be de-elected in just two years, seven months.

  • Palin has more acomplishment then both Obama and Mitt combined.

    she signed into law the largest Infrastructure project in American history.
    along with being a public servent for 16 years as a mayor,regulator, and then a Gov.

    She is more qualifed to be POTUS, it's a simple fact.

  • stevendufresne

    I respect this analysis by Rove and its not a huge hurdle for her to clear. I think what's in the offing will be more policy oriented paid speeches. You can already tell in current stump speech that she is articulating a vision. She has already cemented the brand commonsense conservative, which will define her specific positions on issues. I see her joining a think tank, making speeches, writing a policy book and writing editorials when the election seasons ends. But right now she is focused on the grassroots and this election and being the loudest voice of opposition to Obama and thus far she has been very successful.

  • Mitt is a liar, and a fake. lied about his position on abortion many times in 2008, and supports gun control along with statist Healthcare.

  • Nessus

    What has Barry accomplished in his life? Seriously, name one or two? Barry has a grasp of what exactly? Race-baiting? Shuck and jive “activism”? hanging around communists, socialists, anarchists and moooslims? He took a recession and TRIPLED the deficit and debt, TRIPLED it. Obamacare is unworkable and will either be repealed or changed so much, it will be irrelevant.

    Never started a business, never managed a business, never met a payroll, never created a product or service, never served in uniform. What a man he is! Enjoy him, he'll be sooo gone in just 2 1/2 years.

  • Nessus

    Yeah, she isn't bright……then again, she didn't pronounce “Navy corpsman” as “Navy CORPSE-MAN”, twice in the same speech! Further, she didn't quote the Constitution when the actual quote comes from the Declaration of Independence, during the State of the Union speech. What a constitutional scholar he is! College professor? A, check your facts, Ol' Big Ears was a part-time instructor at the Univ of Chicago. Genius boy, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…………

  • stevendufresne

    Absurd. Romney is a good man, but he isn't the person we need right now. We need a fighter and a true conservative and one who is not ashamed about this country or about being a conservative. Romney is inauthentic and uninspiring. An intelligent man indeed, but Palin is no dummy by any honest assessment of her career trajectory to date. All those making these snide comments about Palin, could only dream to be in the position she has put herself in today.

  • michaelgingerly

    And so W was so “transformed”?…weak tea Mr. Rove, weak tea.

    What the hell is transformed in the Rove lexicon anyway?

  • williamm

    We all must agree that Obama is a great speaker.

    . Here's one for fun.

  • SCorey

    I love Palin haters, they never change. First she has no experience. Then, when you take out the time to point out her accomplishments, they do one of two things: 1) Refuse to acknowledge the fact that she has any accomplishments, reverting back to their original position, or 2) “She quit.” This is supposed to end the discussion right there. Yes, she did resign as the Governor. Perhaps, it would do them well to investigate the WHY in the situation.

    You can dislike her all you want, but saying that she's unqualified doesn't make it true anymore than my saying the sky is made of chocolate makes it true.

  • michaelgingerly

    Romney will forever be tagged with RomneyCare => ObamaCare.

    Oh, Romney will play games with this, pointing out that his healthcare takeover was at the state level not the federal level, but RomneyCare was/is still mandated.

    Anyone remember the Mitt who debated Kennedy for the senate seat? The pro-abortion Mitt? Check out YouTube some time.

  • jeffjackie

    She's no where near the mental king of Obama.

    I mean it takes a wiz kid to bankrupt the country in 18 months.

    Plus she doesn't know how to pronounce “corpseman” and “cominsky park”…. That right there puts her out of the running.

  • athensboy

    All she does is speak in platitudes and talking points.There is no substance to this woman.The going got tough in Alaska and she quit.She is Rush Limbaugh in a skirt.

  • 1EmersonCarr100

    It seems to me that the difference between those who have a favourable view of Sarah Palin as opposed to those who don't is this. Those who do have taken some trouble to examine her actual career and accomplishments; those who don't have not. Try as i might I cannot discover anything that Obama or Hillary Clinton have actually done, compared to Palin's achievements in her first 18 months as Governor of Alaska, during which she delivered on every single one of her promices to the people of that state–and with massive bipartissan support. Enough said.

  • vietvet68

    Rove speaks for the RINO's of the party, their days are numbered! You socialists are very, very afraid of Sarsh!! You should be!!

  • gepaza

    These Romney-ites should raise their noses into the air and take a sniff. Sarah Palin may very well not run in 2012.

    Wouldn't it be a shame to find out that all of their efforts at kicking her away from the table caused people like me to remember these actions when it comes to voting, and we vote for anyone other than their pet project. Their attempt to parrot the approach of Ron Paul supporters are likely to end with Romney being just as popular with conservative voters as McCain and Paul are. It would be a delicious irony to find that Romney eventually has to beg Palin to campaign for him, just to get the conservative votes. Like McCain, he probably will not get many of them without her on the ticket with him.

    By the way, they have a lot of ground to make up without alienating us, simply because of Romneycare (not exactly a major triumph for conservative types).

    If we get control of the house and senate this year, or at least get the numbers up to levels that can prevent further major damage until 2012, I will not be overly enthusiastic about voting for Romney, knowing that his followers are using Alinsky-lite tactics. It does not, and will not, sit well with me!

  • SodamY

    A pundit on Fox News? That's not hard at all.

  • SodamY

    People who would do a much better job as president (than Palin)

    Bobby Jindal
    Mike Huckabee
    Mitt Romney
    Ron Paul
    Tim Pawlenty
    Gus Chiggins
    Rick Perry

  • ndes

    Good grief, can't one criticize Palin without being called a lefty? I am a libertarian. My avatar is a picture of Milton Friedman. (look him up)
    If the Tea Parties hadn't risen, Palin wouldn't have either. She just saw a parade marching down the street and decided to get infront of it. There is nothing permanent about her opinions.

  • ndes

    I never stated that I like Obama. You are just implying that yourself.

  • ndes

    Just who are you talking about? I don't like Obama either if that's who you are referring to. Geez, I'm just stating that I am incredibly underwhelmed by Palins intelligence.

  • williamm

    I never accused you of liking Obama. I believe you are parroting his TV network.

  • ndes

    Touché.

    However my conviction about Palin is genuine. Just watching her interview with Katie Couric was plenty.

  • Nessus

    Which politicians are you impressed with, intellectually? That's your first mistake, no politicians are “intellectuals”, in fact, I much, MUCH prefer an office holder who is not. Have you seen Barry's transcript? Which courses he took? His grades? His papers that were published? Or is it just because he speaks in a deep tone, in a slow, deliberate manner, with a good vocabulary that you think he's intelligent?

    An American politician should have decent values, common sense, a center-right ideology, understand that government growth comes at the expense of indivdual liberty – all things the “genius” Barry fails to understand. That's why it can be argued legitimately, that Obama is a socialist because he believes in government equalizing outcomes and politicians do that by taking over firms' industries, whole sectors of the economy; redistributing wealth in the process to their favored constituents, who will vote for them, again and again.

    Palin believes in a little more limited government, strong national defense, maximum individual liberty. That's good enough for me. I don't give a damn about the way she speaks, her “accent”, etc.

  • jd73

    Let me ask you all… do you love your Freedom?! Hopey changey feeley! Terrorism. Scott Brown!

    That's every Palin speech.

  • RightAlltheTime

    Are you kidding me?
    “Palin believes in a little more limited government, strong national defense, maximum individual liberty. That's good enough for me. I don't give a damn about the way she speaks, her “accent”, etc.”
    Its all well and good for her to believe in these things. The issue is that she simply is not smart enough to execute any of these beliefs in a manner that is beneficial for America.
    And “center-right ideology”?! Sarah F-ing Palin is “center-right”?!?! She's the poster-child for the Tea Party!

  • ndes

    “I don't give a damn about the way she speaks, her “accent”, etc.”

    Neither do I. But let's just investigate your claim that she is for maximum individual liberty for a second.
    gay marriage: no
    marijuana legalization: no
    government assistance for nuclear and oil: yes

    Also back in 2008 she stated that America could be headed for another great depression if the government didn't take action with a bailout or other government intervention of some sort.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_position

    She may be a charming speaker at Tea Party rallies but I wouldn't rely on her judgement as a leader. I personally prefer Ron Paul. His stance on foreign politics may be controversial, I grant that but just try picturing Sarah Palin juggling the economic jargon Ron can handle.
    I am convinced that she has no clue about stuff like the federal reserve. She won't be able to answer what a market equilibrium is, she won't know the adverse effects of price controls.

    But then again, Milton Friedman once said: “It's nice to elect the right people but that isn't the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.”

  • mittorquit

    Very well put sir (or ma'am).

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