Karl Rove: Sarah Palin Lacks Gravitas!

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gravitas (n): seriousness, solemnity, or importance

Does Sarah Palin possess these qualities? Former George W. Bush puppet master and current GOP commentator Karl Rove certainly doesn't believe so.

The former vice presidential candidate's new reality TV show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, isn't helping her gravitas factor, Rove told the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Karl Rove isn't moved by Sarah Palin's gravitas ... or anything.

"With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" the former Deputy White House Chief of Staff said.

"Being the V.P. nominee on the ticket is different from saying 'I want to be the person at the top of the ticket,'" Rove adds. "There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas."

"They want to look at the candidate and say 'that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'"

This was the second time in a week that Rove, a poster boy for the GOP establishment if ever there were one, has appeared reluctant to provide any degree of enthusiastic support to Palin, who may or may not run in 2012.

On CBS' Face the Nation this weekend, Rove said Palin would be a "formidable candidate" if she ran in 2012, a decision he wasn't ready to weigh in on.

He also appeared unswayed, noting that candidates would be vetted to determine the "strength they will need to work on magnifying and weaknesses that they need to endeavor to overcome, or challenges that they need to overcome."

Questions about Palin's qualifications have been par for the course for Republican candidates and politicians alike of late, as well as various media types.

Alaska's Joe Miller and Delaware's Christine O'Donnell, Senate candidates backed by Palin who shocked the establishment with primary victories, were both unwilling to definitively answer questions about her presidential fitness.

Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-backed candidate running for New York Governor, gave a more concrete response regarding the Palin 2012 buzz:

"We need a real leader," Paladino said. "Not someone who just wants to go and throw a bunch of words around and proverbs and - I want somebody that is going to be totally responsible. Someone that is a student of that government."

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This is the first time I've ever agreed with Karl Rove on anything.


I'm a loyal republican. However, if Sarah Palin runs for president or vice president or anything in Washington, she will ruin the republican party's chances of winning. She has made a a$$ of herself since the last presidential election and brings no credibility to the republican party. There are 2 people that are hurting the republican party and they are Sara Palin and Glenn Beck. Way too radical and such drama queens. There are so many professional people out there that could run for office, but for some reason the republican party finds these freaks to represent them. Please, Please, Please introduce some new people as candidates and ask them to present their business plan with goals and milestones and specific details about how they plan to achieve their goals. Powerpoint presentations would be much more interesting and convincing than the traditional debates.


I don't remember Palin ever saying she wanted to run for president. I am sure she wouldn't be putting her name out there so much if she had an interested in it...


Nerdblossom Rove was George Bush's shoe-shine boy. Did that require "gravitas"? It's about time for Super Sarah to smack Karl down with a Facebook post.

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