September 12th, 2008
09:00 AM ET

Rove to Obama: Attacking Palin is dumb

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Karl Rove is again offering unsolicited advice to Barack Obama, this time advising the Democratic presidential nominee to avoid attacking Sarah Palin directly if he hopes to win the White House in November.

“It's a match-up he'll lose," Rove writes Thursday in his regular Wall Street Journal column. "If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he's running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president."

Rove notes past attempts by Democratic presidential nominees to attack the No. 2 on the GOP ticket have largely fell flat, and says the issues Obama is hitting Palin on are ones the Illinois senator is weak on himself.

"If Mr. Obama keeps attacking Mrs. Palin, he could suffer the fate of his Democratic predecessors. These assaults highlight his own tissue-thin résumé, waste precious time better spent reassuring voters he is up for the job, and diminish him — not her," Rove writes.

Specifically, Rove says it is not in Obama's interest to attack the Alaska governor on her lack of experience or the earmarks she has requested — two issues, Rove says, on which voters may also question Obama's record.

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soundoff (73 Responses)

    There has been much attention paid to the amount of experience required for the Presidency . Comments have been made extolling the virtue of being in an executive position such as governor before seeking the office of president/vice-president.Therefore, I express my view on the subject. Thank you,

    George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Prior to his Presidency, President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, where he earned a reputation for bipartisanship and as a compassionate conservative who shaped public policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.

    G.W.B. had six years of "experience" in the executive position as the Governor of Texas.
    Please tell me why, with all of his prior "experience" , he has become one of the worst Presidents ever. !!!

    Should "experience" as a Governor automatically trump other attributes such as insight and vision in making our nation a better country for our citizens and also as a major force in the leadership of the world in which we live? This point should be considered for both the Presidential and Vice Presidential races because Vice Presidents sometimes soon become Presidents.

    September 15, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  2. Hyacinth

    Wright to Rove: I get it. It's ok for Palin to attack Obama, but.....ok, I get it. This article doesn't carry any validity, just ignorance from the same kind of McCain nonsense.

    September 15, 2008 at 6:44 am |
  3. Hyacinth

    Wright to Rove: I get it. It's ok for her to attack to Obama and Biden, but.......ok I get it.

    September 15, 2008 at 6:36 am |
  4. Gentile

    Sen.Obama,does not need the advise,of a typical republican,like Rove.Republicans,are all the same,they all listen to hate AM all day.

    September 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  5. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    By the Way now I read that ole Karl Rove is critisizing McCcain for going "too far" in his campaign ads. My God this would be laughable if it weren't so serious ! Does this Christian Right ignoramous honestly believe the American elctorate is this ignorant and stupid. It is HIS agenda that the John McCain campaign has signed on to !
    He was insturmental in getting one Christian Right Wing failure elected twice now he and his people arfe at it again while at the same time trying to pretend and LIE that they are against the sleaze!
    I swear this man should be tried for treason for how he's degraded this nation and yes made us LESS secure for his personal agenda and Christian Right Dogma ! If the American people come November actually fall for his tactics we deserve to fail as a Nation !

    September 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  6. Mary

    The most disgusting problems with our ecomony came after the Democrats controlled Congress and with Obama in the White House, it will be more of the same. His solutions are fairy tales.

    September 14, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  7. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Pretty darn good analogy. But remember what drives people like this. They all believe that they can do no wrong because they are directed by God in some Bizzar way. How on earth or in heaven for that matter did John McCain allow himself to be coerced by these lunatics.
    As a Vietnam Vet I can certainly respect John McCain’s bravery on the military battlefield but on the politcal battlefield he seems to have a yellow streak a mile long running up his back !
    P.S. In some respects the Karl Rove types are very much like the terrorists and MUSLIMS and NAZIs they rail against when it comes to doing whatever is necessary to further their cause. Distorted and warped and anti-Constitution and therfor Anti-American as their cause is.

    September 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  8. Dan in Boston

    Thanks for keepin' 'em honest, brotha!
    I want to make a political science point.

    The free press and democracy work in tandem for the benefit of Americans. If the media (not to be dismissed as an ivory tower, elitist liberal clan) generally portrays the campaigns in a well-balanced way. If the coverage were presented in a slanted manner, you'd lose viewership. But if CNN portrayed the messages, policies, and politicians in an investigative manner (which you do, I believe) you help accelarate the means of sounding out issues and pols in the few short months before the election.

    To blame the media is to blame ourselves. We are simply interested in finding out more and we sincerely engage in democracy by turning on CNN. This is a modern American means of dialogue and is healthy. Coverage enhances participation and hastens the trip to polling places.

    I you set aside the lipstick of proverbial swine, the melliflousness or MILF-ness of Alaskan media darlings, and irrational below- the-poverty-line support of dead-horse trickle-down voodoo-nomics, we get through the debris of spin over time.
    We rely on the media to be our eyes and ears. My contribution to the dialogue, through your media blog, is that we should donate to the pacifists rather than those who plan incursions into Iran, Georgia, and up-to-old-tricks Russia. Also, we ought to know more about the deficit rather than the curvature, freckling, and staining of the president's private parts. Compare the hours of coverage on topics, either salient or crude, and keep your head above the fray.

    Thanks for informing us, CNN, and I'll stay tuned to hear my voice in amidst the voices of the best political team in American history

    September 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Rove is right, just another point that the Democratic Party just doesn't get it (top levels) if they would have gotten how the rest of us think Hillary would be running for President.
    The only way to get it across to them is to vote Republican, which I intend to do.
    I am a female, over 60, and voted Democrate my whole life. Thinking I will switch over to Obama at the last minute is stupid, out of touch, and pissing me off. THEY still don't get it, and need to have 18 million of us show them we mean it.

    September 14, 2008 at 11:33 am |
  10. Salita

    When Sarah Palin accepted, rather than declined a position she, if she has an ounce of brains knows she is not ready for, she opened herself up for attack. McCain first touted Obama's lack of experience, then he chose a running mate who's lack of experience is evident. He's parading Sarah Palin around as a change proponent, trying to hoarde in on Obama's success in promising America the change we need. Intelligent Americans know that a vote for McCain/Palin is nothing more than a vote for 4 more years of Bush policy. So Palin was chosen to take focus off the issues and keep everyone bogged down with the trying to find out who she is and keeping focus off of who McCain really is. An out of touch, Bush clone. The Republicans had a field day attacking Hillary, so why is the "road to no where supporting so busy running for office that she doesn't have time to look after her teenage daughter, I'm the same as a dog only with lipstick, soccer mom" off limits?

    September 14, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  11. Melodie-Boulder CO

    Remember when you were in Middle School and there was that one kid that started rumors and told lies about you. That is Carl Rove grown up.

    September 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Pat

    Karl Rove reminds me of an old adage that still carries a great deal of wisdom –

    Be careful who you keep company with as a person's friends tell a great deal about their character.

    I guess with respect to Rove this adage would speak volumes of truth about many in the current Adminstration, given that Rove, Bush, Cheney and McCain are all bosum pals! And now they're included Palin! And that makes perfect sense as it's also a well known truth that one picks their friends based on like characteristics and values! And that proves Palin met all their initiation criteria! 🙂

    September 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  13. Carolyn-Kansas City

    I LOVE KARL ROVE ! Every time he opens his ignorant mouth he makes an ass of himself.

    Just keep talking Karl and eventually even the simple minded will understand what an imbecile you really are.

    In the mean time keep giving Obama advice because I am sure he appreciates knowing WHAT NOT TO DO.

    September 13, 2008 at 11:40 am |
  14. Gwen

    Well said Gene from Vermont...I am one of those individuals whose job was outsourced to India...Rove, Bush and his cronies couldn't care less that you cannot feed your family,pay your bills, etc. all they want is more money and power and they use people like Gilby to get it...How can a man who has 8 houses and a wife who comes to the RNC convention dressed in over $300,00.00 worth of jewerly and clothes relate to you and me?I bet she has never seen the inside of a Walmart, and if she has she probably went inside and ask the the desk clerk, Where can I find the Gucci or Prada section? That's why I hate Fox news because Rove and his cronies, especially Sean Hannity only use that station to spew out hate for anyone different from them...I don't see how they can legally stay on TV...

    September 13, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  15. Gene Penszynski From Vermont

    Gilby-Hi WROTE
    "It is remarkable how much hate can be generated in these little minds. Fortunately, Mr. Rove worked in the Whitehouse and these other sad folks have proved that they do qualify to work in the fast food industry."

    Well Gilby maybe since the only jobs available in this nation for many are in the fast food industry since the outsourcing of good paying professional jobs to either COMMUNIST China or India it's the only choice they have.
    The reality is that Karl Rove's only real accomplishment is that he got a guy elected twice who has made a mockery of the Unted States of America as well as the people of this fine nation.
    Quite frankly its people like Karl Rove and company that diminsh this Nation. They don't make it better. The fact that he was associated with this disaterous administration is hardly something to honor and be proud of . The fact that he manipulated this Nation and it's media into supporting and helping elect this corrupt and malicious administration so he could work in the White House is hardly a testiment to his superiority in any way. The people of this nation including those food service workers that you so light heartedly dismiss as being of 'small mind' would have been far better off if Karl Rove had worked at White Castle and served up burgers instead of working to serve up this nation eight years of unmitigated Failure from the White House.

    September 13, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  16. mj

    C.rove is the most Powerful mastermind here in america he can do whatever he wants to the system and he is free man i don't know where he got that extra Power? how can You advise Mr.obama when u need a Big time advice.
    Rov call me from the jail man One love Mastermind.

    September 13, 2008 at 8:43 am |
  17. MaryAnn

    Don't be so nice to Rove,Gilby by calling him Mr.
    respect like that has to be earned. Rove is a snake in the grass and most Americans know it. True, Rove worked in the White House and he is still deeply connected with McCain. This proves McCain can care less about what is best for Americans. He will do anything to get elected. If you are a U.S. citizen you would speak out on these issues. We are tired of dirty politics. We want respect for ourselves as a nation.We want to be able to live again and maybe have something in our savings account etc. These feelings to you qualify me and others that we work in the fast food industry? What's wrong with that! As long as you are making a legitmate living and trying to make it in this world. As far as I am concerned regarding Karl Rove...Every dog has his day.

    September 13, 2008 at 4:17 am |
  18. Reggie

    All this talk about experience...well Rumsfeld and Cheney had loads of experience and that still didn't stop them from screwing up two wars and costing the US a lot more than money. It is not all about experience it is about vision and solutions. McCain and Palin fall short in both areas.

    September 13, 2008 at 4:12 am |
  19. awalker

    This has been the most corrupt administration i our nations history . Rove is the most corrupt and he has the nerve to be on fix news and other media outlets selling his propaganda. If he were the average Joe , he would be tucked off in a federal pen somewhere. Bush and his league of criminals colleges have raped this nation . We've had a dictator for almost eight years, spoon feeding the American people what they want us to believe . We bridges falling , towns falling apart , divisions among people. I can't for the life of me understand what good has come out of Pres bush politics. John Mcain has more of that and people are buying. Oh I guess they forgot bomb, bomb,bomb Iran. Ok there are more lives to be lost and more suffering to the American people , Who are loosing jobs daily. All of a sudden I am the change that America needs , In his own words I've voted with the Pres in 90 percent of the time. facts not fictions . Lets deal in that!!!

    September 13, 2008 at 3:48 am |
  20. Sherry

    With the recent mean spirited ads coming out of the McCain camp, I should have seen Rove's influence. McCain is trying to do to Obama what Bush did to him last time. Lies worked then; let's hope this outcome is different. As for the "poor Ms. Palin" mindset, after a few more interviews she will take care of any misconceptions. She continues to repeat the coached phrases, but also continues to mislead/lie about the earmarks and "bridge" money. Someone needs to check the facts and let the McCain/Palin team know so they can change the rhetoric.

    September 13, 2008 at 2:31 am |
  21. Gilby-HI

    It is remarkable how much hate can be generated in these little minds. Fortunately, Mr. Rove worked in the Whitehouse and these other sad folks have proved that they do qualify to work in the fast food industry.

    September 13, 2008 at 1:11 am |
  22. Gary

    Big Supprise, Rove offering sage advice. I guess he feels the need to get into the thick of this rediculus circus. His deciding to get into the mix brings to mind the saying, "birds of a feather flock together". This association helps remind us of the true character the Republican ticket. So who's next to join in the party? Dick Cheney? Oh ya, it's a Grand ole Party, isn't it?

    September 13, 2008 at 12:53 am |
  23. ronald

    Rove is another reason, this nation needs change.
    Rove is a traitor to We The People.
    Why does not Rove do us a favor and get appointed as the new Ambassador of Venezuela and he and Chavez could get alone together perfect.
    The personality of Rove is one more reason, those outside the US hate Americans and politicans taking advice from Rove are all MORONS.
    Rove do this world and go deport yourself to the moon

    September 12, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
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