Fox News Ends Karl Rove Interview After He Calls Sarah Palin “Enormously Thin-Skinned”
GOP über-strategist Karl Rove should have known better. You don’t appear on Fox News and utter even a peep of criticism of Sarah Palin, even if you are one of the brightest stars in the conservative galaxy.
Earlier this month, Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel, two hosts of Fox News’ “The Five” (the program that filled the void left by Glenn Beck’s departure), openly admitted that they handled Palin with kid gloves. Said Gutfeld: “The only problem with talking about Sarah Palin is that she works here and it’s like a co-worker and, if I say something bad and I see her in the hallway, I feel really awkward and wrong. So I just kind of say, ‘That was a good job.’” Beckel added: “I’ll be honest. I’ve pulled my punches on her.” Gutfeld and Beckel now say they were kidding about pulling punches, but methinks they’re not kidding anyone at all.
Back to Rove… he was interviewed yesterday by Greta Van Susteren, host of “On the Record,” one of Fox’s saner programs. The topic of Sarah Palin came up. It just so happens that the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate had recently slammed Rove and others for speculating about her entry into the 2012 presidential race. Rove appeared on Fox News Sunday and opined that Palin’s hectic schedule “looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity.”
The Palin camp lashed back like a bull moose in a bear trap:
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.
Now it was Rove’s turn to get bitch-slapped by a pro-Palin pundit.
“What is it about Governor Palin that if anyone says her name, someone like you, that it just explodes?” Van Susteren asked him. “Is that the media or is that Governor Palin or is that Karl Rove?”
“No, no, that’s Governor Palin,” Rove retorted. “I’m mystified. Look, she is all upset about this saying I’m trying to sabotage her in some way. And how dare I speculate on her future. If she doesn’t want to be speculated about as a potential candidate, there’s an easy way to end the speculation. Say, ‘I’m not running.’ It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset. And I suspect, if we didn’t speculate about her she would be upset and try to find a way to get us to speculate about her.”
At this point, Van Susteren tries to change the subject. But Rove wasn’t quite done yet…
“End the speculation by saying, ‘I’m not going to be a candidate.’ Until then, I would recommend she might get a slightly thicker skin. If she has this thin a skin now when people are saying, ‘I think she might be a candidate,’ how is she going to react if she does get into the campaign and gets the scrutiny that every candidate does get? I mean, that’s not going to be a pretty sight if she’s as thin-skinned in the fray as she is on the edges of it.”
At that point, it was Van Susteren, or whoever controls her show, who appeared thin-skinned. Rove was suddenly interrupted by a Fox News “Alert” regarding the retirement of Apple CEO Steve Jobs– something that had been announced hours earlier.
Both Karl Rove and Sarah Palin are paid Fox News contributors. A tip of the hat to Rove for speaking his mind with no concern for what his Fox bosses might think. Surely he is aware that bad-mouthing Palin is verboten. It will be interesting to see how his transgression is dealt with and, if Palin does jump into the race, what help Rove will offer her.
(Source: The Raw Story)
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