Rove counters Palin’s CPAC digs with stinging rebuke

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have brought down the house at CPAC on Saturday, but on Fox News Sunday, Republican strategist Karl Rove had a few things to say in response to her critical comments about him.

Rove said he wasn’t one of the consultants “raking in millions,” he isn’t compensated for the work he does with American Crossroads, and he even pays his own expenses for travel.

Referring to Palin’s suggestion that consultants like Rove “buck up or stay in the truck,” Chris Wallace asked, “Are you bucking up?”

“I appreciate her encouragement that I ought to go home to Texas and run for office. I would be enthused if I ran for office to have her support, but I don’t think I’m a particularly good candidate, a balding fat guy,” Rove said. “Second of all, if I did run for office and win, I would serve out my term and I wouldn’t leave office mid-term.”

“How much are you enjoying this?” Wallace asked Democratic strategist Joe Trippi.

“It’s great stuff. Look, you’ve got whacko birds, chuckleheads, moss-covered and stale — there’s like three wings of the party right now,” Trippi said. “And the stale and moss-covered are apologizing to the whacko birds?”

Rove said the party that is not in the White House tends to have these difficulties and that is nothing new or exceptional.

See the exchange via Mediaite here:


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