"Guess what? I'm a commentator, and I'm sorry that she took offense at it," Rove said. "I've said nice things about her and I've raised a question. But a confident candidate doesn't get thrown off by that."
Rove then went on to add that he hopes Palin has a "thicker skin" than she displayed in responding to him if she plans on running for president.
The fact that they are both Fox News employees probably prevents Rove from spelling out exactly what he feels about Palin, but it's still pretty clear that the man who helped successfully sell George W. Bush to the nation doesn't think Palin would make a credible GOP nominee for president.
This was Rove's full quote, which Chris Wallace read to Palin:
"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' . . . There are high standards that the American people have for (the presidency), and they require a certain level of gravitas."
"I agree with that, that the standards should be high for anyone who would ever want to run for president," Palin shot back. "Like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor, wasn't he in Bedtime for Bonzo -- bozo, something. . . "
The name of the film Palin was reaching for was 'Bedtime for Bonzo,' in which Reagan played a Professor trying to teach chimpanzees human emotions. The former Governor may have a point: compared to such a timeless classic like 'Bonzo,' 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' may end up looking downright Reaganesque by comparison.
Palin responded to this criticism on 'Happening Now' (weekdays, 11 AM ET on Fox News).
"My message to those who say that the GOP nominee is not electable and that they're not even going to try, well I say buck up. buck up," Palin said.
"I have absolutely nothing against Karl Rove or any of the guys who have much fatter political resumes than I will ever have, but ... they need to realize that the time for primary debate now is obviously over and it's time for unity ... we need to go forth and conquer for the American people."
On Monday, he had Karl Rove on The O'Reilly Factor (Weeknights, 8 PM on Fox News). The political strategist had just finished up guest hosting Rush Limbaugh's radio program, and O'Reilly wasted little time in asking Rove how much he was paid for doing so.
"I understand I'm being paid the princely sum of 1,650 dollars," Rove replied. Then the two rich men snickered about receiving such a pittance for a half day's work.
Next, O'Reilly revealed that he pays his guest hosts nothing. "They don't get paid," he explained. "(It's) one of those things when they want to do it so much."
O'Reilly can be a bit of jokester, so he may have been pulling our leg. However, we rather like thinking of the guest host chair at The Factor as a sort of indentured servitude program for up-and-coming, right-leaning bloviators.
Also in the news today: 'Dancing With the Stars' announces its next cast, while 'Good Morning America' books a popular comedian.
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Everyone's getting bored now. Megyn is running around talking to people all over the set and trying to make love to her "launchpad," while others are handing out cookies and snacks. When the election is turning into a landslide (which is how Fox News would have us think), I guess they're at a loss as to how to fill the time. "We booked the whole night for this coverage. Vamp! Vamp!" For more on why I love Fox News Election coverage, flip to the other side.
I think it's time to shake things up. Go crazy and call the whole election for McCain. Or even Nader. People will look back on it fondly and you'll be infamous in history. Just picture Brit Morgan's dour skull with the skin melting off looking at the camera with the words "McCain Projected to Win Presidency" below him. Legendary!
I figured that the presence of Karl Rove on the panel would have had the drooling critics in the crowd ready to pounce. But, for the most part, the press conference started very cordially. Things started to get testy near the end though. What is surprising, however, is that the reporters didn't have more problems with Chris Wallace than Rove.
"Operation: Fluffy Bunny": Senior Baghdad Correspondent Rob Riggle filed a report that was slightly less pointless than that of last night. He and the crew must be working so hard on these specials. I hope they get something really good soon, so that their efforts will not have been in vain. I mean, the best they've managed to do so far is come up with a list of dildo types. Come on.
Senior White House Correspondent John Oliver talked about the magical joy that is Mr. Rove. First of all, "doughy pantaloons" sounds like a horrible pastry. Second, a "turd pinata" sounds like a very bad surprise at a kid's birthday party. Third, John Oliver and animated woodland creatures are a great team.
(S05E18) And so ends a short, inconsistent, Family Guy season. I don't know if we should chalk it up to Seth MacFarlane being spread too thin with American Dad and The Winner to watch over, or just the show coming up on 100 episodes. Something just wasn't quite right at Family Guy HQ this season though.
What do you get when you combine Rosie O'Donnell, Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, Britney Spears, Anderson Cooper, Keith Olbermann, Geraldo Rivera, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and a cat? A satirical video lampooning the news judgment shown by many in the TV news industry.
Released last night during the Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner -- yes the same one where presidential advisor Karl Rove pretended to be a hip-hop master -- the JibJab guys who created the hilarious 2004 campaign videos have now aimed their guns at the elite TV media personalities.
And hilarity ensues.
"The King and Them": Nepal has created a new daytime curfew to try and push back anti-royal protestors. Some German tourist was being a jerk about it and Jon spent a few minutes making fun of him. Apparently, the tourist had picked up the latest edition of Let's Go: Be A Dick In Nepal.
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