Karl Rove: Palin Has 'Enormous Thin Skin'

If she doesn't like speculation, she can end it, he points out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2011 8:12 AM CDT

The Karl Rove-Sarah Palin feud continues: Last night on Fox News, Rove called Palin “thin-skinned” a grand total of four times before being abruptly cut off for a breaking news update. Greta van Susteren repeatedly tried to get Rove onto a different track—she wanted to know why the media keeps speculating about Palin’s potential 2012 run—but Rove kept coming back to the SarahPAC statement that attacked him for his own speculation (and more speculation). “I’m mystified,” he told van Susteren. “She is all upset about this, saying I’m somehow trying to sabotage her in some way, and how dare I speculate on her future. Look, if she doesn’t want to be speculated about as a potential presidential candidate, there’s an easy way to end the speculation, simply say ‘I’m not running.’”

“It is a sign of enormous thin skin that if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn’t speculate about her, she’d be upset and try and find a way to get us to speculate about her,” he continues in the clip obtained by Mediaite. Later, after another attempt by van Susteren to change the subject, he calls Palin "a player" and says, "I would just recommend she might get a slightly thicker skin, because if she’s got this thin a skin now … how’s she going to react if she does get into the campaign and gets the scrutiny that every presidential candidate does get? That’s not gonna be a pretty sight if she’s as thin-skinned in the fray as she is on the edges of it." (Read more Karl Rove stories.)

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