And while talking to some furriner from Old Europe™, to boot! Treason!!!1!
Expressing the strongest public reservations about the conservative star made by any senior Republican figure, Mr Rove said it was unlikely that voters would regard someone starring in a reality show as presidential material.
Mr Rove, who remains a major force on the US political scene, also implied that Mrs Palin lacked the stomach for the rigours of a presidential primary campaign, which will begin early next year before the first polls in 2012.
He said Mrs Palin had done a “terrific job” in 2008 when Senator John McCain took her from near obscurity to the vice-presidential nomination, but added: “Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying 'I want to be the person at the top of the ticket’.
“There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say 'that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world’.”
As for Herself, the Holly Bailey post referring me to the above also offers this quote, the latest helping of word salad served up in response to the question of whether she'll be running:
"For me, Mary, it's going to entail a discussion with my family -- a real close look at the lay of the land -- and to consider whether there are those with that common-sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion. Whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job -- and I'll get to be their biggest supporter and their biggest helpmate, if they will have me -- or whether there's nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I believe the priorities should be," Palin told Hart.
That would be Mary Hart, as in Mary Hart, host of Entertainment Tonight.
So far, it doesn't look like the 101st Fighting Keyboardists have been made aware of this. Except for the Freepers, the only thing I see right now is Hot Air's Allahpundit trying to spin this as Rove strategery, maybe, but I look forward to the coming internecine flame wars.
(h/t: KK, via email | pic. source)