Karl Rove Thinks Sarah Palin Will Run For President

The man that some call “The Architect” believes that Sarah Palin will indeed run for President:

Former Bush advisor Karl Rove says he believes former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will enter the Republican presidential race sometime around Labor Day.  Appearing on Fox News Saturday morning, Rove said Palin “has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity.” Rove also cited a new campaign-style video Palin has released on her recent visit to the Iowa State Fair as evidence Palin is gearing up for a run.

Palin will be the keynote speaker at the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” event in Iowa September 3.  The event location was recently moved from Waukee, Iowa, to Indianola, Iowa to accommodate a larger crowd.

“This is her last chance,” Rove said.  “She either gets in or gets out [after the Iowa visit].  I think she gets in.”

This appears to be just Rove’s speculation based on Palin’s action rather than any kind of inside information, but he’s not the only one making that assumption after Palin released this video based on her recent bus trip through Iowa, which looks a heck of a lot like a campaign video:

Palin will be speaking in Iowa on September 3rd, and the organizers have already decided to change the venue to a larger forum in order to accomadate a larger crowd. Will this be the occasion on which she announces her candidacy? It would certainly be the perfect opportunity, and if she doesn’t then I think we can conclude once and for all that Sarah Palin is not running for President.  As with all things Palin, we’ll just have to wait and see.



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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. michael reynolds says:

    She’d have to be crazy to run at this point, with Perry and Bachmann already in and established.

    Oh wait . . .

    That aside, this may be part of Rove doing anything he can to stop the rush to Perry.

  2. john personna says:

    I had exactly the same thought, slightly different words, than michael. I thought “She’d be nuts to run …”

  3. Ernieyeball says:

    I’m going out on a limb and predicting that she will run and pick Shawn Hannity as her Press Secretary when she wins!!!

  4. Fiona says:

    Well, if she does enter the race, I’m looking forward to the Palin-Bachman mud wrestling match. I don’t think La Diva Palin is going to enjoy sharing the GOP primary spotlight with a woman who is prettier, smarter, and more articulate than she is.

    Her entry would make for great entertainment, but I don’t think she’s going to throw her hat in the ring. It’s much easier and more lucrative for her to sit at her Faux News perch and throw bombs at Obama.

  5. Trumwill says:

    If she has any impact, it’s probably good news for Romney since she would make headway pulling off of Perry (and Bachmann) as much as anyone.

    I stand by my previous assessment of her, though. She doesn’t have the discipline, energy, and work ethic for a serious campaign.

  6. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    If she runs it would be the best news for Obama since Osama got iced.

    If she runs and then somehow received the nomination then Obama not only would be a shoe-in for reelection he might win 450 electoral votes.

  7. A voice from another precinct says:


    “I don’t think La Diva Palin is going to enjoy sharing the GOP primary spotlight with a woman who is prettier, smarter, and more articulate than she is.”

    Even as low as that bar is, I’m not sure that Bachmann is able to clear it. Moving on, I think Palin probably realizes that she doesn’t have to stuff to wade into the fray. No announcement now, but during the campaign season look for a potential “draft Palin” arc in the story (maybe even from SarahPAC through a created surrogate)..

  8. Chefmarty says:

    ‘nother clown in the clown car….

  9. gVOR08 says:

    Sarah Palin is too lazy to seriously run for president. But in order to continue pretending to run, at some point she’ll have to say she is.

  10. jukeboxgrad says:

    This is what I’ve been saying all along, since almost a year ago. She’s running. And she will be nominated. When she announces soon, she will immediately poll at #1 or #2. That’s how crazy the GOP base is.

    She’s running not because she thinks she can beat Obama, or even wants to be POTUS. She’s running because she believes, correctly, that it will be good for her career. It will be historic to be the first woman nominee, and she will spend the next several decades lucratively whining about how the lamestream media and the GOP elite made it impossible for her to save the country. She doesn’t want the job of POTUS. She wants the job of spending the next 20 years on Fox complaining about how the country is going to hell because she was sabotaged while trying to save it. This latter job is both infinitely easier and infinitely more lucrative.

    If she doesn’t run, her career will fade because it will be forever impossible for her to explain why she didn’t run. Her fans will be deeply and rightly disappointed. Why did she let them down? She would never be able to give this realistic explanation: “because I knew that by running I would only insure Obama’s victory.” Therefore she must run.

    Not running is bad for her career. Running and losing is very, very good for her career. So the analysis is simple. You just have to put aside the silly idea that her purpose in running is to become POTUS.

  11. Kevin says:

    @jukeboxgrad: So true. So very true. She’s in. Barack gets 4 more years. And 2016 elections will be one for the ages!