First off, please know Sarah Palin is a favorite politician of this conservative examiner.
However, one inconsistency regarding her is that in 2010 she endorsed Carly Fiorina over solidly conservative Chuck DeVore. She did so supposedly because Fiorina had the name recognition to defeat Barbara Boxer whereas DeVore was relatively unknown.
Basically, that's the way Karl "the architect" Rove operates. He believes in supporting the most conservative candidate that can win, be it because of funding, political savvy, or name recognition.
- Side note: And, as it turns out, he was absolutely correct about the outcome in the Delaware race when Palin-endorsed Christine O'Donnell won the Republican nomination against Michael Castle but ended up losing to Democrat Chris Coons.
Yet Sarah Palin criticizes Rove for the same strategy she used in regard to Fiorina.
As usual, Mrs. Palin was dead-on in her common sense views that she expressed in her CPAC speech. For example, in regard to Obama, she agreed with many conservatives who say that he is no leader but rather is a perpetual campaigner who demonizes the opposition. Saying that we are all Americans, she continued that true leadership means
"ending the poisonous practice of treating members of different social, ethnic and religious groups as different electorates, pandered to with different promises."
Her criticism of Karl Rove garnered the most controversy. Since his position is that Republicans must select candidates more by their electability than by the purity of their ideological stances, Palin responded,
"The last thing we need is Washington, D.C., vetting our candidates. The architects can head on back to the great Lone Star state and put their names on some ballot."
Karl Rove responds
Rove joked over Palin's suggestion, saying that as a "balding white guy," he probably wouldn't win any office. Then he added,
"If I did run for office and win, I'd serve out my term. I wouldn't leave office mid-term."
In defense of Sarah Palin's decision
It's true that Sarah Palin left office as Alaska governor halfway through her term, and most of us know the reason she gave for leaving. There is no doubt in this examiner's mind that had frivolous suit upon frivolous suit not been heaped upon her as a political super star who had displayed much courage throughout her past, she would never have quit.
Not wanting to be a lame duck, she made the decision that it was best for Alaska that she leave.
"Todd and I, we’re looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight. ..The people who offer up these silly accusations, it doesn't cost them a dime. So they're not going to stop draining the public resources....My staff and I spend most of our days, we're dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now." source
Whether or not Karl Rove believes her excuse, he knows as a fact she was harassed and forced to waste much time fighting unworthy suits that were filed non stop against her. They would have continued throughout her term had she not departed when she did.
In conclusion and as it turns out, in time after she left, all the charges were finally "dropped or dismissed."
"On FNC's Special Report with Bret Baier, correspondent Molly Henneberg noted: 'Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee, said the decision had been in the works for a while. And she cited 15 ethics complaints against her, all that she has won, but have cost the state and her family a lot of time and money.'" source
Frivolous Lawsuit Filed Against Sarah Palin, AP Fails Reporting Story "....a man by the name of Chip Thoma filed a lawsuit against Governor Palin over an alleged 'traffic conspiracy.' ... If you’re thinking this sounds like some sort of ridiculous frivolous complaint, you would be correct..............He claimed that Governor Palin attracted 'voyeurism' due to her 'notoriety,”"
Sarah Palin Defending Many Lawsuits ".....numerous ridiculous ethics complaints law suits filed against her, law suits intended to make the Governor spend her personal money and bankrupt her in the process. It has been reported that Palin's family had to spend more than $500000 on legal fees fighting these ethical lawsuits which are partisan in nature, frivolous and politically motivated."