Damning by faint praise, [Levi] Russell went on to say: "Personally I've always liked Rove, but it is painfully obvious that he is losing his connection with the American people, and no longer has his finger on the very strong pulse of the conservative movement in this country, which is fueled by the tea party and figures such as Gov. Palin."
I honestly never, ever, thought that I would be defending Karl Rove, but hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Levi Russell, spokesperson for the Tea Party Express, implying that Karl Rove has lost touch with the "American people" is just, well, completely asinine. In fact, most of the American people completely agree with Karl Rove.
In a survey conducted by Vanity Fair/CBS News in early August, 59% of those surveyed said they didn't feel that Sarah Palin has "the ability to be an effective president". Here's what Karl Rove said about Sarah Palin after her announcement that she would run for the presidency if "there's nobody else to do it":
There are high standards that the American people have for [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'.
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. Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying ‘I want to be the person at the top of the ticket.'
Rove was simply agreeing with the American people, for once.