The man known as "Bush's Brain" said he's not sure that Sarah Palin and her brain are suitable for the White House. Karl Rove said a reality television star may not be the best choice for "the most demanding job in the world."
Speaking to London's Daily Telegraph, Rove said Palin's new reality show that is set to launch in two weeks does not exactly make her look presidential.
"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.'"
In a promotional clip for the show, Palin said she'd rather be in Alaska's great outdoors rather "than in some stuffy old political office." Not a smart choice of words, Rove said, words that could be used against her in a political campaign.
He did admit that Palin did a “terrific job” as John McCain's running mate in 2008, 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.'"
He added, “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.'"
Palin has not said whether she will run in 2012, but she has said on several occasions that she will run "if there's nobody else to do it."
Rove has been surprisingly candid lately about his fellow Republicans, bashing Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, saying she has "serious character problems," and "this is not a race we're going to be able to win."