The Republican Party’s ongoing civil war got slightly more interesting this weekend when Tea Party favorite, Sarah Palin, and establishment financier, Karl Rove, opted to take very public shots at one another.
While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Palin hit Rove hard when she lamented that the ‘experts’ currently bankrolling Republicans in elections are steering the party in the wrong direction.
"If these experts who keep losing elections and keep getting rehired and getting millions -- if they feel that strong about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck-up or stay in the truck," Palin said, per the Huffington Post. "Buck up or run. The Architect can head on back to the great Lone Star State and put their name on some ballot –- though for their sakes, I hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting services."
Understandably miffed about being the butt of Palin’s jokes, Rove went on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and offered this rebuttal:
"I'm a volunteer and I don't take a dime with my work from American Crossroads and pay my own travel expenses out of my own pocket and I thought she was encouraging volunteer grassroots activity and I'm a volunteer," Rove said. "Second of all, look, I appreciate encouragement I ought to go home to Texas and run for office and, it would be news if I did to have her support. But I don't think I'm a good candidate -- a kind of balding, fat guy. And second, if I did run for office and win, I would serve out my term and I wouldn't leave office midterm."
Palin resigned from her first term as Alaskan governor after a failed run for VP on John McCain’s ticket in 2008.