The Daily Telegraph has interviewed Karl Rove about Sarah Palin's presidential prospects.
About Palin's upcoming reality show:
“With all due candour, 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’,” Mr Rove told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.
He added that the promotional clip for Sarah Palin’s Alaska could be especially detrimental to any political campaign. It features the mother of five in the great outdoors saying: “I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office.”
On whether Republicans would be wise to make Palin their nominee:
“You can make a plausible case for any of them on paper, but it is not going to be paper in 2011. It’s going to be blood, it’s going to be sweat and tears and it’s going to be hard effort.”
On one of the unwritten qualifications for the office:
“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’.” ...
... Mr Rove suggested that “outside of the true believers”, most Republican primary voters were still watching the race and would choose the candidate most suitable for the role. “They are going to be saying 'the person who can win is the person who proves to me that they are up to the job’,” he said.
There is an article about The Telegraph's article at The NY Daily News. This post's photo came from the Daily News' article, which also has news of Palin's appearance, tonight, on -- Where else? -- "Entertainment Tonight." Spoiler: Palin is going to run "if there's nobody else to do it."
Rove referred to a promotional clip for Palin's reality show. That clip can be seen, here, at The Hollywood Gossip.
For some time it has been clear that Rove does not consider Palin to be presidential timber. After Christine O'Donnell won her primary in Delaware, Rove challenged Palin to go to Delaware and campaign for her: "Look, if Sarah Palin wants to demonstrate her power and influence, she ought to -- where we started was Delaware -- she ought to go to Delaware and campaign for her favorite Christine O'Donnell."