A leading Republican strategist is calling for Sarah Palin to prove her political prowess by showing up in person in Delaware to support Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell.
Karl Rove told Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday that if Palin wants to run for president in 2012 then she needs to show her political skill now.
"I don't know if she is the front-runner," said Rove. "There are several geological ages to come and go before that race shapes up."
"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," he continued.
"If she wants to demonstrate political power, go to Delaware and take the candidate whom she is backing and get her along the finish line campaigning with her in Delaware," said Rove.
"Sarah Palin has enormous magnatism and a big following. Let her employ it in the field on the front lines about a candidate she cares so much about," he concluded.
There has been tension between O'Donnell and Rove following her nomination as Republican candidate for senator from Delaware. Rove told Fox News' Sean Hannity that the candidate has said "nutty things."
"This is not a race we're going to be able to win," he said the night she won the primary.
O'Donnell fired back at Rove the next morning on ABC. "Everything that he's saying is unfactual," she said. "And it's a shame, because he's the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't going to win. ... He's eating some humble pie, and he's just trying to restore his reputation."