(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's rock-star status could solidly position her to lead the Republican Party in four years, but former top Bush aide Karl Rove said the "marketplace of ideas" will ultimately decide her political future.
"Republicans believe in markets, so the marketplace of ideas will decide what the answer [to her future] is," Rove told NBC Tuesday. "These people are going to get out there, campaign, offer their ideas, offer themselves."
Palin has declined to say whether she is officially interested in seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but has left open the possibility. Palin's popularity among the party's base and firmly established name-recognition would likely mean instant top-tier status should she decide to throw her hat into the ring.
But ultimately, Rove said, Republicans need more time to get to know Palin before embracing her as the party's future.
"Remember she was on the stage for nine weeks in the general election - that’s not a lot of time," he said. "Now we are going to get to a chance see her over a longer period of time."
Let her run, so Obama can destory her as he did John McCain.
Do Republicans really think the cabal of Romney/Huckabee/Giuliani are going to step aside for this woman? I think Palin is in for a rude awakening about how nasty politics outside of the frozen tundra can get. If people thought Charlie Gibson was hard on her (he wasn't), just wait until these men get their chance to expose her as a lightweight.
Palin is suited for a radio show. That is what she enjoys and is good at: talking. The right wing Jeff Foxworthy you're a redneck if... would be thrilled.
Have any of you met a republican? Jesus Christ, Mrs. Palin is at least 10x smarter than 75% of those dumbells!
Sarah Palin...to bad Sarah isn't black. Had she been black, there never would have been all the sexist ,slanderous remarks made of her. Had she been black, the media would have been sucking up to her rather than taking pot shots at her. Even Leno would have been good to her. I personally think that the level of hostility was due to the fact that the Democrat nominee was black and the media needed a scapegoat or target to shoot at and didn't dare say or do anything that would reflect poorly on themselves.
Maybe obama can get impeached fairly early on and that will open the door for Sarah because no sane individual would vote for biden.
Chief Editor Korir has shocking tape! Would release but afraid of secret forces! Help CNN!
Today I am torn between wanting more Palin skits on Saturday Night Live and her just going away and never having to hear or see her again.
On a bright note, she might be just enough to help Chambliss lose Georgia.
If she is the rockstar of the GOP, what does that say about them??
Also, while I'm thinking about it, why doesn't Sean Hannity just stop too. He is full of bs. Its funny watching him get owned.
I have read negative comments about Sarah Palin for a few months and have elected to ignore the hate-filled messages. What are you liberals afraid of? It is quite simple.
During the campaign, Obama lost his way and thought he was campaigning against Sarah Palin and not John MCCain. After a few weeks of his ridiiculous behavior, it then became apparent to his campaign staff that they needed to change direction. Liberals may view her as "dumb, stupid, etc." However, give this some thought.
Sarah was living in obscurity in Alaska and in a heartbeat was thrown on the national stage. The McCain staff did not manage her effectively and fed her to the liberal wolves. Unfortunately, since they did not prepare her for the Katie Couric interview, she has now been labeled, unfairly I might add. To be fair, take a hard look at her track record in Alaska, rising to the National stage and handling all of the criticism to her and her family, tell me she doesn't have what it takes. Obama doesn't have experience but that didn't seem to matter. However, he has done what Sarah will do; surround themselves with a team who are savy and knowledgeable. It doesn't take a genious to figure out that you need to hire people smarter than you.
Please, give me a break. Sarah Palin is not a joke but a legitimate contender in time. I also take exception to the comments regarding the intelligence of the people who reside in Georgia. I am an executive with a publicly held company and live in a community of executives, doctors, etc., so we are all not ignorant in Georgia.
Palin is the American Idol of politics. She was an unknown, she was shoved into the spotlight by the Republicans and told to sing.
I want change in Washington but I don't want a minor leaguer with no real experience in world politics to have an office anywhere near the White House.
I couldn't read the whole article. Just the sight of her name makes my skin crawl. I wouldn't vote for her to be the person that waters my plants while I'm on vacation.
You'd think that the media would want to focus on intelligent opinion and astute observation, especially in these difficult times. The love affair that exists with Palin is only perceived through the media filter. Most of us simply tune her out. She is not relevant.
Mumbai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CNN. They came from Karachi, but only one needs to live there.... Most of them no Doubt came from Britain....
Bob Jindal 2012
Yea sure the republicans believe in markets. They have easy access to them. Sarah Palin should be at home in Alaska being it's governor and taking care of her children. She should not be flying hither and yon visiting folks that apparently can't resist a reactionary.
LOL-LOL-LOL. Is this the best the GOP has to offer? Oh yeah, I keep forgetting; they are mostly boring old man whose base got excited by a Caribou Barbie. They don't want brains; they want tight skirts. ROFL!!!
Like to see her make it but she doesn't have what it takes and her dipsy doodle la la way will start to bore. I think she has a future in comedy by just being herself like a Mrs. Bean or something inane like that.
First off – Why is'nt Carl Rove behind bars instead of giving interviews.
Second – the more Sarah talks the more people will realize its an empty wagon, a flash in the pan.
The Republican Party is not what it use to be.I was one for 75 years but not any more. The Republican party is now made up of childish, infantile babies who do not know who they are –like Sarah Palin. No thanks Palin I and sick of you. Go home and take care of your family like any decent mother would do.
some sorry folks...'the base' racist right wing nuts, self righteous,non-inclusive, zealots, who say they're followers of Jesus Christ. SURE
Obama is more of an example of Jesus Christ
Yesterday was the first time since the election that Sarah Palin wasn't in the news. Boy, that was refreshing!! Now, here she is again. Thanks again Mr. Rove, who got pardoned for dirty dealings be his good-old-boy pal George W...When will it all end??
A "Marketplace of ideas" will never exist in the Republican Party, who does Karl Rove think he's kidding!
Hateful ideas? Like the hateful lies that Palin yelled from her "bully pulpit" on the campaign trail? Yea, you could call the "hatred" against Palin karma, or payback coming to haunt you for all of your evil deeds.
Rove, Palin, Marketable ideas? What a joke! Is the RNC planning on buying the "ideas" for Palin, because she is incapable of thinking of ideas for herself!
Who cares what Rove has to say, his fat cheeks are flapping so hard these days they are going to slap him and knock him out! Too much GOP PORK!
In four years Ms. Palin will be an afterthought. Todd will have left her for one of Willow's friends and she will be living in a trailer park outside of Fairbanks with her 25 year old boyfriend, Bud.