December 2nd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Rove says 'marketplace of ideas' will decide Palin's fate

Karl Rove says it remains to be seen what Palin's future has in store.
Karl Rove says it remains to be seen what Palin's future has in store.

(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."


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  1. WakeUpPeople

    I am bewildered just seeing people flock to her. I have never seen anyone with such limited intellect get so much attention. What does that say about the Republican base? Not much at all!! Very sad!

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Frustrated

    The simple fact that she remains popular among the GOP base just proves, again, that they are all a bunch of Ricky Bobbys.

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Larry from Mpls

    Actually, it would be nice if Karl Rove and all he represents would disappear back into the darkness from whence he came.

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Dee

    The market place of ideas has already spoken about this trainwreck. It has said, "don't call us, we'll call you."

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. JM

    Sarah Palin would be a wonderful choice to be the Republican nominee for the office of president in 2012, and every four years thereafter – just so long as one wants to guarantee – and very properly so if she nominated – that a Democrat is elected each time.

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Dee

    The market place of ideas has already spoken about this trainwreck. It said, "don't call us, we'll call you."

    December 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Change

    I would love to see Senator Palin. It would be worth it just to watch the far left kooks.

    December 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Red, North Carolina

    Translation from Rove: Read between the lines folks...no glowing reccommendation here...She's an idiot with no experience and the more people see of her the more stupid she will look.

    December 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Canadian

    Being Canadian and unable to vote in the U.S. elections I still found it interesting to follow. During this time I would say I was a strong Democratic supporter until this election. What I have observed is that the Dem supporters have so much to be proud of, yet take the low road and seem to take pride in cutting down and tearing people apart. Such a sad and disappointing state of which I would be ashamed to call myself a Dem if I resided in the U.S.

    Sarah Palin was thrown into a situation that most would jump at given the opportunity and actually did a very good job handling herself through the process. If those who criticise actually took time to research what they are so quick to cut down they would find that most negative remarks about Sarah were fabricated and in accurate. Americans should be proud of this individual and expect more from their news reporters and media in general to report the truth.

    December 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Naomi

    Rove said that the Republican party must get to know Palin, that she was on the stage for only nine weeks. Yet he and every other republican probably voted for her to be vp. DOesn't make sense.

    December 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Mike

    Hey OBAMA GIRL,

    Stop being an Obama Bimbo.

    December 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Col Kilgore

    Yes Yes.. More Sarah. She is perfect for the GOP. She can lead them further into the political void .Embrace her GOP. She is the future of the GOP. gosh golly wink wink you betcha

    December 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Hal

    It's hard to believe that a person without any experience outside of Alaska and the education of a Malamute will have much to contribute to the marketplace of "ideas".

    Ignorant, Evangelical Taliban. Dangerous to the Country and the Constitution no matter how you slice it.

    December 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. nancy

    The women is dumber than a box of rocks in addition to the fact that she does not even speak correct Engllish.

    December 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. carmen

    Was it the "marketplace of ideas" that determined she should be the VP running mate? Look at that success! Can this Rove go away and take this moose hunter soon to be grandma with him?

    December 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Fred

    As a committed Democrat, I urge Republicans to support Palin. Nothing would be better than a Palin nomination for president, skipping over truly qualified Republican candidates.

    December 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Oy vey....

    I'd love just one day without hearing from either Rove or Palin......

    December 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. nick

    I was really hoping that this woman would just go away.
    she so gets under my skin with that voice of hers... man crap... how much of her must i have to keep on putting up with

    December 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Coultergeist

    "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."

    No thanks. 9 weeks were a pretty long period for me.

    December 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Angel

    TO LIP:

    Had Sarah been a BLACK WOMAN running around the country with a pregnant teenage daughter would have been enough to run her out of town and disgraced. This woman is a poor excuse for a mother. Her children have no home training which tells me everything I need to know about Sarah. Got to go, need to go spit shine my daughter's hair.

    December 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Stacey

    @LIP – Too bad Sarah was too dumb; too bad Sarah was too stupid; too bad Sarah couldn't name one newspaper or magazine she ever read; too bad Sarah could see Russia from Alaska; too bad Sarah race-baited and got a bunch of ignorant folks riled up; too bad Sarah said only "small town folks" were "real" Americans. Too bad for you, Sarah. Thank goodness you are not our Vice President. I'd vote for Biden any day over you. Heck, I'd vote for just about anybody over you.

    December 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. henry

    Just goes to show how desperate the republican party has become. She lost McCaine the election and rep still have no clue!

    December 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Phredd

    Don't you just love to read the hate filled rants by the "tolerant" left wing nut jobs. They go on and on about Palin's lack of experience, even though she has MORE experience the "Vote Present" Obama. Democrats cater to the ignorant and uninformed, and the left wing hate speech on this forum confirms it.

    Oh well, by March we should all be able to quite our jobs, sit in circles and sing Kumbau because we'll all be rich with the money Obama sends us. No more terrorism either. (At least thats what the left believes.)

    December 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Ann

    WE NEED PEACE IN AMERICA
    GO AWAY
    WAY WAY WAY SOME WHERE
    JUST GO
    APPALING WOMAN

    December 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Keith

    Here's to hoping that the Republicans do nominate Sarah Palin. Choosing her is like handing the ball to the Mets bullpen - game over, other team wins. I considered myself an independent until Sarah Palin was called a Republican - I could never vote for someone so undeducated and close-minded, and a governor of a state of only 650,000 people.

    December 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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