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. abhijeet

    All this anger toward her and she's not even our President. Liberals...seems a bit irrational don't you think?

    Maybe because this brand of anger stems from fear. You fear her because she almost single handedly gave BO a run for his money and she might do this again in the future (yes, if you are being honest a lot of you were afraid when her popularity was clearly evident)?

    The venom that many of you display would make an outsider wonder if Obama really did win the election. I thought this Obama man would make you happier people, but I guess not all of you?

    Personally I would rather have my guy lose an election and be a happier person in life, than be like many of you perpetually pissed off, angry at others even when your guy wins.

    December 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Ironlady

    They need to change so they won't do the same things when they're back in power. They must first change if they want to be back in power. The Republican Party deserves no consideration unless it changes significantly from the radical, fringe party it has become.

    They also need to put Palin back in Alaska!

    December 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Fritz

    I remember when the media had a blackout on Paris Hilton because she was a talentless, media grubber with nothing worthwhile to say. When the cameras went away, nobody missed Paris at all.
    I wonder why Sarah Palin made me think of that.

    December 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Jack

    Quayle/Palin in 2012 and 2016..

    The Republican dream ticket. Intelligence that suits the party.

    Democrats may also gain the other 40 Senatorial seats!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. mike

    So when Bush won with 50.7% of the vote, THAT's a mandate. They couldn't stop screaming "mandate, mandate, mandate!!!! Bush has a mandate! America has spoken!"

    Now, Obama has 52.6% (and 4 million more votes), but that's NOT a mandate? Let's remind them.

    BTW: "we failed to articulate a message of why we were the party for limited government, small taxes, and keeping government out of our sights, and that's why we lost."

    No, you failed to prove it.

    a) Limited government: Bush increased spending faster than any president in history. So much for limited government.

    b) Small taxes: Only for the wealthiest Americans. Obama promised to lower everyone else's taxes.

    c) Keeping government out of our sights: Remember Terry Shiavo?

    YOUR PARTY DOESN'T STAND FOR ANYTHING THAT IT SAYS IT DOES. MAYBE THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

    What was Palin running on apart from demonizing Obama......What will she run on 2012 when obama will be seeking reelection?

    December 2, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. ligaya

    Go Sarah I will vote for you again in 2012 if ever you decide to run for presidency.

    December 2, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. milka-Another britney spears!

    Hypocritical on just about every issue. Tax and spend Dems? The GOP borrowed and spent! Pro-life? Only from 0 to 9 months gestation. Then, baby and mother, you're on your own! Hockey mom veep candidate who talks about the "real America?" Sure, if you mean one who hits Neiman-Marcus and Saks in the "fake American" big cities and picks up more than $150,000 worth of clothes for herself, her hubby and kids - even their underwear!
    Note how Sarah talks about a 2012 "opportunity" for "me, my family, my state and the country." Whom does she put first? ME. It's all about her. Obama talked about his campaign being about "us." The people of this country. No wonder his message resonated. People can see Palin is in politics for herself, not to serve others. She has a lot to learn. Maybe she should try being a community organizer.
    Sarah Palin is not Sanjaya. She is Britney Spears, another trainwreck of an attractive woman who is attractive but NOT thoughtful, wise or deep but who has had a taste of the limelight that has her addicted, like that first hit of cocaine. Sarah, you need fame rehab so that when you emerge, you will have the sense to go back to your old life and leave the lower 48 alone.

    December 2, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. besty ross

    Rove & his student Stevie-boy tried to shove Palin down our throats with the con that she is qualified to be a heart beat away from a 72 year old President .... But ... NOW ... Rove says, "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

    Rove is a real con-artist piece of dung.

    December 2, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. waukon, WI

    As a Dem I have followed Karl Rove a long time (Atwater incarnate). I agree with those that said it was code for no future. Many people have counted Rove out when he should have been watched.

    Please put Palin on the ticket with Romney. If the worst happens and they win the Rep's could have another VP running the Executive Branch.

    I'm telling anyone who will listen put Palin on the 2012 ticket. Please let her talk maybe it will register that she doesn't have anything to say and the true right wingers will come out in the open.

    Don't underestimate the IQ's who will vote for this woman, fortunately it appears they are becoming the minority in more ways than one.

    PS. Dem's, Ind's, Lib's please buy guns and ammo if you don't only neo-cons and rep's will have guns.

    December 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Jim in San Jose

    Hopefully, republicans (not the brightest bulbs in the political package) will see that she is a pretty much a dimwit and has no business considering herself qualified to hold the most powerful office in the world.

    December 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Ruth Walczak

    #40 must be experiencing motion sickness in his grave
    whenever Palin's name is mentioned.

    December 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. cobra

    Sarah Palin gets under the left wingers skin for several reasons but number one is she is to smart for them to understand what she says. Number two she is a beautiful woman and that has to drive them nuts when they think about the beauties in the dems corral, ie, Obama's monkey, Pelosi, Waters, McKinney, Reno, Albright, what a bunch of losers.
    Sarah is here to stay dems and get over it!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Just4uliberaldemhaters

    IT AMAZES ME HOW LOW AMERICAN CIVIL SOCIETY HAS CONDESENDED THEMSELVES SO LOW IN SHOWING HATRED TO THIS GOD FEARING WOMAN WHO IS NOT FEARFUL TO EXPRESS HER BELIEVES AND FAITH DURING ALL THESE ELECTORAL PROCESS. YES SHE MIGHT NOT BE A GENIUS IN SOME ISSUES, BUT THAT DOES NOT GIVE ANYONE THE RIGHT TO CALL HER AN "IDOIT" I AM TOTALLY ASHAMED OF WHAT AMERICANS HAS TURNED INTO, THIS IS A LAND THAT SUPPOSED TO UPHOLD THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IRONICALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO HAS LABELLED SARA PALIN WITH DIFFERENT NAMES WILL NEVER IN YOUR LIFE TIME GET TO THE POSITION SHE HAS REACHED THROUGH HER HARDWORK.

    December 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. TX4Obama

    I wish Palin would just go home and stay there.

    She is worse than HORRIBLE. She is a DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Chris K

    Tina Fey runs circles around Sarah Palin when it comes to intelligence. Perhaps the Republicans should have her run in 2012!

    December 2, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Walter

    She should definitely run in 2012. I can't think of a better way to insure a 2nd term for Obama.

    December 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Dissenter

    Jesus......I mean.....God, or whatever........

    Enough of the Palin hype CNN! What the hell is wrong with your online news reporting? LISTEN: No one cares about Sarah!

    Though......how are those wedding plans coming along between her daughter and Levi? Can you PLEEEEEASE give us a report on that? I bet they don't get married!

    Republicans.......what a farce! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. tom moriarty pueblo co

    i think they should collar and tag her and send her back out into the alaska wilderness

    December 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. SANDRA

    to LIP: Seriously?? The media did not 'suck up' to Obama because he was black- he has transcended the race issue and ran an intelligent campaign and will do the same as President. Nor did they pick on Palin because she was a woman – Sarah Palin could not put two coherent thoughts together on her own because she's IGNORANT! and how many GOP pundits thought she was awesome based on her looks and 'sex appeal'? THAT is sexist.

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Troy

    I'm sorry, but Palin is the true epitemy of "lipstick on a pig". She's simply a repackaging of old republican ideas that have no relevance to today's society.

    So, Rove... you can put a pretty face on the "new republican party", but people still won't buy it.

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Fuzzbee in LA

    We've all had more than enough time to get to know Gov. Palin. In the "marketplace of ideas" she couldn't be more glaringly bankrupt.

    Enough! Please, somebody, get this woman off stage. Like William Hung, The New Coke and other curiosities, once the fizz wears off, what's left is...nothing. She would be destroyed in a general election and we would have a one-party system.

    One other thing: her voice may be the most annoying I've heard since Lily Tomlin as the switchboard operator, Ernestine. Who can listen to its shrill, proudly ignorant emptiness for a minute more?

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. GA voter

    I don't know why I am giving her an advise, but here it is anyways Gov Palin.... Learn from Britney Spears. That is right. I said it.

    When things went bad for Britney, everything she did to shake things up and clear her image, they ended up backfiring. So what does she do? She went totally off the radar. Media kept following her around for few days and eventually gave up on her. That gave her chance to recover in many way. When the time was right, she came back and got her career back on track.

    Gov. Palin, if you want to be successful on national scene, I strongly recommend you do the same. I am no fan of Britney or Gov. Palin. I am not even comparing the two in any other way. Instead, I am simply trying to make a point.

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Dems Have Brains

    We've seen more than enough of Ms. Palin already...................

    December 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Ben

    Shouldn't Rove be in prison already?

    December 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. suzyku

    The woman is a moron, maybe she is the perfect person for this outdated, nasty party!

    December 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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