December 2nd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 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. Femi

    As a liberal I sure hope she runs in 2012, the GOP is going to be in the wilderness for the next 8-12 years, so please GOP nominate Palin.
    The GOP is so out of touch and for Palin to be the face of the GOP says it all. Mainstream America is in a polar opposite of her position.
    Good luck in 2012, well I guess she's need it or whoever the GOP nominee is.

    December 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. norb

    Palin is the bet thing that's happend to Democrats in years! Look's like my community dog catcher has a real possibility of leading the Republican ticket in 2012.

    December 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. America will be free again

    I dont know or maybe its just me...anytime Gov Palin talks without reading from prepared script..I could make any complete sentence out of whatever she says...I stand corrected..If others can understand her.

    December 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Bart

    The message to Mr. Rove and Ms. Palin is the same.

    GO AWAY!

    December 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. MEP

    If there is a marketplace of ideas as Rove suggests perhaps she should be consigned to the livestock section. If not perhaps she would have a hard time gaining admittance since admission would require ideas of some kind– not her strong suit.

    December 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Pam

    I would love it if the repubs nominated Palin for president. That way us rational, intelligent Americans can reelect Obama. Karl Rove is a pig without lipstick.

    December 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Laverne

    We have seen all we need to see of Sarah Palin. There is not much substance there at all. She won't be presidential material, even in 4 years because she will not be able to handle the problems facing this nation and she has not convinced anyone she even has a brain. We can't get through our troubles because she is "popular"

    December 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Terri Ann the Tex Ann ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    First of all, Karl Rove is a disgusting human being... why does he get any media coverage at all?????

    Secondly, I can NOT believe any thinking Republican would even consider Sarah Palin for the 2012 Presidential nomination. This woman barely has a brain– why on earth would you consider putting her in any position of responsibility.

    I'm guessing if Alaska held a Governor's election again right now, she would NOT win it. I think the good people of Alaska have seen she really is a somewhat of a joke. She may have given out big oil rebate checks this year, but wait until they see what happens next year with the price of oil down 50%. She literally raided the state treasury to bolster her popularity, and it will come back to haunt her next year.

    December 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. John Lubeck

    To think that I once thought Karl Rove was intelligent.

    December 2, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Deanna in Denver

    "Remember she was on the stage for nine weeks in the general election — that’s not a lot of time,"

    Only 9 weeks! It seemed like an eternity! I hope to God we never have years of it.

    December 2, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    9 weeks was more than enough to last a life time.

    December 2, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin will have to do so much to counter all of the "questionable actions and statements" she has made before reasonable people will even consider thinking about her as a candidate for anything national. She is just an ideologue who doesn't really demonstrate that she knows what she is talking about. I would be surprised if she did run for the nomination. If she did make it any where for the nomination (or got it), there would be no way that she could win it unless the Democrats did something really stupid.

    December 2, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Independent Voter

    the mccain/palin ticket lost so why does the media continue to push her forward like she really has the potential to be taken seriously for the highest office in the land – it's not palins fault that she thinks she's all that....it's the medias – quit writing about her and she will go away!

    God Bless President Obama, VP Biden and the First Families

    December 2, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. PL

    The world already know that Rove is an idiot, so who cares. God please let's not get started on the other idiot from Alaska.

    December 2, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Voter in SC

    Who cares what Karl Rove says....

    December 2, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. D

    I hope Gov. Palin is the new face of the Republican Party. I sure as heck hope she runs for President 2012 or any year. She is the best case ever to keep the Republicans home.

    What is wrong with Tim Pawlenty? Even as a dem I like him.

    Much respect and admiration for Ed Rollins, I can honestly believe what he says

    December 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Sally, San Antonio

    Enough has been said about Palin. It would please me if she dwindled into obscurity...where she belongs!

    December 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Jim

    Marketplace of ideas? Please.

    Her mind is as empty of ideas as the Alaskan wilderness is of skyscrapers.

    Unless you want to count unvaunted, overweening ambition as an idea...

    December 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    ENOUGH ABOUT PALIN..... FIND SOME NEWS TO REPORT.

    She's about as interesting as a desiccated moose turd.

    December 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. deb

    So far Sarah Palin has "said" nothing. She just rambles on and on jumping from one thought to another without finishing a complete sentence! Why, oh why, would anyone actually think this person should be the next president! The right wing evangelicals (religious "sheep") who don't think for themselves just jumped on the bandwagon because she's against abortion and "professes" to be a religious person. Please...this woman is a disgrace to any religion, is stupid, self-centered and a complete narcissist!

    December 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Not a hater

    If you can't say something nice about Sarah...

    December 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. fkim

    Market place of ideas? Like fear? Like thanks but no thanks then again run Palin she helped the dems quite a bit. Rove is a pardon away from being in prison and when W leaves he is fair game.

    December 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Rush Lameduck

    Palin doesnt have a fate or a future in the Republican Party,she just doesnt get it ,shes just being used like a cheap diaper.Momma said to come home and eat our supper now Carl,before they take you to prison

    December 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Ken in Dallas

    First impressions aren't everything. A lot of us spent weeks of observation learning that what Sarah Palin has to offer isn't right for us.

    She seems to stand mostly for ignorance, superstition, and mendacity, and America's pretty full up on that stuff.

    December 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Gil

    Republicans believe in markets? I think it's more like Republicans believe in rigged markets, particularly those that favor them!

    December 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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