(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."
Sarah Palin will make a great president! Rove is right, she needs to focus on getting her message out. She also needs to focus on gaining foreign policy experience by running for the open AK senate seat in 2010.
If she's the Republican's leader, I feel sorry for them
As any dem worth their salt will tell you, having Palin in the spotlight is the best thing that ever happened...for Obama!
she is popular with racist, bigots, hate oreinated people, the very things that are what america does not stand for, be wise republican party, get rid of this mill stone. SHE IS A RACIST!
This is what I think of Ms. Palin's fan base...
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.
Those with just half a brain can see through to the heart of this nimrod. Keep your eyes on this snake, boys and girls. She is a danger to our very existence.
"Rock star status?" So is Palin the GOP version of Brittney spears? Maybe they could appear together as part of an attempt to revive their sagging careers. Or maybe they could compare notes to see who is the most vapid, how loud the wind whistles when it blows through their ears, etc.
The Republicans just don't get it, do they? They keep throwing her up there like she's the new face of the party and we'll just keep smacking them down. I guess they didn't take enough of a trouncing on election day!
What does he mean they don't really know her? They were supporting someone to be a heartbeat away from running this country and now they say that they ( Republicans) don't know her? So does that mean they were setting us ( US ) up with someone whom they don't know? Who is this Republican Party? What do they want? What are they trying to do to this country?
As a self-professed Christian, I don't see how Ms. Palin could run again.
She herself stated that God's will would be done in the election. Barack Obama's landslide victory was as clear as statement of his will to Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, Hagee, and anyone else as that Burning Bush was to Moses.
She herself prayed that God not let her "miss an open door". Well, he closed the Ted Stevens Senate seat "door" pretty firmly to Ms. Palin's attempt to sty relevant on the national stage.
Sarah, you had very little credibiility some 12 weeks ago. If you put forth God's will as your justification for running but then God clearly does not bless your path to National political office, and yet you still force the issue, you have ZERO credibility with any religious American.
Let it go lady ...
I definitely support Gov Palin's bid in 2008. In fact, the Republicans should run her uncontested.
I can't wait to see how this nation will react to another "airhead" presidential candidate from the party that brought us that dummy demagog: George Bush Jr.
The majority of the country have Carl Rove's number and the ironic part is Sarah Palin helped make that happen. No one cares what he thinks or says anymore, his days as as a power broker are gone for ever. Sarah Palin is like a car I had once, looked good, but didn't work worth a dam. The country needs a intelligent ,articulate team building President like Obama not a hockey mom from Alaska. This woman got lucky and got elected governor and that is where it should end.
I suspect that once the Republican Party has a chance to regroup and look more closely at potential leaders, they'll find they can do much better than Sarah Palin.
Seen her, don't like her and this country don't need her and her ideals. This woman is a racist to the core. This is a better country with her in Alaska. Stay home Sara.
I'm republican and I can tell you that this Palin crap is getting old. No, she is not our choice for the future and no, a lot of us didn't think she fit the need this first time.
We don't need popular people in office, we need intelligent, hard working individuals of character.
Rove keeps making these insincere, controversial statements just to keep himself in the news. Sad. It's also sad that the media cover it.
I'm just wondering where she's going to find a stand-in baby to pose as her "grandchild". Isn't the daughter supposedly due in a couple of weeks? Palin's been using little, (what's-his-name?), oh, yeah, "Prop" as her campaign slogan, forgetting that she'll have to come up with another baby for the daughter to fill in the blanks of the story.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave Sarah....
She's a joke, a nobody who never would have been picked except for her half-way decent looks and willingness to say mean-spirited things in a snarky voice.
She's not a role-model: she went back to work 3 days after giving birth to a special needs child; she's got a teenage daughter who's pregnant out of wedlock; she ran a small town and left it $20 million dollars in debt; she has absolutely no ideas of her own; she ignorant of most of the world; she's an intellectual pigmy (who takes 5 years and 4 schools to get a Journalism degree?!?).
Are these personal attacks? You betcha – and all are documented fact, not some made-up smear like the ones she so blithely spews from her pitbull lips.
Enough already – GO HOME, SARAH!
This woman is absorbing all this attention (Her 15 minutes).....But in the End I am sure people will put all the pieces together and find she is just a fool in nice clothes
Karl Rove is sucking up to Sarah Palin because she's the female version of George W. Bush: a hollow vessel, easily manipulated who can bring the "religious right" vote to the table.
If only he would suffer the fate of his mentor, Lee Atwater ...
Good, that means the Dems will win again. This woman is a loser and I love the fact that she's the new face of the GOP.
I think the marketplace of ideas has already spoken about Palin.
It's just that certain Republicans don't want to hear it, and want her to run in 2012 anyway.
In the Marketplace of Ideas, Sarah Palin would be out of business because she does not offer any ideas to anyone. No offense, but this person is as sharp as a bowling ball. There a lot of smart GOP governors and bright young GOP minds out there, but this one is a flickering 10 watt bulb.
For all of you Palin supporters (that would be those who lost this election):
I do sincerely wish that you are able to have Palin run for President in 2012. Sincerely.
"But ultimately, Rove said, Republicans need more time to get to know Palin before embracing her as the party's future."
Wow. But she has 80% approval rating right? How could you guys not really know this broad?
so when is a loser commenting on another loser news?