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. Jimmy -Gilbert,AZ

    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.

    Palin/Rice 2012

    December 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. chris24

    If she's the Republican's leader, I feel sorry for them
    (for once).

    December 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. activist mom

    As any dem worth their salt will tell you, having Palin in the spotlight is the best thing that ever happened...for Obama!

    December 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. silver bells

    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!

    December 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Victory Gin

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. FrankinPhilly

    "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!

    December 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Marv...

    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?

    December 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    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 ...

    December 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Vic of New York

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Tom

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. No Mas ...

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Linda - WI

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Karen

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Shelly Girl

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Joan , Ontario

    Rove keeps making these insincere, controversial statements just to keep himself in the news. Sad. It's also sad that the media cover it.

    December 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Carol

    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....

    December 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Feminist in Oregon

    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!

    December 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Dale, Phoenix

    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

    December 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Feminist in Oregon

    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 ...

    December 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Send In The Clowns

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Rob Johnson

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Red, Red WHINE!!

    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.

    December 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    "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?

    December 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. mark

    so when is a loser commenting on another loser news?

    December 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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