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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Merle

    Major Accomplishments Mrs. wishes for the future...your a Republican Hillary...youll be either loved or HATED tremendously...I love you Hillary!!

    December 2, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Look at this.......

    485 comments on Sarah Palin so far--30 times more than anything else on the Ticker right now--

    Last week she drew 1,287 comments-perhaps a record-

    Youy guys just can't get enough of her, can you-you know you dig her but since you can't have her, you diss her.

    You are pathetic and laughable.

    December 2, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Bill in Canada

    As an outsider and a conservative it's painful to watch so many Americans ooh and ahh over Ms. Palin. There is a certain shallowness to American politics – I imagine if Sarah was 200 lbs and not quite so "hot", she'd still be an unknown. Her verbal prowess and intellect leave something to be desired, though she does appeal to the "average Joes" (again most likely based on her looks). While not a huge fan of Obama, the man is smart, has surrounded himself with qualified people and will ultimately be a pragmatist I believe (e.g. Gates). This may infuriate a lot of left wingers that want "change" (i.e. free money from the government), but may lead to him surviving another term and developing from a merely a good speach giver to a good leader. The Republicans could use someone with the integrity and smarts of a Romney. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

    December 2, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. vinnie Green

    even if sarah palin is the leader of the republican party in 2012 only the republicans will vote for her; she dumb also I'am sure not many if any african american will vote for her, black people have shown that we can not be tricked anymore.

    December 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Gail Los Angeles

    What makes Palin think she could run this country? She can't even manage her own family:

    Teenage daughters should not be getting pregnant.
    Women should not be conceiving children at age 44. Was she hoping to have a child with Down Syndrome?

    All of this from a group that claims the right to say they have "family values".
    This registered Republican is going to reregister independent.

    December 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Steve Freedman

    I'm sure most Democrats would love to run against Dan Quayle/George Bush in a skirt.

    December 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Obama to Negotiate with Mombai terrorists--

    Obama, the Great, is offering to sit down to tea and crumpets with the terrorists of Mumbai-–he will offer them health insurance if they stay away from our shores-this will work, NOT.

    In 2012, when Sarah Barracuda takes over from the Great One, she'll stick her AK-47 up the terrorist's noses and then we'll see what works and what doesn't.

    December 2, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. VETS4Obama

    If the "market place of ideas" will decide her fate she has no chance. She is a moron who did nothing but spew hate and lies during her so called campaign! She has no ideas and is merely a right wing nut job puppet! She has declared war against intelligence just like George did and look where that got us!

    December 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. I trust Sarah Palin to deal with Al Qaeda---not Obama

    Sarah has the courage and instincts to deal with Al Qaeda that Obama is missing. Obama likes to write speeches and make phone calls and that just won't have an effect on the terrorists. He's a woos and Al Qaeda knows it and they've already started to mock him,.

    December 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Larry

    In four years Sarah will KNOW more about every aspect of government ,and leadership,then the entire liberal Democrats all combined will ever know,actually she will probably know that little bit in a few months.

    December 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    She appeals ONLY to the Republican base and the Republican party is dying.
    There must be a qualified Republican out the who can at least structure a proper sentence. She is just not smart enough to be President of the USA.
    Don't get me wrong...I would love it if they put all their eggs in the Palin basket but get real here.
    The majority of women will never get behind Palin. She is too extreme in her views and still has not been vetted. There is a lot we do not know about this woman and there will be ton of time to expose her. In 2012 she will just be a bad memory.

    December 2, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. MsRotten

    Dear GOP,
    Please DO run your lame horse Gov in 2012 AND in 2016. That way in 2012 it will be an EASY RE-election for Obama/Biden. 2016...we can all enjoy watching as Hillary cleans her clock and shows Palin what an educated, REAL woman is!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 voters:

    MOST Dems
    MOST Indys
    "REAL" Repubs (the one's who jumped ship when McCain picked Palin)
    Repubs who voted for McCain but said, "I can't stand Palin but I'm voting for McCain anyway".
    Anybody with an IQ over 20

    Palin voters:

    FAKE RepubTards
    Evangelical nut-job bible thumpers
    Morman wing-nuts
    Stupid People

    GAME OVER!!! OBAMA/BIDEN win with 80% popular vote!

    Hillary vs. SaRahRahRah 2016 voters:

    Clinton voters::

    *see above Obama/Biden voters*

    Palin voters:

    FAKE RepubTards
    Evangelical nut-job bible thumpers
    Morman wing-nuts
    Stupid People


    December 2, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. m rogers

    There are too many highly educated, talented men and women in the party for Mrs Palin to be considered for national office.

    December 2, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Sue

    So cobra, you can call Michelle a monkey, and it's liberals who are the problem because we expect a candidate for VP to actually be able to speak proper English, respect ALL of the country, and have an original idea in her head instead of spouting every lie that Rick Davis gave her about Obama with a gleam in her eye and a smile on her face? That is not integrity. Integrity would require her to research her speeches before she yells them; know what she is talking about, and then stand her ground. She didn't even research the job she was after.
    And she truly does not speak coherently, and anyone who actually thinks they understand her should try to diagram ONE of her sentences. Just one. I don't think you can.

    December 2, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. NOTsarah

    "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." – Karl Rove

    Hey Karl, honey, are you forgetting that the MORE we saw of her, the MORE we realized that there's just not much there. Americans are too smart to think that governing can be done with a wink and a smile. Sarah is a joke!

    December 2, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Have the inspiration...she will be president..

    Whether or not America is ready for a woman president isn't the issue right now. The issue is whether America will want a woman in four years!! OH YES!! It'll happen!

    December 2, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Maria - WA

    It's curious and frightening that the Republicans have to think about whether they want Palin to lead their party – have to watch her over a longer period of time – – Didn't even elect her to a prominent position among Republican Governors. YET, they were willing to have her as VP and potentially President of the U.S., just a few weeks ago.

    Republicans are certainly NOT COUNTRY FIRST.

    December 2, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. In the know

    Palin who???

    December 2, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Nancy

    these comments are some of the nastiest that I have ever read!!Shame on you!!

    December 3, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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