December 2nd, 2008
04:00 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (819 Responses)
  1. EW

    katiec, sounds like you have some hate issues yourself. Bunch of narrowminded, automated liberal hypocrites here.

    No, Bush isn't perfect but come on people. Enough with the superficial attacks on someone that might actually have a good idea or two if you would just stop judging her and listen for a minute.

    Guys, ever notice how your wife or girlfirend always criticizes other women for the most petty things, like what she was wearing? Women can be some of the most loving and the most hateful creatures on earth all at the same time. Women hate each other, that's all there is to it.

    December 2, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    Karl Rove should be in jail along with bush and his henchman. Palin should make like a tree and leave the lower 48, go home and study real moms and try and be one for her children and grandchildren (born and yet to be born)

    December 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Why is everyone so obsessed with this light weight?

    December 2, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Milhouse van Houten

    "Now we are going to get to see her over longer periods of time".....Swell.Once again,if the GOP are set on riding this woman into the future,they better look over their shoulders,the past is gaining on them.

    December 2, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Palin "marketplace of ideas" is surely headed for bankruptcy.

    December 2, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. blaising

    Oh Gawd...please run in 2012 Jaws!!

    I'll personally help you with that last shovel full of dirt that finally buries the Conservative Southern Racist Party (GOP) for good!!

    December 2, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. j

    Palin is a bad dream that just won't go away. Would someone please slam shut that "door of opportunity". America doesn't need the likes of Palin. I don't understand how she got elected in Alaska. She'd be worse than Bush, if such a thing is possible.

    December 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Gaylon Barrow

    HEY EVERYONE – Have you noticed that if you say something positive about a Republican CNN will not post it. I'll make this short. Palin – HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND GOOD OLD DOWN TO EARTH COMMON SENSE. SHE SAYS WHAT SHE THINKS. I LOVE THAT IN A PERSON. PALIN 2012.

    December 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. California Girl

    Maybe she will take advantage of all these comments about her lack of intellect, lack of curiosity, and incredible provincialness to heart and make some changes. I am opposed to almost all of her positions, but i dont think she is stupid or in any way lacks intelligence. She has accomplished a lot – being governor and all – but to be taken seriously onthe national stage, she needs to have a grasp of the world as a whole. She doesn't seem to care. What struck me was her answer about why she never traveled. Instead of just admitting she didn't have the money when she was younger and then got married, had kids, and life just got in the way, she had to act as though there was something mean and elitist about those who have traveled. That was really telling to me – she has no interest and does not see the importance of learning about people different than she is. A common failing among the hard core so -called Christian right, unfortunately.

    December 2, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Godluvr

    Jesus is a friend to the friendless! Sarah, you need a True friend! Try being real for a CHANGE! Get it?

    December 2, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. TyWebb

    "marketplace of ideas"? Good one, Karl.

    December 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. A Kickin' Donkey

    Clearly intelligence isn't the price of admission to be a Republican leader.

    December 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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    December 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Jim Hall

    We are republicans but Palin is a full blown idiot. We did not vote for McCain nor her as they both are just as bad as the village idiot that is currently in the white house. Like many thousands of Americans we wish the the current idiot in the white house would get out before January 20th along with his cronies. Impeach them then put them in prison for what they have done to this country, the world, and us Americans Jim Hall Kansas City, Missouri.

    December 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. A Kickin' Donkey

    If intelligence is the price of admission to a Republican leadership position, Ms. Palin is broke.

    December 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. James of N.Va.

    It would be nice if Rove and Palin would just go away. Why does the media listen to or print what Rove's opinions are? He wouldn't talk when it mattered, exept with lies through his serpent like surrogates, and now when he doesn't matter he won't shut up! And no matter how many words Palin says she never makes any sense. She needs to go back to Alaska educate herself in a more worldly way and he just needs to find another slimy rock to get under.

    December 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. John Price, Georgia

    Why is the media acting like this woman can sincerely do and be anything in government? She's stupid, and I like most of the rest of the people in the country are sick of her. So what she's the Gov of Alaska! Most of the people in Alaska didn't even know who was running for president until she got in the race. Shut up about her!

    December 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    *Sigh* She can run all she wants in 2012 but if she doesn't get any smarter it will be to her detrement...I would like for all this talk of her and her plans to end however...we haven't even got the new president in yet before people are trying to measure the curtains for her...ewww gross!!

    December 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Another AC

    Shhhhhh! Jeff!! You obviously do not remember 1985...

    Jeff in Illinois December 2nd, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    Turning her [Palin] into Presidential material would be like turning William "The Refrigerator" Perry into a Wide Receiver (and I mean now, not even when he was playing)

    December 2, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Melanie McCready

    Democrats should not put Gov Palin down for lack of experience or intelligence - just look who they put into the White House for Land's Sake!

    December 2, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Bill

    You can see the obvious reasons the Republicans are pushing for Palin in 2012. They will not win, regardless of the candidate, and the serious candidates will sit out 2012 and use Palin as nothing more than a sacrificial lamb. As they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and at the end of the day – even four years from now – Palin will not be qualified, and probably even voted out of office in Alaska.

    December 2, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Virginia

    I cringe every time I see or hear this person. How can we make her go away?

    December 2, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Pam

    Can't she just go away?

    December 2, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Run Baby Run

    As a democrat, I for one would love to see Sarah Palin run. She will win the Primary decisively – almost 70% of Conservatives LOVE her. Of couse, far more then that of democrats and Independants DON'T love her.. and it's not something that is bound to change over 4 years. Pro-Life Hypocrites who want to continue to destroy the enviornment and have little concept of International Policy don't seem to draw a lot of votes outside of the Christian Conservative platform.

    Yes Sarah – please.. run!

    December 2, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. CanIcallyouJoe

    Here's an idea I'd gladly put into the marketplace:

    GO AWAY.

    December 2, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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