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. Soccer Nana

    Anyone with an inkling of intellect is wondering how in the world did this woman get elected as governor of a state in the United States of America and then to have a very senior State Senator, who was the Republican nominee for president of the United States of America , select her as his running mate; then they both campaign stating their opponent, PEOTUS lacked experience; yet, after winning, he is putting together what appears to be a great cabinet; and has held a meeting with all of our States governors – something that has NEVER been done before.

    Having said all that, my question is "has Rove lost his mind?" There are some many more intelligent Republicans who do not need to be "prepped" to lead the GOP; they are already politcally savvy.

    The Governor needs to attend to her family; and speaking from a women's perspective, she best take care of her husband; absence makes the heart grow lonely – not fonder.

    December 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Catherine

    Karl Rove. And why does his opinion matter? The architect that doomed the Republican party in the first place. He mistakenly asked Kennedy to run in Louisiana. Why should anyone care what he thinks.

    December 2, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The problem for the GOP is that Palin doesn't have any ideas that will sell in the marketplace. Like Bush, Palin is devoid of any intellectual discipline.

    December 2, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Aha!


    That finally explains some of these eratic, babbling bloggers!

    December 2, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Debby, NJ

    Oh, Pleazzzz
    Sarah Go Back To Alaska and learn how to form a coherent sentence.
    Has She Figured Out What The Vice-President does yet?

    December 2, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. lu

    Lynn says "What happened to all of the smart people in the GOP?" well they voted for McCain; too bad there are not many smart people and the dumb ones outnumber them and got to elect our president...

    December 2, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Nebraskan

    The GOP would tear her to shreds during a presidential primary....that is one of many things she never had to encounter in her little 9 weeks of spotlight.

    December 2, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. carlo

    Why oh why does ANYONE think that this woman could be President? I actually broke out in cold sweats before Nov. 4 at the thought of a woman who graduated with a 2.2 gpa and an I.Q. of 83 running this country. Do you guys realize that below 70 is a low moron (that number might be too kind, though, so don't quote me. Just know that Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks).?

    December 2, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |


    December 2, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. abrams-seattle

    She would still have to make it through the primaries...not EVEN likely.

    December 2, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Greed is not good

    She should run for beauty pageants and Ms Alaska again

    December 2, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. venue

    please put palin on the gop tix.

    December 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Lorna, NY

    Carl Rove need to shut UP. Shouldn't he be in JAIL?

    December 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. KG

    She won't run in 2012, but I could see her (possibly) running in 2016. By then she will have been a Senator for several years, have acquired some real experience, developed core policies of her own, and re-invented herself (as all politicians do). Right now, she's just too young and naive, but couple her charisma and energy with some real experience and she could be a force for the Republicans in the future.

    Also, in 8 years, Americans will be tired of the Democrats. I'm sure by then the Democrats will have misused their majority of power and corrupted themselves much like the Republicans did over the last 8 years. Absolute power has a tendency to do that (don't ya know).

    December 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. NEA

    Having good looks, a great smile and a cute wink hardly qualifies
    one to be President. I hope the Republican's keep pushing folks like her Dems. will hold on the the White House for many years to come.

    December 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Yamini Balachandran

    WHY – Mr. Rove ?
    Why do Republicans need to know her more – wasn't she vetted ENOUGH???

    Also what do you think about the other smart and upcoming governors?
    you guys are ALL morons – it is her who caused some extent of your failure

    – God took us to Iraq!!!!
    – God will help us with Israel and Iran!!!!

    C'mon this is the height of non sense I have seen our party take the religion to??

    I don't think any more IQ for her is going to change it – it's just the way she believes... we have made ourselves NOT ONLY a mere idealogical group of people but also IMPRACTICAL...

    December 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. AMP

    Lisa M, I am a liberal and I totally agree with you and I would welcome a real challenge from a real conservative. That way, even if the "other side" won, I would feel like their ideology was at least based in facts and the real world we live in.

    I have nothing against religion, but I am really, really sick of other people trying to cram theirs down my throat.

    Lisa M said:

    Get a conservative to run for once.

    It's been a long, long time since we've seen a real conservative run for President.

    BTW Sarah you are not conservative. Not even close.

    get rid of the Bible Thumpers and look "conservative" up in the dictionary.

    December 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The Palin marketplace is bankrupt. Good riddance, Palin, and go away F O R E V E R !!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. RinFL

    While I am decidedly not in any way a fan of Karl Rove, he has been the point man for winning elections. He, like his teacher Lee Atwater, wants nothing other than to win elections for their side and hold power. Do you all not think that a comment like "the market place of ideas" will hold Palins fate is not code for she has no future? I think that this is exactly the message he is attempting to send to the party faithful. Even if you do not like the man, you must not think he is stupid. He KNOWS that she has NO chance to be POTUS and thus sets the wheels in motion for her to slowly fade away. The hard core right wing nutters may want her but Karl KNOWS she will never win outside of that particular box of rocks. Stop focusing on Sara she is not the prize. Look instead at what the other hand is doing, do not fall for the magicians trick of look at the right hand while the left pulls the trick. SHE IS THE DISTRACTION who is the trick?

    December 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Terri Ann the Tex Ann ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    GAG !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Sam


    December 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. stradivarius

    Please embrace her, Republicans. Please. Mollify your wingnut base and kiss 2012 good bye. She's perfect for you. What are you waiting for?

    December 2, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. ME

    katiec...please get yourself some help :)....or go on a vacation, it will make you happier 🙂

    December 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    "Marketplace of ideas"?
    Sounds like he is trotting out this year's new toaster. This, Mr. Rove, is the problem. Leadership is not a commodity, it is a gift and a responsibility. Treat it as such.

    EW 2:16:
    Please tell me you are not serious. Did you SEE or HEAR anything Sarah had to say on the campaign trail? Yeah, politics is rough but the hateful things she spewed were insane. You would have thought that when some idiot shouted out, "Kill him", she would realize she wasn't Pontius Pilate.

    December 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Leah from FL

    Yes, Palin!!! PLEASE run. Please, please , please. Your party needs you. There is no one else in the repub party who is qualified over a Joe six pack, soccer mom. Slather on more lipstick, brush up on who and what is a country, and while standing once again in front of the turkey slaughtering machine – announce your run for 2012! Morons unite – you can elect one of your peers.

    December 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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