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. foreigner in the US

    I feel for Republicans. Not seriously but still................

    December 2, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    CNN! Stop covering this bonehead Rove. He has been the "brain" behind the greatest political disaster in American history. Why do we still have to listen to him? He should be in jail.

    Who on earth cares what he thinks of Sarah's future?

    Hey, when are the Palin nuptials anyway? I've already got my moose ears ready in front of the TV.

    December 2, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. NY republican

    I always thought that in the U.S. ideas were FREE, you know FREEdom of speech, FREEdom of religion, FREEdom of expression. When did we have to go out to the marketplace and buy them? Is there a marketplace for ideas because no one can think for themselves anymore? Or is this just more of Mr. Rove's bad FREE ideas? Sorry, fellow Republicans but the truth is the truth after all and Mr. Rove's has had some tremendously BAD ideas of late.

    December 2, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. MsBingo

    I'm so hoping, and for the people, that she runs in 2012, in this great country of ours and also.

    December 2, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Sarah Palin is a real personification of what is wrong with a large segment of the Republican Party today. As she has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated she is arrogant and brazen, she is bold and aggressive, she is totally self-focused and grossly dishonest, she is a phony and a taker, she is sociopathic (without any conscience) and she will say/do whatever she thinks is to her advantage, and besides all of that she is vastly under qualified and just couldn’t care less. Those who tout, support and are trying to sell her to America literally want her to be their next puppet, to have her continue where GWBush left off.

    December 2, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    If Palin runs in 2012 then President Obama will be re-elected with over 100 million votes!

    December 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. BBB

    Has he read her latest ramblings? I read those quotes atleast three times because I seriously thought I had lost my place in the sentence and started over... but no, it was her repeating the same thing multiple times in each sentence! Honestly, people who claim english as their second language make so much more sense then her!

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Ruby

    The woman is ambitious. Good for her, but I ain't gonna vote for her though. I need someone like really smart to run our country.

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Angie-OHIO

    Why oh why do they keeping giving her a mike. she is dumb as a stump. she is bush in a shirt. her popularity is dropping in alaska. i guess they got a good look at her down in the other states and could not believe they elected her govenor. what makes people think (desparate repubs) she can run this country. are they sure she graduated from college. i know she attended 5 colleges in 6 years or 6 colleges in 5 years. but did she get a dipolma? my 5 year old nephew has a larger volcabulary than palin. maybe he should run in 2012 against her.

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. jr

    She really needs to be investigated just like Stevens was for her house. Seems fishy with her ending the permit structure then building a house where supplies were donated. Where are the receipts for that house?

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Mickey

    Man these posts are harsh. Of course, none of them are untrue.

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. NYC Native

    Hasn't the "marketplace" given its verdict already? She doesn't really HAVE any ideas other than those of the soundly rejected radical right-wing GOP's.

    December 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Sue

    Sarah Palin is a female George W. Bush.

    December 2, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. NY republican

    Why to all of you "liberal", "ideological free thinkering", "love everyone" types want to see someone put in jail when NO real crime has been committed. The only "crime" in Rove's recent history is not thinking like you do. This is America, people there are no gulags here. Only real "haters" want to throw people in jail for their thoughts. And you call Republicans "the bad guys". Shame on you! Or should that be "McShame" these days. Please tell me how to think, I would "hate" to be Karl Rove's cell mate, I'd be bored to tears.

    December 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Dem in love with Palin

    We Dems will have a slam-dunk election in 2012 if you GOP-ers are dumb enough to pick Palin. It's true, she does energize the base, but unfortunately for you, it's the liberal Democratic base.

    Please pick her. Pretty please!

    December 2, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    The repugs must believe in "STUPID" in a big way! Don't they have anyone "SMARTER" than Sarah? Seriously, you pushed Bush twice, got him through and see how that worked out! Even if you wanted a woman, which would be nice, there are many smarter woman on the repug side.

    Wait for it ...

    OBAMA '12

    December 2, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Cori from Colorado

    People, quit wasting your time and energy on that moron! The more attention the media gives her, the longer she stays in the spotlight... and as most of you can read, we all want her to go away!!!

    December 2, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Metria

    I can't believe Palin is the best the Republican Party can do. She's clearly out of her league and totally not qualified to lead any party let alone the United States of America. She's simply imcompetent.

    December 2, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Brian

    Haha, if this women is the future of the GOP they are in BIG BIG trouble. She appeals to the GOP base, which clearly isn't big enough to win an election anymore.

    December 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Let her run, that will guarantee President Elect Obama another term and this country will be so much better for it. I would love to see a debate between the two of them, he so eloquent and well-read, and she not even able to define what a "precondition" is. It would be rich, indeed, and the best free entertainment around, as she was during this past election cycle.

    December 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Katherine

    The day Sarah Palin is elected president of the United States would be the day I would move to another country. Palin talks in circles and is totally ignorant of our constitution and the laws that govern our country. I turn off the TV when she appears on the news. If she is the best the GOP has to offer I can understand why they are in serious trouble.

    December 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Ricky

    Beauty fades but dumb is forever. And she isn't even that good looking...

    December 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. ken dougherty

    Sarah Palin only has an IQ of 83? Nonsense. And Palin haters? You don't know her any better than you do President Elect Obama. Vile comments from ignorant mean people.

    December 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Madison, NY

    Of all the smart people in the GOP, they pick a dummy to lead them–what fools they are.

    December 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Al

    How, in 2008, with a world of media and opportunities to get informed from more sources than ever, can people be so reckless, and have such low standards? Sarah Palin is a creative, ambitious individual. Fine. She is also inarticulate, backwards, uninformed, and on the fringe of a troubled, ethnocentric ideology which is on its way out of relevance. Simply stated, she is not qualified to lead the US. A small town in a small state, and maybe the state . Let´s get real. Please! Stop the nonsense. The entire world laughs at the fact that she gets any attention by the US population. Are we just short of intelligent conservative politicians? I don´t think so. For some strange reason, Palin has achieved some bizarre "rock star status." Not unlike some of the American Idol rejects (William Hung).

    December 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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