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

    Let her run, so Obama can destory her as he did John McCain.

    December 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Jim

    Do Republicans really think the cabal of Romney/Huckabee/Giuliani are going to step aside for this woman? I think Palin is in for a rude awakening about how nasty politics outside of the frozen tundra can get. If people thought Charlie Gibson was hard on her (he wasn't), just wait until these men get their chance to expose her as a lightweight.

    December 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. California Gold

    Palin is suited for a radio show. That is what she enjoys and is good at: talking. The right wing Jeff Foxworthy you're a redneck if... would be thrilled.

    December 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. john

    Have any of you met a republican? Jesus Christ, Mrs. Palin is at least 10x smarter than 75% of those dumbells!

    December 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. LIP

    Sarah bad Sarah isn't black. Had she been black, there never would have been all the sexist ,slanderous remarks made of her. Had she been black, the media would have been sucking up to her rather than taking pot shots at her. Even Leno would have been good to her. I personally think that the level of hostility was due to the fact that the Democrat nominee was black and the media needed a scapegoat or target to shoot at and didn't dare say or do anything that would reflect poorly on themselves.

    December 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. kristi

    Maybe obama can get impeached fairly early on and that will open the door for Sarah because no sane individual would vote for biden.

    December 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Chief Editor Korir

    Chief Editor Korir has shocking tape! Would release but afraid of secret forces! Help CNN!

    December 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Ryan George

    Today I am torn between wanting more Palin skits on Saturday Night Live and her just going away and never having to hear or see her again.

    On a bright note, she might be just enough to help Chambliss lose Georgia.

    If she is the rockstar of the GOP, what does that say about them??

    Also, while I'm thinking about it, why doesn't Sean Hannity just stop too. He is full of bs. Its funny watching him get owned.

    December 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. savannah

    I have read negative comments about Sarah Palin for a few months and have elected to ignore the hate-filled messages. What are you liberals afraid of? It is quite simple.

    During the campaign, Obama lost his way and thought he was campaigning against Sarah Palin and not John MCCain. After a few weeks of his ridiiculous behavior, it then became apparent to his campaign staff that they needed to change direction. Liberals may view her as "dumb, stupid, etc." However, give this some thought.

    Sarah was living in obscurity in Alaska and in a heartbeat was thrown on the national stage. The McCain staff did not manage her effectively and fed her to the liberal wolves. Unfortunately, since they did not prepare her for the Katie Couric interview, she has now been labeled, unfairly I might add. To be fair, take a hard look at her track record in Alaska, rising to the National stage and handling all of the criticism to her and her family, tell me she doesn't have what it takes. Obama doesn't have experience but that didn't seem to matter. However, he has done what Sarah will do; surround themselves with a team who are savy and knowledgeable. It doesn't take a genious to figure out that you need to hire people smarter than you.

    Please, give me a break. Sarah Palin is not a joke but a legitimate contender in time. I also take exception to the comments regarding the intelligence of the people who reside in Georgia. I am an executive with a publicly held company and live in a community of executives, doctors, etc., so we are all not ignorant in Georgia.

    December 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Jimbo Marshalltown, IA

    Palin is the American Idol of politics. She was an unknown, she was shoved into the spotlight by the Republicans and told to sing.

    I want change in Washington but I don't want a minor leaguer with no real experience in world politics to have an office anywhere near the White House.

    December 2, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. barbara

    I couldn't read the whole article. Just the sight of her name makes my skin crawl. I wouldn't vote for her to be the person that waters my plants while I'm on vacation.


    December 2, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Margaret

    You'd think that the media would want to focus on intelligent opinion and astute observation, especially in these difficult times. The love affair that exists with Palin is only perceived through the media filter. Most of us simply tune her out. She is not relevant.

    December 2, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Griff

    Mumbai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CNN. They came from Karachi, but only one needs to live there.... Most of them no Doubt came from Britain....

    December 2, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Stephanie

    Bob Jindal 2012

    December 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Lisa M.

    Yea sure the republicans believe in markets. They have easy access to them. Sarah Palin should be at home in Alaska being it's governor and taking care of her children. She should not be flying hither and yon visiting folks that apparently can't resist a reactionary.

    December 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Hope for the future

    LOL-LOL-LOL. Is this the best the GOP has to offer? Oh yeah, I keep forgetting; they are mostly boring old man whose base got excited by a Caribou Barbie. They don't want brains; they want tight skirts. ROFL!!!

    December 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Felicia

    Like to see her make it but she doesn't have what it takes and her dipsy doodle la la way will start to bore. I think she has a future in comedy by just being herself like a Mrs. Bean or something inane like that.

    December 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. uncle jimbo - Chicago

    First off – Why is'nt Carl Rove behind bars instead of giving interviews.

    Second – the more Sarah talks the more people will realize its an empty wagon, a flash in the pan.

    December 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Liz

    Sarah Who?

    December 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Ruth

    The Republican Party is not what it use to be.I was one for 75 years but not any more. The Republican party is now made up of childish, infantile babies who do not know who they are –like Sarah Palin. No thanks Palin I and sick of you. Go home and take care of your family like any decent mother would do.

    December 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Vy, California

    some sorry folks...'the base' racist right wing nuts, self righteous,non-inclusive, zealots, who say they're followers of Jesus Christ. SURE

    Obama is more of an example of Jesus Christ

    December 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Ed

    Yesterday was the first time since the election that Sarah Palin wasn't in the news. Boy, that was refreshing!! Now, here she is again. Thanks again Mr. Rove, who got pardoned for dirty dealings be his good-old-boy pal George W...When will it all end??

    December 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Glenn-Florida

    A "Marketplace of ideas" will never exist in the Republican Party, who does Karl Rove think he's kidding!

    December 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Hateful ideas? Like the hateful lies that Palin yelled from her "bully pulpit" on the campaign trail? Yea, you could call the "hatred" against Palin karma, or payback coming to haunt you for all of your evil deeds.

    Rove, Palin, Marketable ideas? What a joke! Is the RNC planning on buying the "ideas" for Palin, because she is incapable of thinking of ideas for herself!

    Who cares what Rove has to say, his fat cheeks are flapping so hard these days they are going to slap him and knock him out! Too much GOP PORK!

    December 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Jorge

    In four years Ms. Palin will be an afterthought. Todd will have left her for one of Willow's friends and she will be living in a trailer park outside of Fairbanks with her 25 year old boyfriend, Bud.

    December 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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