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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  1. Carol

    Palin may be intelligent....but she is uninformed.....because she does not read. Nor has she ever participated in any meaningful dialogue as evidenced by her lack of intelligible sentences.

    I can't believe that fellow Americans, even though they are Republicans, have put their faith in someone who has repeatedly demonstrated that she lacks the information needed for critically thinking about the needs and responses of our country.

    In additiion, the population of Alaska is only slightly more than a half a million. Being elected gov. of this state is not a good, solid test of capable statesmanship.

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

    Sarah Palin, Republican presidential nominee in 2012?

    Let's seeeeee......she seems to know very little about the world in general and appeals mostly to dimwits and religious fanatics.

    She was narcisstic enough to have a concession speech of her own when McCain lost the presidential race.

    Sarah seems to crave attention, though that personality defect should be apparent from her beauty pageant past. So why does the press feed her addiction to the spotlight, anyway?

    Please let the sun set on this woman with the sub-par intellect: she will never be fit to serve as president in another four years or four hundred.

    December 2, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Michael watching from Canada

    I hope she keeps awarding major pipeline contracts to Canadian firms.

    December 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Lisa K.

    Karl Rove is the man whose "vision" of a permanent Republican majority is what ultimately led to the GOP's near destruction. I'm not sure why anybody is the least bit interested in anything this incompetent says.

    December 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. sandy

    I'm curious to hear opinions from others as to whether or not they feel a huge factor in Palin getting as much support as she did, especially considering her disasterous interviews, had to do with the fact that she's good looking? Think of those disasterous Palin interviews and gaffes but picture them coming from someone who looks like Janet Reno?(apologies to Janet Reno). For example, imagine someone who was plain and overweight trying to claim they had foreign experience because they could see Russia from their house? Were this the case, that Sarah Palin was plain and unattractive, the Republican base that embraced Sarah Palin would have jeered and laughed at her instead. There are certain people who are just don't have the necessary tempermant or qualifications to hold a high position such as VP or President and never will, I know that I'd never be up to such a job. Sarah Palin is one of those people. I'm not saying this to be hateful but she simply does not have the qualities she needs to hold such a high position, she's not stupid but she's intellectually lazy. Even as Governor she was considered a lightweight by most of her peers. This is just an honest observation, not a tirade against Sarah Palin.

    December 2, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Lisa K.

    "Sarah Palin…to bad Sarah isn't black."

    So then she'd just be stupid and black. What's your point?

    December 2, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Fenarkleman

    I'm an Obama supporter so, please, yes, let Sarah Palin be the Republican standard-bearer in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. That would be totally awesome!

    Her ignorance, mangling of the English language and complete dis-regard for the state of our decrepit, Bush policy-riddled economy perfectly captures the far right wing's image of what the U.S. should be.

    Unfortunately, that does little for real Americans. But it should ensure Obama's re-election. Palin as the GOP nominee in 2012.

    Yes. Let's do it, America! Let's do it until the GOP coffers are bare and Sarah Palin and her family own every designer outfit in New York City and beyond!

    December 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    The best way to stop this is to never click on an article with her name in it; never leave acomment; just ignore

    December 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. marcus

    To show you what shes all about, the flake is in Georgia supporting someone who smeared a vietnam war veteran hero who lost both legs, and a arm, and smeared him as a draft dodger.. If all of you republicans want this flake to be your leading contender for the presidential nomination in 2012, by all means, knock yourself out!

    December 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. LGS

    Marketplace of Ideas = My way or the Highway!

    December 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. YoYo

    sorry – didn't get this one : which market place??

    probably not even Nasdaq even it is sinking below 1400.... oh yeah, the junkyard – that's where crap is listed!!!

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Spencer/NY to VA

    This woman has no political future. She is an extreme right winger. Majority of Americans do not want to see a republican in the White House for a long time. She may be ready to run for office when pigs fly and wear lipstick.

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Fenarkleman

    BTW – why is Karl Rove's head shaped like a toaster? And is it just me, or does he look exactly like the Nazi whose face melts off near the end of the movie "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"?

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Colvin

    In the marketplace of ideas Palin's shelves are bare.... she is truly the future of the Republicans, bereft of ideas, shrill and fixated on a single issue (abortion)

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Peter

    Less we all forget: our current President Elect was propelled to victory in November after he gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention as a state Senator just a mere four years prior. It is not unlikely to suppose that history could repeat itself. Evidently, four years is plenty of time to be vetted on a national scale, and I would argue that she has a leg up on Obama given the executive experience she continues to accrue. Not to mention that she is as eloquent, if not more so then Obama, when reading from a teleprompter. There is high probability that Palin is more then a candidate in 2012, but is the nominee.

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Wanda in Montana

    Why does anyone care about Rove's opinion? He's a has been. He should be in prison not being quoted as if he's a respectable citizen.

    December 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    So sick of this trash Palin and her counterparts like Rove's criminal behind.

    December 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. bob

    After she goes back to school then come out like an educated person, then I would consider her.....

    December 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. mike

    i feel sorry for the republicans and speciially for the peopek who flock to see her! Don't these people have a life and real issues or do they feel a compulsion to see a woman who obvioulsy has no knowledge of international / domestic issues. God help the Republicans and these lost souls!!

    December 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Ken

    Please please,

    Rove, Bush, Palin.... Please go away!

    December 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Jim

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement from Rove.

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Dan

    WOW! I thought that once the Dems won – they might tone down the hatespeak. Guess that was wishful thinking.

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. bababear

    I understand that Palin hasnt been in Juneau since Sept – remember that is where her day job is. Maybe she should do the one she was elected for and get some "executive experience" before campaigning for the next.

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Tom

    Subtext: Come up with an idea Governor Palin and maybe someone will buy it. She has a great many opinions but they don't seem to add up to a point of view.

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. joe

    Not sure who is making the decisions among Republicans to fly Palin around the country as the face of the party.. but as long as she is propped up to this position it will ensure Dem control for quite some time. Palin= Rove politics, shallow understanding of the issues, playing to the base, etc. If Republicans want to be taken seriously again after the Bush fiasco they need to return to the center and focus on reasonable conservative POLICIES– not one-liners,a pretty face and this "I'm a true American" BS they've been playing up for the last couple elections..

    December 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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