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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  1. Jerry

    Sara, like all ideologs left and right, is to shallow and narrowly focused. The last 233 years in the U.S. show that narrow interests consistently lose over time.

    America is a democracy, centrist and progressive by nature. That is writ large in the Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, and the amendments to the Constitution.

    Pre-Revolutionary Europe is not America's future.

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    I think Sarah would do great as an anchor woman. She loves the spotlight.....She has neglected her state and family since she has been getting this special attention from the media and book deals and movie deals. Maybe politics is not her calling.

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. JenV

    We just elected a president, can we not at least give it until he is sworn in before we are debating who is going to run against him in 4 years??

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Dave from Santa Monica

    I am so glad that Sarah Palin has inserted herself into the main stream political scene. I have never been so politically entertained in all my life. She is even better than Jon Stewart and she doesn't even have to try. I hope she sticks around a long time. We'll always have a plethora of Palinisms to laugh at. The cherry on top is that she will divide the republican party for many years to come. Keep it up Sarah. This democrat loves you...

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    If Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP, then I'll drink to that...

    ...and oh yes, GOOD RIDANCE REPUBLICANS.

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. fefe

    carl rove sucks,bill oreilly sucks hannityandcolms suck, newt gringhig suck, greta definatily sucks, your all losers who think you know what your talking about and don't, so to all of fox news team go suck on a egg.

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Mike S. New Orleans

    Gosh darnit, Sarah Palin is a hockey mom, and by gosh, I think we finally need a hockey mom who believes in pro-abstinence and anti-abortion and anti-gay causes legislated by the federal government. And shucks, it's about time someone stood up for the good common folk gosh darnit. It's about time someone spoke out about the sanctity of marriage and how it should be forced on unwilling teenagers.

    In other words, the neocon movement is over, and Palin is past.

    December 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Nate

    One question for all of you.

    If Sarah Palin was an unattractive over weight woman with the same intelligence and ability where would she be?? What office would she have been elected to and what would she have accomplished.

    It's a pretty easy answer to the question.

    You and I would have never heard of her. Could you imagine any other female politician getting away with that lack of knowledge. I can't, and I can't imagine any male politician do it either.

    December 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. carol

    It is troubling to see people who support Palin so disconnected with the issues facing this country. Statements like "she is just like me" "she has five kids and I can relate to her" and "she is such a warm person" are pretty scary.

    December 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Cecilia - Chattanooga, TN

    Oh I forget for a minute – they deserve each other and my man will soon be in the White House

    December 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Simon

    Palin would make an imbecile seem brainy. I have a suggestion – let us ALL stop posting to any website or blog that even mentions her name. Oxygen only keeps the misery going and she is NOT worth it.

    December 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Middle Girl

    I hope she does run. She provides excellent and free entertainment. Case in point: post-turkey-pardon press conference in front of turkey slaughtering. You can't make this stuff up!!! I think Americans deserve some free entertainment.

    December 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Peter in Canada

    I am glad to hear that the marketplace will decide. It is soooo obvious that she has no goods to offer! The right wing conservatives will be lined up at the table waiting for something to sow up from Sarah, unfortunately (for sweet Sarah) the mooseburgers and venom sandwiches will not be attractive to most folks!

    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. RAR

    Sarah Palin is polictically smart. If she decides she has higher ambitions she will remake herself : learn how to answer questions asked in an interview, speak before selected audiences with their pro-Palin signs, and raise money from right wing groups. Months from now people will forget her support for the bridge to nowhere, her comments that Obama "palls arounds with terroists", and all the other ridiculous statements she made during the campaign. She will strike a conservative tone and people will believe she's "one of us". If she enters Republican primaries she will confirm herself to whatever the wind happens to be in the Republican Party at the time in order to win the nomination. Just like McCain did-- turned right to get the nomination. Only Sarah will turn to the center- portray herself as a right of center moderate. After 4 years, no one is going to believe President Obama is a socialist.

    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. frank

    She needs to stay at home, in Alaska and hunt moose. She's pretty good at doing that. GOP have been bullwinked, if they consider her for 2012.

    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. donna-LA

    Palin will fade just like any shiny, new toy.

    Her time would be better spent taking care of the home front in Alaska, both personally and politically, for the next 8 years. Only then, with some real accomplishments in her resume, would she have something of substance to package and sell.

    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Sam

    Wow, not many left in the Republican party. The real reason they keep bring Palin up? She doesn't even know Africa is a content and South Africa is a country.
    Wow, I guess you don't need to know world leaders names, types of governments or location of countries to be a politician. You get just beat your eyes, say slang and smile at the camera.

    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Denise Bolin





    December 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Griff

    CNN! I think I missed that comment of Nikson... Joe Biden.... I Cut the Sound.... When will The News Media admit, they just wasted peoples time.... Barack Obama maybe your next leader... To me! Nixon was a fool.... But Nothing like America today...... Your were stupid.... Not you personaly... But This is not your finest Hour.... Beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You have just been invaded...

    December 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Change

    The dem party is owned by the left wing kooks. Hateful unhappy people.

    December 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Keith - Ottawa, Ontario

    It takes an impeachment AND a conviction to remove a president from office. I bet that Sarah doesn't know that either!

    December 2, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Jane Ga

    Plain go away!!. Iam sick and tied of you. You are a disgrace to women.
    Please go and hide. Republicans should know better to tell her to go and hide herself.
    CNN and other news people should please stop talking about this idoit.

    December 2, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Josephine6Pack in Philly

    "But ultimately, Rove said, Republicans need more time to get to know Palin before embracing her as the party's future." [Carl Rove]

    So let me see if I have this straight – NOW the GOP needs more time to get to know Palin before they embrace her as a GOP leader, but they knew her well-enough to offer her up as a nominee for the position that is one heart beat away from the most powerful job in the world.

    Hmmmmmmm. You Betcha by Golly Gee! Sounds like they really put a lot of thought into it there also.

    I say, let her keep right on talking her fool head off – round and round we go; what she's saying, no one knows!

    December 2, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. liz

    Someone! Please read through these comments and tell me why liberals are so filled with hatred!

    December 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. MarkThisDown

    Methinks the emperor has no clothes.

    December 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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