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. Jack

    Sarah Palin was not qualified to be President then, she is not qualified now, and she will not be qualified in 2012.

    Why do the Republicans STILL insist on perpetuating this lie?

    December 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Ken

    "Marketplace of ideas"? In the [R] party? Man, that is way funny...did Rove steal that phrase from Robin Williams? The republicans consistently put up intellectually diminished candidates, and they want us to believe that there is a thriving marketplace for the analysis of their inanity? What a fairytale. I think there are healthier intellectual marketplaces going on in kindergardens throughout this country.

    A [R] marketplace of THAT is pig with lipstick!

    December 2, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. katiec

    Just like Palin, CNN appears to have a love affair with Rove too.
    Why they give any attention or credibility to what this criminal thinks
    is beyond me.
    Time to move on CNN. The republicans lost, regardless of your
    undying support.

    December 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. grahame

    It won't make any difference.
    'Stupid is as stupid does'
    'First impressions matter. '
    'You can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear with lipstick on it.'
    See Sarah Palin..................... I can talk in 'Bumper Sticker' too.
    Loser only has one 'O' people.
    Looser is when something is loose, just like Palins shifting opinion
    about whether Africa is a country, or whether Homosapians and Dinosaurs lived at the same time.
    Anyone who can't see through this spoiled child is an idiot. She does not care about the USA. She just cares about herself. WAKE UP

    December 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Mrs.L

    why is Rove not behind bars yet???

    December 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Blossum

    But Palin doesn't have any ideas, just talking points. Her followers are downscale whites with no education or they are religious fanatics. That's not enought to win.

    December 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Jeff in Illinois

    Honestly, and I am an Obama voter and two-time vote-against-bush voter, Karl "Turd-Blossom" Rove has seemed much more reasonable of late.

    One thing I cannot believe, is that Palin could POSSIBLY lead the Republican ticket. The only way I see that happening, is if things get much better over the next 3 years and there is no way for Obama to lose re-election. Then they might make her the sacrificial lamb.

    Turning her into Presidential material would be like turning William "The Refrigerator" Perry into a Wide Receiver (and I mean now, not even when he was playing)

    December 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Mari

    HA....... 'the marketplace of ideas"!? What ideas did McCain or any of the Republicans offer ......... other than the usual, lies, hate, fear and division?! ALL we heard from the Republicans were attack ads, vile lies and division mongering!

    Rove and the rest of the Republicans will not "get it"! They are too blinded by ambition to ....stop......and THINK. Republicans can not win with the vile politics, it will backfire every time.

    America IS SO sick and tired of the Limbaughs, Hannitys, and OReilly's that have kidnapped the Republican party! These mindless talking heads with their narrow small minds WILL destroy what's left of the Republican party! We are already seeing what their vitriolic speak has done to the GOP.

    Until the Republicans reject hate, lies, fear and division, they WILL continue to LOSE! And.........Palin is a joke.

    December 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. SPT NYC

    A little-discussed problem with the "marketplace of ideas" catchphrase: the marketplace of ideas determines only the monetary value of ideas, not their objective value.

    December 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I for one wish that Gov Palin would go back to Alaska at least for a while and regroup. Here is a mother with a special needs child, a young pregnant daughter who is supposed to get married in a situation where statistics show such marriages fail and I'm sure her state needs her there. I think it should be "Mommy Time" for her since they are always talking about family values. You put Country First, then Politics First, then Family on the backburner? She is caught up in the lime light and can not seem to let go. Go home for a while Gov Palin..maybe even read "Joe the Plumber's" new book. She is going to wear out her welcome soon and that may not be good for the GOP.

    December 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. AEK

    This dedicated public servant has not been in the capital of Juneau since she was placed on the Republican ticket. Hummmm...everybody bashing the intelligence of the folks in Alaska may have to rethink. Sarah's down here and not up there!

    I would think any endorsement by Rove would have to be the kiss of death for politicians these days. But the "King of Lie/Deny/Blameland" has proven to be pretty slippery before!

    December 2, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Don

    In the "marketplace of ideas", Sarah Palin represents all those useless items hawked by the likes of Billy Mays and "Vince for ShamWow".

    December 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Todd C.

    I know enough about her already to know that I will NEVER vote for her.

    2012? That is when President Obama's second term begins! Who does she think she is?!

    December 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Maggie

    WHY is she popular? The woman can't string together a coherent sentence.

    December 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Lisa, Baltimore

    Please Dear God let her run in 2012! Palin is a caricature and there is nothing she can do, short of getting a doctorate from Oxford, that will change that fact.

    Republicans are morons if they think that is the future, and if 2008 taught them anything it should have taught them that the base is NOT enough, and is shrinking with every year that goes by.

    December 2, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Richard

    If Republicans are looking for new ideas, Palin is not the answer. All she can supply is lies, innuendos, and smears.

    December 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Kevin Morgan

    Sarah has a track record from losing the 08 election for the republicans. I can see why they would want her to be "their new face".

    December 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Sylvia

    How can this mother of a serviceman justify campaigning for Chamblis? I would not be surprised to learn that she doesn't KNOW what he did to Cleland. I truly believe her to be the most ignorant politician in this country.

    December 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. BS not Maverick

    She is a looser.

    December 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Roger May

    This is an indication of how light-weight the leading candidates are for the Republican leadership, going forward and further evidence of how badly the Party was damaged by "W's" discombobulation and incompetance.
    Enough of the idiocracy, Republicans. Americans deserve better!

    Roger May
    Toronto, Canada.

    December 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Beah

    She need to go back to school and learn geography, history, political science and who and what present and past politicians have done so the next time they interview her she will be able to to response without any problems.

    Good luck to her!

    December 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Politics

    She is much better than Obama, as a human being with character, integrity and morality, traditionally. Only time can time, given all the problems, at home and abroad. Obama only politicized the economy for personal ambition, not much more. We still do not him, his past and all the skeletons in the closet, as well as we know John McCain, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy. Voters beware, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Peolosi, Micheller Robinson Obama and so on have their own ambition, in the long run, and human nature is imperfect! They are no angels.

    December 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |

    Will some one please stick a fork in this trailer trash Wasilla hillbilly – she's done on the national political scene and is of no use to anyone, even the GOP...

    December 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Otis

    It makes sense really for Palin to run in 2012. If Obama runs for re-election, the Republicans will need a sacrifical lamb in the election.

    This way, it gives Republicans 8 years to figure out who will lead them out of the abyss they're in right now.

    December 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Patrick - Indianapolis

    You simply cannot fix stupid.

    December 2, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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