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. Roger

    Understandably, no Republican wants to state the too obvious truth about Palin's competence, so they skirt the issue. Look at Newt's recent statement, now Rove's: the implications are obvious.

    December 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Valerie

    Let's stop talking about Sarah Palin! She represents a small minority of people who were officially reminded that America is a changed, reformed and enlightened nation. Sarah Palin represents a segment of the population that is being left behind.

    If the Republicans really want to fall further into the bowels of despair, they should continue to let Sarah Palin steal meaningful headlines. I think they are too smart, but if not, then let it be.

    December 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Someone like Sarah Palin IS president of the USA G W Bush is just like herbut he was handled by Carl Rove and his Dad had been President, so he had a voice early on. But the American people and yes some Dems thought he was OK tell me why we all act like none of us voted for Bush some of us had to have gone over to the dark side . and I predict they will clean her up and give her a brain and we'll see her in 2012. Hope we all feel good about Obama and can vote AGAINST her then. PLEASE GOD no more double talking happy speak from her, I can't stand it.

    December 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Anna


    For heaven's sake, HALF of the people in this country voted for George Bush TWICE. This tells me Palin's chances are excellent.


    Exactly. And this country is FULL of such people who care nothing except that their candidate is "like them" – meaning not exceptionally intelligent or interested in the world around them.

    December 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Chut Pata

    Please Sarah, run for nomination in 2012. You have solid following in the Republican base so you should win the nomination. Then you have ZERO following outside the bse, so you should lose miserably to Obama. So please please please, run for 2012.

    Obama '12

    December 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    Now that Carl rove has had his say on this last subject, can we just forget about his sorry butt? Thank you very much.

    December 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |



    HA HA HA


    December 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Randy Ritzer

    Anyone who considers Palin a potential presidential candidate should look closely at her anti-wildlife stance. There are few people who would be considered worse for the environment and wildlife then Bush and she is firmly in that camp. Her latest campaign to allow additional trophy hunting access to polar bears says it all. Add to that aerial hunting of wolves and she is just the poster child for appalling. I think more then a few hunters would even have a problem with her.

    If you would like to see more about her policies please visit the Defenders of Wildlife website.

    December 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Irwin

    Can't we all just get along!! She's a joke, but she'll provide fodder for the comedians. We all need a little mirth. If the Repubs put her up again they deserve the drubbing they'll inflict on themselves. But we'll all suffer with such a miserable alternative to the Dems, to keep them honest. We'll need a third party worse than ever.

    December 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. IonaTrailer


    December 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Stormie

    Shouldn't we wait to see if her own state likes her well enough to re-elect her as their governor before we even go talking about her running for the presidency.

    December 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. EJ in Texas

    why aren't Sarah and Rove going out on a book tour for "Joe the Plumber"? They seem to not to be able to get out of the news anyway.

    December 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Listen to all the people that NEVER WERE, AND NEVER WILL BE!!
    While I sit "Bitter and Depressed" clinging to my guns and religion,
    these panseys sit in Daddy's basement clinging to the worthless
    sheepskin that Daddy spent his retirement fund on. So now all the
    little cowards can do is hide behind their computer screens and
    send out hate and scorn against a woman that is already more
    than these little whimps will EVER BE! BE AFRAID YOU WORTHLESS

    RALPH L.

    December 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. DB25

    Palin's future ideas will only be the ideas advisors can put into her head so she can learn her talking points and read her teleprompter. We already know the real her – the negative woman on the campaign trail and clueless one in the Katie Kouric interview – and obviously the majority of Americans didn't like what they saw.

    December 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Dave

    I have no idea what Rove meant in his statement about marketplace of ideas. Maybe the gobbledegook he talks about is one reason why the Republicans fared so bad. No one understands the message. In 4 years Rove will probably be a "nobody" anyhow.

    December 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. ben

    I think there's a lot of Republicans and conservatives who would express distaste for Bush and McCain and palin now.

    By eleminating all 3 will do them service to rebuild the party!

    December 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Sarh Palin is attractive, physically speaking. She is not attractive in

    1) keeping friends – see the former mayor who she ran against and allowed smeary things to be said about him while claiming to be his friend; see the fomrer Gov who she befriended and then ousted.

    2) in her ideas – even in case of incest, I believe in life. Those are her words, not mine.

    3) speaking of words, she's got to do a better job of making coherent sentences as opposed to just putting words together (see the Katie Couric interview when asked about the bailout)

    4) bringing people together – "It's good to be here in this part of Virginia where there are pro-Americans."

    But after that, she could work. Or, Tina Fey can continue to make a LOT of Money. Or, instead of impersonations, Palin could keep the money herself and keep doing "skits" like the one where she pardoned a turkey only to then go outside and stand right in front of an area where turkesy are slaughtered. And then have 2 turkeys actually be claughtered right behind her on camera. That was a skit right? I mean, that didn't really happen. right?

    December 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Who's Complaining

    I consider myself a moderate who voted for Obama and was no fan of Palin. That said, why are people bashing her so bad at this point. The election is over. While she certainly has many shortcomings I do not see the value of the hateful rhetoric I see about her. The next election is 4 years away (unless she runs for a Senate seat). Why not wait until another election to pounce on her. To do so now makes people look mean, shallow and ignorant.

    December 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Ursula

    If Palin is the fate of the pubs, then we welcome them and their wackiness. Its an easy win in '12.

    December 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Bademus

    Apparently not knowing her well enough was good enough for Republicans to put her in 2nd place to lead our nation. Now they don't know her well enough to lead their party? So careless it's scary.

    December 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Rick in PA

    IMy hope is she will FINALLY fade gracefully into the sunset as she has had significantly more than her fifteen minutes of fame.

    December 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    The anti-intellect wing of the Republican Party is having its day.


    December 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Alan

    In the marketplace of ideas, Palin needs a bailout.

    December 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. donna blackwood

    Some say you should not judge a book by its cover.

    December 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. PLB

    Go back to Alaska and stay there!

    December 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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