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. James France

    It's disgusting to see that mostly potty mouths are the only ones that make comments here. Look you, or most of you are just as brain dead now as you were during the election. Palin didn't pick herself to be McCain's running mate. She got thrown onto an international stage with a bunch of sheep like you folks and a media that inflames you lemmings as easy as striking a match. Plus the media needs a clown car to keep things interesting. Thank goodness most of you don't have to make any decisions greater than finding the bathroom in your own house.

    December 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Steve

    Please, Please, PLEASE let the GOP nominate this lame brained numbskull in 2012 ... it would be an out and out guarantee of another 4 years in office for Barack Obama (can you imagine Caribou Barbie in a debate with Obama?)!

    December 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Chris in Va.

    AWWWWW!!!!! After years of gloating it's now time for the poor little Repugs to take a bite of the crap sandwich and they don't like it.

    With the line up of losers currently "front-runners" in their party they'd better start acquiring a taste for it, they are going to be dining for quite a while.....and it's hilarious!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. doug e

    karl rove and his hateful divisive slanderous campaign tactics saddled us with 8 years of the worst president in the history of ever!! He should have less than zero credibility, or as much as this proudly ignorant holier than though non reader who believes the rapture is coming to Alaska! Why did GOP let itself get hijacked by wingnut idealouges?

    December 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. JK

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let Sarah Palin be the Republican candidate in 2012!!! GW Bush killed the GOP. Sarah Palin will bury it. I mean OH NO I'M SO AFRAID OD SARAH PALIN!!! NOOOOO!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Darren

    This woman is the PERFECT face for the GOP – an angry, condescending, arrogant, empty skirt that lies like a rug.

    December 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Arizona Winter

    An idiot with name recognition is still an idiot.

    December 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Mike

    I love all the 'Dumb Palin' comments. Our President elect thinks there are 57 states, doesn't know which states border Illinois and stated we 'live in the greatest nation in the world. Join with me as we try to change it.' Our Vice President elect thinks the word 'Jobs' is a three letter word, and it is patriotic to pay taxes. I can't wait until Jan 2012.

    December 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Missy M

    I think Rove's comments seem very fair. Certainly not an enthusiastic endorsement, but that wouldn't be appropriate right now anyway. Palin should keep up with her appearances and let the American public see her for who she really is. Then, in 2012, the voters will decide if she is the future of the party – but right now, she's just Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

    December 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. (CNN) Breaking News:

    This just in. We can now report that Sasquatch is alive and well and living in Alaska. The proof has been confirmed. The fact that Sarah Palin was elected to the top of the Alaskan political food chain indicates there are thousands of the species living in quiet and remote villages, throughout Alaska. The manual dexterity and mental acuity of Sasquatch is evident by the fact that thousands of the Sasquatch village dwellers were able to find and pull the voting lever for Palin in the last gubernatorial election! The intelligence of Sasquatch has also now been confirmed, they can successfully run the state without the state idiot.

    Stay tuned for further updates!

    December 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. D. A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    This is the main problem that the GOP has, they only want aim their campaign to certain part of the population failing to understand, that an elected position is a customer service one and their customers are all of the the citizens that pay their collective salaries. They cannot exclude anyone.

    December 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Vivienne

    LIP – Had Sarah Palin been black and running for vice president with a Journalism degree with an emphasis in broadcasting, married to an oil field worker/sleigh champion, five babies (one special needs), pregnant daughter and performed the way she did on interviews and in public – God help her. She would have been destroyed by now. But, we all know that it would have never happened because the Republican party only has 35 terrible negro members.

    December 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Paul Wall

    LOL, "marketplace of ideas" like he is some kind of intellectual. The reason the Republicans lost was no bad shopping day in the "maketplace of ideas." it was the politics of Rove himself. gutter hate pure and simple.

    December 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Get it together Repubs

    I am so tired of tuning into CNN ticker only to see another Palin article. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!. She and the Republican Party lost the election....who cares what her ambitions are.

    December 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. arkadie77

    Run Sarah run, please.

    If the republicans choose her, the next sound you hear is the wheezing death knell for the white people's party of America. Tell me how difficult is it for a semi-attractive woman to garner attention from men in Alaska? That would explain her election as governor. The rest of us are not so hard up. The other 49 prefer a little intelligence in their elected officials not just a pair of legs. Although there is no accounting for Texas and the other cracker states that continually elect republicans regardless of the intelligence level of the people that party runs for elected office.

    December 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Connie Todd

    Please let this woman go away. She has not got what it takes.
    Why can't people see that? The news and media needs to stop bringing her up. I am sick of her. Give it a rest.

    December 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Leafblower

    Once Palin's sad attempts at coddling the far right are looked at in the marketplace of ideas, smart folks everywhere will (again) realize that she has none.

    December 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Authority Figure

    Palin is my girl. Why does she get under liberals' skin? Mmmmm....

    December 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. William

    Sarah Palin does not have rock star status. What she has is a corporate-controlled media that is telling us she's has rock star status. Big difference. She just toured the state of Georgia stumping for Saxby Chambliss. While this is sure to help him in his run-off bid, the largest crowds that Palin drew were in the range of 3,000. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, filled entire auditoria when he visited. Rove speaks of a "marketplace of ideas." Well, the GOP has been been devoid of ideas for nearly a generation now. Rather, they've offered nothing but buzzwords, empty rhetoric and misrepresentations of their "values." Sarah Palin is that kind of Republican; the kind of Republican that America just rejected in a landslide. She has no future unless she undergoes a political metamorphosis. Don't look for that to happen.

    December 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. karen

    The reality about Sarah Palin is that if you put her on a stage with Mike Huckabee and they are talking religion, she loses in a landslide! If you put her on a stage with any generic Texas Republican (Kay Bailey Hutchinson, John Cornyn)and they are talking energy, she loses in a landslide! If you put her on a stage with any generic conservative and have them talk about generic conservative principles and policies, she'll lose in a landslide. Republicans forget that Palin only ran in a general election where she was compared to Barack Obama, Joe Biden and ultimately for the base, John McCain; compared to those guys, she was conservative catnip, but compared to the rest of the loony right-wing, she's just another spokesmodel pushing conservative catch phrases like the spokesmodels at the local carshow!

    December 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Mike

    Romney and/or Ridge will destroy her at the first debates in the 2012 primary season.

    December 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. megan

    Just like Karl Rove and Sarah Palin alike...... Put them behind us!

    December 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |






    I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. bethi in alaska

    The lady has no intellect, no vision and is just a self serving narcissist.
    Hard to believ we are even still reading about her or that ANYONE is considering her for ANYTHING

    December 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. manmnt

    Palin showed us the "hate" in her heart....she would do or say anything to stay in the public's eye. Rove...well Rove has lost his MOJO and should now be forced to come out from behind Bush's skirt and face the music.

    December 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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