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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soundoff (819 Responses)
  1. tee


    We are happy. We can't believe you repubs think this women is competent. Almost single handley beat Obama!!!!! Are you for real?
    She only appeals to your wicked base, and that will not get her in the Whitehouse.

    December 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Stu-Florida

    Sarah Palin was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals. She proudly says, 'Go ahead, ask me... I know 'em all. I won't fall for any of those media trick questions."

    A reporter says, 'OK, what's the capital of Wisconsin ?'

    Palin replies, 'Oh, that's easy. It's W.'

    December 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas


    I don't fear Palin, I despise her. Big difference. She's not intelligent, cannot verbalize a complete sentence, is totally ignorant of national and international politics, and is playing her "base" like a fiddle. She appeals to those who are like her, because she obviously distrusts and dislikes those who are not like her. So, if your name is any indication, you should probably be wary of her, yourself. She represents a major step backward in learning to overcome bigotry, cultural profiling, and ignorance.

    December 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. GA voter

    Mr. Rove – Isn't there a saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

    December 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. tee


    Are you serious? My cat has a higher IQ

    December 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Pete - Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Too late, Sarah. From the botched McCain campaign, the entire country already knows that you don't have a clue about whatever comes out of your mouth.

    Stick to being a hockey mom and being "folksy". That's obviously enough to get you elected in Alaska, but makes you a laughing stock in the rest of the world.

    December 2, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Marshall

    We are not afraid of Palin beating Obama there is no competition in that arena. We are just tired of hearing her continue to campaign about her experience and Alaska. We didn't know her before and I betcha we won't miss her when she is gone. We hope she runs for President in 2012, remember Palin didn't talk about the issues she just tried to attack Obama's character and that was fatal for her party. She can learn from Obama because he is showing everyone he is a 21st century President – elect and he along with most of Americans are tired of the same old same old boring Republicans. The offer nothing new. Missouri, Georgia, and South Carolina will be the same backward or should I says back woods States afraid of change.

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas


    Too smart for us to understand????? Yep, this said of the woman who couldn't name a single Supreme Court case (including the Valdez case) and didn't know that Africa was a continent, not a country.

    Nevermind. If you aren't intelligent enough to understand why we dislike her, you aren't intelligent enough to understand the rationales, either.

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Henry

    None of us heard of Palin b4 McCain picked her as his running mate. Now we all get to hear how this soccer mom and Gov. from Alaska is in the headlines accross the country and around the world. She had photo ops w/world leaders and was not allowed to speak for herself in the beginning of her VP race. Did McCain pick her because he saw how moved the country was behind Sen. Clinton, and with her not winning, try to capitilize on our emotions? WHO IS SARAH PALIN? Do we really want to know???

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. CraigW

    Sounds like the Republicans are already conceiding the next election.

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Perusing-Through


    President-Elect Barack Obama and V.P.-Elect Joe Biden won the leadership post without firing a shot at V.P. candidate Sarah Palin. There was a couple times Biden defended himself and Obama from Palin's direct attacks (e.g. "Paling around with terrorist"), but other than that both Obama and Biden gave Palin a wide berth.

    Now after Palin called Obama a 'Communist Marxist' and 'Terrorist Lover', she wants a position in Obama's cabinet as Energy-Czar.

    People have some nerve . . .

    December 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Rachel

    GOP leaders need to re-think their idea of Palin being a Rock Star and to also lead the party. I heard that voice screeching last night on TV and just had to change channels. I'm sorry folks but that woman does not have the qualifications. But, if you insist....put her out there to ruin the party again. The Demos will be pleased. The GOP has turned into a bunch of uneducated people with not one ounce of wisdom in the whole lot. It was proven during the elections. Just leave her in Alaska!
    Palin is not the answer. She appeals to the uneducated bunch of people. She aint had no learnin is what one day they will wake up and realize. Why can't you choose someone like Romney? Huckabee isn't all that bad either.

    December 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Betty

    All of these negative comments on Sarah Palin. I am wondering how all of you people know what she can do and cannot do. How long was she in the campaign eyes and already you know her inside and out? Please spare me your ignorance. You know her by what you hear other people say about her. Let's face the facts. The press or the Democrats did not like her. So everything they said negative against her you agree. Did you bother to check out the truth or facts first? No, you just take people by their word.

    How many of you have spent time with her or know her as a friend? You cannot judge some one with out knowing them first. Look how many people voted for her Governor?

    December 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Terry B.

    I hope she does run, SNL and Tina Fey will have 18 months of comedy material to choose from...

    December 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Bill in NY

    Awwww, Karl...Don't shoot down Democrats' hopes...PLEASE, we would love to see Sarah Palin as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012..."4 more years, 4 more years"...

    December 2, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Donald

    Rove is correct, but the "market place" of ideas will come from the American voter, not the Republican Party and from what I've seen, she doesn't have a clue or a chance to lead America.

    For all the "rock star" appeal Palin has, she has shown time and time again that she has little or no grasp of the issues or the big picture of problems facing our nation. For Republicans to keep propping up this "straw woman" is an absolute joke. A month after getting their clock cleaned in the general election, Republicans still don't get it!

    I welcome Sarah Palin running in 2012 because when she and the Republicans get their clock cleaned, the former can slither back to Alaska and moose hunt, never to be heard from again!!

    December 2, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Flash Gorden /-\

    Bring it on. Just another 4 years for Democrats if so be it!

    December 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Gary

    The difference between gov. Palin and president elect Obama can be summarized in one word; INTELLECT.

    He has it and she, no matter how hard she tries, will never have it!

    December 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Yes sireeeeeee

    "Cobra" – "Dems get over it"? Uh huh. You just wait until the real repugs get going on her if she runs. THEY.WILL.SHRED.HER. The REAL Republicans don't think highly of her at all. She only identifies with her "base" which happens to be a certain segment of society, sorry to say. I never say never, but I would place money on it that she would never make it past the primaries in 2012 or 2016. It will be fun to watch.

    December 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. cobra

    yup, a left wing site, you can tell by all the intelligence they spout!

    December 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Steve

    Hey, for the person who typed in all caps and is blogging under the name "just4uliberaldemhaters" I think it's interesting that you mispelled "idiot". No worries. I'll spell it for you here. It's spelled "Palin". And just to help you a little further, I have voted Republican my whole life until this election. Why did I vote Democratic this time around? Palin.

    December 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Janice

    Karl Rove is likely an un-indicted co-conspirator in Plame "outing" thanks to the obstruction of justice by Scooter Libby.

    Why do the networks continue to pay attention to Bush's crooks? Who cares what Rove says.

    December 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. tee

    Take off your white sheet so you can see and hear how un-intelligent Sarah Palin is. She has nothing on Michelle Obama. Her SAT scores
    would not have gotten her within 500 miles of Harvard or Princeton.

    December 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Micheline

    Can you imagine Sarah Palin doing what Obama has been doing in helping to correct this huge economic issue? This is really a world issue. I dont think so.... Sarah Palin does not have the brain, the intelligence to deal with such issues.

    The woman is illiterate, she never reads,she does not know what is going on. She went to 6 universities before getting a "degree". I dont know how she became Governor of Alaska, I guess that's not very hard considering who voted for her.

    December 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. yew guys

    UUUUUHHHHHHHH, does wnyone really beleive she has a chance at the 2012 bid???? Seriously folks, didn't the GOP watch the election. Palin did not give Barrack a run for his money...the results conveyed what the american people wanted, plain and simple!!! Belevie it or not we actually got smarter since bush took office and are very tired of the BS the GOP tries to make us beleive. It's like a kindergardners magic show, they can blow the minds ot the kids (republicans) who are sitting in the front row but the parents (democrats) are standing in the back of the room laughing at how stupid their rabbit trick really is.

    December 2, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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