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. Terry

    It just boggles the mind that this is even an issue. People need to realize this is not American Idol, the country is a mess and we need real leadership, and inspired thinking not an unqualified "rock star" status hokey hocky mom in charge.

    December 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Jessica from Michigan

    One thing needs to be made clear. Democrats are NOT AFRAID OF PALIN, nor are we "angry" at her. We realize she is capable of rousing the "base" of the Republican Party, which is small and shrinking. She has no clout on the national stage, especially with the crucial independent vote, and with moderates.

    Frankly, we are sick of hearing about her. She is simply not a smart politician.

    December 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. JL

    Fine with me if she runs...

    Obama-Biden for 8 straight years!!! Yea!

    December 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Aww nooo.... I want to see LESS of her. Please go home to Alaska and vanish from public eye. ugh. Our Republican party needs a more credible, SMART, and someone who can speak complete sentences!

    December 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. george from alaska

    much thanks to john mccain for taking one for the country in his "nomination" of sarah palin for vp. does anyone seriously believe this selection was made to win the election?

    and that's all i got to comment about that.

    December 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. PA, Seattle

    Does Alaska even need a Govenor? They must not if Palen can be away from her job for months at a time, with no apparent impact.

    This is a woman who just wants to be in the spotlight – any spotlight will do. She failed to get the number one spotlight as a beauty queen, so she tried broadcast journalism. She failed to get much attention at that so she tried politics, in a state where men far out number women, she finally found some success, quite obviously because of her looks.

    If she had the brains and ability to back up the pretty package, it might work on the national stage.

    December 2, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Linda

    Alaska called and wants Palin back....Just kidding....Maybe the lower forty-eight would like to keep her. Better yet, why is there no "Palin" Barbie doll for all the little republicans to find under the Christmas tree??

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

    Gawd, how much more do you people need to see? Those two Katie Couric interviews should have been enough.

    December 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Laughing in SC

    Knew Palin is the gift that keeps on giving just didn't realize Rove is as well. Never ever trust either of them. Or underestimate them either. My bet is he is already woring under the radar for her.

    December 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Susan in Kansas

    Oh, Sarah, as a newly minted Democrat, please run, do it!

    December 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Locutus of Borg

    We have deemed the Republican party as obsolete, and will destroy it . Our scans detect no intelligence within the party.

    December 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Eugene

    Palin doesn't get under liberals' skin. They really appreciate all she has done to elect their candidate President Obama. The marketplace has spoken.

    December 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. pack-up-palin

    For all those who believe liberals are afraid of Palin, many of us liberal actually want her to be nominated. But until that actually happens we are just tired of her.

    December 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Karen

    Why not Palin? She will definitely rally democrates and independents agains her and guarantee another Obama win. I have never seen any politician as stupid and narcissitic as she is. Go Palin!

    December 2, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Robert

    If I had the money, I would pay her to stay in Alaska. If she ends up getting the Republican nod in '12, I will volunteer all of my waking moments to the Obama campaign. She should never be allowed in the White House for ANY reason whatsoever.

    I would seriously think about putting my German to good use and crossing the pond if she won a presidential election here.

    December 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. BeefyDaddy

    Yes, I fear this woman. Not because of her extreme fundamentalist views, not because she is unaware of how dangerous and ignorant she herself is, not because she represents all the divisive and negative politics of Rove and Bush and not because her views of America differ from mine in virtually every way (although any of those would qualify). I fear her because she appeals to those same idiots that re-elected the worst president ever. She appeals to the same idiots that think dissent is unpatriotic. She appeals to the same idiots that value form over substance. She appeals to the same idiots that would blindly destroy the country I love. So yes I fear her and all the idiocy that she represents.

    December 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. GP

    Palin's appeal is difficult to explain and even more difficult to understand. Neither side has been able to adequately explain to detractors why she is so reviled or admired.

    I think she speaks in a simpleton language that insults American's. Whether this is by design or truly reflective of her thought process, I'll leave for others to decide. I don't want a leader that speaks and behaves like everyone else. I don't want a plain jane, hockey mom speaking for me.

    If she is representative of the best and the brightest this country has to offer, then I think we are in bigger trouble than we realize.

    December 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Butch Dillon

    If Rove and Co. want to rebuild the Republican party they should draft Tina Fey, join the Democratic party and cease to exist.

    December 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Susie

    Is everyone forgetting that Sarah Palin LOST the election? She lost badly. Why would anyone want a loser campaigning with and for them, or returning as their leader in 4 years? She's a LOSER! And she will lose again, only worse. The republicans seems to ignore everything and forge ahead aimlessly. How pathetic.

    December 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    We Dems don't FEAR her. We laugh at her. Her garbled words, her inability to answer political questions. She presents herself as someone who wouldnt know what to do in office but say to the media shes a Maverick and wink into a camera. Go ahead, have her run in 2012 so Obama can win and give us 4 more years, hahahaha.

    December 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Micheline

    Palin needs to start Grammar school first. The woman knows zero about the US Constitution. The woman is ignorant.

    Palin as President in 2012, give me a break, the woman is ignorant, she makes a lot of noise, no substance. All those lies about how she and McCain get along. He is also a liar.

    Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska and stay in Alaska, get her children back in school where they belong.

    December 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Pat Green (CA)

    this woman needs to go back to school, study government and how to give effective speeches. Give me a break.

    December 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Vicki5

    To all complainers of the Palin jokes: Remember, Palin was the first to take the gloves off.

    December 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Jacqueline in Missouri

    I believe that if the Democrats offered Sarah a position of bright light, she would accept, because I believe that Sarah just likes to see and hear about herself in the news.

    December 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. MAJ

    Can we do a do over. Make her go away!

    December 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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