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. CMG

    If she is the Republicans future, we have just become a one party system.

    December 2, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. photonels

    Sarah has more immediate and complicated issues to deal with, a son with Down Syndrome and a teenage daughter who is about to give birth to her first, albeit premature grandchild.

    It is my hope that the media and the Republican party leave her and her family alone to give them time to adjust to some major family adjustments, which are going to be painful as well as inevitable.

    I too have a son with Down Syndrome, and parenting a son or daughter with a disability is a challenge. It is not a death sentence, but it is a challenge. Add to that the advent of a son or daughter of your teenage child. From a parental point of view, with the combination of a vice presidency and family dynamics, this could be a small, but very disastrous family tragedy. From a very personal viewpoint, I am glad that she lost the election. Her family should come first.

    I voted for Obama for many reasons, but this is one of them.

    From someone who has been there for 32 years.

    December 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Jaye

    She will NEVER be president.

    December 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Sorry but Karl Rove is a bloming Anti-American Myopic idiot. The only reason he may appear to be a brilliant strategist is because the American public was asleep in 2000 and 2004. In 2008 they woke up. His only claim to fame should be that he recognized this.

    Market place of ideas ???????????? .....NONSENSE Karl .......Palin's fate will be predicated on the four "R's"......... RED NECKS, RASCISTS, RIGHT WING RADIO TALK SHOW HOSTS and RELIGIOUS FANATICS. The absolute WORST and most HYPOCRITICAL of American society !!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Gary in Denver

    Go away.

    December 2, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Jane in Windsor CA

    Remember, roughly 30% of Americans still believe George Bush is doing a good job as president - proof that at least a third of our country are morons. She'll play well with them, you betcha.

    By the way, Sarah Palin is now my litmus test for whether or not a person is operating with a full deck of cards. I immediately write off anyone who is for her.

    December 2, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. truebluedemocrat

    Those of you who are Democrats and complaining about Palin running in '12 are being short-sighted. Dems will have the White House for the next 8 years if she runs, so I say, "Sarah, go for it!"

    December 2, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. brandon

    everyone is ripping her but she did a good job as mccain running mate she brought the base together. her approval rating in alaska is over 80% wat other governor can say that no one. she might not know alot about foriegn affairs now but she will in 2012. obama is going to fail as president he going to raise taxes on us. he going to invite bin laden over for tea and cookies and tell him its ok u a terrorist i still love u

    December 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    The word "ideas" in the same sentence as Palin is almost as ludicous as the word being uttered by Rove!! Great for the Democrats if these are the two "minds" that spell the future of the Republican Party.

    December 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. maurice

    i wouldnt dismis palin running in 12. and i wouldn`t think for a minute she is stupid. she ran as a vp, just like biden and both were the wolves. stand back and look at both sides of a coin , before you buy into something. i believe palin is smarter than most will give her credit. i hope that she runs in 12 because then we will all see the real sarah palin. not the puppet mcains camp made her. and you folks that voted for obama hold so much hatred toward people its un believable. and you same people expect others just to jump on your bandwagon ....ya right. you trash rove for voicing his opinions, but are more than ready to force yours on others. and there is actually 3 sides to every story thiers and theirs. then the truth. so if you expect a ounce of agreement then atleast open your mind to the other side 1st. CNN IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU STARTED 1ST.

    December 2, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    We also have to remember that in 4 (or 8) years, pretty Sarah will not be so pretty anymore. Sorry to say it, but it is a fact of life that in the years between 45 and 52, a woman's body undergoes some fairly signficant uncontrollable physiological changes. She's a babe now, whcih is much of her appeal, but once that fades she truly will have nothing left

    December 2, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Sarah is THE ONE in 2012'

    Michelle and Barack should keep their re-decorating to a minimum as they'll be out of the White House in 4 years.

    Obama will fail to revive the economy and we will be beset by Mumbai type attacks-both of these things leading to his loss in 2012'.

    See you in 2012 Sarah!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. USA

    I just read the previous 340 comments, and I'm amazed by the incivility and hatred expressed. No ideas, just more bashing. This is "change"?

    December 2, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Lori

    I love it when Republicans say that the people who are anti-Palin are threatened by her. Did they not realize how many people dislike this woman by the sweeping victory that Obama received on November 4th?

    Palin can cram on foreign policy, domestic policy, etc. for the next 4 years and then pretend to be so worldly in 2012 but we will see right through that. Please pick Palin in 2012 GOP. That means another Obama win in 2012!!! THANK GOD!!!

    December 2, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Crazy

    Hey cobra, your a tool. It obviously shows that you know and care nothing about politics since your only comeback is how Democrats have ugly women (although intelligent women) in there party. Sara Palin is simply not smart enough about politics, or even life it seems considering her neglect of her family situation, to ever become president. She cannot even answer simple political questions correctly when interviewed. By the way did I mention that your a tool since you put beauty ahead of intelligence. I'm sorry, she may be nice to look at, but she has nothing to offer this country.

    December 2, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Sharon

    Rove? Who cares, he is and has been irrelevant for about two years at least....

    Palin, who cares about a "mindless" idiot who has "delusions" of grandeur.....

    Apparently Palin is still wearing the STOLEN clothes that were to be returned to the RNC. Or did the RNC bribe Palin to go to Georgia if she could keep the stolen clothing.

    Palin, a liar, Palin a thief of state and federal party coffers, Palin a thief of Alaska coffers-being paid for a job she is never present to do. Palin, a negligent mother. Palin a phony christian hypocrite!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. malclave

    And the liberals keep bashing Palin, because they're so terrified of a woman who doesn't agree with them. Pathetic.

    Hey, CNN, how about putting half the effort you've put into covering Palin into covering Obama's background? You've already done your part in helping him get elected.

    December 2, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Democrat to the bone

    Sarah Paline and the Republicans=Racist Bastards

    December 2, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Lauren


    So what are you saying, if someone does not have an Ivy league degree they are not smart.
    Are you saying because I am a hard working blue collar person with mub on my boots and blisters on my hands but have I never went to Harvard, I am not smart?

    Sarah Palin is one of us, the majority of the people in this country. Blue collar, hard working, we do not need a college degree from Princeton to tell us we are smart.

    December 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. cobra

    All you left wingers want to trash Sarah Palin saying she has no experience, well if you will think just a little tiny bit you would realize she has more experience at running government than any of the other three. You would also come to the conclusion that Obama is probably the least qualified of them all. He is a slick snake oil salesman and you dems bought into an empty suit. Look at what is going on now, he is pulling up all the Clinton losers, don't it make you wonder what the change is he talked about.

    December 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Incomplete Change

    what i have noticed is Democrats hate her because she's a real person....unlike Democrats!

    December 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    P.S. Sarah Palin is the equivalent of fingernails on a chalk board. Annoying and absolutely brainless.

    December 2, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Steve

    History does not treat those who have lost elections well. It is a rare occurance for a candidate to come back from a lost election and win in the next one. I'm sure Ms. Palin thinks she has a shot at the presidency in 2012, but that is just the daydreams of a woman who has made herself a legend in her own mind. If she manages to get into the primaries then, she'll be bumped in the first few rounds. She may be evangelical. She may be a hockey mom. She may be the governor of a state that has a smaller population and a budget smaller than most medium-sized cities in the lower 48, but she has no relevancy to most of the people in the US. Other than entertainment value similar to Britney Spears or Michael Jackson, she doesn't have much to offer.

    December 2, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Molly

    Rove is a has been. He's a turd too.....

    December 2, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Paul Wall

    Just4uliberaldemhaters-if she's so "God fearing" why did she say nothing during the campaign rallies when people were yelling "terrorist", "kill him", "traitor", "Al Qaeda" about Obama? was she afraid that God would punish her if she said "NO" to hate, racism and bigotry. Fearing God is not what it's about. it's about love and peace. and until this nation can cure itself of hate and racism God will indeed be sad and disappointed in US. she represents some very narrow views of some very hateful and hurtful people and she does not represent God, nor does the Republican Party.

    December 2, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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