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. Larry

    I would think the people here would not like her, she is not black,she's not gay,she has a real family,she has a job,she's honest,she's involved in her community,and her state,she wants to do the best for her country,her sons in the military,she believes in God. I 'm sure it's easy for a Democrat to hate her.All of the things you are against ,she represents.

    December 2, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Yes, yes, yes!

    Keep Sarah on the top tier!

    Hopefully the young people in the mid-West and the South will become educated enough (beyond the educations of their parents) to see this bimbo for who she is.

    A bimbo!

    December 2, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. rai

    To those of you blogging from your Grandpa/Grandma's basements in pijamas, hear this...
    People fight against what they don't know, and you can hardly win war against what you don't know.
    People fight against what is above them, and not what is under them.
    People criticize others who are doing what themselves cannever attempt to do.
    Everybody is afraid and fighting Gov Sarah Palin because she is above you all.
    She didn't beg to be John McCain's VP pick, so she is not hungry for any limelight.
    Afterall, she is the Governor of the GREAT STATE OF ALASKA. God bless her forever.

    December 2, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Freedumb

    If you go by the comments in this forum, I think it shows that the media has already decided Palin's fate and the CNN fan base has bought in hook, line and sinker.

    December 2, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Deborah McLam

    Oy Vay! No Way!

    December 2, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    "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."

    Please Karl nine weeks was torture enough, a primary and a general election with this woman and her brood in tow, talk about cruel and unsual punishment. You guys spent $150,00 for clothes for 2 month, an 18 month run could bankrupt the party. On second thought I will buy earplugs, please Sarah believe the hype and run.

    December 2, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Gene

    You have to admit, Sarah Palin is hotter than your average politician. She's nice to look at, but problems begin when she opens her mouth. This woman doesn't know her a$$ from a hole in the ground. America, after the last 8 years, do you REALLY want to elect another idiot? I don't care how hot she may is, I wouldn't want her as president. She's sort of like one of the pretty girls we slept with back in college but wouldn't dare bring home.

    December 2, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. trs

    Unlike fine wine and cheese, she is not better "aged." The straw that broke the back of any Republican chance in the the 2008 election was choosing her for a running mate. Hopefully, Alaska will be a better state with her leadership, but I am one conservative that will not vote to move her seat 3,000 miles east to the White House.

    December 2, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Matt, San Diego, CA

    The fact that Palin is even being vetted for a Presidential run in 2012 just proves how desperate the GOP strategy is. Look, she may be qualified to be Governor of Alaska, but her ties to the secessionist group, her lack of experience with the 'lower 48', and her nasty and disrespectful rhetoric about 'the pro-America parts of the US' isn't something that will help the GOP. She may be attractive, but a good politician she's not. If the GOP want Palin to lead the party, they are going to have the same thing happen that happened this year. They will lose. What they're trying to do is copy the strategy the Democrats had. Run a candidate that will make history (ie: a woman, or ethnic minority), elevate her popularity with elaborate backdrops (like the pillars Obama had in his events), and finally make people believe that she has ideas. We saw Sarah Palin, and despite John McCain who is actually a good candidate, she proved she knows very little about the world she would have 'led' if McCain were to get elected and (God forbid) die. She has a lot of learning to do, and the American people rejected her rhetoric, overwhelmingly. Vetting her to lead the GOP is a mistake for the Republicans. Nice lady, but grossly under-qualified.

    December 2, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Christopher

    If the Republican party feels that they need Sara Palin to get thier party back on track, it clearly shows how off track they really are. This woman is the worst political bumbling disaster since G.W. Bush!!! Frankly, I feel that she actually shouldnt even be Gov of Alaska. If I were Russia and wanted to invate the US..well, I'd be thinking..better invade Alaska first...thats trully the weakest link!!!

    December 2, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Lisa Vilen

    To LIP: If Sarah were black, she would have been "welcomed" in the south by sheets and cross burnings vs. large cheering crowds.

    December 2, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Karen

    I cannot believe mature, supposedly educated, adult men think this woman is a viable candidate for anything except dog catcher. I think they're all afraid to speak their minds because she's a woman and don't want to be labeled as a misogynist (which by the way is a word I never heard of before this election).

    December 2, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Mark in Arizona

    I love Sarah so much I wrote a song for her:
    (To the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy)

    I'm votin' fer Sarah Barracuda!
    She's really kinda cute-ah.
    Sarah Barracuda went to town riding a sparkle pony
    that's all you need to know!

    December 2, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. James W. Ashley

    I wouldn't let her teach Kindergarten. The kids would learn more about the Universe from watching Gilligan's Island.

    December 2, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Mr. Oy Vey

    Please please please tell me where I can contribute to get this housewife on the republican ticket. What a ditz.

    December 2, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Beverly, NYC

    Alaska the lower 48 is begging you, please let your idiot come home.

    December 2, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Meisha

    If the repubs run with Palin in 2012 they will get whipped again. Unless she does an incredible amount of homework, she just doesn't have what it takes starting with common sense. The United States is a lot more diverse than Sarah Palin's world. This is not an educated conservative that can go toe to toe with other world leaders and make wise informed decisions. This is a gum ball chewing, clever egomaniac that needs to be put out to pasture.

    December 2, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Anne E.

    I long for the day when Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Joe the Plumber and Billo the Clown will all be nothing more than bad memories.

    December 2, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. curt

    In the marketplace of idea's Palin is in a recession

    December 2, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Briana the college student

    if it is between palin and obama we all know it will obama will have a second term

    December 2, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Jeanne

    Your argument of Democratic jealousy regarding Palin are specious at best. We find her banter and ignorance mere coffee table fodder. Her lack of rhetorical prowess and her misplaced self-confidence make her a celebutant, but not a serious intellectual leader.

    December 2, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Mrs. R

    She's SUCH an a$$clown. A completely clueless, almost deliberately obtuse, bigoted, self-righteous and self-centered attention wh0re.

    She is too self-serving to do more than "progress" herself and her family – and the family ONLY because they're sort of already there. She will never be good for this country. Ever.

    Go Away Already!

    December 2, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Fred

    leave her in Alaska where government handouts are rule.

    December 2, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. sky

    You know how you Republicans keep asking how you can bring the party back and change your image and recover from all this Bush/Cheney business....well I will give you one BIG hint......pick someone to support who is admirable and smart.....this leaves Palin out. Every time you guys show up at some event and scream your lungs out over this person it just reminds me how very unRepublican I am. Pick someone admirable to scream over for heavens sake.

    December 2, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. pete

    Rove has blinders on. Over the last 15 years the GOP ceased to be a 'marketplace of ideas.' It has become entrenched in rigid ideology, well echoed by Gov. Palin in her initial appearance at the Convention.

    About 23% of the U.S. population supports that ideology. Not enough to elect a candidate to National office.

    It's the platform people!

    December 2, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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