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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  1. Cynthia

    Wow, for people who claim to be so open and free-minded, it certainly does not appear so by these posts. Oh yeah, that reminds me you all are liberals and liberals are best at saying they inclusive and free minded, but really they are opposite.

    December 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Griff

    No Bias!!!! Does America know what that means? I don't think so...
    You are where I was fifty years ago.... The World looks for Weekness... Still you live in @#$%$##^^$$#%%%$#%^%^$$..... Whar does that mean America .... Geriatrics...;..

    December 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Palin 2012

    I betcha she'd make a great president. What the heck, ....there............ also...... I'm thinkin' she'd represent all those "Joe the plumbers" there and umm hard workin' real Americans that.. um also are relatin' to her darn tootin' .. I mean, It's all bout, um, not, you know, pallin' around with terrorists darn it! I'll have to get back to ya in 2012.

    December 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Oh by the way the last commnet from number 400 is a joke. Russia is not going to invade Alaska, they would be fools.

    December 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. lynne

    Republicans need more time to get to know her??? He actually means she needs more time to catch up on the nuts and bolts of politcs, government, geography, another life time.

    December 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. joann

    send her back to Akaska, who wants to listen to her high shrill voice any more

    December 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Watching....

    Let's face it. Ultimately it's the people's decision.....look who they picked this time.

    December 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Lisa

    SARAH 2012!... Dems are sure to win again because 60% of Americans think she is not qualified to be VP, but you think we are stupid enough to vote for you for Pres? NOT! Republican party needs to wake up. You are a bunch of old men (or men dressed up as gals)You betcha!

    December 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Enough

    Let's me put it like this. We've had an idiot for eight L O N G years in the White House. Do you really think I want to hear about another idiot wearing lipstick? Enough of Palin already, she's had her 15 minutes of fame. Let her get back to work in Alaska and actually do something noteworthy. I can't bear to hear another non-ending, non sensible sentence exiting her mouth.

    December 2, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Larry C. Houston, Texas

    Palin is worthless as a Governor / or any other thing in the political arena, period. Shall I say more ??

    She wouldn't be smarter than the mayor of a dog house.

    It will be 2020 before a Republican takes the White House...

    Houston Texas

    December 2, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. manolito hernandez

    if obama can do it she can do it .

    December 2, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Jen, Cali

    Matt, San Diego, CA December 2nd, 2008 7:30 pm ET

    Matt, what the HELL are you talking about? And who are YOU to talk about it? Just WHAT are your credentials? Mom and Dad still paying your way, no doubt. Just one great, big LOUD MOUTH, as nauseum, who spends his time on these tickers instead of working for a living!!!!!!! Get a life!!! Take some responsibility for yourself!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. proud

    Shouldn't Palin be taking care of affairs in Alaska? What about her young disabled baby and her pregnant unmarried teen? Doesn't she have enough on her hands without parading around the country saying absolutely NOTHING!

    Palin, Bush and the Joe the Plumber – uninformed losers!!!!!! – These are now the voices and faces of the Republican Party – pathetic!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Steph

    CNN please, stop putting that woman in the spotlight. The nation has seen the light. No dumb Presidents in the White house anymore.

    December 2, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    Just when you think the Repubes couldn't possibly come up with a bigger idiot than Dumbya........along comes Sarah Palin, riding her white Polar Bear to save the U.S. from the evil Liberal and Media Elites!!! Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Amanda, GA

    GA vote-count is going on so I want to know what CNN wants to say about and also your readers here. Our beautiful state will show the nation how we have to vote. Take a lesson. CNN is not showing vote-count on their site because they are based here and it is shameful for them. It is better if they go to California or somewhere else.

    December 2, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. lynne

    If the GOP has Sarah anywhere near the front of the pack then they learned nothing from this last election.

    December 2, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Sue

    Sarah betcha WHO is like one of those cute circus animals that you feel the need to bring your children(who doesnt know better) to watch when the circus comes into town. Once you have seen it, you ask yourself – what on earth was the fuss ? It is just another trained animal performing for the audience. Can the circus animal perform without being trained to memorise the sequence of events ? Can the circus animal perform new tricks by using its brains ? Can the circus animal perform without the fake applause and clapping ?

    December 2, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Erphan in CA

    Palin is not yet fit to be a candidate for the President of the United States. She definately needs quite a bit more time in office. She also needs to learn proper PR. She may be a good mayor, though.

    December 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Steph

    manolito hernandez December 2nd, 2008 8:02 pm ET

    if obama can do it she can do i

    My God! Your comparing Palin with Obama. Are you nuts

    December 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Anne in Houston

    Karl Rove's belief in the Market's ability to determine futures was disproved mid-way in September. Why does he insisted that Palin will survive becasue she is marketable when the proof of marketing healthcare is failing before our eyes, the proof of marketing a war is failing, and she herself has a politician failed. It was not because of her ideas; they weren't her's in the first place. They were the republican line, we haven't even met Sarah Palin yet. Maybe it's because somethings exist and function outside of the market sphere, like healthcare, like freedom, like faith in our religions, and in our politicians.

    December 2, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. bigjoerice

    Nominating Sarah Palin for President will ensure the Democrats have eight more years. Come on the Republican Party you can do better than this – and if you can't, you deserve all the scorn and derision you get.

    December 2, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Jack

    I can't believe the republicans are actually going this direction and giving the idea of Palin as president credibility. Rove is showing the ignorance that we all expect from a college drop-out like him to have. This is the best news the already dominant democratic party could receive.

    December 2, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Chloe, ME

    She should have stayed the mayor of Wisilla. I'm sure she was a good mayor. Also, it probably didn't take a lot of communicative skills.

    December 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. s laxo

    Palin == fail

    December 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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