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. G

    What about Bobby Jihal? That is someone who I can respect but of course they will go with stupid Palin because she is white and pretty. Let's see if the republican establishment has the guts to put someone like Jihal on the ticket or are they too scare their own base won't support him and say all those awful things to him that were said about Obama.

    December 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Helene

    She indeed belongs in a market. A turkey market !

    December 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Big Ed

    Who is taking care of business in Alaska while this hack is running all over "the lower 48"?

    December 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown

    Look at the adoring idiot trying to touch the sacred woman's garment hem...

    December 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. wnw

    Sarah 2012, counting the days!

    December 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Dexter Skagway

    The market of ideas will only find bankruptcy in Sarah Palin. She is an anti-intellectual populist demagogue, the high priestess of neo-McCarthism.

    December 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Vic

    If she is the future leader of the Republican Party, you can kiss the GOP goodbye. She is the final nail in the coffin of the GOP. Surely, they can't be serious running this self centered, poorly informed nut case. She can't even manager her own family..

    December 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Baze

    Please, the moment that Palin surfaces in a Presidential discussion, her rivals from both sides of the aisle will continue replaying her constant debacles from '08.

    December 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Georgia Gal

    I hate to break it to the Republican party, but just because your candidate is popular doesn't mean that they can be elected President. You've got to have have a head on your shoulders with a brain inside of that head and I'm afraid that is something Sarah Palin lacks.

    December 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Patty in the CA mountains

    Why is anyone giving Rove any press?

    December 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Ivan

    What ideas, the republican ideas when it comes to the economy have led us into the reccession and hopefully Obama and the democrats can keep us out of a depression.

    December 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. RZA

    As evil and corrupt as I believe Karl Rove to be, I never thought he was particularly stupid... until now.

    Or maybe he's insane? Does he really believe this spew? Come on, Karl...

    Either way, I wish the Republicans would stop trying to push this dimwit down our throats, but if you insist? We'll just reject her again, so whatever.

    December 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Daniel

    I have an idea for Gov. Palin:

    GO AWAY. Or better yet, stay in the public eye. Let the public get so sick of you that by the time 2012 rolls around you'll be toiling in irrelevancy.

    December 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. sick n tired

    Enough of this woman already! She's about as much a NON-FACTOR as one could possibly get! Let her go CNN let her go!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Republican for Obama

    Haha...I hope she does run in 2012 and guarantee the Democrats another 4 years!! Honestly, the right-wing religious fanatics of the Republican party need to understand that they are the MINORITY in this country. Find someone with intelligence to run in 2012 and maybe I'll come back...

    December 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Cruzan Obama Mama

    Future? For the Repubs to consider her the "future" is just totally sad to me. Are you telling me that there are no well educated, well versed, competent, & forward thinking people in that whole party? Are you telling me that Palin is better than Guiliani, Huckabee, & Romney? Have all of their contributions to this party been in vain, because this woman can wink, recite practiced comebacks & speeches, & look nice is borrowed clothes? This is ridiculous!!!!

    If you are working the gender issue, I know for sure that Rice could of done a better job than Palin while sleep walking. Clinton was able to stand on a stage of men and hold her own. Can all of you Palin supporters say the same? Clinton never used sexism as a crutch not to answer the hard questions, so come up with another excuse for Palin's incompetence.

    One thing you can say about Rove is that he is no fool. He probably sees her as another lemon that he can rework and sell America like he did with Bush. Think about it.

    December 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Millie (GSO)

    Why hasn't Rove been run out of town on a rail yet? This guys is one of the most destructive & divisive political influences in recent history. I don't know anyone who gives any value to what he says anyone......thank god.

    December 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Alan

    She's an idiot and as a fan of Barack Obama, I'm hoping with all my heart for Palin to be the GOP Presidential nominee in 2012!!

    December 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. James

    "Marketplace of ideas?" He's kidding, right? Sarah Palin has no ideas of her own. She's hardly a serious intellectual (think Adlai Stevenson), lifelong student of world affairs (think George Bush 41), or ideological visionary (think Ronald Regan). She's just kind of there and gotten ahead thanks to favorable circumstances and popular anti-intellectualism. You can't bash people with ideas and win in the marketplace of ideas. Don't take my word for it. Conservative writers like George Will and David Brooks agree.

    December 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. DC from NJ

    Republicans, please please nominate Sarah Palin in 2012! This will ensure that Obama/Biden get reelected, and they can continue to rebuild the country after the past 8 disastrous years.

    December 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Woodman

    I really wish these two people, Palin and Rove, would just go away.

    December 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Roger

    1. Why is it necessary to report on every word Karl Rove has to say. Hasn't he done enough damage not only to himself but more importantly the country? Can't we finally retire him to the ash heap of history.

    2. Will this woman ever go away? How anyone in their right mind could even remotely believe she has what it takes to be POTUS must be living in a drug-induced nether world. If the media would stop reporting on every little thing she does, perhaps she would go back to Alaska and do the job she was elected to do!!!!

    December 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. cool onlooker

    Diva is back...

    Where is common sense? Where is judgment?
    It disgusted me to see her "energizing" the party by blinking and winking..

    December 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Cheese and Whine

    Yeah, you know...should take about 8 year to fix the country. Then we can get another moron to mess it all up again. Great plan.

    December 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. bill

    if moose sarah palen is the best republicans can come up 2012.ONLYTHING I CAN SAY.IS BRING THIS WITCH FROM FAR NORTH ON.PITTIFUL JUST PITTIFUL

    December 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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