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. James

    I am again reminded of the words of the famous polymath Benjamin Franklin "not all conservatives are stupid people, but most stupid people are conservative". The fact that we are still seeing Sarah Palin in the news, and being touted as a future leader is living proof of his wisdom, and a sad testimoney of the idiocy of a portion of our population. And we wonder why our country is in an economic quagmire – really does anyone think she could provide even one solution of merit for the current economic situation, let alone lead anyone out of it?

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

    She's too far right, she'd start WWIII or isolate us futher.

    December 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Blue in FL

    Is Karl Rove a CNN Contributor now??? .. seems CNN has nothing relevant to report

    December 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. TRUTH

    she would be the final nail for the republicans after bush placed them near the grave. the republicans need a new fresh face

    December 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. dave

    I got this cool Karl Rove decoder ring, and this is what it says his comments mean:

    "King makers like me run the Republican party. The only idea we care about is power. If the empty suit that is Palin is popular in 2012 we're run her, but if another more attractive empty suit is better we'll go with that. Either way it will be a toady who will rubber stamp the wishes of the party rulers. You know, like what McCain turned into after he won the nomination."

    December 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. F.Johnson.

    Will Sarah Palin run as a Republican Party or a Alaska Independent Party member.?

    December 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Laverne

    And by the way, who cares what Rush Limbaugh has to say. He has the morals and brains of a rock!

    December 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    She is a political lightweight..........if the GOP is looking to her to lead them out of the shadows, they are in worse shape than I thought. And I already thought the GOP is on the brink of extinction.

    December 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Ron

    Rove and his ilk never bought a thing at the "marketplace of ideas," which is why the GOP is bereft of them now...and why an empty suit like Sarah Palin is even being discussed as future Presidential timber.

    If the GOP clings to her, it will only show just how utterly clueless they are about this nation and the wants and needs of its people.

    December 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. TimMN

    I have faith the Republicans will serve Sarah Palin well. She is still a little rough around the edges but she knows how to get things done who cares if she isnt as articulate as "This one over here" her record shows results not great speeches!

    December 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Just what the republican party needs – another moron.

    December 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. California Gold

    I equate Palin with Jeff Foxworthy's "You're a Redneck..." This is the face of the New Republican Party.

    December 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. John Adams

    It is really sad that Palin is the best that the GOP has to offer. Can't they find someone with even a little bit of brains and intelligence. It speaks volumes about a political party that is willing to be represented by a brainless airhead who cannot even string a group of words together to make a coherent sentence.

    I guess as long as someone is able to spew hate and division they qualify to lead the GOP.

    Go for it guys. Hope you will like it in the political wilderness.

    December 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. RH

    I found it very interesting how abruptly (and easily) Rove switched into partisan mode when asked about Bush. Up to that point, he actually sounded thoughtful and intelligent.

    December 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Steph

    Who cares what Rove says about anything or anyone?

    December 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Give up

    My hopes and dreams of not having to hear about this woman anymore are lost.

    The only good news is that is she is indeed the future of the republican party, then the democrats will control our country for the next generation.

    December 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. aware

    Governor Sarah Palin is one of many bright young people in the GOP. She has the integrity, courage, strength, charisma, intelligence, down to earth wisdom and perseverance to continue to be a servant leader.

    Sarah Palin has a record of reform that will only grow. She walks the talk and connects with people. She does not play the palm greasing game.

    I am a former democrat and Hillary supporter, and I am encouraged by the many transformative, young leaders in the Republican Party. 🙂

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

    She really needs to be investigated just like Stevens was for her house. Seems fishy with her ending the permit structure then building a house where supplies were donated. Where are the receipts for that house?

    December 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Mary in Austin

    It must be galling to somebody with dignity and integrity, like Mitt Romney, to see a nonentity like Sarah Palin crowned the new "standard-bearer" for the GOP. Fight back, Mitt! Don't let your party go down the tubes in 2012 like it did in 2008.

    December 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Blake

    Rove is still listened to because he has contracts and proteges all over the place. Palin is still of interest because she's a good-looking moron... everyone's waiting for the next misstep. It's kind of like why Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan still frequently make the news. While we're at it, let's give Rush Limbaugh a big bottle of Vicodin and set him adrift on an iceburg with an illegal alien iceburg-keeper... Eskimo burial style.

    December 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. roy

    I guess cheesecake is more palatable to the Republicans than meat these days........that is ALL Sarah Palin is.....swagger without substance!!

    This is hysterical....WHAT interviews are they watching that give her ANY credibility??

    December 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Grog in Ohio

    Wow... that was a ringing endorsement from the sleaze-meister. Not.

    49 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    December 2, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The 'Marketplace of Ideas' for the Republican party is apparently the Wasilla Walmart.

    December 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Dayahka

    All the publicity has gone to her head–and she's become quite uppity. Now, everyone is watching to see when she falls and burns. We love soap operas and this is a grand one where we ask ourselves, how far can an empty-headed motormouth go before falling flat on her face? And Rove is wrong, for it's not the marketplace of ideas that will determine her fate–for she has no ideas in her head–but the marketplace of idols.

    December 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. JG

    Brian, the dog from Family Guy is more articulate and better spoken than Palin!The woman is clueless. I hope she runs in 2012. That will be great for Obama.

    December 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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