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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soundoff (819 Responses)
  1. Keith in CA

    Rove should know. He already got one moron into the White House.

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

    OMG we the people are SICK of hearing about this women already !!

    Please Palin, for the American people's sanity, please go away!
    Far Away !

    December 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Louis

    The Pillsbury Doughboy and Caribou Barbie–the fact that these two idiots have any public forum is a sad commentary on the state of our country.

    December 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Bob from NC

    If we allow the free "idea" markets to handle this.... I'd say few ideas and very little demand won't push her value/values very high.

    December 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Chris from San Antonio

    To Republicans, Obama's "rock star" status is a negative. But it seems a positive when referring to Palin. Go figure the GOP would be mired in hypocrisy.
    Just look at Jeb's comments earlier about having a "shadow government" to oppose Obama's policies. Just a few short months ago, the GOP called someone who opposes the President a "traitor" and "unpatriotic." Now, it's sound policy.

    December 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Matt

    Funny..."Marketplace of Ideas" in reference to Palin. One thing's for certain: the "marketplace of ideas" in Palin's head suffers from severe recession and provides a fantastic analogy to what's going on with our economy right now.

    And as much as everyone should consider Rove to be a blight upon our political arena, he's anything but a fool. He knows darn well she's a disaster waiting to happen in 2012 but can't say it because it would offend too many of his employers.

    Go ahead though. Run her in 2012. We dare you.

    December 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Cathy Brandes

    Please go away and stay away!
    In addition, Rush Lumbaugh can do the same!

    December 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Julian

    It's very interesting that Mr. Rove chose to use the phrase, "Marketplace of Ideas." Historically, this phrase was often used to justify the act of not punishing people for their unpopular ideas with the understanding that if they truly are bad, the American people will weed them out through robust debate. Examples include the Ku Klux Klan and the Tinker case in the Supreme Court. Mr. Rove's use of the phrase seems to suggest that he dislikes Palin and is cautioning the Republican party against putting too much stake in her.

    December 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. moonbeam

    PLEASE! Someone teach her grammar and proper use of punctuation before subjecting us to more of this woman and her inane ramblings, endless sentences, and odd insertions of the words "also, too". It might also be pointed out that many words that have "in" near the end, also have a "g". Boy, Howdy, she sure is somethin' and really ought to run in 2012 just for comic relief in what might be another 2 year campaign.

    December 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. beevee

    I don't much care about Rove's opinions or comments. The fact remains that Ms. Palin from what I have seen of her throughout the election is not upto becoming president of the USA. Her intellect is questionalbe.

    December 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. 2ndhlf

    She is a like the pop star with all looks and no talent but they give her a record contract because she's cute. This women needs to be in Alaska learning how to govern on a national market, not out marketing herself. I bet if you asked these people who love her what she would do about the economy, terrorist in India and Pakistan, and why she doesn't reverse the law in Alaska that make rape victims in pay for their own medical exams when they are the victims, they couldn't come up with anything other than campaign reteric if they have an answer at all.

    December 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. John

    Can any hate-mongering liberal out there name one issue that they disagree with Sara Palin on? Of course not. They are all here just repeating what others have poured into their brains...Sara is stupid. Sara is useless. Sara is expletive. Unfortunately, people are often more than we give them credit for. Sara Palin is one of these people. She has real ideas (unlike a certain president-elect) and is a true champion of the people. I look forward to hopefully having someone we can respect in office in 4 years...not another Kenyan national who refuses to share a real birth certificate.

    December 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. PoliticoMike

    Why is this man still talking?! Just like Sarah, Go Away, Rove!

    December 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Lisa V

    I think “Marketplace of Ideas” is Rove’s code for: we will see how marketable Sarah P. is. Because, right now, Rove realizes that other than “the base” (code for the southern Republican brothers), she is really not all that marketable/appeal able. Both Republicans and Democrats know they have to appeal to moderates in order to win.

    December 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. RinFL

    While I am decidedly not in any way a fan of Karl Rove, he has been the point man for winning elections. He, like his teacher Lee Atwater, wants nothing other than to win elections for their side and hold power. Do you all not think that a comment like "the market place of ideas" will hold Palins fate is not code for she has no future? I think that this is exactly the message he is attempting to send to the party faithful. Even if you do not like the man, you must not think he is stupid. He KNOWS that she has NO chance to be POTUS and thus sets the wheels in motion for her to slowly fade away. The hard core right wing nutters may want her but Karl KNOWS she will never win outside of that particular box of rocks. Stop focusing on Sara she is not the prize. Look instead at what the other hand is doing, do not fall for the magicians trick of look at the right hand while the left pulls the trick. SHE IS THE DISTRACTION who is the trick?

    December 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Sue

    Hmmm...Sarah WHO ? She is stale news. Why does CNN insists on finding something to say or report about this incomprehensible barbie every other day ?

    December 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Vicki5

    Note to all Republican crooks: There will be no more re-writing of history. Obama has empowered too many people, and too many people are now staying INFORMED. If any of you think people 'buy" the Palin as a leader line, think again. We just like watching her screw up constantly.

    December 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Larry

    I think after the next four years ,anybody that wants to be the president will have a cake walk to be elected,the fight from the Democrats will be nonexistent ! I am afraid of what damage these people are going to do to our country will take decades to fix.

    December 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. zaphod2000

    I think we already know everything we need to know about this woman. If it wasn't for her so-called good looks we wouldn't even been talking about her.
    Why can't she just stay in Alaska. It's obvious most people don't like her. Most hate her!

    December 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. PJP

    You go Sarah girl! If we are still here in 2012, I will vote for you again like I did this past time. Your morals are great and with your experience that is what makes a great leader! I for one look forward to hearing more about you in the future!!!

    December 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. rob

    can somebody do something with this fool–get to go her away somewhere anywhere

    December 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Gene

    She should be kissing McCain's feet right now.. thanking him for making her a star. Now she can upgrade from Moose Burgers to Kobe Beef 🙂

    December 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Debbie

    I thought she was going to donate those clothes to charity.

    She is the biggest freeloader, always having bags of stuff in her arms when she was not on the stump.

    Go back to school Gov. and then come back and talk to us.

    December 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Frank

    Rove said they will all get out their and sell their ideas. In that Palin is out, she has no ideas, no experience and no knowledge. That was his nice way of saying the same thing. He knows the truth about Palin as well as everyone else. She is a spectacle, nothing more.

    December 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. jean

    It's easy to trivialize Palin. Yet sooooo many people out there look to her as something special. It says more about these sooooo many people than it does about Palin. They seem to think fluff & buff can replace true substance in politics. Unfortunately that's the state of American education, culture and politics.

    December 2, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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