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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soundoff (819 Responses)
  1. mary, colorado springs

    If Sarah is the best the GOP has to offer, they are in BIG trouble. With an IQ of 116, don't expect her to be able to learn much in the next 4 years, or ever. Sarah, stay in Alaska where they don't expect much of you, and you'll dto fine.

    December 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. kasera

    i am sick of hearing this woman on the news day in and day out, why can't she go home and leave the lower 48 alone in one peace?

    December 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Wilson, Seattle

    Sarah Palin has obvious appeal (not to me, of course, but to some people). If she can learn to do a non-soft-toss interview, she could win the republican ticket. She also needs to come up with her own platform.

    December 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Lauren the Designer

    She's too much of a polarizing force and I believe that she would set us back decades.

    Plus I can never understand anything she says. It's annoying.

    December 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Felines For Freedom

    Ok, democrat here, but I have to say, there are still some good GOPers remaining. They just need to emerge more prominently on the national stage.

    I will own up to by and large really liking my GOP governor, Charlie Crist and choke, gag, I can't believe I am typing this, but if nothing changes his positions and leadership for the worse in the next two years, I intend to vote to re-elect him in 2010 (and I've never voted GOP in my life).

    December 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Jeff, FL

    I'm sorry Karl, Palin doesn't appear to have any ideas, just a nasty lipsticked bulldog attitude that is falling out of fashion. As a cute, spunky bubblehead, she appeals to the Republican base, but the Republican base won't get her elected.

    December 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    It's a marketplace of ideas and Sarah Palin is having a clearance sale.

    December 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. karen raleigh

    No one will give this woman a thought–she is an airhead

    December 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Sue

    Sarah WHO is like one of those 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 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Noah

    Liberals are so afraid of this woman. My guess is because she has actually propelled herself in her career without relying on her husband a la Hillary Losers

    December 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I think if the rest of you do what I have been doing and not respond to palin's topics, CNN will stop reporting on the idiot.

    December 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Agnes Fleming

    It is difficult to know what I feel about the thoughts of Karl Rove, the late Lee Atwater's disciple, and we know what kind of filthy campaign he ran for the first George Bush. However, having said that, it is not what these individuals think in and of themselves, it is what the American people and electorate think and decide ultimately. It is at the moment when they pull the lever in the voting booth that counts and that dictates whether they believe in sop stories and lies of the politicos or do what is right for the country. If America will ever think Sarah Palin would be a good representation of their values, principles, and dignity, there will surely need to be some serious soul searching. Honestly, I really don't think we will have to worry on this score, it is likely the presence of such a lightweight on the McCain ticket that brought it down, unless she takes Katie Couric's advice and educates herself and learns how to govern, this issue will not even leave the starting gate, except to join the ranks of Brittany Spears and Paril Hilton.

    December 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. mmd

    Why don't we not respond to any palin topics. Maybe CNN will stop reporting on the idiot.

    December 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. mmd

    stop reporting on the trailer trash.

    December 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. KG, Twin Cities

    As a lifelong Dem, I should jump for joy at the notion of the Repubs believing Gov. Palin is their future. However, all I can think is what an insult this is to Govs. Pawlenty, Crist and Jindahl. They should be the future of the GOP.

    December 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Alex

    In response to Lynn's comments, the smart Republicans left the building before it burned down. They are sitting around now waiting for the last remnant of this bunch of bogus Republicans to die off or go away so the REAL Republicans with true historical values of truth, honesty and care for the people of our country, reappear. Lord knows George W. Bush and his bunch had no clue what those values were or meant.

    December 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Mr. Coffey, Raleigh, NC

    Why are we talking about her?

    December 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Scott

    WHY do we keep hearing from this GOP thug. Enough already, next time I see his name, I change channels!

    December 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Thomas Paine

    Ideas such as give the rich huge tax breaks and the money would "Trickle Down" to the rest of us. We are still waiting for that to happen Mr. Rove.
    Spending America's money that we don't have leaving to payments for our children's children tp pay.
    When republicans are out of power its balance budget and fiscal responsibility, but once in office its out with the printing press and spend baby spend. Those ideas Mr. Rove?

    December 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. ProgressiveDemocrat

    The GOP had some smart people back in the old days of the 1960's and even 70's.

    It seems that their are no more smart people in the GOP.

    In four years if Sarah is all the GOP has left forget a Primary debate at all.

    The GOP will be put to rest RIP for good .

    December 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. G

    It's amazing how people become so famous. All of a sudden now since Sarah Palin didn't win the Vice President role she now becomes a rock star! It's crazy how they are blowing her up like they did the goober "Joe the Plumber"! Nobody ever heard of this woman before and now we can't stop hearing about her. At least Joe isn't so famous anymore! Give us a break...PLEASE!!

    December 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. nadine

    That is funny, the commentor who stated palin talks fast with no substance, has anyone heard Obama stutter all over himself while he speaks without preset statements. uhhhh, well, we uhhhhh.....
    At least Palin is upfront and replies that she is not going to answer questions and does not answer them, she is not stuttering all over herself, making it look unpresidental - stuttering steven we should call obama.

    December 2, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. KJL

    Hasn't anyone in the GOP noticed that this woman hasn't got the brains she was born with?

    December 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Jeannie

    All you haters out there need to get a life!

    December 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Oilengineer

    " And I already thought the GOP is on the brink of extinction."

    You live in California. Did your state ban gay marriage? Which party supported that amendment? Face it, deep down, even California is socially conservative at its roots. Americans like political promises, and the Dems are offering tons of them today. Much like FDR and the New Deal. Let's see if they're worth the paper they were written on before we determine that one party will now rule the country forever.

    Are people really this ignorant?

    December 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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