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Sarah Palin, Idiot or ... ?
Sarah Palin resigned from her post as Alaskan governor on Friday leaving Republicans and Democrats alike flabbergasted. Even Rush Limbaugh is left uncertain of her motives:
I don’t think this precludes her running for office down the road, the presidency in 2012, at all. I think these people saying that she’s an instant target because she quit, that’s just inside-the-Beltway formulaic and she’s not that. If anything this woman, her m.o. is outside-the-box and not formulaic. So until we know what this is all about, I think it’s just everybody trying to be the smartest person in the room trying to predict or analyze, when nobody can really know. All I know is that she is going to continue to fire-up people in the conservative Republican base as often as she speaks to ‘em.

Ann Coulter was quicker to jump on the post-Alaskan wagon however:
"She's too big to be a lame-duck governor stuck dealing with fishing licenses in Anchorage right now. She'll be much bigger now and can play on the national stage without constantly setting off state ethics investigations by loons, parasites, and liberals. None of this applied to McCain or Kerry- both of whom went back to the Senate- because their national campaigns diminished them. Palin's national campaign made her a major star. As she said, she's not retreating, she advancing in another direction."

Wow, Ann, that's a lot of faith for a human being. I didn't know you had it in you to express feelings towards a person besides yourself. "Oh great job Sarah, it's really smart of you to jump out of office so you won't flap your wings around as a lame duck." How is that a good move? That's the easiest way out imaginable. How about you live up to your oath of office and do actual work for your people so you won't become a lame duck. Who does that?

Palin blames the ethical investigations into her position as reason for stepping down. She says that she can't accomplish anything while having to battle oppositional forces trying to tear her down. If this is a move for her to step up to the plate in 2012 for a presidential campaign it makes no sense to me. Who would be willing to vote someone into the highest position in the country who, instead of fighting back against opposition and winning it over, just gives up?

In giving up her position as governor of one of the largest oil producing states in the country she isn't catapulting herself to a position where she is viable to run for president, she is letting out political steam.

But perhaps she won't run for president, (a wise move considering it was her admission to McCain's ticket that sealed the deal for Obama) and instead she is legitimately leaving politics. She sure is in a position to rake in some money and become fully what she was meant to be, a picturesque doll of American conservatism. I for one want to see more of Palin, I want to watch as she meets Ann Coulter's high expectations and perhaps returns my favorite pundit back to humanity.

The final words go to Palin who obviously does not follow the census reports of her dying polar bears:

Now, despite this, I don't want any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics after seeing this REAL "climate change" that began in August... no, we NEED hardworking, average Americans fighting for what's right! And I will support you because we need YOU and YOU can effect change, and I can too on the outside.
I for one think Sarah Palin is a genius. Quote me on that. Sarah, as I feel I can call her as we both share that essential womanhood bond, is indeed an idiot as you say, but also indeed, she is a very smart idiot. Look at all the attention she has gotten? Not everyone can do that. I for one can only make heads turn with a shorter than average skirt. She is not only turning heads but turning entire network televisions to her, and the whole time while wearing a pant suit! Seriously, is that the only thing professional women are allowed to wear? It doesn't make me sick, but it certainly is a mildly nauseating attack on my fashion aesthetic.

Sure she may not be the sharpest oil drill in Alaska, but she sure makes that disgusting pant suit look better than Hillary. And her accent is very cute. And indeed she has done a number of things spectacularly right. As she said she certainly won't be a lame duck, and although she probably won't be a swan, she may end up being something more of a mallard (being colorful and capable of flying). In the span of a year she has built a name, a following, and cemented a future. I for one don't think she will make a run in the presidential campaign, I think she is setting herself up to be one of the richest women in the world. As her entire platform was the loving family women, hopefully we'll see her use that money to boast some wonderful charitable organizations. I personally would love to see her build a preservation for lame ducks. 

Her successful future is practically guaranteed. She's certainly set herself up to be a leading pundit, I suppose an intermediary between Miss Huffington and Miss Coulter. Certainly her accent is in the middle ground. I hope Miss Coulter isn't disappointed when she finds that Sarah isn't the nazi-sympathizing maverick she had hoped for. 

Sarah has danced around the pundits so far. They live in her pocket. Every morsel of speculation about a presidential run and every suggestion of her stupidity is a equivalent to 1000 more dollars in her granddaughter's trust fund. And though I probably won't read her announced memoir, I do plan on giving Sarah Palin the courtesy of skimming the book jacket and perhaps reading a review in a newspaper other than those terrorist sympathizers at  "The Treason Times" (to quote Miss Coulter on nytimes)

So good luck Sarah, and don't forget us little people when you reach newer and greater levels. Maybe you can organize a National $1200 rebate check. I might try out a pantsuit but I certainly don't want a cheap one. 
Palin has managed to become the political equivalent of Paris Hilton, or Britney Spears, during their TMZ highlight time. Walking around saying nonsense with a lot of paparazzi around them. Everyone seems to enjoy following these cases.  

The people who like her like her, and don't care. Already Obama was a certain version of Paris Hilton for president due to his inexperience, but he was clearly very gifted in certain ways. What about Palin? Maybe she'll go partying with Paris.
If Britney, Paris, and Lindsay Lohan were almost solely responsible for the rise of TMZ, I wonder what channel/website Palin will help rise.

In response to Margaret Ross
Interesting point Margaret. It reminded me of Mia's remark on Marylin's image as the ditsy blond (in What do you get from beauty)
Britney, Lindsy, and Paris were the new ditsy blonds, more so than Jessica Simpson who tried to take that role. I wonder why the ditsy blond became the insane one. I agree that this is a major part of the interest in Palin, this kind of train-wreck.

Whether she is an idiot or not, Clark and Hanna, does that depend on whether she is doing it on purpose? If so, she's an idiot as I don't think it is on purpose, but who knows. She's also so narcissistic that I don't think she can laugh at herself enough to do that.
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