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:
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.