The eve of what?

Sarah Palin has resigned -- on the eve of the Fourth of July, and right in the middle of the reporting of a Republican family feud.

I hope M. Simon is not right about this:

It looks like Andrew "I had Trig Palin's Baby" Sullivan and the rest of the Palin haters have caused Sarah Palin to decline to run for a second term as Alaska's Governor.
Because if Simon is right, people will say that Sarah Palin should have stood up to Andrew Sullivan and stayed.

Sean Kinsell links Stephen Green, who says this:

I can describe this move in three words: Stupid, stupid, stupid. And the reason doesn't matter.

She needs more time to run for President? What does she think holding the job is like, time-wise? President Obama could manage to serve as a totally undistinguished Senator while running for the White House; surely Palin could manage to govern half a million people a bit.

She wants to protect her family? Heat, low tolerance, kitchen, stay out of. And again, if she wants to be President, how does she think her family would fare in the White House?


No matter the reason, however, Palin made a commitment to the people of Alaska, and she's turning her back on them. Maybe I'm rash in saying this, but I think that makes her unfit for higher office.

It's a shame. But in terms of proximity to 2012, it is only a week closer than the eminently forgettable news of Mark Sanford's adultery.

As the old saying goes, two weeks is a long time in American politics...

Via Glenn Reynolds, here's Bill Quick with some advice:

Caveat: What follows is based on the notion that Palin will continue her political career, and is setting herself up for a run for the White House in 2012.

1. Start putting her national team together now. Recruit from the best and the brightest of real conservatism.

Maybe, but what is real conservatism? Does it include the paranoid anti-sex wing of the Republican Party, and the WorldNetDaily Birth Certificate Truthers? As a libertarian, I would hope not, but if I were working for Obama, I'd hope so.

(OTOH, it could be argued that the best thing for the libertarians might be to have as little a hand as possible in losing 2012.)

MORE: Via Glenn Reynolds, Katie Granju sees the resignation as a shrewd move with no downside, and concludes with this:

Don't underestimate Sarah Palin. Any woman who can calmly stare down David Letterman, without blinking, forcing a humiliating public apology out of a man who routinely makes lesser mortals weep via his withering excoriation is a woman with a plan. A big plan.

You wait and see.

I see her biggest asset as her biggest problem -- what Granju calls her "very enthusiastic and cohesive base: the rightest of right wing Republicans, plus Evangelical Christians."

And what about the paranoid anti-sex wing of the Republican Party, and the WorldNetDaily Birth Certificate Truthers?

Well, at least her performance with Letterman showed that she knows how to handle snakes.

posted by Eric on 07.03.09 at 11:49 PM


Why can't people read? Or why can't reporters report? According to Sarah Palin, she didn't resign because of twitter or plans for the presidency, but because political opponents were wasting her time and the state's money with a barrage of frivolous ethics claims. Staying in would have made her miserable and led to an ineffectual governorship.

It's premature to say that "they" have won. If we can take her at her word, then this was offensive move. The state will still be in Republican hands, but those of someone without a target on his back. They can't come after her any longer through the channels they've been using, and she regain her sanity.

There's sense in what she's said, despite the new stories that gloss over her words and speculate about what's underneath.

Dennis   ·  July 4, 2009 12:31 AM

This sounds pretty good to me:

But I have given my reasons... no more "politics as usual" and I am taking my fight for what's right - for Alaska - in a new direction.

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.

We need those who will respect our Constitution where government's supposed to serve from the BOTTOM UP, not move toward this TOP DOWN big government take-over... but rather, will be protectors of individual rights - who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed and are willing to call an audible and pass the ball when it's time so the team can win! And that is what I'm doing!

M. Simon   ·  July 4, 2009 1:41 AM

I wouldn't count her out. Should she choose to, she will continue to draw crowds and support wherever she goes.

I listened to Mark Levin's podcast, and I think his analysis and comments are pretty accurate.

Rob   ·  July 4, 2009 9:05 AM

I seem to recall that most Alaskans were rather surprised during the presidential campaign at her church because she had not run nor governed based on any of that stuff. This tells me she isn't a big part of the anti-sex crowd, at least in the way she governs (her followers may be another matter). I wish her well and hope she is successful.

andrewdb   ·  July 4, 2009 12:07 PM

I think she's great. And while I think some of her followers are nuts, I try not to judge people based on who likes them.

Eric Scheie   ·  July 4, 2009 12:13 PM

"I think she's great.
Actually, yes. But I still wouldn't want her as President - unless the alternative was something like the current occupant.
What really gripes me about this is that wackos like Andrew Sullivan cast aspersions on her that really apply to themselves. One of his main complaints is that she doesn't have a clear grasp of reality. Look in mirror, Andrew.
Or that she's a liar. This coming from a self-delusional nut case like Sullivan who actually fell for, and still clings to the illusion that Obama is going to end DOMA.
There's no bigger a liar than the person who lies to himself. Again, look in the mirror, Andrew.

My guess, and it's only that, is that she's planning a 3rd party venture. It could work. The current Republican establishment is hopeless. I think she knows this and has already got Limbaugh and others on board.

Frank   ·  July 5, 2009 9:50 PM

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