Friday, July 3, 2009

Dasvidaniya Palin!

First off, apologies if I've misspelled "goodbye" in Russian in the title of this blog post. Corrections welcome!

Onto the big news: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced today that she's not going to run for re-election in 2010, and not only that, she's stepping down as governor at the end of the month.

Is she kidding?! Fine, if you don't want to seek re-election in 2010, that makes sense. But you can't even make it out of your first term?? Something's up here. Lots of speculation that she's going to seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, but does she need to step down right now, in July 2009, to make that run possible? And um ... Mrs. Palin, you don't really think that you're qualified to run for president when you didn't even get through one term as governor, do you? This has to kill any shot she'd ever have at the nomination. (Right???) Palin wasn't qualified to serve as vice president a year ago; nothing has changed on that front, and stepping down from being governor does nothing to improve her qualifications.

Others are speculating she could seek a Senate seat in 2010. Hmm. Seems doubtful to me.

According to this CBS story about Palin's announcement today, "She did not field questions, and would not give any indications about her future plans." Guess we'll have to wait and see, but I can't see any real political future for her at this point. There has to be some reasoning to her making this announcement on Friday, July 3, a day that most people are off work, a day before the holiday, etc. Surely she doesn't think she can quietly leave office.

Your thoughts?

More reading (to be updated as news comes out):
This is a good one right here, from Reuters:

Palin, 45, said her decision came after much "prayer and consideration." She did not want to waste time on "political blood sport" and cited public criticism of her actions and her family since the 2008 campaign.

"You are naive if you don't see a full-court press right now on the national level picking apart a good point guard," Palin said, using a basketball analogy.

In other words: Stop picking on me already!! I can't handle it, so I'm quitting.

Here is the official announcement on Gov. Palin's Web site (excerpt):

People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” said Governor Palin. “Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.” Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administration’s accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office. “I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” said Governor Palin after the announcement. “

Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘Lame Duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success. I look forward to helping others – to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.”

The transfer of power will occur following the Governor’s picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. At that point in time, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in and Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume his role as Lieutenant Governor. Governor Palin will spend July 4th in Juneau.

In other words: "Alaska will be better off without me."

Couple more articles of note: The New York Times ponders Palin's future (link includes video of her speech today), as does Fox News. This one gets linked just because of the amazing headline: "Palin's messy exit speech: I'm a celebrity, get me out of here." And in a nice twist, Palin has been awarded the Sitting Duck Award.

It's also worth reading the Anchorage Daily News' take on the story.

This blog post wouldn't be complete without Palin's greatest hits:


Razor said...

So essentially, she's saying Alaska is better off without her as governor? Yeah, there's no way she can run for national office.

Randy Smythe said...

She may not have a future in politics, but her stepping down now is an effort to give the Lieutenant Governor the best chance to win next years election.

Once she made the decision not to run in 2010, it makes sense to give Parnell as much running room as possible. Since the two of them are ideological twins.

She may not come across as very smart but this is a smart political move to help Parnell. We will have to wait and see if it will help her down the road.

Rosie said...

I have yet to see a selfless Sarah Palin in the political realm. Sorry, I'm not buying that. She's got her own reasons for doing this. I don't know what they are, but it's not to help out the lieutenant governor (though that could be a "good" side effect of her resignation).

Razor said...

When in the history of American politics has a governor - who's barely served half of their first term - stepped down to help out the Lieutenant Governor? What political sense does that make?

If anything, it hurts the people of Alaska because they have to deal with this circus and transition, plus Palin's barely done any actual work in Alaska since being unleashed by John McCain last year.

ZIRGAR said...

Palin is all about Palin, plain and simple. She blames everyone but herself for her own misdeeds and incompetence, and she circles her wagons when anyone other than Sarah Palin exploits her family. Having said all of that I'm not so sure there's much of any great forethought involved in her decision to step down other than it seemed to her it would be in her immediate best interest to do so.

Great blog, by the way.

GM said...

Why is the left still obsessed over Palin? She's almost gone, you can rest easy!

She's not going to be president, or the Republican nominee.

Razor said...

Because a governor resigning mid-term for no reason other than "I don't really feel like doing this anymore" is fascinating. This is pretty much unprecedented in American politics and it continues the colorful story of the most bizarre politician in modern history.


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