Sarah Palin sent shockwaves throught the political punditry yesterday with her announcement that she would not run in 2010, and that she was resigning from the office of Governor in just a few weeks. It was odd timing for such an announcement if one was intending to make the biggest impact. The Friday before a holiday weekend and the national news media were not notified in time to carry it live. Still, this morning the speculation continues as to “What was she thinking?”
I see three possible explanations.
1. She’s running for President in 2012. I see this as the least plausible of the explanations. After all the criticism of experience being only that as a small town mayor and a first term Governor from a small, in every way but geographically, state why cut your resume short? This is also the reason that will bother me most. What about the commitment she made to the people of Alaska when she ran for Governor? Doesn’t she owe them the courtesy of completing this term? I think she does.
2. Something’s wrong. Horribly wrong. Insert your own scandal. But it’s finances or ethics or health or…I hope this is not the case. She says everything’s okay with her family and that she’s making the right decision.
3. She’s done. After a year of being in the media spotlight, being hated by the left and the squishy middle. Having her children talked about, lied about, insulted. Letterman. Vanity Fair and on and on and on. She finally said, that’s enough.
That’s the option I could most respect. I don’t know how most politicians, particularly those on the right, endure the scorn. Don’t get me wrong, some of them deserve it.
But Sarah Palin was hated from the left and the middle because she’s a strong, attractive, intelligent conservative woman. And they hate her. They fear her. So they made up stories and lies and scenarios that never existed.
Maybe she’s saying “Kiss my Moose” and is riding off into the Alaskan sunset.
She’s promised to let us know what’s really up. So we’ll have to wait. In the mean time, that doesn’t stop the speculation:
Palin resignation splits GOP
Jonathan Martin, Politico
At the heart of these conflicting interpretations, say people close to Palin, is a woman who is herself deeply conflicted about her brief past in national politics and how to leverage her sudden fame for the future.
Sarah Palin Is Running A Marathon
Hugh Hewitt Blog
I drove home to sit at my computer and watch the video, ready to see this meandering statement I was hearing about. As so many times before though, when I finally saw her own, un-edited words – instead of the punditry – I came away understanding. The explanations were right there, some in her voice, and some in the things she couldn’t quite say, but alluded to.
Give her time to announce her intentions.
Josh Painter, RedState
If Sarah Palin had intended to make media heads collectively explode, she couldn’t have planned it better. She called a press conference on short notice, then announced that not only would she not seek a second term as Alaska’s governor, but she intended to resign later this month. All that would remain for her to do is pop some Orville’s, sit back and enjoy the show as the punditocracy begins wildly speculating about that which it does not know.
Kristol: A Contrarian Take
Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard
And haven’t conservatives been lamenting the lack of a national leader? Well, now she’ll try to be that. She may not succeed. Everything rests on her talents, and on her performance. She’ll be under intense and hostile scrutiny, and she’ll have to perform well.
Palin Decides Against Seeking Re-election; Won’t Stand For Being a Lame Duck
People who don’t understand Palin or why she does what she does do not understand that she is the real life version of Ayn Rand’s Dagny Taggart. I have a feeling that we will soon see her calling out the Looters of our society and shining a bright light upon them so that they will scurry away like the cockroaches that they are.