Reaction to the Palin Announcement

4 Jul
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

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.
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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.
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Sarah’s Satisfaction
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.
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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.
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Palin Decides Against Seeking Re-election; Won’t Stand For Being a Lame Duck
Virginia Virtucon

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.
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6 Responses to “Reaction to the Palin Announcement”

  1. Glenda Jackson July 4, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    I just listened to Sarah Palin’s July 3rd speech. I will say this: her use of the English language is very much improved.

  2. Kyle July 4, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    The potential GOP candidates keep dropping like flies. Who is it going to be next week?

    For my two cents, I think explanation number two with a side of number three and the rumormongers are saying she is under Federal investigation.

    The problem with the “lame duck” excuse is that she didn’t have to announce her gubernatorial intentions until June 2010, after the finished of the 2010 legislative session. Thus she wouldn’t have been a lame duck when it mattered.

    As for why liberals and moderate dislike Palin, it is because she is an anti-intellectual. She favors style over substance and has a casual disregard for the facts. But I think that is why you don’t like her either.

  3. Michael July 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Not anti-intellectual Kyle. Anti-pompous.

    And where did you get the idea that I don’t like her? You’ve never read that here. Because I think she’s made a career ending move doesn’t mean I don’t like her. Being disappointed is not the same as not liking.

  4. Kyle July 5, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    No, she is definitely anti-intelligence. But that appeals to her base so it works for her.

    The voters from the middle and left are looking for someone who is an intellectual, thus is will be very difficult for her to appeal to both groups.

    My mistake on your opinion of her. I thought I remembered reading that she had lost your favor, but that must have been someone else. My apologies.

    Regardless her career is all but over.

  5. Michael July 5, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    I realize, Kyle, that “anti-intelligence” and “anti-intellectual” are leftspeak for stupid, which she most certainly is not. Granted, she’s not East Coast intellectual elite, but that doesn’t equate with a lack of intelligence. And she’s not Hollywood polished. She’s down to earth. That’s what’s appealing to her base.

    Seems to me the “intellectuals” are the ones who got us to 10% unemployment, a skyrocketing deficit, and yes, even war on multiple fronts.

    Sarah Palin challenges that “intelligence” that got us where we are. That’s her appeal. That’s the appeal of the T.E.A. Parties.

    There’s a growing constituency in this country that’s tired of where the “intellectuals” have brought us.

  6. Kyle July 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I wouldn’t call her stupid. She has found an audience and learned how to stoke that audience. But I think that is her Achilles Heal as well. She is as polarizing as Hilary Clinton and quitting during a hastily organized press conference on a holiday weekend is not going to win her more votes.

    You may blame “intellectuals” for our current ills but I could just as easily blame it on Capitalism, deregulation and the military industrial complex and we would both be right.

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