Sarah Palin Resigns

by Mike on July 3, 2009

in Election 2010,Election 2012,Politics

Sarah Palin has announced that she will resign as Governor of Alaska on July 26.  Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will take office at that time and presumably run in for his own term in 2010.  Some outlets are speculating that Palin is resigning to concentrate on a run for President in 2012.

On the one hand, today’s announcement suggests Palin does not want to run for President.  If she did, running for re-election or challenging Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Senate race as an outgoing governor would make more sense.  It is difficult enough for a sitting governor to run for the Republican nomination, but even more so for one who does not even finish her first.  (Democrats on the other hand, have no problem nominating an empty suit).  Today’s announcement does not make sense if Palin’s goal is to run for President.

My initial reaction was in line with those who think Palin is done with politics.  Who could blame her?  Her family has been subjected to the most vile attacks from the dregs of society.  She has incurred a small fortune in legal bills associated with successfully defending herself from one unfounded ethics complaint after another.  The media’s coverage of her has focused on distractions rather than her successful stint as Governor.  No normal person would put up with such nonsense.

On the other hand, Palin’s statement that she will continue to serve people in an “unconventional” way suggests she isn’t going away.  I just don’t see how resignation is a winning political strategy.

One thing to keep in mind in all of this is that only the Palins know what Sarah’s intentions are.  K-Lo is right.

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Chris July 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm

My first impressions on this were with you, thinking “No, please, no!!!” I wondered why she would do it and not even finish out her term. I remember how Romney refused a run for re-election and as a result, I saw him as weak and unwilling to accept a challenge. Then I listened to her speech today…

I think of what Rush said yesterday in wishing us a Happy Dependence Day (at least that’s how it has the potential to be under Obama). A lot of what she said in her speech talked about independence…not being dependent on the office to give her a bully pulpit, not using her lame-duck status to waffle and flap in the wind, and not wasting the money of Alaskans to travel, as well as the resources of the Alaskan government to prove the naysayers wrong. Not only was she declaring her independence, but she was stating the importance of independence in an era of encroaching governmental regulation and influence…on Independence Day weekend to boot.

We haven’t heard the last of Sarah Palin (remember, she has a book coming out next year and we’ll likely hear a lot about it) and frankly, the GOP and the country NEED Sarah Palin. She puts realism in politics, brings it down to earth and can rally the Conservative base to achieve victory. If I had to call it today, Mitt Romney is likely to be the GOP nominee in 2012 and I don’t think he can beat Obama. (and it’s no secret there’s no love lost between the two, so she won’t likely be on the ticket) She provides the most viable challenge in 2012 and I hope she goes for it!


Ryan July 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I thought there was too much fight in her voice to be calling it quits for good. It’s still very early in the 2012 election cycle, and in a situation like this the earlier the better.

I understand her principled reasons for not waiting it out as a lame duck, but I do agree with Mike that this is a funny way of showing you’re ready to run for President. Plus, now the Left’s going to need a new bad-guy. We need honest, everyday people in charge of government, and if it was overwhelming pressure from her enemies that pushed her over the edge to make this decision, then it truly is a loss for the republic — why would honest, decent people run if this is what happens to them? It’s sad.

But, then again it’s still pretty early. Remember the Contract With America did not appear until September 1994, only two months before the election. We have time, but I have to be solid with everyone in my deep disappointment at today’s news. I certainly hope she stays active in the grassroots effort around the country after her book hits the stands.


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