Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Palin Stepping Down as Governor

Calls have been coming in for a governor to step down for the past couple of weeks, but they weren't directed at Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. The looming question is, "Why is she stepping down?"

Well, she claims that she's "doing what's best for Alaska and the country."

MSNBC claims that sources told Andrea Mitchell that Sarah Palin is "out of politics for good."

Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.
What's really behind this?

My fear is that the public whipping the media has given Palin in the past year has finally broken her down. Fearing for her family's well-being and reputation, she may have simply decided to thrown in the towel.

She seems to be a tougher woman than that, but with the recent Letterman broohaha and the "photoshop-Eddie-Burk-onto-Trig's-face" idiocy that she's had to go through, one can't help but wonder if it all became too much for her.

Her claim that she doesn't want to siphon off state dollars as a lame duck governor doesn't hold much water in my mind either. Both McCain and Obama were sitting (aka non-lame-duck) senators during their presidential bids.

My theories:
1) Some major-yet-undisclosed scandal was about to hit the fan.
This is the last thing Republicans need right now.

2) She really does want to use the time to run for president in 2012.
The problem with this is that quitting doesn't exactly prove your ability to lead.

3) The terrible press she received finally did a number on her.
The reason this seems most likely is due to the Vanity Fair hit piece released earlier this week. I doubt something that minor could actually push her over the edge though.

This is a developing story, so we'll see where it leads.


  1. It makes me so sad that people will look at Sarah Palin's decision, if indeed it is for the good of her family, as somehow a sign of weakness. To do what is good and right for the people who depend on you and to decide that you can't continue to allow a public thrashing of the people you love most is not weakness. It is the very definition of virtue.
    I don't see it as quitting. I see this as being true to the commitments that should come first.

  2. Jennifer,
    I see what you mean about her stepping down for family reasons. Here's the thing: people who follow politics think in political terms, so politically it's a sign of weakness (ie. if other politicians had stepped down because people trashed their families, we would have very few leaders.)

    On the other hand, normal everyday people look at it as a sign that she has her priorities straight, which is not something most people look for in a politician!

    So politically, it could be spun to look weak. Personally, it might be the right decision.

    That's my point with the Sanford deal. Politically resignation is a death sentence. Personally, it's the classy thing to do. He has to decide if he wants a political career or a shred of decency since rarely are the two mingled successfully.

    And that last sentence may be the saddest thing I've ever written regarding the American political system.

  3. Yeah, politics is a nasty business.

    I guess that's why I was so surprised, last year, when someone like Sarah Palin stepped into the ring. She had the "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" idealism that we all wish we could find in a candidate. Unfortunately, maybe that idealism was naivete in a fatal form. I don't know.

    As a wife and mother, whose whole life is my family, I wish her the best. As an American, I feel a sense of loss.

    I wish that personal lives could be held up as proof of a person's fitness for service, but over and over we see that some of those who serve the public are lousy at serving the ones closest to them. You are right, that is exactly the point. Politics is not for those whose conscience turns to hearth and home, but for those who can wheel and deal. It's salesmanship taken to a whole different level.
    Indeed, it is very sad.