I’m not sure what to make of this. The punditocracy is all over this, but I’m inclined to think that Sarah is making a decision based on what she has said. She strikes me as one of the rare politicians that is refreshingly honest in a political culture that views that as an impossibility. I think this move will only make her more popular among the base. Whether that will translate at all into presidential prospects is something I’m unsure of. In any event, my guess is that even if she doesn’t run, or runs and doesn’t win, she really won’t be devastated.
The folks at Smart Girl Politics agree (h/t to Afrocity for the link) have an interesting take on it:
“My choice is to take a stand and effect change and not just hit our head against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new political environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities, and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.”
It kills me that all the pundits act like Sarah Palin’s move today is the end of her effectiveness in politics. Maybe she won’t hold public office again, who knows? I’m not going to make the mistake of underestimating Sarah Palin. The assumption, though is that if you’re not in office, you can’t make a difference. You can’t help the country. I beg to differ. Imagine all that Sarah (or you, for that matter) can do outside publically held office. With her spunk, her confidence, her genuineness and her natural connection with everyday people, we have not heard the last of Sarah.
I agree with them. Politics is not the end all and be all, which is one of the reasons conservatives tend not to be as good as electioneering as liberals. We simply have other things to do and view other avenues of service and leadership as equally valuable. She continues:
The DNC spokesperson said today, “Either Sarah Palin is leaving the people of Alaska high and dry to pursue her long shot national political ambitions or she simply can’t handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down. Either way – her decision to abandon her post and the people of Alaska who elected her continues a pattern of bizarre behavior that more than anything else may explain the decision she made today.”
Obviously, the left isn’t going to miss this opportunity to slam Sarah Palin. All the late night jokesters are frantically scrambling, as I type this, to come up with ridiculous and most likely cruel jabs at her. They’ve continuously attacked her family, her beliefs, her politics and her ethics. Trumped up charges have cost her family an estimated half million dollars in legal fees. During the campaign, the media elite literally did some dumpster diving in attempts to dig up whatever they could to discredit Sarah. Her resignation must have champagne corks flying in offices all over Capitol Hill (maybe in the White House?) and certainly the mainstream media. This is the best 4th of July gift they’ve ever received, I’m sure.
They think it’s a great gift, but Sarah Palin, truly a maverick, should not be underestimated as a political force. The fact is, the 2012 election is a long way from now, and 2016 even further. Anything could happen. We do know that her resignation gives a tremendous boost to her Lieutenant Governor Parnell and as all politics really are local, this could be a smarter move than it seems at the moment.
Palin is not a conventional politician. This move is extraordinarily unconventional.
I don’t think it will be feasible for her to re-enter the political scene if that’s what she’s planning on doing in a few years.
I don’t know… politics is a funny thing. I wouldn’t underestimate the possibility of her returning to politics.
Hi ElderJ, From my perspective I don’t see this an an overly political move by Sarah Palin. I take her at her word because she is one of the very few, maybe the only, politician I feel we can believe.
If she decides to come back into politics, the door will be wide open. Most ordinary people can readily understand what she did from a family viewpoint. I’ve never had a job I wouldn’t quit in a heartbeat if it got in the way of my family.
That’s something the pundits and those addicted to their conventional wisdom will never understand.
I agree with you, as my most recent post indicates.