Sarah says she’s done:
I actually held off on commenting on this because I wanted to think about it and hear a couple different perspectives on it. My initial thoughts were concerning her money troubles stemming from the ethics complaints. I also thought she might be planning a run for the Senate.
Stephen Green at Vodkapundit sums his thoughts up:
I can describe this move in three words: Stupid, stupid, stupid. And the reason doesn’t matter.
Joy McCann says:
…to the unending distress of the militant left, she is not the idiot that Katie Couric attempted to make her into, so there likely is some reason Palin wanted to “bury” this news, or at least keep the political paparazzi at bay for a little while.
Dan Riehl offers his two cents:
My take – she’s not done and will look to go national in some way setting up for a possible 2012 run.
Jon Henke at The Next Right:
Her Presidential prospects are done, and it’s hard to see how Republicans will still consider her a potential leader of the movement.
But perhaps that’s best.
Curt at Flopping Aces:
Not sure I get it. She could be planning to spend 2010 campaigning for true conservatives for 2010, forcing the party back to its roots and then onto 2012. Or she could be tired of the lawsuits and crap she takes from the media and the left.
Not having read any other commentary yet, I’m unsure what the conservative marching orders are. So I’m gonna wing it. If she’s doing this in order to free herself for more national travel – for a presidential run – then she’s making a mistake.
John Hawkins at Right Wing News, writing on his first day of “vacation”:
She may intend to run for President in 2012 and feels like it’s to her advantage to resign now. It will mean no more phony ethics complaints. She’ll be able to raise money and campaign for Republican candidates without having it used against her as governor as well. On the downside, it would hurt her in her weakest area: experience.
Hmm. This is a pretty standard way to downplay something and keep it out of the news cycle as much as possible— release it late Friday on a long weekend.
Betsy Newmark at Betsy’s Page:
I’m deeply sorry that she and her family have undergone this battering in the public eye, but I’m not going to miss her. And I’m certainly not going to miss all the ugly Palin jokes on late night TV and the internet. This has not been a pretty chapter in the annals of American politics. I can’t help wondering what the contrafactual path would have been for Palin if McCain hadn’t picked her and she’d still been that promising-sounding governor that conservative writers, but no one else, were beginning to take notice of. Unfortunately, we can’t put that toothpaste back in the tube.
Here is another take, maybe she has just had enough of the BS. If that is the case I can’t actually blame her for stepping down. Either way good luck to the Governor in all her endeavors.
McQ at Q and O:
My guess? She’s been tired of the moonbat attacks for a while, and the final straw was the McCain bunch. She’s most likely figured that in today’s poisonous political atmosphere, national exposure and national office just aren’t worth the price.
Jim Geraghty at The Corner:
If Sarah Palin wishes to someday be President of the United States, then she had to serve at least one full term in statewide office. (Yes, Obama had been in the Senate for about two years before running for president, but he had a lot of stars align for him at the right moment. Beyond that, at some point, “but Obama did it that way” isn’t a persuasive argument.)
I’m thinking…an ambitious woman like Palin would not do something so seemingly reckless and yes, career-damaging, unless politics is no longer an issue for her.
It’s wrong to speculate, but Palin is forcing speculation.
She will be absolutely slammed from all sides during any run for failing to fulfill her obligation to the citizens of Alaska. She abandons her elected post once something better opens up for her personal advancement? Like I said, not the best imagery.
And that is that.
It’s over. You can’t resign from a governorship and then run for higher office. Barring some strong reason, like needing treatment for cancer.
Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner:
If she is stepping down because of what politics has done to her family, because of something in her family life she doesn’t want to see as David Letterman fodder, because it’s impossible to be governor, a star, and a mom to an infant . . . this is good. It demonstrates good judgment and priorities.
The conservative base will be looking for the most genuine conservative around, and Palin’s youthful vigor, and canny ability to raise the passions of the conservative stalwarts, may be too much for even the most well-organized primary challenger that year. All of this depends on Palin indeed taking the time to polish her resume and skills. Being out of office, and free from the endless attacks – what Palin called “the politics of personal destruction” – may well be an asset in launching a presidential bid from the outside.
Allahpundit at Hot Air:
The most charitable possibility is that she’s so eager to run for president that she can’t be bothered with the governorship anymore, and even that possibility ain’t too charitable. This has taken an ominous turn.
It doesn’t seem like a great political move, to me. Why so fast?
I think she was just worn down…sick of having a target on her back. She can go out now, and start earning some money to pay for her legal bills.
Personally, I think that last one is the winner. The Palin’s were taking a financial beating from all the ethics charges filed against them. Now, they can start raking in the cash from the speaker’s circuit. Who needs the abuse from that job when you can start building massive bank giving speeches?
And as for the idea this is the end of her political career, I find that a bit over the top and reactionary. If this woman spends the next few years traveling the country giving speeches, either for cash or in support of conservative candidates, she can reach a lot of people.
This isn’t the last we have heard from Sarah Palin.
I hope that’s it. Whatever it is, I wish the best to Gov. Palin and her family. None of them deserved the treatment they received from the left and the media.