She doesn’t give a good reason why; in an annoyingly chipper speech, she whines about the way she was being scrutinized for ethics violations, and the fact that she was currently an ineffective lame duck governor, and then announces that she’s stepping down from office. It makes no sense at all, and it does say something about the weakness of her character.
I am not a hound on “experience” — I think there are many ways by which a person can show themselves to be a qualified presidential contender, and we should let candidates prove themselves on their own merits rather than relying on proxies. Nevertheless, the simple truth is that Palin’s political resume now stands at Mayor of Wasilla and a half a term as governor of one of America’s smallest states — and she hasn’t demonstrated the sort of independent policy wonkery or political intelligence that would counsel us to overlook that fact.
One reservation I’ve always had about Sarah Palin has to do with her family. 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 DNC gets in a dig:
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.
The librul media will be blamed for everything on her inexorable path to becoming a Fox News celebrity. Maybe a reality show? Someone hire her for The View!In the end, I think, the one thing to say is that the Republican party is in such a total state of collapse and incoherence that it actually believed she could be a future president; and that John McCain was so reckless, so cynical and so cavalier that he was prepared to rest the national security of this country on her shoulders if he, in his seventies, were to become unable to fulfill his duties or die. In some ways, this is a moment to reflect on McCain, and his irresponsibility, not Palin and her drama.
The Wonkette feels just inconvenienced:
Come on, we are supposed to be celebrating AMERICA this July 4th Weekend, but of course with Sarah Palin, it’s all about Sarah Palin. So she has RUINED our Independence Day by announcing that she’s quitting the governor’s job (boring!)
Kimberly Krautter at The Huffington Post:
You don’t quit just because you want to pursue a new ambition. The job is bigger and more important than your own personal agenda.She opened the speech today by saying she was so happy to have the chance to speak directly to the people of Alaska whom she is so honored to serve. Well, “service” is bigger than the person in the big chair. It’s an honor that comes with a mission bestowed on the person elected and you just don’t drop it to pursue other goals.
Mike Huckabee didn’t do that. Mitt Romney didn’t do that.