The news of Governor Sarah Palin's sudden resignation is, at 24 hours, old news. It's rather bizarre behavior. But I love the pro-Sarah spin out there:
Bill Kristol writes:
If Palin wants to run in 2012, why not do exactly what she announced today? It's an enormous gamble – but it could be a shrewd one.
After all, she's freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues – and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska. I suppose she'll take a hit for leaving the governorship early – but how much of one? She's probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor, and is leaving a sympatico lieutenant governor in charge.
That's right. By resigning, she's showing her dedication to the Alaskan people she was elected to serve. See how that works?
And if "she's probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor", then she's probably a rather ineffective governor. That's the message.
But my personal favorite pro-Sarah spin is this, from K-Lo at National Review Online:
MSNBC is speculating it's a scandal.
Or it's a brilliant way to keep people guessing about you, perhaps?
What exactly is so "brilliant" about keeping people guessing about you? How well did that work for Mark Sanford?
Anyway, there are basically two camps forming: (1) Sarah is running TO a presidential nomination; or (2) she is running FROM a scandal. If it's #1, she really has become the dumbest politician ever. Not finishing your first term as governor? NOT very good on the resume.
Personally, I think it's number 2. There's a federal investigation involving Sarah's new home, which just happens to have the same windows and other structures as the Wasilla Sports Complex boondoggle (that left that town deep in debt when Sarah left). I guess we'll know soon enough as to whether she got "deals" from friends to whom she gave luctrative construction contracts.
There is a third possibility: that she can't stand the heat. The recent Vanity Fair piece was devestating, and she clearly cannot not take the crucible of the public spotlight, whining incessently about late-night comedian jokes and so on.
I hope she hangs around though. Nothing would make the 2012 election more entertaining that to have her in the GOP mix of candidates.
This, by the way, is a very strange woman:
She doesn't really explain WHY she's leaving but instead, attempts to convey the (supposed) benefits of her leaving. She's trying to convince that this is GOOD for Alaska that she is leaving, and it has nothing to do with personal reasons (or ambition), but all she can talk about in terms of her rationale are personal reasons.
She pats on herself on the back for not engaging in "politics as usual" (well, she's right about that) and how she can affect change for Alaska better on the outside by not being governor (uh….. right). I also love ths sports metaphors, too, especially how a good point guard in basketball helps the team by… um… walking off the court…. or… uh… something.