Friday, July 03, 2009

Palin Failin' ?

The more I think about it, the more this theory that Sarah Palin is stepping down to run for President just doesn't fit. If she was going to do that, one would think it would be better to go out on a high note. And Governor Palin has not, to put it mildly, had a great few weeks. There was a Vanity Fair article that came out in which she was roundly dissed by McCain staffers; several e-mails were released in which she seemed to be lying about the First Dude's involvement with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and demanding that the campaign do the same; Alaska's state health director resigned, claiming Palin forced her out over social issues; and then there was that stupid feud with David Letterman which, in the final analysis, made her supporters look like a pack of loons and probably hurt Palin more than it did Letterman.

Also, if an announcement was meant to be the springboard for an expanded national presence, one would think that you wouldn't make said announcement on the Friday before a big Federal holiday, which is when you traditionally deliver bad news that you hope gets buried.

No, this doesn't smell like the beginning of a triumphal march. This smells like getting the hell out of Dodge before the sheriff rides in.

Of course, Caribou Barbie hasn't exactly shown herself to be a political genius when it comes to timing. After all, she apparently decided that, at a time when people were scared to death over their financial futures, the smart thing to talk about was what Bill Ayers did in the 60's and who was a "Real American." So for all I know, she may think this is the PERFECT time to bail out of Alaska and hit the campaign trail for 2012.

We also have to consider, though, that Bill Kristol just said of the resignation: "If I had to bet right now, I would bet that we just heard the first opening statement in the 2012 presidential race." And, as all thinking people know, that grinning idiot is always wrong.

Stay tuned...

UPDATE: I have now seen the video of her resignation speech.

Holy shit.

John Cole
is right: this is "rambling and disjointed even by Palin’s low standards." There is something seriously weird going on.


David Terrenoire said...

Bill Kristol is one of the wrongest men in America. If he thinks this is a good move, I'd bet the house that it's an epic disaster.

I think she just wants to go on the speaker tour and cash in before her tits drop. Because her followers are a little too icky about her looks.

Really guys, find a real woman. This one's taken.

Steven T. said...

I say she's going to cash in while she can. If she gets a good radio or TV gig she can make millions. And she'd get a chance to vent daily.

Of course, if she is gearing up for 2012, then she's made the dumbest move possible - flaking out in your first term as governor doesn't really qualify you for a higher office.

I predict she'll be inking deals before the month is out.

JD Rhoades said...

HarperCollins seems to think the resignation will be excellent for sales of her upcoming book. Mediabistro has the story here.

Ironic, innit? After all, one of the the canned wingnutty responses to any critic of Lord Bush was always "Oh, he has a book coming out, this is just a ploy to sell more books."


Anonymous said...

She cost McCain the election, her folkyness, accent and winking do not ring true, her intellect is below par (our vivid memory of the last one who delegates and follows because of their lack of intellect), but lets face it with the right type of marketing (vote folky, vote god) it can be sold to US, history tends to repeat itself. God help us!

David said...

I suspect she thinks "irony" is what clothes are after they've been pressed.

Gerard Saylor said...

That's weird. No more politics as usual by getting out of politics? "I love my job" so I'm doing what's best for Alaska by resigning? Isn't that admitting you are the problem?

Making change from the outside for the betterment of Alaska? Being a pundit for Fox is more effective than being the executive of state government?

She is not an extemporaneous speaker.