Video: Palin resigns; Video: Andrea Mitchell says sources tell her Palin’s out of politics

posted at 4:48 pm on July 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

There’s a lot of video coming but this should tide you over for a bit. I don’t follow her logic at the beginning here: Essentially, she says that once you’re a lame duck, the responsible thing to do is to get out of the way rather than go around milking the office while your influence diminishes. Does that mean presidents in their second term should quit early too? Instead of quitting, why not redouble your efforts to be an effective governor despite the lame-duck pressures working against you?

The crux of this is that she’s quitting because it’s in Alaska’s best interest, not her own. If it turns out this was nothing more than a way of clearing her schedule to start early on running for president, her primary opponents will make her eat those words.

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Update: Given the source, take this not with a grain of salt but a boulder of it.

Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.

If it’s true, there must be a major scandal somewhere in the shadows here. If it’s not true, well, that’s MSNBC for you.

Update: Real Clear Politics has video of Mitchell’s report, including the detail that Palin’s allegedly told her top backers to go ahead and commit to other candidates for 2012. Bill Kristol thinks resigning now could actually be a bold gambit to free herself up for an intense presidential campaign, but I think she’s following more of a Nixonian strategy here. I.e. it could be she’s burned out on politics and dispirited by all the crap she’s put up with it and wants to get away at an opportune moment. If, as is likely, The One wins a second term, the GOP will be so dejected that it’ll happily give her a second look as a potential savior in 2016, much as it did with Nixon after he lost the 1960 presidential election and 1962 California gubernatorial race. The question is, what does she do with herself in the meantime?


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This may very well be the smartest move she could’ve made…

MB007 on July 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

She’ll be back

iceman1960 on July 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

The reason still remains mysterious and murky. Here’s hoping the coming explanation makes a bit more sense. As it stands, this will not help her in any way.

Wellsy on July 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Brilliant!

I assume she’s moving to northern VA next month?

I hope she runs as an Independent rather than Rep… Maybe a Ron Paul / Sarah Palin 2012 ticket?

therationalactor on July 3, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I think her explanation made a lot of sense.

iceman1960 on July 3, 2009 at 4:51 PM

The left hates her, the Republican “establishment” hates her … that’s good enough for me! GO SARAH!

crosspatch on July 3, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Sarah and Bolton 2012. Heads would roll and I would vote for.
L

letget on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

pass the butter.

sesquipedalian on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I just heard on the radio a report that a longtime friend of Sarah Palin has said that Sarah told her she was leaving public life for good.

Can’t say I blame her, given the treatment she has received.

-Dave

Dave R. on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Yeah, this is as smart as suspending a Presidential campaign to focus on fixing the financial meltdown.

RedSoxNation on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Report from friend is that she is leaving public life totally

PrezHussein on July 3, 2009 at 4:53 PM

You know, everyone hates her anyway, except those of us who LOVE her. Go Saracuda.

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:53 PM

More to life than politics.

William Amos on July 3, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Oh good, a new thread.

Emily M. on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

pass the butter.

sesquipedalian on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

No. I don’t know where your fingers have been.

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

She’s much to big now for that office…time to upgrade. Time to make eggheads explode. Go Saracuda!

RepubChica on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Hot Air Allah style – All Palin All The Time

You and Ace and Gereghty will either be right, or
wrong.

cozmo on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Unfortunately not her best moment. Self pity is not good box office and she shouldn’t mention the tough treatment anymore. For her next move – Memo to Ailes – Give this lady her own show! It would be ironic if she took Greta’s spot wouldn’t it?

BrianBoru on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I know this is NOT what she’ll do, but my fantasy is that she’ll spend all her time leading the charge for Alaska to secede.

Daggett on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

It’s sad to see people getting that worked up. Christ it is like your popular QB from your favorite NFL team just quit.

Let her go. There are bigger issues going on. Those of you still looking for political solutions are way behind the curve.

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

BNO is twittering that she’s out of politics for good. Don’t blame her. God Bless and thanks for everything…

mimi1220 on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Allah Twittered that Sarah is leaving Politics for good.

William Amos on July 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I think she will have more freedom and time to attack the idiots in the media and DC now that she will be a popular private citizen and won’t constantly have to defend herself from fraudulent ethics complaints.
If anything this should make us more revolted by politics as usual.

iceman1960 on July 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM

pass the butter.

sesquipedalian on July 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM

FATTIE!

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM

This may very well be the smartest move she could’ve made…

MB007 on July 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

It could also be the worst, considering we have no idea why she really quit and can’t see into the future it’s not worth speculating about.

jonknee on July 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM

First Mark Sanford, now Sarah Palin. Looks like Jeb Bush and the Republican establishment have gotten another one out of the way. Make no mistake about it, they’re the ones who have been trying to nuke Palin all along as witnessed by the recent columns of Charles Krauthammer and Jonah Goldberg. Strap it on, Mitt Romney. You’re the next target.

Percy_Peabody on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

the 2012 election season begins

weewilly on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

My God.

Mayhem on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

It does make sense the “good for Alaska” part. They are beating her down with scandal after scandal. She did a good job for Alaska. She’s accomplished a lot.

Whether she continues in politics or now, I think she’ll make the decision that makes sense for her family.

kerrhome on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

here’s a hopelessly naive take: She’s tired of all the S*** that this country dishes out to good people like her and her family.

Which would you rather do…live in Alaska or deal with the s*** political class and s*** media that we have.

r keller on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

The race is on go Gov. Palin

thmcbb on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

This may very well be the smartest move she could’ve made…

Why is this a smart move? Does the Country really need another President who failed to complete a full term as a national official?

The Republicans need a serious candidate who has real accomplishments.

RedSoxNation on July 3, 2009 at 4:57 PM

If it’s true, there must be a major scandal somewhere in the shadows here.

Care to elaborate? Because I don’t follow the logic.

BadgerHawk on July 3, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Sigh if you want rumor mills consider its possible that Trig could be in bad health. That would be reason enough for Sarah to leave office.

William Amos on July 3, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Maybe she’s finally seen what a lot of people are starting to see? I’m fully expecting that we will be a dictatorship soon.

MobileVideoEngineer on July 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Katie Couric is somewhere in the Hamptons laughing right now.

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Its too bad, was really hoping she would run in 2012, but this makes me highly doubt it now. God bless her though and hope the best for her and her family.

javamartini on July 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Maybe she’s taking over Letterman’s job.

Ronnie on July 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Sarah Palin could have just been driven out of politics as well.

Would you want to subject your family to the things hers have been subjected to? I would not.

Frankly I’m surprised more Republicans haven’t left public service with the way they are treated by the media and the Democrats.

Tabris on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Barack Obama will not sleep well tonight.

faraway on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Sarah Palin was a breath of fresh air to politics.

yoda on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

If it’s true, there must be a major scandal somewhere in the shadows here.
Care to elaborate? Because I don’t follow the logic.

BadgerHawk on July 3, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Yeah, the ULTIMATE SIN, loving your family enough to give it up for some peace and quiet, and some quality time with them! Scandalous!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Quitter!

The Race Card on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I just got off the phone with President Sarkozy. He sends his regrets and wants to know if she will be continuing her movie career.

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Here’s hoping she gets a nice endorsement contract from Winchester or Colt…

phreshone on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.

HA, you believe MSNBC?? – Sarah probably leaked bogus info and they fell for it.
They will have no credibility after Sarahs next announcement. Interesting how careful the MSM was the death of Michael Jackson but is trying to put Sarah in the trash with NO info.

izoneguy on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

“We know we can effect positive change change outside goverment at this time on another scale and actually make a difference”

Doesn’t sound to me like she is going away. Sounds like she is changing stages.

crosspatch on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, the ULTIMATE SIN, loving your family enough to give it up for some peace and quiet, and some quality time with them! Scandalous!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

After running for VP of the United States her quest for a quiet life does not ring true. You’re hilarious.

The Race Card on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I already have a slogan:

‘Sarah Palin for President.
Real Change, not just what’s left in your pocket!’

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I just got off the phone with President Sarkozy. He sends his regrets and wants to know if she will be continuing her movie career.

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Like you could afford an international call. Sorry you are poor white trash…

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Loony lefties and McCainus RINO bastards drove her out.

Dave R. on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I can only wish for the best for the entire Palin family. In public life or private, she will always have my best wishes.

fourdeucer on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Yeah, the ULTIMATE SIN, loving your family enough to give it up for some peace and quiet, and some quality time with them! Scandalous!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM
After running for VP of the United States her quest for a quiet life does not ring true. You’re hilarious.

The Race Card on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Don’t make me beat you with that card, race.

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Barack Obama will not sleep well tonight.

faraway on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Obama should not rest easy.

izoneguy on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Yeah, the ULTIMATE SIN, loving your family enough to give it up for some peace and quiet, and some quality time with them! Scandalous!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

When you have a good chance of being President of the United States in four years? To ruin it all? Especially when a chunk of your income comes from your governor’s salary? It’s a bit odd.

amerpundit on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

izoneguy on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Sycophant.

The Race Card on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Sources told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.

Yes. Because Andrea Mitchell is Edward R. Murrow of our time.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

America’s Slogan: Rescue Me

faraway on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Like you could afford an international call. Sorry you are poor white trash…

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Easy there, race fan.

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Those are your choices Allah, massive scandal or full of sh!t reporting? Pretty narrow world view, your vacation comes not a moment too soon.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Meh. Methinks she’s done.

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

here’s a hopelessly naive take: She’s tired of all the S*** that this country dishes out to good people like her and her family.

r keller on July 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

If that’s her reason, then I support her 200%. People will continue to mock her, but as a private citizen, she’s not fair game anymore unless she announces her candidacy for some other position. Right now, everyone has the right to say to the media, STFU.

Daggett on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

1. Why would she not finish out her term if she were planning on running for President? You can’t just decide you don’t want the job anymore if things get hot. The POTUS is probably the most stressful job in the world. Us womenfolk are already stereotyped as weak, this move would not help her in a run for POTUS.

2. If she was doing it to keep her family out of the spotlight and protect them and herself from the media then she is not going to be an out spoken soldier in the conservative war. If so she’ll have the same problem.

3. If it was regarding ethics complaints it is still not a good reason to drop out. Frivolous lawsuits and such are part of the job of public figures. People are always after them.

I think she had decided she wants out of the spotlight period and wants to be a normal citizen. Or there is a scandal brewing.

Magnus on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I don’t know what is plans on doing?

TimeTraveler on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

MSNBC?!?!?!?…LOLOLOLOLOLOL

christene on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Yeah, the ULTIMATE SIN, loving your family enough to give it up for some peace and quiet, and some quality time with them! Scandalous!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

That’s how this strikes me as well. She can make a lot more money in private life and the left and media (I repeat myself) will generally leave her alone. She never struck me as the ‘power and ambition’ type anyway.

I’m going to wait until we get more info to form a solid opinion, but I think Allah’s comment is cheap and gossipy.

BadgerHawk on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Palin’s new job: Full time Obama slayer

faraway on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Palin is going to be out with both barrels after the end of this month and there is no lawsuit people are going to be able to hit her with for her speeches and travel.

crosspatch on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Sources told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.

Take this with a mountain of salt. Mitchell is laughably biased.

Richard Romano on July 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Easy there, race fan.

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

You bet pedo fan. Sorry you are poor though.

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

I dont believe she is done. No one else is reporting that besides msnbc.

ousoonerfan15 on July 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Those are your choices Allah, massive scandal or full of sh!t reporting? Pretty narrow world view, your vacation comes not a moment too soon.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

The state run media will MAKE something up.

BTW, I understand Allah will go whale watching on vacation…..he’s stalking Meg McCain!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

No. I don’t know where your fingers have been.

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

They’re clean—been in his nose all day.

IrishEi on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The left hates her, the Republican “establishment” hates her … that’s good enough for me! GO SARAH!
crosspatch

ditto

RobCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Those are your choices Allah, massive scandal or full of sh!t reporting? Pretty narrow world view, your vacation comes not a moment too soon.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

No kidding. The idea that she might just want to get out of the spotlight and have a normal life doesn’t even rumble across his flat little head.

thirteen28 on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

She might be out of politics. But I don’t think she is going to be out of the public eye. She might be just exactly what the Republican party needs right now … a leader. She will be in a position to keep the pressure on the Democrats without fearing repercussions for her state.

crosspatch on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

A very sad day for freedom-loving people.Godspeed Sarah,we will miss you terribly if you choose to give up politics.And I wouldn’t blame you a bit.
I checked out HuffPo,Kos and DU before I came here,and if what I read in the comments there is any indication of what America has come to,the Dream is truly over.It is time to exchange Independence Day for ramadam-a-ding dong.
Here’s hoping that Sarah will rise again.

DDT on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

MSNBC???

Ummm…ok.

Gothguy on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The only way to take Obama and the Statists down is from the outside. Inside the Beltway politics is not going to work. The only time “Change” has been enacted is when we tie up the phone lines to Congress (well, most times). This will free her if she does decide to enact real “Change” by becoming a national organizer.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM

You bet pedo fan. Sorry you are poor though.

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

The kid-toucher jokes are kind of trite, no? I would expect more from a “classic” RICH guy.

#3 died for your sins. Repent!

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Those are your choices Allah, massive scandal or full of sh!t reporting? Pretty narrow world view, your vacation comes not a moment too soon.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Again, agreed.

Upstater85 on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

If MSNBC wants us to take this suggestion seriously, we need a named source.

Siobhan on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I think she’s tired. Tired of the endless campaign, tired of the speculation, tired of watching her kids beat up by hacky comedians and the bottom feeding slime in the press.

She did enough to feel comfortable leaving, and now she’s done.

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Maybe now she can sue Andrew Sullivan for libel?

Yossarian on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

This would make a grand 4th of july present for me!

Terry Silver on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

If it’s not true, well, that’s MSNBC for you.

And why would we believe MSNBC?

Enoxo on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

MSNBC??? Are you kidding? WHO LISTENS TO WHAT A-MESS-NBC HAS TO SAY??? You rock Sarah…. prepare for 2012 and let’s take America back from socialists and make it AMERICA AGAIN!

afotia on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

it’s called money folks. She got broke off of ethic complaints. why make your family rack up more debt, honestly i don’t blame her. i think i would make the same decision rather than get more broke, it’s called family first.

youngO on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Honestly folks, who in their right mind would want to continue to subject their family to such treatment.

If we are to get the best and the brightest, some major changes in the way we (the people) allow the opposition and the media to behave.

The politics of personal assassination must be abolished at the demand of the citizens if we are to get good people who are willing to serve us.

May God Bless you and your family Sarah…

Keemo on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

If it’s true, there must be a major scandal somewhere in the shadows here. If it’s not true, well, that’s MSNBC for you.

Or, AP, perhaps she really *is* just doing the right thing for AK and her family. Man, it’s gotta be a scandal right? Come on!

kerrhome on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

I expect to see Allahpundit’s resignation soon. No one is going to come to Hotair because he won’t have Palin to bash anymore. Without any traffic, he should no the right thing and resign. Then again, the donks are still bashing Bush, and AP is as crazy as they are, so maybe he will keep up with the Palin bashing posts that he is so famous for.

Blake on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

America’s Slogan: Rescue Me

faraway on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Because our elected officials won’t listen.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Well, I don’t blame her. Hated on the right, hated on the left. If you aren’t narcissistic, why would you submit yourself to that?

What can one woman do in the face of the established political culture? Happy trails to you, ma’am.

Spirit of 1776 on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

A woman with 5 kids and a hubby putting her family above her political asperations ?

God forbid that we allow her to do that without trashing her.

William Amos on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Don’t make me beat you with that card, race.

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

If you come anywhere close to working me over, I will buy you lunch everyday this Summer.

You have an open invite. Today, I’ll be working out at the beach just below Trump National Golf Club. You can’t miss me, but you’ll wish you had, wuss.

The Race Card on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

This would make a grand 4th of july present for me!

Terry Silver on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I know an even better way for you to enjoy yourself:
Sit on a bottlerocket!

HornetSting on July 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

There’s panic at MSNBC that their golden goose may have flown the coop. Who else do they have to trash now? What will their tiny audience do now for entertainment?

EMD on July 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I cannot imagine Palin allowing her critics to win by just leaving public life. I’ve only heard this theory on NBC which means it has no credibility. I am stunned that she’s resigning. I can understand no seeking a second term, but resigning? This is crazy.

jonezee on July 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM

The kid-toucher jokes are kind of trite, no? I would expect more from a “classic” RICH guy.

#3 died for your sins. Repent!

simplesimon on July 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Unlike your Nascar/neck jokes? Would you like to make a little extra money and wash one of my cars? Maybe you could save up and get that boyscout you always wanted.

ClassicCon on July 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM

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