Video: Matalin thinks Palin is “brilliant” for resigning

posted at 6:30 pm on July 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

And now, just to be fair, the other side of the argument. Posted without editorial comment; you already know my opinion as someone who had never written a post critical of Palin before yesterday, and if you don’t, feel free to click on the links in the Top Picks column. Mary Matalin offers this analysis, transcript via Crooks & Liars:

MATALIN: Well, I think it’s really brilliant, with two caveats, one being that there’s nothing else, ala the Sanford fiasco. There’s nothing else that we don’t know. If all that’s there is what we see right now, it’s brilliant.

And, secondly, that she has a plan and people have a plan to put up with the conventional wisdom, chatterati and the political class saying how stupid it is, because it’s brilliant.

On the substance, there’s the key economic issue — I know everyone says — thinks it’s health care, but it’s really energy. And she’s the queen of energy.

And the second big issue for 2012 will be the role of government. And she has a record of reform and ethics reform and making government smaller and reigning in spending — all those issues that are getting increasingly important as Barack Obama expands on his agenda.

So — and her delivery was incredible — a charis — a less charismatic person probably couldn’t pull it off. But as — as already referenced, she will be freed up and liberated in the way Mitt Romney is here to run around and raise money and get political chips by spending it and get political capital. And she is still raising the kinds of crowds and money that she always did.

Follow the link to C&L if you want to hear a rebuttal from David Gergen and Ed Rollins, the latter of whom has been around Republican campaigns for a very long time.

Update: My caveat in the opening paragraph wasn’t about getting “beat up”; I’m a big boy, and I can take honest criticism. It’s correcting the falsehood in the comment strings that I’ve been a Palin-hater. If people actually read what I’ve written about Palin over the past year, nothing could be further from the truth. I’m going to give people my honest opinion, no matter what.

As for using the clip from C&L, er, so what? This segment is from CNN. I couldn’t find it on YouTube or on CNN’s site when I had a few minutes to post. Someone asked me if I would be fair and post Matalin’s defense after our criticism of Palin, and I posted what I could find of it.


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Hi, I’m Sarah Palin, I quit the governorship of Alaska out of the clear blue sky one day with no explanation at all other than a rambling and incoherent statement. Vote for me for president!

Nope. Not buying it.

And I would have voted for her!

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:11 AM

She gave a voluminous explanation. Too bad you are a lazy idiot to understand it.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Just ask a Palin basher “where are the jobs”?

Firebird on July 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Hi I’m Sarah Palin. I reformed Alaska, brought conservatives back into national power, reformed the GOP, defeated Barack Obama, and helped to stem the tide of Socialism.

God Bless America, the greatest nation on Earth.

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM

kingsjester on July 6, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Ingraham is saying that msnbc was light on her this morning. Pat Buchanan, of all people, laughed in disbelief at that statement.

Blake on July 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM

BuckeyeSam on July 6, 2009

As much as I would enjoy that, I still want Sarah to have a political future and I’m not sure that being a TV personality is the right springboard for that. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise.

SKYFOX on July 6, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Another excellent piece by Mary Matalin about Palin and about Republican leadership more generally, together with a couple of other heartening comments by others.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I will still, and I will support her wholeheartedly

But gosh, she has just given the left so much ammunition for 2012

Just wait til the line of questioning starts

blatantblue on July 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I agree with you. I love Sarah and will vote for her if I’m given the chance, but she has made things more difficult, IMHO. The left will always be able to use the word “quitter” to describe her…

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Another excellent piece by Mary Matalin about Palin and about Republican leadership more generally, together with a couple of other heartening comments by others.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The giant SarahPAC ad on that page should give some hints as to her future.

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

But gosh, she has just given the left so much ammunition for 2012

Just wait til the line of questioning starts

blatantblue on July 6, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Anatomy of a hand wringer

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

B Man on July 6, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Yes. Palin did not leave any work “undone”, having completed all arrangements necessary for her Alaskan agenda to be completed by his successor, who’s been gifted by her magnificent generosity, conditioned upon mutual respect and trust in the same agenda for Alaska.

My own speculation per the timing of the announcement aligns with her reasons for leaving her seat at this moment: FAMILY first.

Her family deserved their own Independence Day celebration, free of all strings attached. That suffices for me her “why now”. What other American family has been so savaged by Americans, justly or NOT? The Palin family has been PARTICULARLY wronged, and any American is a heel who doesn’t leave them their private time and space to heal. She did not drop her professional responsibilities; she met her goals, and passed the Alaskan Governor seat to the man who was prepared to take her place sooner or later.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Ingraham is saying that msnbc was light on her this morning. Pat Buchanan, of all people, laughed in disbelief at that statement.

Blake on July 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM

That’s because of this. Also, she threated to sue their asses off for defamation.

I just want to punch the faces of these media people.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Sarah has ‘done a DeGaule’
(Emerson C at C4P)
promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Where did they come up with that spelling of “de Gaulle”?

But Mitt? Given his “promise anything for a vote” and his campaign platform’s Socialist agenda to unite private industry with government
maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:33 AM

More loony-tunes ‘analysis’ from Palin supporters.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Sarah Palin is NOT running in 2012, IMO. She’s going to make millions, and be the #1 fundraiser for Republicans…..I wouldn’t be suprised if she ran in 2016, or 2020…after a Romney or Jindal adminstration.

therightwinger on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

BuckeyeSam on July 6, 2009

As much as I would enjoy that, I still want Sarah to have a political future and I’m not sure that being a TV personality is the right springboard for that. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise.

SKYFOX on July 6, 2009 at 9:41 AM

You guys just keep walking into Alinsky tactics; why are you commenting on rumors; did you hear the Governor say she was considering a profession in TV. how does “higher calling” translate to TV show?. It’s sad, we’re playing against a great polical chess master in Obama. People like you and the moderators of this board make me realize Obama is going serve 8 years; The conservatiev movement is bereft of political tacticians to rival this man ditto the grassrots who appear to be clueless as to what we are facing

julian on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

MB4 at 3:31

There’s so much etc that there’s no concise way to describe it all. It’s like having so many clothes in the closet that you can’t even remember what you have.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Another excellent piece by Mary Matalin about Palin and about Republican leadership more generally, together with a couple of other heartening comments by others.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

“The advent of the blogosphere means there is not a single unexpressed thought left in America. And one would be challenged to find someone more singularly excoriated by people whose opinions, issued from poison keyboards, matter so little (except perhaps to their cats).”

AP?

the_nile on July 6, 2009 at 9:51 AM

She gave a voluminous explanation. Too bad you are a lazy idiot to understand it.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I heard it, I read it. Screw you.

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Possibilities for “higher calling” than governor:
- TV host
- author
- late night comic
- blogger at HotAir

:)

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

How is acknowledging that Sarah has in fact given her detractors more ammunition against her defined as “hand wringing”?

Isn’t it just being honest?

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Screw you.

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You woman haters are so emotional

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Engage him in debate by phone or by e-mails making Cornyn give direct answers to your questions on his ill favored positions.

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I write Cornyn and Hutchison frequently, being one of his constituents. But his team or computer program simply returns a prefabricated response.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Sarah Palin is NOT running in 2012, IMO. She’s going to make millions, and be the #1 fundraiser for Republicans…..I wouldn’t be suprised if she ran in 2016, or 2020…after a Romney or Jindal adminstration.

therightwinger on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

It would be dangerous to assume that Palin will raise any money for republicans. I believe she said in her presser that she would support anyone of ANY party that holds her values. She will support conservatives. The beltway republicans will never accept her anyway so I would not try to garner their favor if I were her.

KickandSwimMom on July 6, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The giant SarahPAC ad on that page should give some hints as to her future.

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Didn’t see it. I’ve been having to stop page loads before they complete because MSIE this morning decided to send me to a dell/google search window in every darned one. Haven’t figured it out yet.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I heard it, I read it. Screw you.

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:52 AM

reading and hearing don’t quite translate to understanding.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Isn’t it just being honest?

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

It’s obvious. My dog knew this.

faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

reading and hearing don’t quite translate to understanding.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I understand it. I disagree with it. I might be wrong. But again, call me an idiot…up yours.

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM

How is acknowledging that Sarah has in fact given her detractors more ammunition against her defined as “hand wringing”?

Isn’t it just being honest?

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Who are these detractors? The fact is none of her primary opponents will find it useful because if she runs the base will run over them to vote for her. Obama can’t use it because it will draw attention to his own lies and believe Sarah is not Mccain and will draw attention to his lies.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

As if her detractors won’t come up with slime anyway? They have no holds barred fabricating lies.

Palin has her reasons. I would think that defending one’s own rationale would be every bit as strong a position as repudiating the whole cloth.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM

This is not a gal who’s bowed down.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:58 AM

And what if the party cannot be returned to it’s conservative roots? The Democrat Party used to be full of conservatives. They were driven out or walked away and the party is all big-government liberalism now. If the Republican Party has gone the same way, why expend the effort to “save” it? That effort could go toward creating a conservative, constitutionalist party. With good leadership, that may not be the overwhelming difficulty some people think it is. My republicanism has always been second to my conservatism and I will be true to that ideal, not to some withered carcass of a party. Exactly how many socialist programs and Obama suck-ups do we need to endure before we know the party has abandoned us?
Again, given the right leadership, I’m ready to walk.

SKYFOX on July 6, 2009 at 9:35 AM

.
I hate when people use metaphors or analogies. So, after saying the preceeding, I will just have to hate myself for a moment and write the following.
.
You have car whose transmission has 6 gears. Three that allows you to go forward and one for neutral and two for reverse. The question is: Do I buy a new car for XXXXXX.XX amount of dollars or do I go ahead and just replace the transmisssion for XXX.XX dollars?
.
My answer and I hope for a majority of conservatives here is that we replace the transmission. Cost effective wouldn’t you say?
.
The party needs the persuasion of conservatism to principled foundations where big changes is at best toward the slow processes of discovery. Those discoveries will likely come through economic woes we must endure considering our economies prospects at present. It is the health of the private sector’s economy that will open the minds of fellow republican & blue dog democrats to the conservative way of thinking. We will build on that and take it from there.

.

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Who are these detractors? The fact is none of her primary opponents will find it useful because if she runs the base will run over them to vote for her. Obama can’t use it because it will draw attention to his own lies and believe Sarah is not Mccain and will draw attention to his lies.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Oh, I dunno…lets start with the media…they built up Obama in the minds of the public…they can certainly tear down someone they don’t like…

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:59 AM

“The advent of the blogosphere means there is not a single

unexpressed thought left in America. And one would be challenged to find someone more singularly excoriated by people whose opinions, issued from poison keyboards, matter so little (except perhaps to their cats).”

AP?

the_nile on July 6, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I think its more likely she was referring to the venom pits like DU, DKos, and Andrew Sullivan, but who knows.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2009 at 10:01 AM

But Mitt? Given his “promise anything for a vote” and his campaign platform’s Socialist agenda to unite private industry with government…
maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:33 AM

More loony-tunes ‘analysis’ from Palin supporters.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

You can’t deny the facts without being dishonest.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Oh, I dunno…lets start with the media…they built up Obama in the minds of the public…they can certainly tear down someone they don’t like…

They do so regularly, in fact. The rumors about “another shoe dropping” are an example. The blogs are spreading that. The FBI denied any investigation. But now, the main media is picking up the “rumor” and spreading it, under the guise of reporting “rumors.” Pretty soon, it’s impossible to stop the chatter.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

More loony-tunes ‘analysis’ from Palin supporters.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I suppose it’s impossible to disagree with one person’s opinion without trying to dump on everyone else?

littleguy on July 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I suppose it’s impossible to disagree with one person’s opinion without trying to dump on everyone else?

Some folks take it personally.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM

If the minute I saw on MSNBC this morning where they all agreed she was stupid to do this was an example of them going easy on her, I’d hate to see them being really ugly.

kingsjester on July 6, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Here is the best summary of the latest Palin flap, imo, from the other McCain over at TAS:

“The punditocracy can’t predict Palin because she shares neither their perspective nor their assumptions. Her ascent to political stardom has been treated as a fluke by most of the GOP establishment for the simple reason that she doesn’t slavishly follow the standard script of Republican politicians.

Of course, in recent years this script usually has ended with “…and then the Democrats won,” suggesting the need for a re-write. The next version of the story may yet have a surprise ending — at least, surprising to the pundits whom Sarah Palin has surprised so often before.”

Since Ed and Allah won’t link to his stuff, I will:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/07/06/sarah-surprises-again

Bravo! well played, sir.

james23 on July 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

The rumors about “another shoe dropping” are an example. The blogs are spreading that. The FBI denied any investigation. But now, the main media is picking up the “rumor” and spreading it, under the guise of reporting “rumors.” Pretty soon, it’s impossible to stop the chatter.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Why haven’t our hosts taken down the “other shoe” headline for this blog post? Pretty slimey if you ask me.

james23 on July 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I disagree with this author’s idea that Sarah will be waiting for 2016 but this was one heck of a refreshing read.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I write Cornyn and Hutchison frequently, being one of his constituents. But his team or computer program simply returns a prefabricated response.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

.
Contact Erickson @ Redstate.com. He will take your e-mails and forward on your concerns to Cornyn under the Redstate header. Cornyn will respond to them knowing a clearer understanding of them because somebody else has already reviewed them. Plus those responses are to be more likely positive. There is also the even greater possibilities for you when he realizes that his now defunct answers to you may be posted on Redstate.com. Make sure you tell Redstate what has happened when you tried to contact Cornyn on your own. Give it a shot.

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Hi, I’m Sarah Palin, I quit the governorship of Alaska out of the clear blue sky one day with no explanation at all other than a rambling and incoherent statement. Vote for me for president!

rollthedice on July 6, 2009 at 9:11 AM

I did the “I’m so-and-so …” shtick to mock people when I was – oh – 8 years old. Grow up (Unless you really are 8, in which case you should get off your Mom’s computer and help her with the dishes.)

PackerBronco on July 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM

That’s because of this. Also, she threated to sue their asses off for defamation.

I just want to punch the faces of these media people.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Kingsjester and others refute Ingraham in that they are being nice. However, this game where these pundits slag on people and then suck up to them to get them on their shows is nothing new. I couldn’t deal with it myself. I hope she stomps on their balls.

Blake on July 6, 2009 at 10:21 AM

You can’t deny the facts without being dishonest.
maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I can deny your ridiculous assertions about Mitt and Socialism and maintain every ounce of my integrity and honesty.

I suppose it’s impossible to disagree with one person’s opinion without trying to dump on everyone else?
littleguy on July 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM

You’re right. I should have used the word “loony” before “Palin supporters”. All of her supporters are not loony.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

lol 20 pages worth of comments…

wow

Fish on July 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I think she’ll run if it’s clear that she’s got the backing and the numbers. She has nothing to lose by making this move, other than being called a quitter.

People are already debating the pros and cons. At first, it was nothing but cons.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM

lol 20 pages worth of comments…

wow

Fish on July 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

There’s 34 on the july 3 story — scroll down the main page a bit.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Why haven’t our hosts taken down the “other shoe” headline for this blog post? Pretty slimey if you ask me.

I think the story actually broke open after this post was made. That is when the lawyer notified the blogger over defamation on MSN.

The bloggers spreading this are going nuts! LOL* They are chattering up a storm about how they are not guilty, since they just said, “It’s a rumor.”

My take? She scared them more than they are admitting.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM

You’re right. I should have used the word “loony” before “Palin supporters”. All of her supporters are not loony.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Thanks for the clarification Danish. I voted for Romney in the primaries, but I also support Palin. You must admit that she has a lot more charisma and solid conservative positions (not just cultural) than Romney does. Personally, if he plays his cards right, he could tap her to run on a 2012 ticket with him. It would elevate his platform and relieve conservatives who doubt him and/or his intentions. Just my opinion! It will be interesting to watch for sure!!

KickandSwimMom on July 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

If Obama had quit the Chicago political scene because he didn’t have time for that kind of corruption it would have been a point in his favor. I don’t agree that Palin choosing her battles is a negative.

Especially if she sues the media for libel. Because one of the biggest America killer we have is the media. They enable the corruption that has made politics so ugly.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:34 AM

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM

They talk so much $hit and believe it all, they no longer have any idea of what they have and have not said. Luckily, any competent atty already has screenshots.

Blake on July 6, 2009 at 10:35 AM

he could tap her to run on a 2012 ticket with him

KickandSwimMom on July 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I doubt that. He’s going to have to compete with her in the primaries. Whichever one of them wins would be helped having the other on the ticket. I’d bet on her at the top.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Hi I’m Sarah Palin. I reformed Alaska, brought conservatives back into national power, reformed the GOP, defeated Barack Obama, and helped to stem the tide of Socialism.
faraway on July 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM

“…then I quit the job because the pressure of the criticisms and rude comments was just too great.”
She gave up, plain and simple. Since you all love Reagan so much, maybe you can tell me how he responded to riots at Berkeley, and before, at the Hollywood Studio lots. Did he walk away? No, he wouldn’t allow himself to be bullied.
Let it now be known: if you are a “conservative” elected official, all the liberals have to do is create enough legal and media chaos around you to make you quit so they can expose you to the world as a quitter. If she were Vice President right now, would she be quitting that as well? But hey, if I’m criticizing Obama, I must be “racist”, right? And now if I’m criticizing Palin, I must be “sexist”, according to some.

Send_Me on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened on Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation.

Maybe the best reason of all…difficult to sue when you are a public figure, but a private individual can sue.
Now we will see who has the “balls” to deride Palin, make false accusations, call her kids “retarded” and “inanimate objects”.
Now we will see how “brave” these reporters are, and who their “sources” are regarding this “FBI investigation”. I have a feeling you won’t be hearing anymore about it on the mainstream…

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I personally can’t stand it when a sitting politician runs for the next office and ignores their current job…that taxpayers are paying them to do.

I wish all politicians had to quit before they ran for the next office. That would clean things up nicely.

Rockygold on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

gh at 10:35
Why can’t a person assess their own abilities and decide, “I’m more vice-presidential material than presidential because of the electability issue”?

If we did that and had primaries where our people didn’t kill each other and alienate each other’s supporters, we might actually be alive enough to fight for the COUNTRY.

I just hate the way we’re not a team.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM

littleguy on July 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM

As per “analysis”, my observations make a logical point. And I wasn’t denigrating Buy when showing where I agree and disagree with her. She needn’t cling to self-defense posture.

You can’t deny the facts without being dishonest.
maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I can deny your ridiculous assertions about Mitt and Socialism and maintain every ounce of my integrity and honesty.
Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Buy, you are attempting to hold yourself and Mitt in a state of perfection via selective memory, blotting out reality. Too bad for you. I’m not the only reader who remembers the final months of Mitt Romney last POTUS campaign.

BTW Buy, it takes a warped sour puss to dismiss Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. They represent the genre’s best good humor and American satire with good nature. Your rejection of them is telling.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:41 AM

They talk so much $hit and believe it all, they no longer have any idea of what they have and have not said. Luckily, any competent atty already has screenshots.

Very true….but HuffPo was named. :)

It’s really quite a funny story if you like watching people flop and flip.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Let it now be known: if you are a “conservative” elected official, all the liberals have to do is create enough legal and media chaos around you to make you quit so they can expose you to the world as a quitter

Send Me at 10:36
>>>>>

Or make legal and media chaos around you so you can’t get anything done. It’s the same thing. In the end, we have to make the Cloward-Piven/Alinsky tactics unfruitful for the left. We can only do that by not giving a rip for what they’re gonna say or do. Let them know we are tone-deaf to any drivel they come out with.

And then work like crazy to wake up our neighbors who are asleep at the wheel.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:42 AM

gh at 10:35
Why can’t a person assess their own abilities and decide, “I’m more vice-presidential material than presidential because of the electability issue”?

Frankly, a blogger on here had the absolute best analysis I’ve read anywhere. I can’t find it in the midst of the junky stuff now. *drat*

Anyway, the gist of his take was she HAS done exactly that since the election. She’s assessed. And she even tested what kind of reaction from the traditional GOP she’d get. She’s got it figured out.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Why can’t a person assess their own abilities and decide, “I’m more vice-presidential material than presidential because of the electability issue”?

I don’t think that applies to Romney. He’d make a good president but Palin is a stronger candidate. Especially at this time.

I just hate the way we’re not a team.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM

It’s a competitive system. Is there even a primary system for the VP? I don’t think so. So the way to get out there is to run.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Will do.

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

I must be “sexist”, according to some.

Send_Me on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

No just stupid and naive…a mother, a good and righteous mother, protects her children first.
They were accused of being whores, retarded, inanimate objects, drug around, jokes about raping them, sexually accosting them, and much more vile attacks. Unprecedented in the history of politics…no children have ever been so attacked. No family has ever had more abuse heaped upon them.
These kids are kids…get it, defenseless kids…except that their mom, because she is popular and an threat, they were exposed and mutilated by the MSM and bloggers, a few who on on this site. An example is someone making fun of their names, this is a has-been reporter that shows up to attack Palin. Supposedly a “reputable” blogger and media “star”.
She is a mother first, politician second…now that she will be a “citizen” let’s see them backup their vile attacks on her family.

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

I don’t believe there is a scandal or a skeleton hiding in the closet.

I watched her statement and read it.

Although my first reaction was shock and confusion her statement was clear for me.

I still support her, whatever her future plans are.

I am not “loony” but I am not giving up on her either.

I hope everyone had a nice 4th- spent time with family and friends.

bazil9 on July 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Maybe the competitive system needs to adjust when the nation is in a state of war. Which we are. Obama is committing war against this country.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM

It seems to me that all the Liberals and self-proclaimed “Pundits” are all reacting like the citizens of Tokyo in a bad Godzilla movie. Again, I state: While Conservatives are concerned that she has ruined her political career, the Liberals and Beltway Insiders are concerned that she has just begun.

kingsjester on July 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

If she were Vice President right now, would she be quitting that as well? But hey, if I’m criticizing Obama, I must be “racist”, right? And now if I’m criticizing Palin, I must be “sexist”, according to some.

Send_Me on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

LOL. I don’t know about the sexist thing, but I’ve heard that rap about allowing the lefties to “drive” her from office and it doesn’t hold water to me. What would Reagan do? What would JESUS do? Personally, I believe they would try to outthink the enemy — she changed the political landscape in Alaska and left her enemies sputtering, just in time for Independence Day. God bless America!

littleguy on July 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Maybe the competitive system needs to adjust when the nation is in a state of war. Which we are. Obama is committing war against this country.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM

So the primaries give everyone a good look at who will make the best general. The best thing the candidates could do is agree to keep their staff under control.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

In the letter, Van Flein writes: “‘The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those “responsible for the abuse of that right.’… These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable.”

The attorney also addressed another of the bloggers’ claims: that Palin purchased building materials to build her own home from the same supply store as was used by those who built the arena.

“Prior to the construction of Lowe’s and Home Depot within the last few years in Wasilla, Spenard Builders Supply was the primary building supply company in Wasilla,” Van Flein writes. “It can hardly come as a surprise that it would sell materials to small homeowners or that it would also bid to supply commercial contracts.”

As for how the Palins financed their home on Wasilla’s Lake Lucille, Van Flein says they “used a combination of personal savings, equity from the sale of their prior home and conventional bank financing to build the house — like millions of American families. The deeds of trust are recordable public records. Basic journalism and fact checking would confirm this.”

Bring it on MSM, you will just make her more popular…

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

It seems to me that all the Liberals and self-proclaimed “Pundits” are all reacting like the citizens of Tokyo in a bad Godzilla movie. Again, I state: While Conservatives are concerned that she has ruined her political career, the Liberals and Beltway Insiders are concerned that she has just begun.

I agree.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Just got back in town… no way am I reading the 10,000+ comments on various threads about this…. quick question:

Has anyone here mentioned that Sarah Palin resigning is actually GOOD for Alaska. Let’s be honest, since the election, Sarah Palin has been prohibited from being an effective Governor. These ethics complaints have tied up valuable State time and money (apparently $2 mil in State money and more time spent on fighting ethics complaints than any other single objective). She has been handcuffed. By resigning, she frees up the Alaskan Government to get back to work.

Forget the political implications for Palin. What she did was the right thing for Alaska. I see a lot of people on TV calling her selfish. IMO, the selfish move would be to stick it out through her term, knowing that it would mean 18 more months of a less than efficient government. It would have made HER look better (especially if she kept batting 1.000) but it would have hurt her state. The lack of logic by some in the media is astounding… they call her selfish yet they say by resigning she has hurt her political career. The only way I can see this as her being selfish is if sometime in the near future she takes a TV show or something like that for the big pay-day.

BPD on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

No matter how you spin it, she quit her job. Even if you say she had reasons and handled it responsibly, she quit. The press conference sounded a little crazy. It’s not bias pointing that out.

She can make some money, but what stopped her from doing that as Governor? Her book deal would have paid for the ethics suits, and she could have hired a team of lawyers to deal with them. That’s what SarahPAC is for.

Anyone knew the political risks of accepting the VP nomination and challenging the status quo. Her wildly successful convention speech promised to take them (Beltway elitists and media pundits) on and fight. Then when the fight became too much, she walked away.

Sorry, but that’s reality. Did she think she could just campaign for 2012 and go back to her job? That’s incredibly naive. Now t, but this rush to cash in is cheap and disappointing. Yes, it’s all understandable, but not presidential.

Ferraro is right. Palin no longer has a seat at the table for policy discussions. Now she is a pageant queen.

alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

No just stupid and naive…a mother, a good and righteous mother, protects her children first.
They were accused of being whores, retarded, inanimate objects, drug around, jokes about raping them, sexually accosting them, and much more vile attacks. Unprecedented in the history of politics…no children have ever been so attacked. No family has ever had more abuse heaped upon them.
These kids are kids…get it, defenseless kids…except that their mom, because she is popular and an threat, they were exposed and mutilated by the MSM and bloggers, a few who on on this site. An example is someone making fun of their names, this is a has-been reporter that shows up to attack Palin. Supposedly a “reputable” blogger and media “star”.
She is a mother first, politician second…now that she will be a “citizen” let’s see them backup their vile attacks on her family.

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

+4

Some folks seem to be forgetting just how vile the attacks on her family have been. I’ve always said, I have the utmost respect for both Todd and Sarah, because I’d probably be in jail for assault if someone attacked my kids like this.

You know why liberals love this sort of attack? Because they know most conservatives wouldn’t think of responding in kind.

Thunderstorm129 on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

She can make some money, but what stopped her from doing that as Governor?

Alaska has laws preventing just that.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Has anyone here mentioned that Sarah Palin resigning is actually GOOD for Alaska. Let’s be honest, since the election, Sarah Palin has been prohibited from being an effective Governor.

BPD on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

She said this herself and she’s been quoted numerous times in this thread. Some posters have reading comprehension difficulties or just don’t believe her. Why do you think the thread is so long :-)

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

the Liberals and Beltway Insiders are concerned that she has just begun.

kingsjester on July 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

+1

Rockygold on July 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Send_Me on July 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Weren’t you just released from the child predator list? Have you ever thought about abusing s child…not saying you have but have you ever, ever thought about it?
If no, you don’t care about children, you never gave abuse of children a second thought….if yes, then why would you do that, I mean thinking about abusing a child is a strange and abhorrent thought.
But you said no, never once thought about it, you just don’t think it exists? Or are you denying that it exists, with thousands of children being molested, you just don’t think about them…or you are just saying you have never thought about them, which would mean you are hiding from us your real thoughts.
Get it?

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 10:54 AM

The press conference sounded a little crazy.

It’s not bias, necessarily; but it’s also not relevant. She surprised everyone alot. I think the reaction to her words was more due to the actual message. Nobody had even anticipated that she’d step down.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM

She can make some money, but what stopped her from doing that as Governor? Her book deal would have paid for the ethics suits, and she could have hired a team of lawyers to deal with them. That’s what SarahPAC is for.

alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Her book deal helps repay the State $2+ million and thousands of hours of lost productivity HOW? Her book deal prevents that circus from continuing for the next 18 months HOW?

There is more to it than her legal bills. Yes, she will be able to pay them off. But what about her STAFF? They are getting big legal bills too. And the STATE is wasting valuable time and money responding to information requests (emails, etc). There is nothing she can do about that. By resigning, she makes that go away (in so much as all attacks will now be aimed at a private citizen, not the State government, which is a completely separate entity).

BPD on July 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Have you guys actually seen the ethics suits? There’s a list on the net. I’ve thought for awhile that Alaska was simply unprepared for this type of national attention. After reading the suits, I was really convinced I am right about that.

One filing was due to her taking a trip out of the state. Seriously. She couldn’t leave the state without some nutjob filing an ethics charge.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM

By resigning, she makes that go away (in so much as all attacks will now be aimed at a private citizen, not the State government, which is a completely separate entity).

BPD on July 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM

The attacks exploit a weakness in an ethics law she introduced (i believe). By resigning she eliminates them altogether.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM

No matter how you spin it, she quit her job. Even if you say she had reasons and handled it responsibly, she quit. The press conference sounded a little crazy. It’s not bias pointing that out.

alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

It’s not bias, it just doesn’t make any sense to me. I found it all perfectly reasonable and understandable. She would have “quit” her job had she been elected VP, just as Obama “quit” his job. I’ve “quit” numerous jobs before and I have never been denied another in chosen career because of it. Now, maybe it was risky and maybe it’s a gamble, but time will tell.

littleguy on July 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM

You know why liberals love this sort of attack? Because they know most conservatives wouldn’t think of responding in kind.

Thunderstorm129 on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Anyone who doesn’t think that a 14 year old knows when people call her sister a whore, her mother a whore, he brother useless and a waste of humanity, is an absolute idiot of a proportion I can’t imagine. Then has to suffer while a national TV host makes a joke about her, but later her sister, being raped.
People, if you don’t get that, if you don’t understand that, you live under a rock.
I think the tipping point was Letterman, the straw…all the others have been terrible, but that was the end all. Maher stating, “what did she think, that David was going to f*ck her daughter on TV?”
Vile, vile, vile, disgusting animals with absolutely no moral compass.

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM

james23 on July 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

That was a great article. It certaily explains the media outrage. How dare she act on her own! How dare she have an origional thought. How dare she ignor their advice. How dare she not go on their shows. How dare she not follow the conventional wisdom. As far as I can tell she doesn’t have any advisors either. At least any that are recognizable here in the lower 48. She must be crazy or stupid.
All this fuss about her for the last 60 hours is just plain hysteria that I thought I would never see grow-ups engage in. It looks as if most of you have lost your minds. Read her statement again. She tells you why she is leaving. She is putting the State of Alaska first and insuring that the state is in good hands. She has accomplished for the state in two years what it would take most governors at least 4. She cannot do her job effectively and she is not satisfied with that. She is not willing to coast while the anklebiters nip away at her costing her and Alaska time and money. She is an honest and effective person and she feels that Alaska deserves better. Then ask yourself what did she mean by the phrase “Only dead fish go with the flow”? Then look to see how she ended her statement with the MacArthur quote.
She is full of surprises and she is her own person. She is honest and forthright and apparently that seems to be a quality that is lacking in the media and in Washington, DC. It’s like showing Satan the Cross. People just go nuts. Well, there are millions of us out here watching her and praying she will be doing what we think she will be doing. She’s come to lead.

BetseyRoss on July 6, 2009 at 11:04 AM

maverick muse on July 6, 2009 at 10:41 AM

How about you tell us why Romney is a “Socialist”. I’m not going to argue against phantoms.

Presumably it’s because of his health care initiative for Massachusetts, but that was not a “Socialist” program any more than requiring drivers to have auto insurance is “Socialist”.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2009 at 11:06 AM

No matter how you spin it, she quit her job. Even if you say she had reasons and handled it responsibly, she quit. The press conference sounded a little crazy. It’s not bias pointing that out.

alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

So a person says, actually pledges, they are going to swim across a lake with her family…one by one her family is attacked by fish, meat is being torn off, they are losing the lives of each of the family member, so she takes them back to shore…you call that a quitter, I say she made a responsible decision.
Now she gets in a boat, and powers safely across the lake…you say she is a quitter, I would say she is smarter then the ones that stay in the water and flail around…

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM

The attacks exploit a weakness in an ethics law she introduced (i believe). By resigning she eliminates them altogether.

gh on July 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM

What law is that?

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

She has my vote even if her running mate is a Dem. I`m so disgusted with the lame media and there hack jobs on anything righteous. Your best bet is to reverse anything you hear from them, to find the truth. More airtime for late term abortion dr, than a Soldier killed serving his Country. Even from the white House. That is the most telling to me about there prioritys.

LSUMama on July 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

“Who are these detractors?
promachus on July 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM”

Oh, I dunno…lets start with the media.
ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Yes, lass, the media might stop it’s fawning and adoring coverage of Sarah Palin.
:: eyes rolling ::

whatcat on July 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

After this resignation, if Palin becomes president and foreign leaders start calling her kids poopie heads, it appears she will quit.

csdeven on July 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Maybe the competitive system needs to adjust when the nation is in a state of war. Which we are. Obama is committing war against this country.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM

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Agreed. Obama should be the focus now for all of us. Our lives now swing in the balance of this corrupt and dishonest Obama adminstration. Obama is leading us away from the America we love into an all out government controlled nation. The POTUS wants to rule us rather than govern us. His actions don’t align with his rhetoric. He says he wants to help but what he really wants to do is control every facet of our lives. The list of his proposed controls from here on out is great and if we can’t stop him now, the future for us all will be grim.

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I disagree with this author’s idea that Sarah will be waiting for 2016 but this was one heck of a refreshing read.

promachus on July 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM

++++ a must read.

the_nile on July 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

After this resignation, if Palin becomes president and foreign leaders start calling her kids poopie heads, it appears she will quit.

Obama never really even found his desk at the senator job before he started running, in spite of stating publicly that he didn’t believe in doing that. Then he turned around and did exactly that.

What I noticed is that people really didn’t care that he did that. If they like you, they ignore the small stuff.

And this is actually quite small stuff.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

After this resignation, if Palin becomes president and foreign leaders start calling her kids poopie heads, it appears she will quit.

csdeven on July 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

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I did not see your sarc tag. I laughed anyway. Please in the future try to think outside of the beltway mentality.

Americannodash on July 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Then when the fight became too much, she walked away.

alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM
>>>

Walked away from what? The fight? The gal is the first politician I know who is threatening lawsuits against a lying media.

I don’t call that retreat. I’d call it an attack. She didn’t walk away from anything. She chose her battle – and put herself in a position to fight fire with fire. Exactly what we need somebody to do.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

“No matter how you spin it, she quit her job.
alliebobbitt on July 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM”

So what? Obama didn’t finish his first/only term as Senator. It’s earthshaking news that a politician leaves one gig and goes on to another?

Cue Captain Renault: “I’m shocked! Shocked!!”

whatcat on July 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM

As far as candidates go, at least Palin looks like someone who would actually change the tune on the jukebox, whereas everyone else just seems to be the same version of the same candidate we’ve been forced to put up with so many times in the past. If for nothing more than that, I believe I’d vote for her. Just to shake it up; piss off all the secular progressives destroying this nation.

I think Palin can move past the “quitter attacks” with solid reasons for why she had to go. As long as she explains why her persecution in the governors office would be different than what they will try in the White House, she’ll be fine. But she has to make that differentiation.

Aside from that, we should all be familiar with this line of attack against Palin. They tried to do the same thing to Bush, questioning his intelligence, his book smarts, his ability to handle foreign policy. He withstood those attacks on his way to two terms in office, driving the moonbats into a state of lunacy.

I say we elect Palin if for nothing else than to drive the chattering-class into a rage-induced coma which would give us enough time to reverse the course of this grand ship we call America. I don’t have faith in Romney or Huckabee. At least if Palin were President, I know something would happen.

Thunderstorm129 on July 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Americannodash at 11:12

The campaign for 2012 shouldn’t start for another 2 years. In that time, all the potential candidates would gain respect and credibility by standing together to fight the real enemy. And – dare I say it – if they won’t work together as a unit, then the one who is most effective in these 2 years will have a glowing resume.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM

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