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Did Sarah Quit to Spend More Time Hunting Bears, or Donkeys?

posted at 8:26 am on July 4, 2009 by

First and foremost, a happy Independence Day to everybody, and most importantly to all those in the military past and present who have maintained our freedom and independence for 233 years.

Well, Sarah Palin certainly added to the fireworks yesterday by announcing that she’d be resigning as Alaska Governor effective in about three weeks.

Why did she do this? After perusing the news sites this morning, there are so many theories out there that I won’t even bother to go into all of them — suffice to say that Palin’s ability to perplex and befuddle the media and commentators is as healthy as ever. There are ongoing attempts to assign the resignation speech a “they won’t have soccer mom to kick around anymore” tone, but my hunch is that’s far from what happened yesterday.

Is she finished with politics? Is she running for president? Did ACORN get her to quit? Is she going to host a game show called “You Bet’cha Life”? These questions will be answered in a short period of time.

Frankly, though I’d be disappointed to see her out of the picture in the national political scene, the blow would be softened by the knowledge that we won’t have to watch a good family being run through a cruel wringer. However, should Sarah decide to continue on into national politics, something tells me that the Palins are stronger than the wringer, so it won’t break my heart to see her run for president.

Among all the reactions to Palin’s resignation, none are more hilarious than the Democratic National Committee’s response:

DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse:

“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.”

Those who dismissed Palin as the governor of a meaningless, backwards state are now the first out of the gate to accuse her of abandoning her absolutely vital duties to that important state? Funny.

I don’t recall anybody accusing Obama of abandoning his post and the people of Illinois when he resigned his senate seat after 46 months — half of which were spent traipsing around the country running for president. If Palin is running for president, she’s doing it the responsible way. Obama is the one who “abandoned” his constituents, not that we heard anything about that from the mainstream press Obamaniacs.

Concerning Palin’s resignation, DNC cabana boy David Gergen said this on CNN:

“I think most of us long ago gave up trying to figure out what goes on in Sarah Palin’s head.”

Coming from a guy who can figure out what goes on in Joe Biden’s head, this is a compliment of the highest order.

If Palin is running for president, politically speaking, there’s little to no downside to resigning now to focus on national politics. If she’s running for president and kept the job as governor, she’d be accused of neglecting her post as she traveled the lower-48.

In other words, denying her resume an extra year and a half as Alaska governor is not going to be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether or not she’s the GOP’s nominee in 2012.

Time till tell. If Sarah pops up in Iowa and New Hampshire before too long, it won’t be to hunt bears, but donkeys.

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The problem is she couldn’t travel to the lower-48 without the opposition research liberals in Alaska filing an ethical complaint against her.

Three new ethical complaints were filed recently because she dared to leave Alaska for a conference or a meeting.

That was their entire ploy–to keep Gov. Palin pinned down in Alaska, unable to breathe or move without having to defend against an ethical complaint.

Enough was enough.

Enoxo on July 4, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Exactly. So now she gets to spend more time with the family, work on her book and not have to deal with the conflict between responsibility to her job as gov and fending off lunatic attacks. Plus she’s free to raise money for the people and causes she likes, collect iou’s and speak her mind on national issues. This is not a retreat, she’s just, to put it in Sarahspeak, “advancing in a different direction”. “Shrewd move”, to quote Bill Kristol.

shmendrick on July 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM

DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse:

“…and oil revenues are down.”

Ahem, er, WHAT?

ericdijon on July 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Donkeys definitely, bears are protected. She could throw in a few rinos while she’s at it.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

It all depends on what she does next. Period.

She could move to Illinois and run for Senator. It’s a longshot, Illinois doesn’t have New York’s tradition of carpetbaggers, but .. it could happen, and both Durbin and Burris are vulnerable to a fiscally conservative, pro-family, pro-education platform….

If she wants to stay in politics, this makes sense – take a year to build alliances speaking at fundraisers for like-minded folks and, without a “day job” to slow her down.

Sarah is relatively young, and clearly can think long-term… so there’s no reason to assume she’s going to go straight for the “top job”.. rather, by building a coalition in the house and senate she aligns herself for a cabinet post or maybe a veep pick in 2012, with succession in 2016 or beyond.

Alternately, maybe she’s just sick of it.


acat on July 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Its amazing that the regular folks get this and the punditry like Ed Morrissey and other RHINOs can’t seem to see what’s going on. Well they’ll see in the next coming years what a force this woman is and her connection to the people. To anyone who thought Bush’s 2004 support was strong, if Palin emerges as the nominee in 2012, she will be unstoppable.

milemarker2020 on July 6, 2009 at 12:38 AM