Palin to step down as Alaska governor – video added

Breaking… Lots of speculation. First reports stated she would not run for re-election as Alaska governor. But now, reports state she will be stepping down at the end of the month and hand power over to Lt. Governor. Todd Palin says (paraphrasing) … she [Sarah] will be concentrating on doing the things for Alaska and the country that she is unable to do as Alaska governor.

Most news sites still reporting she won’t run for re-election, but TV has her resigning at the end of the month.

If you’re on the road between Anchorage and Wasilla get out of the way. Media trucks roaring up behind you.

More info…

  • She did not tell anyone in Washington delegation (representatives or senators) she was planning to leave.
  • State legislature had no information either.
  • Lt. Governor will be sworn in at the end of the month (July 26) at the governors picnic.
  • She was spending more than 75 percent of her time defending herself (ethics complaints – all thrown out).
  • Bill Kristol… “maybe she’s crazy like a fox…”
  • Hundreds of thousands in personal legal bills that her and Todd have to pay? (bogus ethics complaints)

Malkin, Geraghty, Hot Air, Hot Air.

Ace states there is no way she can run for national office after resigning as Alaska governor before even finishing one term. But she opened her statement listing all of the accomplishments her administration made during her term as governor. If she is pleased with what she has gotten done in Alaska, and has been spending all of her time – thousands of hours and millions of tax dollars – defending herself, maybe that is a good reason to get out?

With all of the national attacks, maybe she’s doing what is best for Alaska? She says she is doing what is best for Alaska.

I tend to agree with her.

After listening to Stuart Varney the last few minutes, I’m not liking his tone one bit. He’s saying it’s a political decision, but did Varney even listen to her statement? Varney keeps asking if she was pressured out? Listen to her statement Varney! Varney keeps asking about her ethics complaints.

Summing up… This was not a decision to run for president in 2012. Got that? (OK, IMO) Resigning as governor was specifically tied to Palin’s satisfaction with her administration’s accomplishments and the right path for Alaska. Her decision was driven by her legal bills, Alaska spending $2 million on dealing with bogus ethics complaints and the fact that most of her time was spend dealing with all of the bull.

For Palin, it’s not about her (unlike many other politicians), it’s about Alaska right now.

She’s not getting run out of politics, but honestly, what would you do if you were in the same situation? If a governor’s “polarizing popularity” was paralyzing the state he/she was working for, and he/she resigned her position because of those issues, I think he/she should be praised for putting his/her state ahead of ones self.

Recently she visited Alaskan troops overseas. I think that trip really reminded her want it means to serve your country and state. It’s not about her.

Let’s wait and see where Palin is and what she’s doing in the fall of 2010, and then we can speculate on a possible run on the Republican ticket.

11 replies
  1. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    She is one of the people not one the elite, a definite asset. Did you notice….no teleprompter. All I can say is that McCain was the problem during the election. He should have been defending her over these mean spirited attacks against her. But he says nothing, and even jokes about it. She'll be back and when she does "watch out".

  2. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    Thank you Steve, for being a voice of reason! Sarah Palin, if nothing else, has guts! I say turn off the TV. The slams will be plentiful, as already has been shown even by Fox news. I find it disgraceful that the media and political system can squeeze out a person like Sarah Palin. Before anyone wants to bust on me, I am not saying she is the "everything" of what we need. But she has been bold, honest and respectable. She cares more about this country than say … Barney Frank or Chris Dodd. This "system" has given liars upon liars titles they don't deserve. Sarah Palin has done none of that. And now all I have heard in the last hour are terms like "buckling under pressure" and "political suicide." I am simply ashamed of our system right now.

  3. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Gov.Palin is not only a person of principles, but is a profile in courage! May Gov.Palin find sucess in getting the message across on the need for limited and responsible government.

  4. donh
    donh says:

    Classic Palin being Palin. Another awkward humerous episode of Married with Children . A hasty ill rehearsed press conferance where quacking gulls draw more attention than Palin's amateurish performance at the podium. However, when she gets past grieving about her victimhood, her words truely connect with an American spirit like no other politician can. That line about being a fisherman and knowing that only dead fish go with the flow is an expression of pure genius. After getting my hopes up, she ends by quoting General Custer who wasn't retreating but "advancing in another direction." Custer's entire column of 700 men was annihilated at Little Big Horn . As always Sarah Palin leaves me wondering is this a joke?

  5. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    There is no way Palin is out for the count.

    When you think about all the liberals that continuously try to "help" us by telling us that we need to dump hear because she is a drag on the party. They did nothing but show their hand. Think about it: if Palin were the problem they portray her as, why would they get in the way?

    Truth is, they are scared spitless of her, and the ongoing attacks long after the 2008 election prove it.

  6. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Steve, thanks for the rational post. The Republicans have certainly been on a downward spiral the past month or so, and Palin just compounded that effect.

    It is amazing the viciousness of the attacks that were targeted against Sarah Palin, both during and after the election process – just heard that obnoxious ignoramus, Chuck Todd (nbc/msnbc) saying she's going to "cash in on her celebrity" in a derisive tone of voice. That being said, Palin stated that the current ethics complaints have cost her family over $500,000. And dealing with them is taking up a lot of her time. However, I don't think quitting half-way through her first term as governor will increase her qualifications for higher office.

    Maybe Palin does need to get out of the limelight, make some money, and study up on international and domestic issues. While I've admired her moral stances, sheer gutsiness, and the great job fighting corruption in Alaska, she needs to do some serious work if she ever wants to run for President and have any chance of winning.

    The political atmosphere, especially among the media, is a total disgrace. It seems like there is little honest and in-depth reporting any more. Just a bunch of tabloid vultures out for ratings and "blood." Jim Lehrer is about the only one left who gives unbiased reporting, without the hype. He's one of the last of a breed. The rest will have a feast tearing away at the flesh and bones of this latest Republican carnage.

  7. TomTGRWolcott
    TomTGRWolcott says:

    I think Sarah is stepping down to

    A: Tie up some loose ends

    B: To educate herself before the battle of 2012

    C: To have a real economic plan for america when she takes office

    Or I could be completely wrong on this

    • PatRiot
      PatRiot says:

      Her best bet is to team up with Ron Paul.

      Can anyone verify that the Electoral College will recognize a third party?

      We would have to make sure we have an OVERWHELMING majority of votes – no Ross Perot results this time.

  8. skepticalcynic
    skepticalcynic says:

    I like Palin. I like her politics. BUt, her politics are similar to a bunch of other conservatives serving now.

    She is what she is because of her looks. Take away that and she would still be unknown.

    Now, I'm not saying she can't do the job, while those looks help her with gaining republican support, they are the MAIN reason for all the abuse from the left.

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