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.
- 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)
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.