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Palin's Foolish Resignation

Sarah Palin, as you may well have heard, is resigning as governor of Alaska later this month in order, reports The Post’s Chris Cillizza, to focus on a 2012 presidential bid. And, in one stroke, she reconfirms many of the reasons she will never be president.

First, the timing: It’s not just that there’s more time between now and the next presidential election than has yet elapsed since the last one. There’s more time between now and the next midterm election than has passed since last November. Perhaps never has a presidential hopeful so poorly disguised her overambition. Sure, it’s tough to campaign and govern a state so far away from Iowa. But she could have simply decided not to run for reelection next year. This makes her look incapable of juggling multiple tasks at once.

Which points to a larger problem: judgment skills, or, rather, her questionable possession of such. From her disastrous campaign interviews to her self-aggrandized insistence that she speak on election night to her inability to decide whether or not to speak at GOP functions to her incompetence at handling the press to her gratuitous spat with David Letterman, she has demonstrated a volatile temperament and an incapability to think strategically. As John Weaver, a long-time McCainite, told The Post this afternoon: “We've seen a lot of nutty behavior from governors and Republican leaders in the last three months, but this one is at the top of that.”

All together, the picture is of a politician with obvious abilities to connect to ordinary folks -- but one who is also arrogant, unstable and unwise. Her latest move makes the image even clearer.

By Stephen Stromberg  | July 3, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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She flatlined the E-Meter. "DOWN!!! SET!!!..." "2012 Red Right! 2012 Red Right! hut, hut..." Point guard hoops audible. Why, I've repeatedly used that one myself over at 24-Hour Fitness Sport during full-court pickup.

Posted by: BGladd | July 3, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone viewed her a serious contender for the 2012 elections.

With this and how she did it, it's a sure thing she will be out of politics for good.

This is a good thing.

Posted by: A-Voter | July 3, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Well. as the focus on the death of Michael Jackson is likely soon to fade, we now have another even to hold our attention, at least for a short while.

Phil Cohen
Greensboro NC

Posted by: pmchai | July 3, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The big "experience" question will now be coupled with the "can't finish what you started" question and essentially equal the demise of a spotlight-seeking junior-league meglomaniac whose accidental moments in the sun helped secure our current 44th president.

Posted by: JamieRoberts | July 3, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

She's a joke...

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | July 3, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this move will find favor with the diehard wingnuts who like her, just because they have no use for logical, rational thoughts or actions. They love, a/ because they think she's a hottie, and b/ they abhor anything that smacks of intelligence.

Posted by: hypocritebuster | July 3, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"We're fishermen. Only dead fish go with the flow"


Posted by: Angela5 | July 3, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin is having Problems, Many Problems running Alaska .. there have been ethics investigations of her that have cost the State of Alaska close to 300,000 .
She has lost the respect of many of her working colleagues. Many people in her administration have RESIGNED.
If you think her quitting the Governorship is just strategy; then you haven't read the Anchorage Daily news lately.

Posted by: digtldesk | July 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The only thing she'll be doing in 2012 is posing for Playboy to pay rent.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | July 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

There must be something more to this. Is there something in the Vanity Fair article that is going to ruin her career? Or some other skeleton? Maybe she's jealous of Sanford and wants the spotlight back on herself? Or maybe she just wants her own talk show on Fox and can't finish her term in order to wait. Something ain't right...

Posted by: avidwpreader | July 3, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

“We've seen a lot of nutty behavior from governors and Republican leaders in the last three months, but this one is at the top of that.”

This attitude is why I see the Republicans losing more elections in the next 2-4 years. While there may be a scandal coming out in the next few days, I suspect Sarah Palin just belatedly realized what we've all known for the past year - That Sarah Palin does not have the temperament for high office. She quit while she was ahead and will probably do just fine in a high paying job as a talking head somewhere.

If that's nuttier Gov. Sanford going AWOL 5 days to see his one of his mistresses (apparently his favorite one), the Republicans really need to re-evaluate their standards.

Posted by: dan_schein | July 3, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"We're fishermen. Only dead fish go with the flow."

She's not much of a fisherman, then. Has she ever heard of a school of fish?

For that matter, has she ever heard of any kind of school?

Posted by: kenonwenu | July 3, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin has been in over her head since she became mayor of Wasila. She has governed like a cheesy matriarch in a cheesy Aaron Spelling TV show (think Falconcrest). Yet she thinks she is starring in a right wing version of a Frank Capra film. She is at once willful but also impressionable in that she obviously listens to syncophants like her husband and probably her hairdresser and pastor. Watching her is like watching a mentally ill person with delusions of grandiose accomplishments. In short, she appears almost schizophrenic in her paranoia that everyone is against her and her need to control everything around her. Hopefully, Fox will turn her into a right wing Oprah and she can canoodle with those other twits like O'Reilly, Limbaugh and that anorexic, Ann Coulter. Eventually, she will take the money and fade away like Bush and Cheyney. But she will never be president. Bush was the last abortion this country will ever tolerate.

Posted by: fstanton66 | July 3, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Flaky lady, she is in no position to run her own household, let alone a state or our nation.

Can't you just see her as President and deciding to resign in the middle of a war, etc?

I have never trusted in her abilities.
Poor Alaska, hang in there, she is almost gone!

Posted by: dremawalch | July 3, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I suppose this column is why the author is a reporter for the pay to play Washington Post. So let's see, to my recollection Obambi was a one term state senator (which he strong armed Chicago style) running for the Senate of which he spent some 141 days on government business. He voted present more time in the state senate than he ever did for a policy. He supports a would be dictator against the lawful parliament and supreme court of Honduras and he supports talking to the suppressive theocratic leaders of Iran. He presents cap and trade as a job creator. Sarah Palin will soon exceed the popularity of the resident of the White House that needs Styrofoam to hold up his backbone. In a game of one on one Obama is toast. This is what has the liberal pundits underwear in a knot.

Posted by: Weaver1 | July 3, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Bimbos is as bimbos does.

Posted by: rkerg | July 3, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the Post Columnist is upset because Ms. Palin resigned before he got a chance to demand her resignation.

Plus Mr. Stromberg's marginalization of Letterman's network assisted attack on an underage girl speaks for itself.

Posted by: RufusJunior | July 3, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

And yet the Republicans view Sappy Sarah as one of their A-team heavyweights...get ready for extinction, wingnuts.

Posted by: Jerryvov | July 3, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If she's really gonna run in 2012, does that mean Levi and Bristol will miraculously make up and get married? And if they did, would anybody NOT see through it for the stunt that it is?

Posted by: sophia4 | July 3, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin's messy resignation is perplexing. My first thought when I heard the news was she's a quitter: the people of Alaska hired her to do a job and now she's abandoning them before the end of her first term. Alaska's in terrible shape, it needs solid leadership now more than ever, and she's walking away.

Posted by: Minnesota1 | July 3, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

During the past election I thought that Palin was merely an unvetted ignoramus, but now I see that she's a bona fide loony.

She's wants the 2012 presidential campaign to come so badly. She's like a little kid waiting for Christmas, "if I go to bed early on Christmas Eve, Christmas well get here sooner." But even kids know you can't go to bed the day after Thanksgiving, wake the next morning and expect it to be Christmas.

But I'm happy she did it. Now he train-wreck that is Sarah Palin running for President has her full and undivided attention... well the smidgen that it didn't already have. This is going to be fun to watch!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 3, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It's a long time to 2012. By then, whoever appears to be the most opposite of Mr. Obama might be very, very popular.

Posted by: CapnRusty | July 3, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This is odd! But Mark Sandford should have done this three months ago!

Has Sarah been to Argentina or something?

Posted by: kevin9 | July 3, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is such a boon for the media. She is so flakey and can't get her thoughts out coherently, but she makes a great story always. If you watch the complete video, not the Wash Po short one, you hear all these birds that remind you eerily of the Thanksgiving turkey disaster video. Perhaps that poor turkey is haunting her. Not a good sign Palin. Not at all. And the crowd that they showed at the end... a handful of neighbors clapping.

Posted by: goldie2 | July 3, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

She will never be a serious contender.

Posted by: jangdonjoo | July 3, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Friday before a holiday weekend.

It's TakeOutTheTrash day, and it's also the day after a news article in Anchorage Daily News was published on how the state's health director got the famous Palin boot, allegedly for not lining up with the Gov's position on parental approval for teenage abortion. Palin has lost two top health administrators in the past few weeks. Wonder what's the real story for this resignation? Another ethics charge headed her way? The Vanity Fair piece? But obviously, some Big Wingnut is in her camp and planting seeds for her future.

My guess is she's not doing this for 2012; I think she's about to show up as the spokesperson/head of some anti-abortion religiousness group (or start her own). Another Palin platform ploy that keeps her in the news.

To step down as gov when you only have less than two years to go is foolish. Not tough enough to stay and fight?

Posted by: marytru | July 3, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

We certainly do not need more stupidity, irrelevance, and triviality in politics - good riddance, it's been insulting.

Posted by: sellingpencils | July 3, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin's resignation announcement has a feel of incompleteness, much like the situation regarding Governor Sanford when no one knew where to find him. There's more to the story. We'll just have to wait for the other snowshoe to drop in Alaska.

Posted by: Ceeee | July 3, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Altho she espouses traditional conservative values, she has a non-traditional marriage. As the family breadwinner, I think she's making the right decision. I see a made for TV movie in the works. Or maybe one of those Donald Trump style reality shows.

Posted by: dyst | July 3, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse


You betcha.

Her remarks from today: "...Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time... to BUILD UP...I WILL support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the RIGHT reasons, and I don't care what party they're in or no party at all. Inside Alaska - or Outside Alaska..."

The disenchanted folks who turned out for tea parties this past spring might just be the base for a possible Palin third-party bid. It sounds laughable but these days anything is possible.

I sure to hell hope that Obama pulls off a successful first term with no major stumbles, or there could be HELL TO PAY come election night.

It can happen (God forbid).


Posted by: spotter_tx | July 3, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Sanford, Ensign, now Palin ... are all the GOP politicians going through mid-life crises? Her speech was incredibly confusing. Is she being driven out or what?

Posted by: paris1969 | July 3, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gmcduluth | July 3, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Alaskan progressive bloggers have been doing the heavy lifting all these months. They deserve a shout out.
Something else is coming down the Palin pipeline, and it ain't oil!!

Posted by: naughtymonkey | July 3, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"I can't stand here and allow millions and millions of dollars to go to waste just so I can be governor," she said.

??? What's she talking about? Summing up, she told us she'd been "candid and truthful" in her explanation. What explanation?

Posted by: jhbyer | July 3, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin starring in.... The Real Housewives of Alaska.

Posted by: pahardee | July 3, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

As a guy from the mountain West your report amazes me. She has been harassed to death and then when she finally resigns you continue kicking her. We have a code about that out here and you probably wouldn't live long here.

Your article reminds me of why I never again intend to travel East of the Mississippi. You folks are from a foreign land that I don't like or respect.

Posted by: davel3 | July 3, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I bet she wrote that speech all by herself.

Posted by: dpc2003 | July 3, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why Bristol Palin got pregnant: She wanted something, anything, to keeo her mind off the fact that her mother is crazier than hell.

Posted by: euroguy | July 3, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The most priceless part of this? Her explaining that she would not stay on as governor, because doing so would be taking "the quitters way."

Parody is dead.

Posted by: flatlander100 | July 3, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is better than Palin; Palin is better than Romney. Nothing could be as bad as Mitt Romney, nothing.

Posted by: cambridge-persistence | July 3, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah plans on starting the NEW BULL MOOSE PARTY---You heard it here first!

Posted by: benighse | July 3, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

But you'll take our money, davel3, won't you?

Posted by: dpc2003 | July 3, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Yippee!! More Tina Fey!

Posted by: shadowshopper1981 | July 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

She quit to do what? Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: chipgower | July 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

What if - she is resigning because she is sick of the whole mess? Keith Olbermann would have nothing to talk about if it wasn't for Palin and GWB. Months after the election, she is still the butt of cheap jokes by Letterman, Jon Stewart, and the rest of the smarmy, supercilious left and their voracious "under thirty" audiences. She was made a caricature of herself by the media and the entertainment industry before the election while her competition - Joe Biden - was out bumbling his lines and stepping on his tongue all over the country and nary a word from the press. Palin may have not been the best choice for Vice President but what is worse is the way she was and continues to be treated. It is a disgrace.

Posted by: Sigma2010 | July 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Smart move. She has a constituency looking for a leader. She stepped up. After two years in a national leadership role, in direct opposition to Obama, whom she will excoriate, she will be more polished, better briefed, and attracting better Republican political organizers.

Posted by: bobfonow | July 3, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Most comments here are doubtless from Northern Virginia and Maryland government employees, who would naturally hate Sarah Palin. O well.

Posted by: RufusJunior | July 3, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is at best a mid-market TV sportscaster with delusions of grandeur. Get ready for the newly reincarnated Aimee Semple McPherson.

Posted by: jes_fine | July 3, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope and pray that she does become the Republican nominee for the 2012 Presidential election. Not only would that assure another Obama victory, but the debates will be downright hysterical! She could barely hold her own against Biden. Can you imagine her trying to engage in a verbal battle with Barack Obama??!! She'll be obliterated!!

Posted by: TheHoeech | July 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

One of three things seems very likely.

She is about to sign a contract with ClearChannel Nut radio and Fox Nut TV for millions of bucks

She is about to spend three years running for President

She is about to be indicted

Some combination of the above

Posted by: davidscott1 | July 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin's political career was a mesmerizing perversity - like watching a monkey swallow a hand grenade.

Posted by: htimothyjones | July 3, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

LOL -- a left-wing biased report. It's a brilliant decision...and time will show. If the elitists feared her they will go into shock. Thank goodness she is everything the nation has searched for,for years...a true citizen public servant. While the media loves Obama and Obama loves the sound of his own voice..thank you goodness Sarah Palin loves her country men and women.

Posted by: pelham1861 | July 3, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This does not smell right. There is an ulterior motive that we, the public, are not yet aware. There is no way she is giving up power and the spotlight. She is way too ambitious for that. Either she has been hired to become a lobbyist ($$$$) or she is moving south so she can give speeches to the incredibly shrinking Republican base or she is going to implicated or indicted in some scandal.

Whatever it is, this is not the end of the story. It is just the beginning.

Posted by: bunduo | July 3, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has confused her Prom Queen popularity with political acceptance.

A significant voting bloc where she will fall short, possibly a surprise to those who haven't thought about it, is the women's vote.

Women will not trust a woman. It's not that they will trust a man more, but they know a man can be controlled.

It's been that way since Eve was able to take control of the apple.

Posted by: JoJohnStohrer | July 3, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Great. Now Sarah, do us all a favor and continue your one-way journey into oblivion.

Posted by: heuristic77 | July 3, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

She's not mentally stable enough to mount a serious campaign for the presidency. So it will be interesting to see what kind of antics she gets into, like the last time she sought a position outside of Alaska.

Posted by: johnc_80 | July 3, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm Dave and these are my other brothers Dave, Dave, Dave and my oyher bro0ther dave you'll

Posted by: sevit43 | July 3, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, for those keeping score on the GOP side:
Two former governors who decided that governing a state was just a hobby and that they needed to focus all of their energies on a Presidential campaign only SIX MONTHS after we inaugurated a new one. We've got Palin, who probably would've shown up at Michael Jackson's memorial service if it would a) have invited her to speak so that she could "think about it" and then show up at the last minute and b) put her back in the national spotlight. Then we've got Tim Pawlenty, who seemed like a decent enough guy but got caught on the wrong side of the Franken-Coleman cluster-f.
Hmm, anyone thinking "Mitt in '12?"

Posted by: ecglotfelty | July 3, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote

"LOL -- a left-wing biased report. It's a brilliant decision...and time will show. If the elitists feared her they will go into shock. Thank goodness she is everything the nation has searched for,for years..."

That would explain why she helped sweep McCain into the White House.

Posted by: davidscott1 | July 3, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Weaver1 you left out one thing in PRESIDENT Obama's biography...he WON - Barbie lost. Smart move stepping down 17 months before the midterm elections.

Is she hiking on the Appalachian trail?

Posted by: bigdp07 | July 3, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Hannity sex scandal? Willow is pregnant?

Posted by: marSF | July 3, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

palin is interested in money. That's it, that's all. From someone who has lived in Alaska for 50 years.

Posted by: flowplow | July 3, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I think I finally figured out why Sarah Palin makes Democrats so crazy and hateful. It's because there is finally a beautiful, vibrant woman politician with a great marriage, a stay-at-home husband who helps with their kids, and who is a sexually attractive (and active) person -- and she's a Republican. The typical Democratic female politician is an post-menopausal, asexual, dried-up prune, often with a philandering husband whom she can't divorce for political reasons: Hillary Clinton, Janet Reno, Madeline Albright, Katherine Sebilius, Elizabeth Edwards.

The Democrats are just jealous. They want gorgeous, sexy Sarah Palin to be a Democrat, and she's not! Poor babies.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 3, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Another crock from the scheming Sarah Palin. Saying that she doesn't think it's good for Alaska for her to be a lame duck governor proves her dishonesty. She's not required to announce whether she'll run again for governor until next June!

No, we're seeing how important Alaskans are to the ambitious Sarah, who's willing to abandon them now to pursue her own agenda. Watch your back Lisa Murkowski .....

Posted by: bamccampbell | July 3, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin's lack of knowledge, her lack of timing, her lack of .. well everything, won't stop neocons from voting for her.
They only care about one or two issues.. and she fits their narrow view.

Posted by: bozhogg | July 3, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Rush will put Drug Radio behind her. Given the current state of the GOP, that's probably enough for her to get the nomination.

Then she'll refuse to debate Obama, and look like a gutless coward.

Posted by: Garak | July 3, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"We know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities," Sarah Palin says.

"...and actually make a difference for our priorities," What sort of mangled language is this? I don't understand what she's trying to say here... Can someone translate this for me?

Posted by: icurhuman2 | July 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

You don't resign from your first term on the Friday before a holiday weekend at a last minute press conference to run for President six months into the new president's term. I'm ashamed at most of the media for falling for this embarrassingly stupid face-saving cover story.

Palin loves power and attention and there's no way she would resign her office if she had a choice. Either she's leaving office to avoid an indictment in her corruption case or there's yet another major scandal that's about to break. She could never win another election after bailing on her state. What's certain even now is that her political career is finished.

Posted by: War4Sale | July 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it - You don't resign unless there's something "fishy" and the only way it won't come out and stink up the place....They walk you in too the shed and make you resign!

Posted by: danson1 | July 3, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaaa...Like Sarah would seriously take any advice from a Collectivist O'Zombie, the fact that you seem to have your metrosexual rage in full display does nothing, to undermine the soundness of Ms. Palin's decision, and her efforts in crafting a run for the 2012 race.

I'm sure in the future you'll have aditional Socialist beta-mind inspired guidance, that will to you seem as mana from heaven. No-doubt these countless additional 'words-of-wisdom' seem heart-felt & sincere, sadly that's your dysfunction & cross to bear.

I and millions of other Conservatives look forward to the impotent rage, from the insipid Left's take on everything to do with Sarah...

Posted by: mbs1960 | July 3, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of HATERS! None of your "opinions" are based on facts - including the author of this little article - but that's OK because she's a conservative. You lib's are the biggest bunch of whining hypocrites. Get a job and stop waiting on the gov'ment to pay your mortgage, credit cards and insurance.

Posted by: tellall1 | July 3, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll give it to Sarah Palin.
She knows how to mix up everything.
A low-news Friday afternoon:
(She drops the bombshell)
Throughout the weekend, all those high-school hangers-on who trooped into well-paid appointed state jobs under Sarah's aegis, eminently unqualified for the responsibilites of their positions (being captain of the Wasilla cheerleaders 15 years ago just doesn't rise to the level of qualifications):
Echoes will reverberate throughout Alaskan government:
"Oh my job!!!" will sound like "Oh my God!!!"
One comment pointed out that by taking this step, she's going to be one wealthy woman.
Book deal, speechifying, etc. ...
She will have to answer for quitting half-way through her first term if she runs for anything ever again.
Ethics complaints, personal issues, her kids under fire by lousy comics ...
She really has had a problem with a disintegrating reputation, and she's 'way up in AK where she can't answer back easily.
Now, she will be free.
She can move downwind.
The future's going to be interesting for her, even as bleak as it looks politically, right now.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | July 3, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Spinning your resignation from public office as a sign of "leadership" shows just how dumbed down our political discourse has become. I don't think even conservatives can buy that, though they will do their best to pretend they do. Hang in there, guys!

Posted by: War4Sale | July 3, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take a brain surgeon, rocket scientist or Bill Kristol to figure out what's going on here (Hmmmm. Maybe a brain surgeon is what Billy Kristol needs, but I digress).
Now that Sister Sarah is unencumbered by the duties of her office (not that she ever did anything in office, anyhow), she's free to tour the rubber chicken circuit, do book promotions (of a book that will obviously be ghost written for her--hope she reads it!), and attend campaign rallies to keep her base who have erections at the sight of her whooped up and rarin' to go.
She'll make a killing out of office (and I'm not talkin' only about the moose she'll bag on her off days)and be tanned and ready to go for either the Alaskan Senate seat in '10 or the . . . shall I say it . . . presidency in 2012.
I'm so glad Sister Sarah is doing this. I want to have her to kick around for at least the next year or three years. She's provided so much entertainment to those of us who appreciate her persona, her wit, her intelligence, political savvy and her knowledge of national and international affairs that it would be a shame to have her just disappear.
Go Sarah!

Posted by: hyjanks | July 3, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin puts the long in schlong. And by that I mean she has a penis.

Posted by: klondie30 | July 3, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Just think, in a few days Governor Palin becomes merely a citizen, free to go where she wishes, free to say what she wishes, free to be with the people in a rebellion against the organized-crime rackets better known as the DNC and GOP.

Posted by: LauraVW | July 3, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

klondie30, lolololol

Posted by: johng1 | July 3, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I really love the guys who think that Dems are afraid of the former Miss Alaska. Where is the evidence for that? Listen up, folks, the only fear I have of Palin is that she will cause me to laugh myself to death. Please, please, let her somehow be the nominee in 2012.

Posted by: justmike | July 3, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

She is another Republican who I guess talked to God and decided he told her to resign. Lots of nuts falling from GOP tree.

Posted by: patisok | July 3, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Another nail in the GOP coffin if she is the 2012 nominee. There is a related post at

Posted by: carlyt | July 3, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I have said it before and will say it again- she is an EMPTY SUIT. There is nobody home.

In addition, she has now also demonstrated that she has NEITHER good judgment NOR any common sense.

She will be long forgotten by the time the 2012 campaign really heats up.


Posted by: swanieaz | July 3, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I just checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April she can't hack it as gov so she's resigning to run for president...she didn't have a resume when Mccain stupidly added her to his ticket...the only benefit i see with her moving out of the great frontier is that she'll save a bunch of shipping charges from Sax and Nieman Marcus....
This is a makes the gop gang look even more stupid than they that's at all possible. I think Mark Sanford should be here vp nominee..

Posted by: constwkr | July 3, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Quitters never win; winners never quit

Posted by: patisok | July 3, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

avidwlpreader is spot on. By Laor Day it's either a Fox talk show, or major scandal. Of course, we could all be wrong. As a friend of mine said, "It's better for your personal sanity not to try to understand Gov. Palin's words or conduct."

Posted by: BBear1 | July 3, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Sanford and Spitzer are presently tied for stupidest Governor.

Posted by: hc2254 | July 3, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Dollars to donuts she's taking a job at Fox News. Big money. Clothes are expensive!

Posted by: briankane861 | July 3, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

My opinion: she wants to make a runup to try and get on the 2012 GOP ticket without having to drag along a loss in the 2010 AK governor's election.

On the bright side there should be plenty of material to keep the comedians busy.

Posted by: washpost18 | July 3, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's rambling announcement just reaffirms she is unfit for any job requiring a functional mind.

Posted by: dlkimura | July 3, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm with avidwpreader and others. If we're looking for something to make sense of Palin's decision, there pretty much has to a scandal that's about to break.

But as BBear warns us, Palin doesn't necessarily make sense. She may not know how.

The truly amazing thing will be that her die-hard supporters will continue to praise her maverickiness or something and insist that's she's going to be the next president. It's sad that such a sizable chunk of our country (5-10%) is so incurably stupid.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | July 3, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The other day I posted a question to the effect of "Who's going to be the next politician to get caught in scandal du jour?" My guess is, she's getting out before she gets caught.

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | July 3, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

ChickaBOOMer: Sarah Palin & Dirty Sanchez

Posted by: StewartIII | July 3, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

To all of you "lib" haters. Why haven't you asked how she left Wasilla millions of $$$$ in the hole? She got a new home pretty much free of charge and yet you don't care. ?????????????
You repubs had 8 years to make this country the way you want it and now look at it. On the verge of collapse.
But it's all Obama's fault ,,,right ?

You people shouldn't have the right to call yourselves Americans,heck you shouldn't even be allowed to call yourselves Humans.

Posted by: jime2000 | July 3, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

She could make a lot of money as a comedian. She should team up with Tina Fey
again. Seriously dhe is a joke. Any one
who would vote for her as President should
seek therapy. E Taylor

Posted by: etaylor37triadrrcom | July 3, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

all i see in this discussion thread is a bunch of people with sand in their vaginas

Posted by: obblehit | July 3, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

First of all - we should start the pool on whether she now changes her mind. With this announcement she has definitely captured the sunday headline for tomorrow. Then, in a couple of weeks she can change her mind and grab the limelight again. The criticism she is going to take will be tough, and she can react with an "...I'm no quitter" obstinance and stick with the job until the end. So I lay odds of 2-1 that happens.

But, for the repubs who stick by her through all her dramatics, god bless ya'. You're the salt of the earth... Unfortunately, most of us just don't get her. We need superior beings to run the country, not near-do-wells. Sorry...

Posted by: DontGetIt | July 3, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Didn't view her as a serious contender in 2012?

Sheet! Nobody considered her a serious contender in 2008.

The "un-quitter" has quit for good of all. She just isn't helping out the way she had intended (LOL).

Posted by: WorldNet | July 3, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

To those of you who call Sarah Palin a quitter, please remember that Barak Obama did not finish his term (Hello Roland Burris). But please don't look behind the curtain at the ten percent unemployment. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Pres. Obama still have jobs -do you?

Posted by: October8 | July 3, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, she has resigned in order to follow the Yellow Brick Road in hopes that the Wizard of Oz will give her a brain...

Posted by: Jungledave | July 3, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Its amazing that the Liberal media never stops! They put a target on her back, consistently go after her to demean and accuse of ridiculous unsubstantiated claims which she has to fight with her money owing at the current moment 500,000 dollars. All dropped!
Not having the resources to fight this and then being demonized by sore losers in the McCain campaign, who should have let her go instead of holding her back.
Then the media following the path that evil people do, cheering them on trying to crush her. Their reward is coming, believe me! Hope they like Hell! And all the people that support Obama, who helped start all this mess with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in Chicago as far back as 1995, hope you demons like your future. You don't have one!!

Posted by: cobrajohn | July 3, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC says sources close to Palin say she's leaving politics entirely. Heh. Yeeeehaaaaaw.

Posted by: jhbyer | July 3, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess Palin has finally landed her TV or Radio Show. Why should she stress any longer about politics that is corrupted, pays little and has a dead end?'s time to welcome the Palins!!! $$$...I mean millions of dollars in contract will make anyone drop the political fight. Time for makeup and camera time, which Palin lovvves. Palin was no longer getting the love in attention she craves with the media by remaining Governor of AK. It is time to move on into a bigger arena. Showtime!

Posted by: TEM943 | July 3, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Very true..the image is clearer than ever. However, this resignation is not merely bad stategy. There has to be something more than seeking a future election victory, or spending more time with her family. Palin is very likely sitting on a huge scandal that is close to becoming public. That's the story I'm looking forward to reading. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | July 3, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

And Stromberg is such a weasel with a past you wouldn't believe. But then you would, but wouldn't care because most of you are as immoral as he is! I shall now dust my feet off and go to where there are more people less like Sodom and Gommorah!

Posted by: cobrajohn | July 3, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Coming soon to!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 3, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Gee....palin resigns......but WHO CARES,damn it,she is nothing of a governor,she has the nerve to run as vice president of our country,for crying out loud!!!!!At least she's doing something great for once..and that is quitting.
God bless our President Bam.

Posted by: gracie-mansion | July 3, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

We have not, and happily so, seen the last of Sarah Palin. She is going to be a thorn in the side of the Liberal Media for as long as we want. And she is going to make them eat crow!!!!!!!! I'd rather they ate dirt!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cobrajohn | July 3, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote

"Didn't view her as a serious contender in 2012?

Sheet! Nobody considered her a serious contender in 2008."

Yes. And we were right.

Posted by: davidscott1 | July 3, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, snarky attack.

How much did the WaPo, a subsidiary of Government Sachs, Inc. and the Obama Administration Sales, make off this anti-Republican ad (I mean 'fair and balanced' Op-Ed)?????

Scared, Rahmbo and David? Of a "little girl" like Sarah?

Sarah Palin, scary extremist. Are your children safe? Will they be forced to church or to touch a gun?

Wow, the last Democrat I read about packing a gun was a Roosevelt.

No. Not Teddy.


She had a concealed weapon permit and a pistol.

As First Lady.

Ever since, the Dems have been scared of guns. And apparently girls.

Posted by: llllllllllll1163887541111dd | July 3, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

You people have a real sickness. It has only been 10 months since the Democratic Party issued a fatwa on her. As of June 2009, she is half a million dollars in the hole with legal expenses, defending spurious charges. If she stays in office till the end of her term, she'll be 3 million in the hole -- and the state of AK will be out much more than that in dollars and wasted time. How many of you would pay millions of dollars to be Governor of Alaska? Her being smeared since day one is a travesty of American politics and journalism.

Posted by: BadNews | July 3, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Fox made her an offer she couldn't refuse - freelance commentator AND a reality TV show!

Holy cow, I'm loving the Republicans' valiant efforts to prove Pogo's first principle ("We have met the enemy and he is us...")!

Posted by: fr3dmars | July 3, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse arena where Rush Limbaugh and fellow Republican and buddy Palin sits side-by-side to wreak havoc on radio talk shows. Yuck!

Posted by: TEM943 | July 3, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's resignation as governor makes her look like someone who cannot or will not finish a job. How can she possibly think that the American public will view her as anything other than a quitter?

Posted by: Emmaline | July 3, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

only the opposition will think that this is a foolish move. of course. they are afraid now just like they were during the campaign. mrs. palin will be noted & seated in history along with the great presidents of old, george washington, thomas jefferson, abraham lincoln & john f. kennedy & martin luther king, jr.(my "i had a dream"). she is a strong woman with strong passions for this country & its' constitution, the country's moral values, her husband & children. She stands firm against the vast sea of the selfish, male egos. why do the opposition continously fight hard to discredit or destroy someone or something they donot understand or believe in? why not leave it alone & move on with your agenda without fear? Fear is a strong emotion that the opposition lives with daily. fear of losing power & its' strength to destroy anything that is great. the harder they try, the stronger we get. so, we will see them in 2012. they can bring all of their negative energy & people, yes, even acorn.

Posted by: denisenord | July 3, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she wants more time to pal around with drug dealers?

Posted by: wontwo_onetwo | July 3, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

jamilnasir says the only thing she'll be doing in 2012 is posing for PLAYBOY.

by then she'll be lucky to grace the pages

Posted by: surlydoc | July 3, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin's a disaster, but this move isn't. She'll be out hawking 'favors' to Republicans in the upcoming mid-term elections. She draws media and money like no one else with a (R) after her name. The deal will be, of course, if Sarah shows up to raise money for you -- you become a part of team Sarah in 2012. Not that complicated.

As for why she is quitting now instead of in 6 months ... got no obvious answer, unless things aren't going quite as well in Alaska. Perhaps her state, which made big bucks when oil topped $100/barrel, is now facing tougher times.

This approach may get her a nomination, it won't help Republicans win the presidency. Palin may be smarter in 2012 than she was in 2008, but that won't be enough. After all, when you make George Bush look intellectual -- you really shouldn't run at all.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 3, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

She has been harassed to death and then when she finally resigns you continue kicking her. We have a code about that out here and you probably wouldn't live long here.



Harassed to death? She's invited controversy and demanded attention. She also has this funny idea she's ready for national office when she's done nothing to earn the responsibility she ... just walked away from.

Grow the hell up.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 3, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I am of a mixed mind on this one. I was hoping she would run because of the embarrassment she would cause the Republican Party, but I will be so grateful to not have to put up with the Palin soap opera any more. I hope she just goes back to Wasilla and drives all the moose back into the woods.

Posted by: wendystevens | July 3, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I think I finally figured out why Sarah Palin makes Democrats so crazy and hateful. It's because there is finally a beautiful, vibrant woman politician with a great marriage, a stay-at-home husband who helps with their kids, and who is a sexually attractive (and active) person -- and she's a Republican.


Wrong. It's because she's ignorant and comfortable with being ignorant, proud to be ignorant, regards ignorance as a distinction.

We liberals believe strongly in merit. Palin hasn't earned anything.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 3, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

avidwpreader hit the nail on the head.

the old bag is headed for FAUX SNOOZE
where she plans on a hunt for the big bucks
sarah sees $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
president???? fuggedaboutit.

Posted by: surlydoc | July 3, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

It's always fun to see rightwingers blame liberals/Obama for everything.

Judging by her resignation speech, not only is she a quitter, but she is still as confused as always, so it must be Obama's fault because he is a Chicago politician!

The Republic party should change its symbol from the elephant to the flounder.

Posted by: castanea | July 3, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse


"We're fishermen. Only dead fish go with the flow"


Posted by: Angela5"

'Things are frequently what they seem, And this is wisdom's crown: Only the game fish swim upstream, The sensible fish swim down.'

I forget who wrote it; Ogden Nash, probably.

Posted by: thrh | July 3, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This has been soap opera week for the Republcian Party. First, Gov. Sanford tried to spin his sordid love affair into something Procter and Gamble would buy. They didn't.

Today we have Gov. Palin trying to turn her political experience into a different kind of soap opera. Proctor and Gamble isn't buying this one either.

What Republican is next to try this routine!

A message to Gov. Palin. Go home and take whatever drug it is you take that keeps you calm and stay away from the podium and tv lights forever.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | July 3, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

If the bible of all DC navel-gazers, the Washington Post, calls her move "foolish" - then it is probably the right thing to do.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 3, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Timing, you ask? Stewart and Colbert are on vacation next week.

Posted by: kgordon1 | July 3, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

If the bible of all DC navel-gazers, the Washington Post, calls her move "foolish" - then it is probably the right thing to do.


Republican strategists are of the same opinion.


You can still spank it to her pics, though

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 3, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

This is not in preparation for a run at national office. The woman started a legal defense fund this spring. You don't do that unless you know something bad is coming. There's another shoe to drop, and if she resigned from office then you know it's gonna be a doozy.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | July 3, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

You need to be crazy to want to be President. Palin is an extreme of that.

Posted by: DupontJay | July 3, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I think there are a number of issues involved. In no particular order:
1. Reducing her family in the spotlight and any trouble it would be to travel with the children as governor.
2. Allowing her to accumulate a large war chest
3. With the recession and rising prices and unemployment, her state coffers are going to be bleak and there will be some hard times and tough decisions that will not have to be hers.
4. She has got trouble coming her way. You do not rise that fast without creating enemies and taking short cuts that may come back to haunt you (Spiro Agnew anyone, PTA to governor to disgracce VP)

Posted by: optodoc | July 3, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I have been informed that Palin is headed to California in order to attend the Michael Jackson funeral. Afterwards she will have a press avail where she will reveal the she is the father of Michael Jackson's children.

This will cause the head of Nancy Grace to explode, creating a vacancy at CNN that Palin will be more than happy to fill.

Palin will then reveal herself to be a closet liberal and admit that she, herself, was responsible for the negative leaks about her emanating from the McCain campaign, thus crushing any hopes for the Republicans in 2008.

I can't disclose my source but you may say that you heard it hear first.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | July 3, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

No wonder the WaPo is losing tens of millions each quarter. Where is the analysis? This is just an opinion column that could have been written by my neighbor and his HS diploma. No real reasoning or facts behind any of it. Its written by a writer whose other columns are almost all partisan and one-sided.

No one has any clue (at this point) why she resigned or if it was foolish. All we know is that she was part of a losing ticket against Obama and his "change" campaign, which has brought no real change to the country other than a higher unemployment rate and higher deficit.

Posted by: wahoo_Mike | July 3, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is refreshing and down to earth and honest. A liberals worse nightmare. If the Washington Compost continues to be a water carrier for the DNC and not expand to provide different points of view, it will end up just as extinct as the Boston Globe Democrat and other left wing propaganda newspapers.

Posted by: Kujo13kujo | July 3, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I have been informed that Palin is headed to California in order to attend the Michael Jackson funeral. Afterwards she will have a press avail where she will reveal the she is the father of Michael Jackson's children.

This will cause the head of Nancy Grace to explode, creating a vacancy at CNN that Palin will be more than happy to fill.

Palin will then reveal herself to be a closet liberal and admit that she, herself, was responsible for the negative leaks about her emanating from the McCain campaign, thus crushing any hopes for the Republicans in 2008.

I can't disclose my source but you may say that you heard it hear first.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | July 3, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin has no shot in 2012---she's interesting, but an intellectual lightweight, with no message except democrats are evil. Romney will probably be the nominee, but obama will beat him easy.

Posted by: Socialistic | July 3, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin will never win in 2012 because she's such a polarizing figure. The more stupid things she does, the more us rational folks see that she is incapable of being president, yet the more the wingnuts like her.

Obama won by uniting people and whatever you think of his policies, it was a brilliant campaign. You don't win by alienating more and more people. If that were true, David Koresh would be President.

Posted by: franko2 | July 3, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's obviously entering a mental health facility.

Oh, and also something horrible will come out about her and/or her family this coming week.

Posted by: markiejoe | July 3, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, she is ill. There is no reason to resign with 18 months left in her term; if she decided to run for president, she would still have 2 years to run in 2012, which should be enough time.

Actually, more than enough time. I don't know why our elections take so damn long. Who needs to campaign for 2 years?!

Posted by: benimdid1 | July 3, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has decided to "write a book". The more urgent question is, has she ever read one? In any case, she is going to make a lot of money. She would be even battier than seems if she squanders this cash trying to get elected President.

Posted by: psplus | July 3, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

A criminal indictment will be handed down next week.
She's trying to avoid a quick impeachment in a state where her popularity is in freefall already.

Posted by: gce1356 | July 3, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama lacked the courage (unlike Dole in '96) to do the right thing and give up his senate seat while he ran for president, a run he had previously stated on national television that he would not make. And that's praiseworthy, I suppose.

Palin is a nut with little future in national politics, but at least she shows more character in this than Obama did.

Posted by: WylieD | July 3, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is refreshing.."

Some one actually wrote that, down at the bottom of the posts here.

She is as "refreshing" as a nest of Fire Ants.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 3, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse


I've lived all over this country for 55 years: East, West, Alaska, Intermountain, Midwest. Your bluster and swagger about "we don't like your kind in these here parts" and mindless generalization of all "east of the Mississippi" demonstrates ignorance in it's purest form. She begs for the abuse she gets.

Posted by: tjconnor | July 3, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!
Best GOP Candidate since Reagan!!

Posted by: George20 | July 3, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If you believe Andrea Mitchell, Palin is seriously giving up. Perhaps it was the new exposé in the current Vanity Fair, or perhaps someone in the Republican Party explained to her that it's over. She had her opportunity and blew it. Time to move on and make room for fresh candidates. Americans have rarely given a loser a second chance.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | July 3, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

To "weaver1" at 5:44 pm,

This discussion is about Sarah Palin, not President Obama.

What is it with you right-wingers and the truth? Must you ALWAYS change the subject when reality becomes too uncomfortable? When your beloved fantasy candidate finally flames out, LONG after she should have exited the stage?

Posted by: goldengateview | July 3, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the witch hunt has already started - again! While other countries have elected women presidents, the U.S. media and politicians have ridiculerized and brought down every woman who dares to attempt to run for President.

Posted by: voice02 | July 3, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

You Dims are so jealous, nasty, and resentful of the most wonderful person in the world.

Sarah is a breath of fresh air and a dream come true. I don't have any idea why she is quitting... but whatever she does I wish her luck.


Posted by: username | July 3, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

PS - all we need is Dems are evil... and believe us they have proven it!

Dems have damaged their 'brand' forever with this anti-Christ Obama... who is purposely looting the country to hand to his foreign friends, our enemies.

Posted by: username | July 3, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I can only assume that she is resigning as part of an undisclosed agreement to permit her to avoid an indictment.

This is the only explanation that makes any sense. She has no value as a "behind the scenes player." All she can do is read speeches written by others, a purely public role. She really isn't a "strategy person."

Posted by: FergusonFoont | July 3, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how President Obama must wish Palin makes of herself a predominant national aspirant. Why, yes, Sarah, do run for for president in 2012.

Posted by: gaystaggo | July 3, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

She's a joke...Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | July 3, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

No: you and this column are a joke as neither of you are even worthy of cleaning the horse dung off her boots after a nice, long ride. This woman speaks to real Americans -- of all walks of life, not just the ones you stereotype her to -- without a teleprompter like The Slappy In Chief, and will make for an excellent POTUS. You can notice that she will be the first WOMAN POTUS: while she is a gorgeous woman, I will be simply seeing another Great American (like Reagan) who loves this country and wants its greatness to continue, not a self-loathing rabble rouser brought to power by some of the most questionable people I've seen since the Arkansas mob produced Bubba C. and Her Thighness.

Thank God there is light at the end of the tunnel: Obambi is at best, a one termer, at worst, will be impeached for overall incompetentcy shortly after the 2010 elections. Change is coming...

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | July 3, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

How much money can Sarah Palin make as Governor of AK?
How much money can she make now?
Get it?

Posted by: dlgreene | July 3, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the only thing she has going for her is her claim to inexperience. She doesn't want to risk losing that. Watch for her to run as Jimmy Stewart in drag!

Posted by: turningfool | July 3, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

When will Sarah's 15 minutes of fame be over??!!!

Posted by: julien2 | July 3, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

She didn't resign because she's running in 2012. She's resigning because she realizes that this is her once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a few million bucks capitalizing on the fame she currently holds. This will be viewed of one of her smarter moves ten years from now when people will ask "Sarah Who"?

Posted by: mburix | July 3, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

There may be enough voters in the Republican party, dominated by right wingers, to nominate Palin, who would perhaps be the least qualified candidate for president in our history so far. Even if many progressives refuse to vote for Obama for him abandoning many or most of his campaign promises, the inflation rate is high and unemployment continues to be over six percent, Obama would win at least 60% of the popular vote over Palin.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 3, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I see we have rightwingnut freakazoid cschotta1 on one board, rightwingnut freakazoid username on this one, and other rightwingnut freakazoids like lmarkex on yet another.

it's a rightwingnut full-court press for their favorite spank material, sarah palin.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 3, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin talked about superficial, wasteful politics as usual. Nobody has been more superficial or wasteful in campaigning than she has.

Posted by: whizbang9a | July 3, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

One look at the comments, and it is little wonder she might want to get out of the spotlight. I'm no big fan of hers, but the absolute venom you all have for her and her family is really not healthy at all - for her or you.

She will never be president, but neither will Geraldine Ferraro. Why don't you all make some Italian jokes about her for a change.


Posted by: mattwalter | July 3, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Aprogressiveindependent: "There may be enough voters in the Republican party, dominated by right wingers, to nominate Palin, who would perhaps be the least qualified candidate for president in our history so far."

You're kidding, right? Obama is in so far over his head, it's scary. Palin is a joke, but let's not pretend Obama was ready for the job when he was elected either.

Posted by: mattwalter | July 3, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

This woman is dangerously flaky. She isn't qualified to run her local PTA, let alone come anywhere near the national government.

Posted by: mmclaughlin1 | July 3, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

stromberg, you are an idiot.

Look at the lawyers the DNC descended upon Alaska last August, and the 15 frivolous ethics charges against her that were dismissed (and by the way, the ethics rules and regulations that she developed). This was wasting her time, the people's of Alaska's time, and completely immoral by the democratic operatives, or thugs.


The truth is the liberals like stromberg are shaking in their birkenstocks over Sarah Palin. No more socialists like obama, reid, and pelosi.


Posted by: jim000122 | July 3, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"..gratuitous spat with letterman"??????? Try this on Stromberg: You're daughter has been doin' it with Alex Rodriguez! Yeah! Been havin' a helluva time! Yeah, that daughter of yours, Stromberg! I'm a real comedian, aren't I, Stromberg? Are we having a gratuitous spat now?

Posted by: chatard | July 3, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Wait wait...

she wants to change the government...from the outside? Well everybody has their own approach, but wasn't it her job as governor to change the government?

Who needs a steering wheel? I'll drive my car from the outside thank you very much.

And monkey's fly out of my butt...

Posted by: adron | July 3, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Despite her faults, Palin is the best the Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: esch | July 3, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin gorgeous? You people need some higher standards. I wouldn't cross the street to tag her skanky ass. And if she did cross the street for me, I'd tell her to get back across the street.

Are you people so hard up for anything that is remotely close to attractive that you think Man Coulter and Sarah Palin are attractive?

Posted by: tonyw44 | July 3, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Chatard, you've got some serious anger management issues.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 3, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

In the Navy, at SEAL training or Deep Sea Diver training there's a saying when you can't stand the heat and need to ring the bell..."if you can't hang, cut the rope.."
Obviously this weak link in the Alaskan political field is the one that can't hang. She's no pit bull with lipstick...just that euphemism defining something feline...

Posted by: kirinbeer96701 | July 3, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain broke this and he should fix it.

Posted by: tslats | July 3, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess that was that. She was have a much better chance of winning the repub nomination in 2012 if she were still the Governmor. Now she will be an afterthought when the primary season starts. But, maybe that is what she wants. She has 5 kids to raise.

Posted by: garrett66 | July 3, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

WOW most of you are something else. You all are jealous of such a smart wise women who asks guidance from Our Great Heavenly
Father, maybe some of you so do the same.I pray that God Blesses each and every one of you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Posted by: kimmy1958 | July 3, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

ccccCCCCCut & Run Conservative.

In Debt now & the only way out is to Sign a book deal & get an advance to pay her legal bills .Because the PAC contributions aren't going to make it in a recession.

In her Rambling press conference today; she admitted she was a Quitter. What a great legacy going forward.....

Posted by: MyDogYogi | July 3, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

In Alaska tonight the talk is all about icebergs. Few people buy her explanation (those few who could understand it) and most wonder what iceberg (scandal) was so threatening that Palin had to jump ship.
For someone who claims the decision was in the works for some time, it seems odd that she was hiring and firing state officials almost up until the last minute. If she really knew she was checking out why not leave those decisions up to the next guy?
The resignation was so sudden that her chief spokesperson was on vacation in New York instead of by her side. You'd think if this event had been planned far in advance the spokesperson might have stuck around instead of being as far away from Alaska as one could be without leaving the US.
Sarah Palin and her wingnut followers can try and spin this as some sort of brilliant political move, but those of us who live in the real world don't buy it for a second.

Posted by: 49orfight | July 3, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

When people of full of hate they can't think straight. This is clearly demonstrated by the most of these comments criticizing Sarah Palin.

Posted by: kwar70777 | July 3, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

The Pinhead Hockey Hick is just another Born Again Idiot of the Guns Owned Party of Pro Life War Criminals and Murderers.

Posted by: mawt | July 3, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

A foolish resignation...well, yeah, fools often do foolish things and Sarah Palin is the queen of fools.

Posted by: Bob22003 | July 3, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought for all the people that think Palin is crazy, flakey, looney etc. Why is she in the position to make millions of dollars writing a book and being on the lecture circuit when all you so educated critics are not?

Posted by: sjpaulus | July 4, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

What a month for the Republicans! Sen. Ensign, Gov. Sanford, and now Gov. Palin. It seems they are doing all they can to deprive themselves of any leadership. Michael Steele must be in hiding, because it gets harder and harder to explain why the R's aren't in free fall.

Posted by: macman2 | July 4, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Whatever one thinks of Sarah Palin (I don't think much of her, as of most Republicans, as well as the current occupant of the White House), I don't see why anybody, let alone an "opinion writer" of the caliber of a Stephen Stromberg, would characterize her (albeit by implication) as "foolish".

A little circumspection in writing maner would serve the budding Stromberg a lot of good. Or is this the new WaPo "style"?

Posted by: pKrishna43 | July 4, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

That must have been Tina Fey standing in front of screeching birds and about seven people, delivering the earth-shattering news that she (Palin) was destroying her career as a publicity stunt for "30 Rock". Or maybe it was Michael Palin in drag, and the tag under the image was a misprint.

The Republican Party is as mad as King George was, as Nero was, as Humphrey Bogart kneading his metal balls and worrying about his stolen strawberries. It needs to be put out of commission before it stampedes again and tramples what is left of the nation. The current crop of 'leaders' make Bush II and Cheney look like Churchills. There is no reason for the party to exist, save the rancid resentment of a dwindling handful of the very wealthy and the very poor. Their next stunt will to be to nominate a porno actress and a transvestite donkey to grab a news cycle away from Michael Jackson.

Posted by: jonthes | July 4, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a female Dan Quayle.

Posted by: citizen_S | July 4, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

davel3: Hey, I'm from the Mountain West too and I say GOOD RIDDANCE to Sarah Palin, the narcissist. We are definitely not hearing the REAL reason for her departure. This woman knows how to tell some rather "big windies".

(That means 'LIES' out here in the Mountain West.)

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 4, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Alaska is our largest state and if not already, the richest, in natural resources. This state will increase in importance over the next several years as our domestic and foreign policies develop. It is amazing that someone at the forefront of this extraordinary state would willingly abandon it.

Can't wait for the real reasons to appear

Posted by: bettersignupnow1 | July 4, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

What a nutty bunch of characters the Republicans have running around their political landscape.

Posted by: skrut003 | July 4, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I am disappointed. We all knew she is unelectable for the big office but, as long as there are a few folks in the Republican party thinking she is electable, the better. Oh well.

Good luck Sarah living a life out of the spot light. Thanks for the laughs though.

Posted by: bob28 | July 4, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the weirder it is.

For now my bet is she goes to Fox News. It's a place where she can make big money and there are no fact checkers or oversight of any kind.
Maybe she realized the Republican party was dead in the water for many years to come and wanted to avoid being dragged down with it.
She's a million dollar ignoramus- she's got to make hay while the sun shines.

Posted by: dccamp68 | July 4, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I guess my question is this:

If Palin had won the vice presidency, would she have quit that too?

If she can't hold up under the pressure of being a Governor, how in the world is she considering a run for President? She has just given every opponent enough ammunition to bury her.

Great job to Michael Steele and the GOP...Your governors are on a roll!

Posted by: kayebradley | July 4, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is leaving her job as Governor, because she expects Obama's socialist schemes to fail big time - and when they do, she wants to be there all-day-every-day kicking him in the nuts.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 4, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Politically, this is a brilliant move as Palin will now be able to burnish her credentials with hispanics when she announces she has been having an affair with María Belén Chapur's ex husband.

In the same vein, look for Huckabee to get into the act next by announcing that he has converted the Chupicabra and that Romney will claim to have tied one to the roof of his car during a family vacation. Keeping in character, I predict Newt will even announce he is divorcing his wife to marry one.

Frankly, the GOP will be effectively derailed until someone can speak up for progressive small government without demonizing all government and all opponents.

Checkers anyone?

Posted by: zdw123 | July 4, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I am refreshed to hear that Gov Palin is not beholden to beng locked up in the State of Alaska. She can pursue her future in any way she leases. What is even more refreshing is that, unlike Mrs Clinton, she is her own woman and her poltical calculations are not as important as living her life. She deosnlt need Washington, but she reserves the right to try. I like this move, and while the liberals will be driven crazy by this, she can still participate in political life if she so cares to.Isn't it refreshing to have someone in public life who doesn't need to do this.

Posted by: jgdonahue | July 4, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

pgr88...Before Palin can kick anybody in their nuts, she needs to find her own backbone. She pulled it out and threw it in the lake behind her today as a QUITTER! Maybe that is why the wildlife got so loud as she was speaking.

Posted by: kayebradley | July 4, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Admittedly, Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan, but I wouldn't criticize her too much. She is the Best candidate that the Republican Party can come up with.

The difference between Reagan and Palin is that Reagan played with monkeys, while Palin shoots wild dogs.

Posted by: pyee | July 4, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Not so foolish. As an independent, I was initially hopeful about Gov. Palin early in the Presidential campaign. She reads political winds better than 99% of the politicians...aka when she switched her support for the bridge to nowhere just before it became a national liability.
However, the more she talked, the more it became clear that she intended to rely on populist rhetoric entirely while remaining willfully ignorant about most national issues.

This announcement continues her pattern. On one hand she is quick to recognize that the attention she is getting as governor of Alaska will not help a 2012 bid. On the other hand, she makes statements like "Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that"

Other than visceral appeal, this has no bearing on her situation. You can bet she has already lined up other national gigs but doesn't want to admit that she would drop a governorship to re-build her brand.

Posted by: YoungAtheart | July 4, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

The writing is on the wall, Jeb Bush will be the 2012 Republican nominee and his running mate will be Mike Huckabee to placate the Christianist crazies. They might even win if the economy continues to drag as seems likely. This would not be a bad ticket as long as Jeb can convince everyone that he is the smarter brother, not much of a challenge.

Posted by: dougeeca | July 4, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

It was indeed a stunningly foolish decision, if it was aimed at putting her closer to the White House.

Beyond Palin's empty-headed rambling yesterday, this casual abdication of her gubernatorial responsibilities is stunning, to say the least.

Posted by: PaulG2 | July 4, 2009 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Lucile Ball, Palin reminds me of Lucile Ball.

Posted by: opp88 | July 4, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Palin a quitter? You betcha.

Posted by: Jena1 | July 4, 2009 3:05 AM | Report abuse

In a rambling and emotional address, Palin said: "The problem today is apathy. We're fisherman. Only dead fish go with the flow." Say what?

Posted by: PaulSolomon | July 4, 2009 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin's resignation makes perfect sense to me, because:

1.) She's just bright enough to realize she's totally out of her league in national politics.
2.) The G.O.P. "base" she "attracts" has now shrunk to 21%.
3.) The vast majority of Americans would never vote for her.
4.) She did her duty to the RNC as T&A to try to get old Pappy McCain elected.

As a matter of fact, this is the first logical and sensible thing she's said or done since she appeared on the public stage last fall!

Posted by: Doowadiddy | July 4, 2009 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Go away, girl

Posted by: taid | July 4, 2009 3:50 AM | Report abuse

I have never understood this idea that Palin "connects" with "ordinary" Americans. I consider myself rather ordinary, and I have NEVER felt any sense of connection with Palin whatsoever.

Connecting with Palin seems to me to be the province of the uneducated, those incapable of speaking plain ordinary English well, those who dispute well-established scientific facts, and those who seem to think it is somehow "cool" to be dumb.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | July 4, 2009 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. Stromberg, I just read where the Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth planned for an exclusive "salon" at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

So why should I believe you?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 4, 2009 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy, here we go again with another round of "gotcha journalism." The ungodly liberals know that Sarah Palin is the US's shining beacon for real hope at this moment, and since they are bent on tearing down the US and the rest of the world, they will criticize Sarah even in her resignation. Her "lame duck" argument makes perfects sense. Why burden the budget if you are a "lame duck"? She will be helping the budget enormously now, and she will have time to devote to her wonderful family, so pummeled by the gotcha journalists. Se is no "dead fish" to just go with the current -- by resigning she shows that she knows how to swim against it. Go Sarah, only you can unite the GOP again, for 2012!

Posted by: johnnormansp | July 4, 2009 5:33 AM | Report abuse

-I- know why she resigned; I call it the Michael Jackson syndrome.

Long after Michael's carreer was over, he was still craving attention, any attention, including the negative. It didn't end until he died of a heart attack. But it's the same with many other entertainers who reach the top, isn't it. Elvis. Marylin Monroe. It's like, they can't handle not having the attention anymore they start going crazy.

Just the same, long after the elections were over, Palin still wants the attention she garnered as McCain's sidekick. It's gone, and now she'll anything, everything to get attention.

Make no mistake about it. Her resigning is a publicity stunt. No doubt she'll try to use the fact she resigned "because she was tired of watching money going to waste only to keep her title as governor" in some future presidential campaign.

How utterly transparent and juvenile.

Posted by: kogejoe | July 4, 2009 5:40 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Stromberg, Do you know Mrs. Palin's motives? You obviously think you do, but you are way out of bounds calling someone a fool simply because you don't understand their decision.

Posted by: FamillePetersen | July 4, 2009 5:53 AM | Report abuse

"Judgment skills" -- What about writing skills? Wouldn't "judgment" do?

Posted by: WhiteRiver | July 4, 2009 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Weak, Stromberg...nothing more than a recycling of liberal talking points. Couldn't you come up with something new?

On the eve of July 4th, Sarah Palin sent out a clarion call to the majority of us souring (or already soured) on Obama. The fact that you so easily dismiss her brings us nothing but joy, because we know you are scared to death of her and her ability to drag conservatives, and the 75% of Independents who currently do not back Obama, with her.

Before Obama, middle America wasn't onto the media. We actually trusted NBC, CBS, ABC, and most newspapers to bring us objective news. Guess what? After your blind, catastrophically shortsighted endorsement of Obama, and most especially, THE DERANGED HATRED YOU HOLD FOR SARAH, we're not listening to you anymore.

You handed it to her, and in the process, handed it to yourself, media. This week Helen Thomas turned against Obama, and Sarah Palin threw down the gauntlet. Happy Independence Day, indeed!

Posted by: postergirl1 | July 4, 2009 6:02 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why more Democrats don't like Palin. After all, she smells like wet donkey.

Posted by: member5 | July 4, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

This is for all the conservatives who mistake justified criticism for 'hating'. Read all the criticism and comments from this article and multiply it by every newspaper and magazine in the country and you will get a 'feel' for the Palin's political future.

I guess I am hater since I hate the fact that Palin uses the term 'national security' when, in fact, she means 'fear of anything in which I do not believe'. She uses the term 'patriotism' when, in fact, she means 'anyone who believes in what I believe'. Anyone who does not agree with these definitions are seen as the enemy. Anyone who is not scared of anything and everything is not allowed in this revival tent. So, yeah, I guess I am a hater.

Posted by: bunduo | July 4, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Mr Stromberg you can go back to Obama campaign headquarters now - your services are no longer needed. Perhaps Palin got disgusted by all the complaints that she had to defend herself against and the money that was being wasted. Mostly all of the complaints have been marked UNFOUNDED and she is tired of playing your game. She is alot smarter than you and our DEAR LEADER - Kenyan Barry. So you keep worshipping your God Barry and hope that his sliding ratings improve. Most of America is waking up to the change you CAN'T believe in.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | July 4, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has been out of control and heading for oblivion. Just look at their heros. Rush Limbaugh flunked out of college after 2 semesters; has been married 3 times and has never run for anything; Newt Ginrich is yesterday's mash potatoes, and Sarah Palin is a tragic joke. The Republicans need to wipe the slate clean of every current candidate and start over. As a Democrat, I couldn't be happier at their foibles.

Posted by: Sailorman29 | July 4, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

You notice how Palin supporters can't defend her without attacking Obama? That's because they can't defend her. She's a very dangerous person who would cause another Civil War.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | July 4, 2009 6:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree with every point that Stromberg made about why Palin's resignation proves not only that she is unfit to be president but that she would be dangerous in the job.

Where Stromberg and I part company is on his conclusion that this move diminishes her chances to be a viable presidential candidate. This is, sadly, not the case. Palin's supporters will be unmoved by all the rational analysis of why Palin has proven her lack of judgment, skills, and intelligence to be president. The very reason that these people support Palin to begin with is because they do not think rationally.

Her supporters are the know-nothing yahoos of modern America. Their party is not the Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, or even Ronald Reagan. It is the pathetic version of that Republican Party that has mutated into the Dixiecrat Party. The original Dixiecrat Party died, but it was reincarnated in the body of the modern Republican Party. Palin's party is the remnant of a dying America. The personal and political lives of its true believers are based on hypocrisy and lies. They confuse their ignorant, know-nothing beliefs and their narrow-minded, intolerant, exclusive religion with the real America and real Christianity. They actually believe that they are the only "real" Americans left. Their true representatives are the likes of Gov. Sanford, Rudolf Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, John Ensign and David Vitter, to cite a few names from the top of a long, long list of Dixiecrats who commit adultery while proclaiming their commitment to family values.

Sarah Palin's supporters live in an artificial world, cordoned off from intelligence and morality. Look to them to find virtue, not fault, in her decision.

Posted by: tbarksdl | July 4, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse


Are you truly serious in what you just said or are you trying to incite an argument? No sane person would have said what you just said. I do give you credit, though, you stayed true to the Repuglican handbook. When your guy/gal has got nothing upstairs (i.e. all Repug candidates), start bashing the other side. Oh, and throw the word Socialism in there, too. Yeah, that's it.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | July 4, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse

You all need to remember: This woman was almost our Vice President! (With the possibility of being President).

Sarah has demonstrated a lack of intelligence, understanding, and knowledge. She has extremely poor judgement. But that's who she is and it's not her fault.

The greater impact is on the Republican party who took such an individual and almost made her the leader of the free world. That demonstrates criminally negligent behavior. How can we ever trust the Republicans in the future?

Rich Pryor

Posted by: rjpryor | July 4, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

A first and uncomplicated look at Palin's resignation leads one to think that she has finally "had it"; possibly realizing that she is unqualified for, or lacks enough experience to meet her highest aspirations. There's no disgrace in that. If that is indeed the case, she and her family will likely be much better off from here on and her resignation will show itself to be an exceptionally wise one for her to have made.

Posted by: jleemoore | July 4, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

She may be nutty, ignorant, incompetent, and partisan, but watch out people, so was Hitler, Pol Pot, G.W. Bush, also.

Palin's appeal to evangelicals and male wingnut talking heads is faux-populism and sex. A crisis of confidence in Obama in his failure to clean up Bush's mess quickly enough just may give Palin more gravitas than she has now.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | July 4, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

God, I hope that she does not seek the Presidency. I am so sick of hearing liberal pundits and liberal bloggers shower this woman with their scorn. I look forward to seeing what these partisan haters have to do with their pathetic and petty lives if Palin, Bush and Cheney are not around to demonize.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 4, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

She doesn't necessarily want to be president, but she does want to be a player on the national political scene.
There's money in it.

The Republican bench is so weak right now, that she will at least be able to find some Republicans who will take her seriously.

Posted by: julian2 | July 4, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin is hopefully going to accept the $1,000,000 to show her mommy hoo hoo in Penthouse magazine.

Posted by: swatkins1 | July 4, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

i'm a democrat and i enjoy thinking of republicans as stupid and wrong as much as the next democrat, but surely she won't win the party's nomination?

Posted by: teenageindiefan | July 4, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

What a Bimbo.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | July 4, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

What would she do as President? Take her toys and go home the first time a late night comedian made fun of her? The woman is not mentally stable.

Posted by: coloradodog | July 4, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Weaver1 is very typical of those who would support Sarah Palin-no knowledge and less intellect. President Obama was a senator elected to the US senate (although he was also a state senator before that as well as a Constitutional law professor and author.) Palin got a BA after attending 4 colleges, barely reads or governed and for some reason, people think she should be our president.

Posted by: AndrearKline | July 4, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

No one has enough inside knowledge to categorically conclude that her resignation was foolish.

With her non-stop stream of questionable ethics and a healthy dose of abuse of power, there's no telling what she may have warded off in terms of investigations. That may be her one and only hope to salvage a run.

And don't forget, she did receive an exorcism to drive out her demons, so she'll be starting with a clean slate.

True, Republicans are in mourning because they lost one of their own: an anti-intellectual, anti-science, rapture-ready End Timer. But those looking for a candidate they feel is just like them need not worry: Republicans have a very deep bench of stupid on which to draw.

Posted by: dgblues | July 4, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The sadness of it the real tragedy is that she will not be around to further split the Republican Party. Of course, that assumes that this move is nothing more than going away quietly into the night.......OMG wait maybe she will announce her candidacy for pres very soon...salvation (may still) lie within

Posted by: RdoRdo | July 4, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

A tryst with Joe the Plumber would be the perfect fairy-tale ending to this story, wouldn't it?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 4, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! The number of split infinitives in her speech represents the split nature of her psyche. I've never seen her as hyper (translated angry, uptight, and inarticulate) as she was during her resignation speech. I had to hit the "mute" button to end the cacophony.

Posted by: MarthaPage1 | July 4, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

"All together, the picture is of a politician with obvious abilities to connect to ordinary folks -- but one who is also arrogant, unstable and unwise."

Which also neatly describes the kinds of "ordinary folks" with whom she connected.

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Posted by: Earl02 | July 4, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

the conservatives,and "fox noise"will spin us dizzy with the spin they will put on this dizzy story..

and of course we all know that it will be "obama's fault"!

Posted by: Earl02 | July 4, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

An attractive but not very smart person. She keeps demonstrating her lack of depth. What you see is really what you get.

Posted by: pagoff | July 4, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I still chuckle when I read someone accusing the "liberal media" of anything. You'd think all the free passes the Bush administration got from them for even egregious criminal conduct would have disabused the brainwashed from that notion.

Nevertheless, the scuttlebutt making the rounds in the rational part of the blogosphere is that a new scandal was soon to unfold and Palin is getting out before the governorship turned hotter than...well, you know. She's certainly not the upstanding type that a Christian is supposed to be with all the scandals that have already occurred. She has absolutely no scruples and I was absolutely amazed that she even attacked her running mate while running for President. The fact that she was even picked shows that the leadership of the Republican Party is divorced from reality. Palin reminds me a of the North Korean President with her dysfunctional ten times bigger than life ego.

Posted by: buckbatard | July 4, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

God, I hope that she does not seek the Presidency. I am so sick of hearing liberal pundits and liberal bloggers shower this woman with their scorn.


Oh please stop whining. Conservatives have never been shy about ruthlessly attacking their political opponents. Does "Swift boating" ring any bells for you? Remember the scorn conservatives heaped on Kerry's purple hearts he earned in battle?

Oh right. That was different....

Posted by: mikem1 | July 4, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I think she needs to broaden her base, both politically and base of general knowledge. She needs to read financial newspapers and newspapers and journals across the political spectrum. She needs to learn from the mistakes she has made and continues to make. I would even go so far as to say that she could probably learn a lot from former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, even though Madame Royal is at the other end of the political spectrum.

Posted by: leclerc556 | July 4, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin will run a Fox show for the extreme right-wing nuts, make some money, and then announce her run for 2012. She is broke now. A wise move.

Posted by: ithinker | July 4, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Somebody has the goods on her and Todd.

That's why she resigned, and it will all be coming out soon.

Those of you who think she's going to Faux are right. That's where all the disgraced GOPERs go when they cash in their chips.


Posted by: WWWexler | July 4, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

top 10 reasons for palins resignation:
10.she worked out a deal to be the new sidekick and announcer for the letterman show.
9.she's going to sleep now and when she wakes up it will be election day 2012. was palin who got knocked up by A-ROD.
7.todd wanted a "stay at igloo"type of gal. an email saying she's about to recieve the 300 million dollars promised from an african lawyer representing a client killed in a airplane crash into her checking account.
5.looking for a higher paying job because she has no money in her checking account.
4.leaked sextape of her and hannity.
3.leaked sextape of her and greta.
2.leaked sextape of her and a moose.
and the number 1 reason sarah palin is resigning as governer of alaska!!!
1.she gets the starring role in,"THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ALASKA!!

Posted by: Earl02 | July 4, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I doubt she even cares about the comments on this page or from the press. She may not be the best politician, but she is a shrewd businesswoman who will probably earn much more in the private sector after she leaves her gubernatorial office - certainly enough to pay rent (lol!). Maybe she just wants to spend more time with her family, especially her daughter. Good for her - I'm glad she didn't get elected, but I wish her well in her new career.

Posted by: bachman737 | July 4, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Considering some strange going ons with the republicans these days dont be surprised to hear some investigation, family brouhaha or even an another pregnancy to surface in the fe weeks. Such announcements dont happen in a vacuum unless you are off the rails...but then again this is SP.

Posted by: mendonsa | July 4, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh, everyone's screaming that Sarah is a fool and a failure yet readers are tripping over themselves to post a comment about her. Sarah commands an audience - sometimes a hostile one - like no one else has in a looooong time. Were she truly a fool and failure, the media and the audience would merely nod and continue on - see John Edwards as an example.

I doubt Sarah wants to be POTUS. I see her using her skills to bring home the republican base and focus on energy independence. Sarah has the potential of being VERY effective in that regard.

I hope we can bookmark this article and these comments for about 12 months. It will be interesting to see how the projections of today stand up to the reality of what is actually going on.

Posted by: JackESpratt | July 4, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal at the Daily Beast has the skinny. She evidently took one straight out of Ted Stevens' playbook -- alleged pure and utter corruption -- awarding public contracts in exchange for building her house and trying to cover it up.

This time, hopefully, we'll get a prosecution.

That is, if we are indeed a nation of laws, and not a nation where laws. like taxes, are only for the little people.

My question is: why does the intelligence of the electorate show an inverse proportionality to the population density of the state? Alaska, Texas, Wyoming...all refuges of anti-intellectualism...

Posted by: dgblues | July 4, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

It's a long time to 2012. By then, whoever appears to be the most opposite of Mr. Obama might be very, very popular.

Posted by: CapnRusty | July 3, 2009 5:50 PM
Hmmmmm, erratic, ignorant, uninformed, inept governor running a state with its hands deep in the public trough: yeah, I guess you could say she's the most opposite of Mr. Obama. And of course she will be very very popular with the GOP base because she feeds them raw meat and calls it caviar.

But Democrats won't cross over to vote for her.

Independents will either hold their noses and vote for Obama or stay home.

Republicans (except for the base) won't vote for her and some may even vote for Obama a second time.

Palin was already rejected once. In fact, the race might have been closer had John McCain chosen a different running mate.

How will she win an election with only about 20% of the electorate supporting her? Ah, don't bother her with the details. Her ambition and terminal cuteness will carry her through the next three years. That figures. It took her six years and five colleges to get a degree. I guess we should expect her to be a slow learner about campaigning effectively in a NATIONAL election.

Posted by: windrider2 | July 4, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Argentina had its Eva Peron and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner..... we have our Sarah Palin... when you have tatas and spunk, who cares about brains or judgment, anyhow?

Posted by: tbrucia | July 4, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

These posts excoriating Sara Palin brimg to mind, a pack of liberal dogs barking at the heels of a wounded victim.Actually, she is wise ,where they are ignorant.Not realizing the advantage tis gives her to keep her name in the limel=ight.In the mean time Obama will self destruct by making poor judgement calls. This will be for all to see in the futurte.Lizard2

Posted by: lizard2 | July 4, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"Oh, everyone's screaming that Sarah is a fool and a failure yet readers are tripping over themselves to post a comment about her."

Via her iconic status among certain conservatives, we're actually tripping over ourselves commenting about the abject ignorance of those who support this uneducated arrogant power-abusing empty suit who fancies herself steeped in foreign policy simply because of where she lives, that being only one of the tsunami of foolish statements out of her demon-exorcised mouth.

As I posted earlier, conservatives who seek a candidate with whom they find affinity need not mourn her passing: they have a very deep bench of stupid on which to draw.

Posted by: dgblues | July 4, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Instead of yelling "drill baby drill" at the next appearance, how about "cut and run, cut and run!?"

Posted by: gm467 | July 4, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I think that Palin may already know that she can't win in 2012, but she's decided that governing is hard work, while commentating and punditizing looks like a nice cushy life -- fame with no responsibility. Could be the Pat Buchanan model -- although I think Pat actually believes what he says -- but I bet Pat never really thought he could win when he ran for President.

But running for POTUS probably didn't hurt the bottom line -- and he had a lot of fun doing it.

Or maybe she just wants to be Ann Coulter -- you get paid to say anything you want, write a couple "books", talk on TV -- pretty easy stuff, no ethics worries, corps can buy you stuff.

Posted by: balto20 | July 4, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I guess if most of the country already sees you as pretty odd, doing something like this won't do much to diminish public opinion. I don't think she should start looking for paint samples and draperies for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, though.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

She will not understand these comments, nor with the racist white supremacists that glomed onto her and dragged down McCain's campaign.

We don't have time for her.

She trashed the very people she needed to attract from the first words out of her mouth. She does not yet even accept or understand what a stupid move that was.

Neither she, nor the McCain camp, nor most republicand understand today that she destroyed herself.

Posted by: dutchess2 | July 4, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I checked some of Alaska's papers in what they were saying and it seems that she is not well thought of in her state.
The majority of those responding are saying good riddance and feel she is leaving a mess in Alaska, is never around to do the job and tends to always blame everyone else for her problems. But, they are also angry that she just quits and walks away.
Palin has left a trail of anger.

Posted by: vwcat | July 4, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin's resignation serves as not only an example of her fitness to lead but the Repulican Party's fitness to lead. Palin's judgment and intellectual capacity of long been in question. Now her fortitude can reasonably be questioned. The fact that the Republican party considered her and Mark Sanford among their best and brightest has to lead any rational voter to conclude that the party has little understanding of what it takes to lead.

Posted by: jeffreyt211 | July 4, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"From her disastrous campaign interviews to her self-aggrandized insistence that she speak on election night to her inability to decide whether or not to speak at GOP functions to her incompetence at handling the press to her gratuitous spat with David Letterman, she has demonstrated a volatile temperament and an incapability to think strategically."

Wow. She DOES sound like a future Republican nominee.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

It makes sense if she's going to run for senate.

Posted by: carlbatey | July 4, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The brainwashed Liberal idiots (including the column writer) who are mouthing the usual disparaging and insulting things about Sarah Palin, should take notice.
The announcement was made the day before Independence Day.
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. . ."

Sarah is going to be one of the ideological leaders of a new, constructive, Populist Conservative movement.

Somebody has to save this country from the train wreck that Obama and the rest of his leftist amateurs are leading the country towards.

Posted by: fgoepfert1 | July 4, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

RE:"Sarah is going to be one of the ideological leaders of a new, constructive, Populist Conservative movement."
I hope you're right. I'd hate to see her leave the political scene -- although not for the reasons you might imagine.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Even the smartest people can do dumb things when they are desperate. And around convention time last year, McCain was desperate. For months he had trailed in the polls. His campaign was in the worst doldrums you can imagine. His debate performances had been lackluster. He was up against an opponent who had demonstrated that he was as as masterful at campaign tactics and strategy as he was at speaking.

So, McCain in an act of desperation threw a Hail Mary! And it turned out to be one of the most boneheaded things he ever did. Even a modest amount of vetting Palin would have revealed that she was already having problems governing Alaska let alone being considered for national office.

She soared on that fateful night at the convention for one reason only--the hopelssly decayed state of morale within the GOP base. They were angry, despondent, and grieving over the collapse of George W. Bush's administration and were hungry for someone to vent that frustration nationally. Palin had an advantage in that her mocking style of confronting Obama and the democrats--albeit it completely devoid of any substance as to what policy proposals she favored--was just the tonic to rouse them out of their depression.

But like the tonics of old that snake oil salesmen have always peddled, the "high" only lasted momentarily as the dreadful reality of just what a "pig in apoke" they had bought. An atractive pig with gorgeous lipstick, but a pig still. (I am speaking figuratively here for the dimwats on the right.)

Posted by: jaxas | July 4, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain made a big blunder picking Sarah Palin as the running mate. He ruined his own campaign & Sarah Palin's reputation. She was the queen of some boondocks & nobody bothered or even knew much about her.
The he brought her to the lime light. By exhibiting her poor knowledge about anything & lack of class, she is finding her way out.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | July 4, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Clearly, Sarah wimped out.

Posted by: orch24 | July 4, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I foresee a Reality TV show in the making.

Posted by: kimL1 | July 4, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I am not surprised at all the vile posted by the liberals here. They still keep beating on Palin, even though she has already declared that she will not be a candidate in 2012. But they all are proud of the fact that Obama won against Bush (excuse me it was McCain that was running wasn't it?)...My guess is that with a new candidate like Colin Powell, Obama will not be able to receive the backing of the liberal media in 2012. Want to place any bets?

Posted by: SeniorVet | July 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The GOP clown is at it again.

First McCain hired her just to get attention (the same reason a king hires a court jester, to dazzle the crowd, along with dancing ladies and gesticulating halfwitted nincompoops in tricolored pantaloons).

Next, shopping sprees, hair care, Russia-watching, periodical-dodging, courtcase-cluelessness, jobdescription-incognizance, Bushdoctrine-bungling, and "Say it aint so Joe"-plummering.

Now that the act is over, and the audience suitably dazzled, time to take the bow, and thy coxcombed carcass off the dang stage.

Posted by: elocutionist | July 4, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Not mentioned was the fact that Palin will probably never live down her reputation as an amateur.

A former TV weathergirl, mayor of a microscopic town, and basically just a good-looking chic, she displays no experience that suggests she could run the most powerful nation on the planet.

She might spend the next 2 years getting her family under control, and if nothing falls apart in that time, maybe that will fade into the background.

Of course, she is governor of a state where one can see Russia, and that should qualify her as an expert on something or another. If you'll consult a map, you'll notice that O'Bama couldn't even see Canada from his state. At least George Bush could see Mexico, if he travelled far enough south from Austin.

Posted by: genedoug | July 4, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

She is brilliant.
When one is paid a salary of 125k per year, but the frivilous Dem lawsuits are costing her 500k per year, the choice is obvious:
She is Mrs. Grassroots as she puts family and finances ahead of power.

If only some of our idiotic Washington politicians who post 2 trillions dollar deficits could absorb some of her financial common sense.

Posted by: merley1 | July 4, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Apparently there is a scandal about to break. It appears she made a plea bargain with law enforcement to avoid indictment over some kickback deals with a constuction company that received state contracts.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a pig; but she still can't govern.

Posted by: wiatrol | July 4, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Your article, and 90% of the comments show why she could never be president. No, she was not ready when she was selected by McCain. She lacked national and international knowledge, like most candidates two years before they tried. But she tried too soon. Stupid she is not, but she didn't prepare herself first. McCain's fault. She should have said 'no.' He should have chosen Kay Bailey Hutchison. But she never can get up to speed, because the press made her into a bimbo. No other candidate in recent history has been so maligned, the children in the family so ridiculed and attacked, so herself made into a clown. It is easy to do. Any of your readers could name a dozen candidates on both sides of the aisle who could have been serially destroyed. None were. No, the press destroyed this woman because she was unprepared and her views were on the right wing of our political spectrum. But, she was no clown. She was a smart, successful politician who served well on City Council, and well as Governor of a state with a small population. Yes, her views are on the right, but they are no less radical than some on the left already serving in Congress. Ready for national office? No. But a glaring idiot, with children whose only interest was sex? No. Think of Letterman last month. Absolutely unconscionable and something not to be tolerated with any other candidate for office in the last half century, except... No, all Americans should be ashamed. Hubert Humphrey is turning in his grave at what has become of his country. Humphrey would never have agreed with her, but he would have treated her with respect. And his Senate seat (or is that the OTHER Minnesota seat?) is now held by a stand-up comic. And, people take THAT seriously. Poor Daniel Webster. What has become of this country?

Posted by: gkleinfeld | July 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin just proved that Trig is NOT the retarded one in the family!

Posted by: wiatrol | July 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. It appears that many of these posters today are still deathly afraid of Sarah Palin - why else the loonylibby Letterman mantras.
Could it possibly be that the lady says what she means and means what she says (unlike our current ayatollah - whoops, I mean president)?
Could it be that the unrelenting spurious attacks reallytruly are interfering with the actual governing of Alaska.
Could it be that the unrelenting spurious attacks reallytruly are costing Alaskan taxpayers and the Palins too much money?
I hope that Sarah DOES keep 'politicking' around the country and around the world. She is ardently pro-American - - a complete antithesis to the Ch*mp-in-Chief who currently occupies the Oval Office.
You go, girl. And God bless.

Posted by: segeny | July 4, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. It appears that many of these posters today are still deathly afraid of Sarah Palin - why else the loonylibby Letterman mantras.------------------------------
Not at all! I want her to run for president because I love train wrecks.

Posted by: wiatrol | July 4, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

First, don't believe any of Palin's reasons for resigning. Politicians NEVER give a straight answer there. Palin will definitely run for president in 2012. However, she rightly decided that

she can make more money in a year as a celebrity than she can in a lifetime as governor of Alaska ($125,000 per year plus whatever she bilks the state for charging it for her family's travel and for "hotel" when she sleeps at home)

so look for her to be on the talk show circuit even more as well as the lecture circuit raking in huge fees talking about Jesus and how bad Democrats are.

Also, since Alaska is as far removed from the limelight as one can get, look for a follow up announcement saying that she is moving from Alaska "so she can do more good for the country" and/or "because God told her to" and winding up either in Los Angeles (for a TV show), Washington (but maybe not since this would harm the "outsider card" she plays) or New York.

She's in it entirely for the money and fame and we should keep that in mind WHEN she runs for president in 2012.

Posted by: adifferentpointofview | July 4, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

So if she became president (as if), would she quit in her last year to keep from being a "lame duck" so as not to put America through that? What a ridiculous excuse. The real reason is the blistering Vanity Fair article that complete eviscerated any tiny bit of credibility she might have had left. In a way, she's even more mentally unbalanced than Bush, and so is anyone still supporting this lying halfwit. Fox News probably wont even have her after this. Say goodnight, Gracie.

Posted by: saintsubversive | July 4, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

RE:"Could it possibly be that the lady says what she means and means what she says (unlike our current ayatollah - whoops, I mean president)?
Could it be that the unrelenting spurious attacks reallytruly are interfering with the actual governing of Alaska.
Could it be that the unrelenting spurious attacks reallytruly are costing Alaskan taxpayers and the Palins too much money?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Poor Democrats! They mourne the loss of their favorite whipping-girl, Sarah Palin. No more can they pretend she alone is responsible for the catastrophe building in Washington. And, it will be harder to accuse her daughters of sexual behavior so what will David Letterman do!But the worst is the loss of Democrat's money--they have paid skanks in Alaska to drum up legal trouble for her and its all been wasted. And most importantly, guys who need a target for mysogny have lost it!

Posted by: drzimmern1 | July 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

New refrigerator magnet...

"Ding Dong the Witch is Dead"

Posted by: dpenn1 | July 4, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Republicans, face it: you might get away with having mentally disturbed rural halfwits for a large portion of your voting base, but youll have to to a little better when it comes to your actual candidates. Bush, McCain, Palin ... how about someone SANE in 2012? Think about it.

Posted by: saintsubversive | July 4, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

HOW REFRESHING. A Politician who acts like a human being, Some might call it bizarre, no teleprompter but "off the cuff", she will surprise many.

Posted by: EZ2C | July 4, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

What a loon. That was about the goofiest resignation speech I have ever heard. It reminded me of a beauty pageant contestant discussing world peace.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows Palin has a Dirty Little Secret..."and I think that it is time to tell":

Posted by: caraprado1 | July 4, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Let this be a lesson to you clueless Palin lovers. She was a fraud from the very beginning, yet you dopey Republicans fell for it -- hook, line and sinker. Your gut instincts and right wing talk radio failed you once again. Next time you might be advised to listen to what the "liberal" media has to say. They were totally on target regarding the character and quality of this woman.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Sarah palin's comment on the matter was that she was tired of people finding fault with her family, and being in the spotllight was doing them harm. It is people like most of you who undoubtably are the parents of perfect children and put your pants on both legs at a time who find fault with people who you elected to office,what exactly to you expect of people who are human like you, educated like you,and whose children mature at the same rate as yours? Walk a mile in their shoes before you are so superior and judgemental. I would like to shine the same light on any of youe lives and see how you measure up. Shame on you! And from now on, unless you are perfect quit throwing stones.

Posted by: duck4 | July 4, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Palin >8D-8/-8============D~~~~~ Alaska

Posted by: patrickschabe | July 4, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Again, Sarah is from Alaska, and she dances to the beat of her own drum. I think for once the punditry ought to at least start by taking her at face value. Her perspective: she and her family believe that she has become a distraction in Alaskan politics. There are serious efforts to undermine her politically and all of that has become more important to her opposition than the actual governance of Alaska. She has her own agenda that she wants to pursue. She wants a better quality of life for her family.I for one find it refreshing that she is simply moving forward in her own life and isn't asking everyone's permission.

Posted by: davidm4 | July 4, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Well! Our ever shallow media created this idol out mud and now they are noticing what most of us did long time ago that she is a fool and a big one.

Posted by: bueyesxyou | July 4, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Palin said she quit so she wouldn't be a do-nothing lame duck yet she is the one who decided to become a lame duck by quiting -- most thought she could win in 2010. Furthermore there is no necessity to be a do-nothing lame duck. Many final term Governors are capable of accomplishing a great deal often more since there is no pressure to get reelected.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"arrogant, unstable and unwise"

That statement sums up that whole party.

Posted by: terry_rudolph | July 4, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin had D and not an R as a party designation, you would be lavishly praising her 'Being her own Woman", and her ability to "Think outside the Box". You make me want to puke..

Posted by: Dionysis | July 4, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Even Republicans are now piling on. They have finally seen through her charades and this is the last straw.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Something was making Palin extremely nervous--she was practically sputtering in her laughably inept and scatterbrained speech. I wouldn't be surprised at all if some other two-ton shoe was about to drop.

Posted by: marciamac1 | July 4, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: InesJones | July 4, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

There's a new (to many) scandal about to break about the company who got the contract to supply building materials for the sports complex in Wasilla and "provided" the materials for the house that Todd and his "buddies" built. The company sponsored Todd's snow mobile race team, hired Palin to do a TV ad for them, and allegedly "donated" the building materials for their house. Apparently Palin passing a law to hide the financial transactions involved in building in Wasilla wasn't enough to hide bribery from the DOJ.

Posted by: fingersfly | July 4, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

the gop should count itself lucky and jump with joy for shedding another of their lunatics...

Posted by: nystateofmind | July 4, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

the gop should count itself lucky and jump with joy for shedding another of their lunatics...

Posted by: nystateofmind | July 4, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The idea that there is some scandal about to break that caused her to resign is possible, but even then it is not a smart move. Think of various politicos, (Agnew, etc) that used resignation to avoid conviction.

The timing of the resignation is very interesting. Either it was a plain stupid move or there was something driving it. So why, right before a long weekend does she announce that she will resign? And yet it won't be effective for another month.

I think the real reason is that she suddenly realized that the gas pipeline - her major "accomplishment" won't be built. So she needs to get out of Dodge before she is blamed it for it not being built. So she can leave now and claim it is set to be built, but in reality she knows it won't be. And by 2012, there will still be no natural gas pipeline across Alaska.

Posted by: cyberfool | July 4, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Something was making Palin extremely nervous--she was practically sputtering in her laughably inept and scatterbrained speech. I wouldn't be surprised at all if some other two-ton shoe was about to drop.

Yes, there are rumours all over the blogosphere about a kickback scandal about to break. In fact she may be resigning as part of plea deal.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | July 4, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin drives me nuts---she can rationalize ANYTHING. And in such a self-serving, cutesy kind of way.

Begone, SP, please begone.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | July 4, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

You are so right, this was a foolish resignation. The resignations that would make perfect sense however would be those of Katherine Weymouth and Sally Quinn.
Otherwise, this paper has LESS credibility then Sarah Palin on her worst day.

Posted by: SoCali | July 4, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Very good article.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | July 4, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Predictable state-run media and their propragandists goose-stepping in unison. Tear down the biggest threat to your agenda like good little liberal drones. The experience argument is especially humorous given the "community activist" socialist in the white house....the guy never worked a real job in his life. Oh but he speaks so well, he must be smart. Idiot liberals.

Posted by: kr1839 | July 4, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Palin mainly appeals to the dwindling white evangelical branch of the Republican party. If Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP, then the GOP has no future in national politics.

Posted by: sherpadoug37754 | July 4, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Another GOPER "presidential contender" gets into the GOP clown car and rides into the sunset.

This one will have a pack of angry Alaskan prosecutors chasing her. I dearly hope they catch up to her. She used the Alaskans she claims to love as a doormat.


Posted by: WWWexler | July 4, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Well! Our ever shallow media created this idol out mud and now they are noticing what most of us did long time ago that she is a fool and a big one.

Posted by: bueyesxyou | July 4, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah palin is in love with herself, she really believes that she is Presidential material, she's not even as intelligent as George W Bush and his IQ only had two digits. She is living proof of the failure of the American educational system.
You betcha

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Posted by: tommic856 | July 4, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you lucky she gave you another excuse to write a column to trash her once again? Perhaps the media might look inward and see that her persecution and relentless attacks no matter what she does have been part of the problem. The media did it with Clinton to make sure she lost and now with Palin. I do think the media can't stand any woman attaining any power without making sure she is put in her place big time. Well, pat yourselves on the back because you seem to have accomplished what you set out to do a year ago when most people didn't even have a clue who she was because she was Governor of Alaska. You made sure a republican woman was ridiculed, demeaned and you media types posted and wrote about everything she did as if it was automatically a crime. I love being an independent because you don't have to automatically hate someone you don't even know from the other political party. It also lets you sleep better at night too.

Posted by: justmyvoice | July 4, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

maybe her plan is to pick Iowa"s "Razorwire" King, the person in the Congress most like her, and together they will bury the Republican Party in the next Presidential election.

Posted by: saddened1 | July 4, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Having seen Sarah Palin in full bloom since the 2008 election, the larger indictment is of John McCain's utterly inexplicable judgment in picking a running mate so bereft of competence and organized thought as to be an alarming backup during the nation's worsts crises since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Can McCain ever be credible again?

Posted by: Irishvetter | July 4, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I kind of feel some pity for Palin. It can't be easy being elevated into the national spotlight, with the media scrutinizing her every word and her personal life, and then lose and have to return to the periphery of the GOP.

I wouldn't count her out of the political scene, but I think leaving the governorship under these odd circumstances makes any run for White House in 2012 problematic. She not only seems like an intellectual lightweight, but erratic too. Not a good recommendation for national office.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"...obvious abilities to connect to ordinary folks -- but one who is also arrogant, unstable and unwise."

Oh, please. Palin supporters are not "ordinary folks." The election settled that empirically, thank god. Palin' fans are easily-played, ill-informed dupes.

Posted by: merelymyopinion | July 4, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

RE:"Predictable state-run media and their propragandists goose-stepping in unison. Tear down the biggest threat to your agenda like good little liberal drones."
If Sarah Palin is a threat to anyone's agenda, it's the GOP's. As long as her appeal is limited to rural Evangelicals and the McCarthy "Real American" fringe, Republicans can say goodbye to any pretense of recovering majority party status.

She's no threat - she's a sad asterisk on the GOP road to irrelevance.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

MMM.. Methinks she is paving way for Joe the Plumber.

Posted by: rbsellers | July 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we just state the obvious:

Posted by: jons3 | July 4, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"the picture is of a politician with obvious abilities to connect to ordinary folks"

Palin appeals to ordinary folks with a bend toward the right wing. She will never appeal to ordinary folks who have middle of the road American values.

Posted by: lynettema | July 4, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy displayed by this paper and some of it's readers is laughable!

Anyone who supported Obama in any fashion forfeit their right to criticize the qualification of any elected official. Palin has done nothing more than show poise and character in the conviction of her beliefs, and for that she is chastised, ridiculed, and made to endure endless accusations that have not produced a single conviction. If Sarah Palin is as stupid and as insignificant as she is made out to be than why does every kool-aid drinking liberal insist on reminding the public? Nobody talks about Kathy Griffin, Al Franken, or Janine Garafalo because nobody cares about a bunch of loser blowhards! I smell fear from the left when they insist on how stupid Sarah Palin is. I quite enjoy watching anything that makes a bunch of the liberals quake in their crocs!

As for the Washington Post - I look forward to the day when it and the rest of the state-run news papers go the way of the dinosaur! Bye-bye!

Posted by: rgeezimo | July 4, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

RE:"Nobody talks about Kathy Griffin, Al Franken, or Janine Garafalo because nobody cares about a bunch of loser blowhards! I smell fear from the left when they insist on how stupid Sarah Palin is. I quite enjoy watching anything that makes a bunch of the liberals quake in their crocs!"
Yea, Palin really has me shaking. LOL That may be the case for other liberals, but I really like having her around.

By the way, I understand the comment about Al Franken, since he is an elected official. I have to admit to being a little confused by references to Kathy Griffin and Janeane Garafalo (I'll use the correct spelling here) - neither of these entertainers has any real influence on the political scene, so are pretty much irrelevant to the conversation.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

To whomever posted the comment, "Palin's lack of knowledge, her lack of timing, her lack of .. well everything, won't stop neocons from voting for her.
They only care about one or two issues.. and she fits their narrow view.", I say, your perspective is dead on. Liberals can say whatever they want about Palin, whether it's warrented or not. The fact is that conservatives who love her will disregard all of these negative assertions and support her because she represents their views. Liberals would do the same thing. On both sides of the political fence, it's not substance that necessarily matters. It's our political and subjective points of view that govern our decisions.

Posted by: Donato1 | July 4, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to submit that hypothesizing about Palin's presidential ambitions are hereby a waste of time. She's a quitter. She's done. And I fully expect some blazing hot scandal will soon be revealed, explaining her apparently inexplicable behavior.

Posted by: CardFan | July 4, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin isn't pro-American, she's just pro-Palin. (I never get that thing about GOPers thinking they're "pro-American" when 80% of them are Southerners with the greatest treason against America in their history.)

Another thought I had -- maybe now Sarah can teach her daughters about birth control.

Or -- stop preaching so-called "values" -- which I guess is anything you want it to be.

One or the other. Make a choice.

Posted by: balto20 | July 4, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't vote for her for city council. Instead, I'd like a shot at rupturing her uterus.

Posted by: danw1 | July 4, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I believe Palin just signed a $7 million book deal so she doesn't need to bother about politics. I'm wondering which publisher got taken for a big ride as a book will not sell that much no matter what Palin does in the future. I think she will become a FOX commentator or the next family reality show.

Posted by: jj1123 | July 4, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Watch for her to be a regular expert on Fox, and watch for her to have her own radio show because she is extraordinarily gifted in dishing out caddy, sarcastic remarks. Just think back to her acceptance speechl. However, she's one who can dish it out, but can't take it which dooms her for holding office. But as competition for Rush, she won't have to respond to anything said about her, just dish and dish and bathe in her sarcasm. She's gonna be a multimillionaire.

Posted by: onomato1 | July 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Like all Republicans, I hope she doesn't get indicted and runs in 2012. After all, if anyone can finish the job that Bush and Al Queda started...the complete crashing and burning of's Sarah Palin.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin has been villainized because of her beliefs. Not because she came out against anyone, or their beliefs, or their life styles, but because she has chosen to live her life her way. Imagine that, by the standard the left has judged Palin, we all have the right to tear down anyone who believes or stands for ANYTHING! So much for the party of tolerance.

She is also classified by the the left to be a part of the GOP which consist of nothing more than Old, Rich, White Men. Well, the last I checked, power brokers like the Clintons, Kennedys, and the Gores aren't exactly young, penniless upstarts. The left currently enjoys an unprecedented advantage over the right in that they get to make the rules and then break them over the heads of conservatives at every turn. All without so much of a peep coming from a castrated GOP.

Remember, we're talking about a person who hasn't had an illicit affair in office, who wasn't caught with $250,000 in their freezer, who didn't start a war, who didn't inhale, who didn't align themselves with homegrown terrorists or religious bigots, who didn't buy cattle futures for the first and only time in her life and made $100,000, who was linked to mysterious political deaths, who didn't make campaign promises and then broke them, I think you get the point. She hasn't done anything and is treated horribly. This may all change in the future as the witch hunt continues. I can just see all the glee in the faces of the liberal left when they do dig something up on her, until then, "Guilty! Until Proven Innocent!".

Liberals; what a sorry lot...

Posted by: rgeezimo | July 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

RE:"emember, we're talking about a person who hasn't had an illicit affair in office, who wasn't caught with $250,000 in their freezer, who didn't start a war, who didn't inhale, who didn't align themselves with homegrown terrorists or religious bigots, who didn't buy cattle futures for the first and only time in her life and made $100,000, who was linked to mysterious political deaths..."
I assume the last reference to being 'linked to mysterious political deaths' is a swipe at Clinton and the Vince Foster suicide. Just to recap: A Republican Congressional Committee investigated the Foster death and ruled it a suicide - exactly what the evidence showed. The only thing 'mysterious' about his death was why Republicans sought to make it more than it was.

Of course, when you're willing to spend $20 million of tax payer money to investigate a blow job, then I guess it makes sense in it's own alternative universe sort of way.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

bobfonow wrote: "Smart move. She has a constituency looking for a leader. She stepped up. After two years in a national leadership role, in direct opposition to Obama, whom she will excoriate, she will be more polished, better briefed, and attracting better Republican political organizers."

Why do people wonder that Palin has such a strong and loyal constituency? It comes under the "she is one of us" phenomena. Delusional people who have mush for brains want one of their own to run the country. Fortunately, we have not dumbed down America that much yet. She'll never break the 20% level. She'll be excoriating Obama? Good for her. Only the 20% braindeaders will really be taking what she says seriously.

Posted by: marecek | July 4, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

" Smart move. She has a constituency looking for a leader. She stepped up. After two years in a national leadership role, in direct opposition to Obama, whom she will excoriate, she will be more polished, better briefed, and attracting better Republican political organizers. Posted by: bobfonow"

Three years of this kind of speech writing and she will be worse than the last years of George Jessel, 'the Toastmaster General" even most Conservatives will feel creeped out whenever she gets up to speak.

Her advisers know this. Since she never has been able to produce a good rational for whatever she was doing, the reasons she gives cover something. Most likely it is that she hopes to be a Republican pundit, living on bad writing of worse non ideas. One more Ann Coltor.

Still, unless she has an attack of common sense, though, she should still be out there playing candidate. Come the primaries she will be a good sink for the unthoughtful Conservative base, so perhaps a thoughtful moderate with a proper plan of campaign will be the pol to get the 25% landslide that gets Republicans nominated. OR, she may be the chosen Conservative candidate, and actually get the Republican Presidential nomination. Then the rest of the non Democratic Party voters, disgusted by her bad imitation of a very old George Jessel will definitely vote Obama to be sure that the Republicans don't find a way to slip her into the White House.

The worst thing she could do from a Democratic Party point of view is go back to Wassilla and become a stay at home mom, take the phone off the hook, and never answer the front door or her mail. Since that is the one thing she seems incapable of doing, we get three years of Buchwald's dicta, "If that's the candidate they intend to run, I intend to write about him." (Said, of course, of Barry Goldwater.)

Posted by: ceflynline | July 4, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Even her admirers will have to now admit what the rest of us knew from the start: Sarah Palin doesn't have the intellectual ability to govern. Her speech was 18 minutes of incoherent rambling, spattered with folksy aphorisms, none of which were particularly appropriate. Clarity and intellectual focus are not among her gifts.

Women news anchors covering the speech were having a hard tme not shaking their heads in astonishment. GOP strategist Ed Rollins had the good sense to say exactly what we're all thinking: This was "stupid".

Yep. Sarah Palin is an eye-catching politician, but hasn't got the brains or attention span to study the complex problems of the nation. I'm on my knees in gratitude that she's now gone from the national scene. Only the far right wing (sounding more and more like the Taliban, by the way) will stomach the incoherence.

Posted by: cturtle1 | July 4, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The left's psychoses revolve around one characteristic: fear of Palin. She drives them absolutely nuts. They have hatched feverish story lines, plots, ambitions, conspiracy theories and "damning" evidence of her inability to serve as a credible candidate for high office. Their inordinate attention betrays their fears.

Recall that these are the very same rocket scientists who predicted -- for roughly 72 months running -- that Karl Rove was about to be "frog-marched" out of the White House.

Here are the facts on the ground:

• She could not build a campaign organization and a core team of contributors from Alaska;

• She could not relentlessly campaign for conservative candidates in 2012, which would build up her war-chest of owed favors;

• She could not sustain the endless series of baseless ethical accusations, which cost enormous amounts of money both for her personally ($500,000) and the state of Alaska ($2,000,000). Of 15 ethical challenges, she has been cleared in all 15 cases. As an aside, note that these tactics are eerily reminiscent of those used by Barack Obama in having four of his Illinois challengers disqualified from office. It wouldn't be surprising, therefore, to discover that Obama's ACORN shock troops, Rahm Emanuel and/or David Axelrod were operating behind the scenes in these cases.

• She could not easily kick the asses of her many detractors in the mainstream media from Alaska. Consider that all of the major network news anchors were on vacation this week. This timing may have been purposeful; Palin will be old news by the time they return. I believe she's prepared to go on offense against a "media" that provided the most unbalanced coverage of two candidates (Obama versus Palin) in the history of American politics. Simply compare the questions ABC's Charlie Gibson asked of both in his one-on-one interviews to understand the callous disregard the media has for American voters. She reduced David Letterman to a quivering tub of goo; look for that to occur in other venues now.

Ever astute, Mark Levin listed but one reason for her announcement: Palin is running for president, get used to it.

Posted by: unojklhh1 | July 4, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Even her admirers will have to now admit what the rest of us knew from the start: Sarah Palin doesn't have the intellectual ability to govern.".

What is there to admit? That Sarah Palin again has proven she is unlike any other politician by doing what is best for her post and state?

Should she be a squatting walrus like the esteemed Sen. Edward Kennedy and milk her usefulness? Maybe she wants to re-invent herself, which again is far more than I can say about the human fossil in Mass.

In an era where there are politicians that refuse to spare their governments vasts amounts of money and humiliation for their scams (Blago D-IL and Sanford R-SC), Palin has done nothing but take into consideration what the witch hunt is doing to her ability to serve. If anything, it shows a great amount of courage, courtesy, strength, and character.

While I understand the bi-partisanship in politics, I refuse to credit anyone with a sound mind if they supported the shallow talent pool in the Democratic party and yet see Palin as an unqualified bimbo with poor judgment and who's only fault to this point is giving a damn.

Posted by: rgeezimo | July 5, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I hope this loon goes far away. I am a Republican and I voted for Obama in 2008. I am not a big fan of his, in fact, I prefer McCain, but McCain's credibility was sunk with me when he selected this nutjob to run with him. I had such high hopes for her, and it became obvious that not only is not that bright, she is willing to trade on xenophobia and T&A to get ahead. The woman can't answer basic questions about American policy, can't handle her own family, and has a mean streak a mile wide. I wouldn't want her to be principal of my child's school, much less POTUS!

What we Republicans need to do is get to our core roots. Sarah's mocking of Obama's name really turned me off last year. The Republican party has to be inclusive - after all, caucasians will be the minority before long - we need to open our umbrella to ALL who share our values of self-reliance and fiscal conservativism. The way she said she was 'tolerant' of gay people in her debate with Biden, she looked like she was barely holding back vomit. Is she really this narrow-minded and hateful, or is it an act?

I think more and more, we are seeing what she is. She got lucky to arrive in a moment when the media was facing Obama overload and she was a fresh, pretty face. Her willful ignorance makes George W. Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar. Her constant need for approval on not getting an abortion says a lot about what her true feelings are.

And PS Sarah - Alaska will have a governor, whether or not you are there 'drawing a check'. You are not saving the state a dime. You are a quitter - you see something more glamorous (I'm banking on a Fox News position and guessing she is ducking out of politics) and you run. Quitting the governorship now, with the state the party is in, is traitorous and Republicans will not forgive you. You are a selfish moron and I hope you enjoy your future of proselytizing to racist rednecks and holy rollers.

Signed, a disgusted Republican

Posted by: linda_akers_pa | July 5, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I can only think that Sarah Palin poses a real threat to some political party, particularly to her own side.

In my country both major parties vilified a woman that was gaining support and in the end they managed to jail her for a spell. Next time she put herself up for election they managed to penalise her for some other breach.

This Palin must be a REAL threat!

Posted by: jacquiedarnell | July 5, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

My guess -- and it is only a guess -- is that Sarah Palin has taken a "hit" financially defending herself during these investigations and anticipates the potential of more of the same while remaining as Governor.

She has assessed her political chances at gaining future national office as slim to none. But she has the potential -- if she acts now before her book is published -- to leverage herself into a public role as as the female Limbaugh on radio and television. This would give her the best opportunity to recover financially from past and future legal defense expenses and to provide for her family. If this guess is even partially accurate -- good for her! She has secured a hook in the media's mouth and is about to reel it in!

Posted by: radbwana | July 6, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

You people have a real sickness. It has only been 10 months since the Democratic Party issued a fatwa on her. As of June 2009, she is half a million dollars in the hole with legal expenses, defending spurious charges. If she stays in office till the end of her term, she'll be 3 million in the hole -- and the state of AK will be out much more than that in dollars and wasted time. How many of you would pay millions of dollars to be Governor of Alaska? Her being smeared since day one is a travesty of American politics and journalism.

Sometimes I think Republicans slept through the Clinton administration. How much money was spent investigating both Clintons? How much did the Clintons have to spend on lawyers? Did we ever hear their sob stories? Sarah Palin has only been in the public view. The Clintons have been putting up with it for years. Even Chelsea Clinton, at the mere age of 12, was targeted by the "family values" conservatives. Do you know why the Clintons have survived? Because they kept their mouths shut and didn't have pity parties. They persevered. And the conservatives hate it. That's the formula for staying in politics long-term. You can't resign just because those "bad, bad MSM people" keep picking on you!

Posted by: baltimoremom | July 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If there is political calculation behind Palin's resignation, it's of the 2+2=7 sort.

It's the opening of a Summer holiday weekend, the media will at best be distracted from Michael Jackson's death (they won't drop that story until the funeral and confirmation of cause of death), and you've had a month of GOP personal stumbles.

If Palin was thinking with any kind of eye beyond her living room, why in the world would she chose this time as the time to announce her resignation? She had to realize that there were times that would have given much bigger bang for the buck.

Just shows what an amateur she is.

Posted by: LeprechaunAngst | July 6, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I hope her political career isn't over yet. She and she alone has the ability to take down the Republican Party all be herself. Only the most devout conservatives can support her abdication of her duties as Governor. Only they could make quitting seem like an act of moral courage. Her supporters, again the far right of the party, are completely out of touch with society.

These right wing reactionaries will be the base of support that destroys the Republican Party, should she decide to run. When, not if, she loses the nomination, they will split the party beyond repair. That potential for complete destruction of the party, is why I want Sarah "The Quitter" Palin to remain viable in the 2012 nomination process.

Posted by: jeffreyt211 | July 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You know what's funny? She just called every governor who finished out a first term a leech AND she declined to demonstrate how functional a lame-duck governor can be (or at least how hard-working they could be if they stayed home and...WORKED). She simply, quit. Excuse me, resigned from her JOB. It got tough, or boring, or she wanted more money--whatever. She quit, and now she wants people to view quitting her job as a governor to be a natural segue to a presidential run.

In her own words:

"And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade – as so many politicians do."

Sarah again,

"I am determined to take the right path for Alaska" [snip]

"I’ve determined it’s best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell"

I won't disagree with that.

Posted by: Skowronek | July 6, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I think that she was caught by surpize about the amount of negative attention she saw back in Alaska after five-six months of being in a national campaign bubble. Whether or not you support her, what she needs to further her national ambitions are MORE unscrpited, critical venues not less. She needs give and take from people that are NOT trying to hide her in a corner. She also needs to get out of the country more. She can have more freedom not being governor, but she has to not crawl into a right-wing/talk show bubble for the next 3 years or she will be ill-served in her quest for national prominence.

Posted by: chuck2 | July 6, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What is she resigning for, she not even on the Republican short list.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | July 6, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin did the right thing. After all, if you can't stand the heat, you need to stay out of the kitchen.

But I don't think John McCain and probably even Palin herself knew that her daughter was pregnant when she agreed to run for VP with McCain in the first place.

I think from that shocking moment to this one, the Palin thing has been out of control, mostly because she was the wrong pick in the first place, and totally, totally, unprepared and unable to handle it.

I still, to this very day, believe that McCain picked Palin on the spur of the moment out of panic over Barack Obama filling a football field when Obama accepted his party's nomination.

It was a bad idea then, and it's a bad idea now. There are plenty other women out there ready to serve, just make a better pick.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

S.O.S.....Stuck On Stupid!

Posted by: kayebradley | July 6, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm curious about this statement:

"All together, the picture is of a politician with obvious abilities to connect to ordinary folks -- but one who is also arrogant, unstable and unwise."

If then, she is "obviously capable" of connecting to "ordinary" folks - which I presume is to her credit - but then, is also arrogant, unstable and unwise, then, does that make the "ordinary" folks stupid?

Do you suggest that we "ordinary" folks don't have the discernment of character to judge when we are being patronized? Because if "that" is your suggestion, then I would question who the arrogant one really is.

And, by the way, didn't President Obama "quit" the Senate to run for president? Just wondering.

Posted by: MagnoliaMiller | July 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It is a sad commentary on the state of this nation that this woman who has given her life to serve her family and state, her son to serve the country and has stood up to every major attack against her, her administration and her family with such incredible tact and diplomacy while winning these battles can be spoken of so poorly by individuals who have not done all or possibly any of these things including being a supportive wife, raising a family and giving birth five times and having a very successful personal career and family business. Jealousy , jealousy --why so afraid of this woman???

Posted by: cmcapcathletic | July 8, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin would be a great start to a new party. This would actually give America a two party system since the GOP and Democrats really are the same party of inept, elitists morons.

Like the parties of old, hers will be one that stood for the people, the worker and the needy alike, one that values the rule of law, empowers it's people to go further than their parents, accept God and allows God to be heard through the people, her party would also value those who serve, encourage - not impede free markets, with limited government involvement.

This country was built by people in politics with morals and courage to do what is right for the people. Sarah Palin is just such a person.

The left should remember one thing about the country we live in. This country was built by responsible, GOD LOVING, hard working, people. Due to the sacrifice and sensible living of generations that have come before, liberals have been granted the time to throw their lives and efforts into mostly worthless causes.

Posted by: rgeezimo | July 10, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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