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Friday, July 3, 2009

Palin Steps Down As Governor

Sarah Palin has decided to step down from her position as governor at the end of the month. The Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell, will take over at that point. Unfortunately, the Lt. Gov was not given a lot of lead time on this. He's going to hit the ground running. What's her reasoning?

"Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose."

How should this play out? She should be portrayed as abandoning her state in favor of personal gain. Republicans will paint her out as someone making a sacrifice for the party, however. Using "Lame Duck status" as an excuse is, pardon the pun, lame at best.

There is also talk that she is resigning because she is fed up with the politics and attacks on her family. Apparently it's been a bit too much. Well, Sarah, you opened your mouth on too many things and to use a phrase rednecks like to throw out at trouble makers, you bit off more than you could chew. Now you're facing the backlash of your hypocrisy and arrogance kiddo.

This kind of behavior is not what we want in a leader, is it? When the proverbial shit hits the fan in the Oval Office, is this the decision maker we want? Somebody that folds up and heads for the hills when she doesn't like how things are going?

If this decision had anything to do with her responsibilities as a mother, and now grandmother, the arguments people made in '08 about whether or not she could handle raising a family and being the president do hold water folks.

I have to agree with Mike Murphy's comments on MSNBC the other day. In order for Palin to have any chance for the nomination, she's got to stay on as governor and rack up as much experience points as she can. She just doesn't have enough to become a leader on the national stage. Now that she's resigned, all that opportunity to grow is gone.

So here's what I see coming from her playbook. She doesn't have experience. What she needs is exposure. Familiarity and name recognition both often trump experience in small time elections. Republicans know that out of all their possible choices, Palin has the best chance of becoming their front runner for the highest office in the land in a few years. They've decided to roll her out ahead of schedule. The Republican Party has shown their hand folks. They're going for broke.

Side note:
My own little personal observation is that she announced this a day before Independence Day. So not only is her hubby a secessionist, she makes the announcement a day before one of the most patriotic days in our country. Strange what these folks consider patriotic these days, isn't it?

Why should democrats be worried? She's a woman. That's what got her so much popularity in '08. That's what will carry her. It doesn't matter that she'd vote to take away a woman's right to choose. It doesn't matter that she'd knock women so hard, they'd be thrown back into 50's society. She's a woman and a large number of women will follow her blindly no matter what. That's why I think the dems need to find their female leader, and fast. They need to pound Palin into the ground so hard, Trip, Skip, Pip, Snap, Crackle, Pop, Trig, Twig, Jig, and Pig can feel it too.

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