"And I'll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life," she said in a news conference at her home in Wasilla. "I'll work for and campaign for those proud to be American, and those who are inspired by our ideals and won't deride them."
Sarah Palin after announcing her plans to resign as Governor of Alaska.
I don't know what to think about this move by Palin but it is possible that this quote, more than any other, gives us a clue as to what she is doing.
On the face of her resignation it seemed like a bad idea and it very well could be.
At the same time though, it is just as possible it is a no-lose situation. What is the worst that has happened so far? Every far left nutcase in the media and the Democratic party has crawled off from under their rock to attack her. The question is, how is this different from Thursday, the day before she made the announcement?
The left and their press wing, the far left media, has attacked Palin as being too incompetent to be a chief executive. Now that she is quiting, they are attacking her for not being Governor. Anyone else think they look like the same idiots they have been since she was announced as McCain's running mate?
There is also the notion that sometimes the best form of political flattery is being attacked by ones opponents. If the leadership of the Democratic National Party and Democratic politicians spend so much time worrying about her, maybe there's something to her. Perhaps she instills a little fear. Whether they want to admit it or not, the more they attack her, the more credibility she gets among Republicans.
Further, if Maureen Dowd trashes a politician, they become a darling on the right.
These dummies need to realize that if they want her to go away, they should stop talking about her. It is obvious their plan is to undermine her, it's not working.
I think it is possible that this was a good move. I have wondered since last November how she was going to campaign for the White House in 2012 from Alaska. It is removed from the mainland of the US. It is 3 hours behind the east coast cities of New York, Washington, etc. It is a small state whose government does not garner much attention.
She was going to need a bigger stage.
This is where the quote comes in. I think what Palin is going to do is become heavily involved in the grass roots efforts in the conservative movement right now. Tea parties, conservative conventions, and campaigning for conservatives in next year's mid-term elections will give her far more media coverage than she will ever get in Alaska.
Now I know the first complaint from the left will be that this is nothing more than political opportunism, she's putting her political ambitions before her commitment to Alaska, blah, blah, blah. Save it.
Does the name Hillary Clinton ring a bell? All of a sudden she was a New Yorker?
Or, Barack Obama's career as a "US Senator". I have to wonder if he was ever in the Senate building long enough to find his own office.
Maybe they remember their new buddy Arlen Specter? He certainly did not place his political ambitions above his integrity and commitment to the people that voted for him as a "Republican".
Sarah Palin will be a star in the conservative movement. Even if she does not run for the White House in 2012 or does not win the nomination, she's one of the shapers of the rebirth of conservatism. Win or lose, she gets to play a key role in reshaping the party.
The reality is that as far as winning the Presidency this will be either a brilliant political move for Sarah Palin or the dumbest move since Gary Hart took Donna Rice sailing.
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