In the days since the Governor made her surprise resignation, the reasons for her action are beginning to make sense. It’s personal. She’s pissed. Plain fed up with those who disagree with her or cross her path. By quitting, she seems to be saying “f… you” to all who failed to join the adoring crowds she found during last fall’s election campaign.
Watch this interview she gave yesterday to ABC News while fishing on Bristol Bay. Is this a petulant teen-ager or what? Hard to think this might have been a heart-beat away from the presidency.
Come to think of it, the Governor’s choice of announcement date was fitting. Like the rockets in that evening’s 4th of July fireworks displays, she shot into the public eye after her selection as John McCain’s running mate. In the rarified atmosphere of the campaign trail she whistled and exploded full of color and noise, loving the crowds and attention. After it was all over she flamed out, and fizzled her way back to earth and the tedious work of governing – whereupon her ambition turned to ashes.
We should be happy for her as she moves forward to find herself. And we should be happy for us. Governing was not her forte. She’s not suited to it either temperamentally or intellectually. She lacks a basic grasp of the fundamental rules undergirding our democratic process. So, I thank her for making and carrying out her decision to quit, and wish her and her family all the best.