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.
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Our Gov’s stunning announcement yesterday has the blogosphere buzzing. No one saw it coming. Our first dude’s wife is a 9-day wonder in her unparalleled capacity to grab attention – but I’m guessing that this time she didn’t want it.
If she wanted plenty of media coverage she’d:
- Not choose a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend to make her announcement;
- Not hold a hastily announced press-conference at her home in our isolated state 2 hours before it happened so that hardly anyone could get to it;
- Have warned her spokesperson and brought her home to answer questions;
- Have had some prepared remarks that explained her reason for stepping down.
I can easily think of some no-brainer reasons that would have made sense and could have given her a graceful out:
- My family needs me;
- I’m starting my campaign for President in 2012;
Instead, her announcement was typically off-the-cuff, muddled, waffling, verbose, and ultimately meaningless. This suggests she either didn’t get advice about how to do this, or if she did she ignored it. No-one saw this coming; the behavior of Palin’s out-of-town spokesperson indicated that even she was blind-sided. One can’t avoid coming to the conclusion that something happened last week that triggered a snap decision by the Governor who – typically – didn’t stop to blink but plowed right ahead on her own.
The only thing we know now is that there’s more to this than meets the eye. I’m transfixed, waiting for the cat to exit the bag.
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