Saturday, July 04, 2009
I'm kind of surprised at the reaction of some conservative, otherwise Palin-supporting commentators regarding Sarah's resignation. I listened to her speech; it made total sense to me. I think that normal people and the way they think is a mystery to political types. Her family is being savaged, she has accomplished a lot in her time as Governor of Alaska, and once she had decided not to run again and to make that decision public, she became a lame duck. If she had kept the decision to herself, she would have continued to be effective as Governor, but she is too open, honest, and transparent to have kept the decision a secret. The media-created tabloid-governorship was also making it very difficult to govern effectively, and her traditional work ethic and sense of responsibility wouldn't allow her to stay in a job that circumstances wouldn't allow her to do her best at. I might be wrong (shock!), but I don't think a run for the presidency factored in the decision, either. I rather doubt that she is all that chuffed about the idea.