Friday, July 03, 2009
Let's Just Be Honest
Palin resigns as governor, leaves plans secret - Yahoo! News
Anyone who reads this blog knows that we are fans of Sarah. We also like to think that our respect and, yes, our affection don't blind us to reality. When she was in a little contretemps with David Letterman a few weeks ago we offered the suggestion that she needed to get over it and move on. Sometimes the best kind of love is tough love. Fanboy devotion isn't going to help her.
Given all that, I think we have to admit that today's events are more than a little puzzling. I mean, when you suddenly call a press conference on Friday before the 4th of July you're usually trying to drop news into the dead zone of the news cycle. In other words, you want it to go away quickly and quietly. The big network anchors and correspondents are grilling on the beach at Martha's Vinyard. Nobody is watching the Sunday shows.
In other words, it's the kind of moment when you pardon Marc Rich-types or do a document dump that just happens to include all the credit card receipts from your visits to Las Vegas sans spouse.
It isn't when you announce your political future. Of course, Sarah didn't do that. Not really. She announced her resignation but didn't explain what, if anything, comes next. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense and, honestly, it worries me a bit.
The knock on Sarah Palin... Well, one of them anyway... Has always been a lack of experience. There have been plenty off other knocks but what sets that one apart is that there is a certain degree of validity to it. She doesn't have a ton of experience. Personally, I'm not a big believer in experience-for-the-sake-of-experience. If that's the defining criteria then lets forego elections and just bump the longest-serving politician we can find up into the top spot. Still, if you believe experience trumps all then Sarah is not your girl.
Anyway, I don't see how resigning from office helps Sarah advance her political career. If she is planning to run for the Senate in 2010 it probably makes sense, but I don't see how it helps her in any other way. And somehow I don't think that's the plan. I mean, the Alaska US Senate seat that comes up in 2010 is currently held by a Republican. Maybe Sarah is planning to challenger her. Or maybe Lisa Murkowski is planning on announcing her run for governor on Monday. Maybe. My spidey sense isn't buying it though. As for resigning to prep for a run in 2012... Again, not buying it... Too soon for that. Not too soon to plan, but too soon to leave the stage when, to be honest, she hasn't been on it for that long.
My fear is that there is a reason why she (seemingly) suddenly resigned when she did. A deep, dark sort of reason. I hope that is not the case, but it's the only thing that makes sense to me.
Time will tell.