The Palin Resignation: A VivisectionJuly 7, 2009
There’s been so much said about the Palin Resignation, and the reasons thereof, over the past week–and for good reason. Whether or not you’re a supporter of hers, it needs to be accepted that she is rightly a topic worthy or considerable discussion. The momentarily reinvigorated base constituency of the Republican Party embraced her as a rallying point when all seemed lost. Granted, it was a false hope, fed by her boisterousness and fake bluster, but it was a real sensation to those draped in Osama/Obama t-shirts with Joe the Plumber buttons adorning them.
Sarah Palin–the actual person–is a mere sideshow to the idea of her is to some psychographics within the GOP. I don’t mean this as a slight to her–this is true of a huge swath of politicians and leaders in general. She was willing to stand at a podium and spew forth vitriol and emotional responses that many felt that they didn’t have the power to do themselves. She was the voice box of a frustrated group, encumbered by the massive sandbags George W. Bush failed to fill for Katrina, and made our men in uniform hide behind for a lie. Those Republicans were besieged by negative association, and were thus reluctant to be heard, even if it were just a venting of their built up anger toward everything they felt was against them.
With such new-found fame, and a place in the hearts of a significant constituency, it is puzzling that Palin would throw these things away without an eye on something greater. Thus, the talking heads on cable ‘news’ shows have been spending countless hours–between coverage of Michael Jackson’s death–putting forth their explanations on this matter. Most of it is utter bullshit, and here’s why:
A 2012 Palin run for the Presidency:
A first term Governor suddenly resigning shows a lack of regard for those who voted for her. There’s no immediate explanation of why, like there would be in ordinary circumstances such as this. Not only it is an awkward move to explain in any future campaign, it smacks of desertion of the highest order.
She was governor of a very small state–one smaller than Charlotte, North Carolina, and half the size of San Diego. This is usually a valid and consequential topic of discussion when pondering a person’s readiness for an office such as President. Even if she were to have served several terms as Governor, this would surely be an issue.
Her lack of academic credentials is a glaring defect in a desired rise from obscurity to sitting in the Oval Office. Academic achievement may not be an fail-safe predictor of political success, but without it, one has to wonder about the intellect of the individual if there isn’t a long track record of worldly success. Clearly, she doesn’t have any substantial successes in her life one can point to as world-class achievements. Being elected Governor of a small state is the world leader equivalent to having won a tennis match against Stephen Hawking.
A run for the Presidency would not only be a laughable move at this point, but
would surely only be to garner donations, and not an elected office. She hasn’t the experience, the intellectual prowess, or the political scorecard to make a legitimate run for President–she knows this, her advisors know this, and a great deal more than half of the U.S. electorate knows this. Plus, her obvious lack of understanding on issues (Just yesterday she called the Department of Justice the ‘Department of Law’) would plague any run for higher office to a greater degree than it did during that whole VP candidate mess.
If not a run for the Presidency, then what?
The explanation that she wants to campaign for others is preposterous, considering that this is the dead zone between election cycles. She would have no trouble either finishing out her term, or at the very least serving longer. Resigning makes her effectiveness lessened in campaigning for others as well, seeing as how she will instantly be viewed as a has been, rather than a current power holder. She would be effective only for one cycle in this capacity, and then quickly moved to the scrap heap.
A run for Senate would seem like a logical step for an ambitious person seeking national experience, but running from a Governor’s seat is much more potent than from the sidelines. This would be a poor explanation of the resignation.
The media pressure was too much, and she had to escape seems to be an underlying reasoning. If she would merely stay in Alaska, and doing the job of the office she holds, the media pressure wouldn’t exist. This is possibly the most foolish reasoning for her move.
She can make more in speaking fees than as Governor is one that initially made sense to me until I actually thought about it. She could still do high priced appearances as Governor–it doesn’t resolve the immediacy of her move.
Rick Sanchez pondered on live TV about her being pregnant. It didn’t stop her before (though the goings on of that episode are extremely suspect), and she even went into labor during a speech in Texas (they say), and flew all the way back to Alaska, drove to Wasilla, and then delivered the baby. If that was the case, pregnancy to her is like getting a blister lanced.
With all of these possibilities seemingly unlikely or outright foolish, what are we to make of such an abrupt departure from office?
Take no heed in the words of lawyers. Sarah Palin most likely has something else on the horizon that has forced a move otherwise unthinkable. She’s getting out before a storm, and putting herself in less of a vulnerable position. She’s not acting out of strength, otherwise any move that she made would make sense. She’s playing a hand out of weakness, trying to secure herself from damage so close, it already is causing her world to spin out of control.
Lawyers are paid to spin. That’s their duty. If something is coming that is potentially devastating to Palin, a lawyer is not going to publicly acknowledge that–they will frame the client to seem innocent while at the same time positioning them to face the least damage. That’s what they do. That’s what Palin’s lawyers are most likely doing at this very moment.
Something is up, otherwise her behavior pattern wouldn’t so abruptly change–and the only thing that makes sense is lessening legal and collateral political damage.