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Musing About Palin

Speculation has been rampant ever since Sarah Palin announced her decision to step down as governor of Alaska. To this point she has been rather vague about the reasoning behind her action. Of course, that has not prevented wild and somewhat inane speculation from the likes of Maureen Dowd and Chris Matthews. In fact, if you lumped  together  Matthews’ negative comments about Palin in the last year, you would certainly have a lot of garbage, uh verbiage.

Of course, we could throw in Letterman’s wisecracks, the Vanity Fair interview(sort of “friendly”  trashing by fellow Republicans) and numerous other. So, back to her resignation . Did she commit political suicide? She made her  first public appearance today in a while and had this telling quote about her political future ” If  I die, I die. So be it.” She has incurred significant legal costs in defending herself from various ethics complaints, so it could be that her  resignation is just what she says. And perhaps she is  putting the welfare of Alaska first. A lot of this is still speculation. As Rush said, we would do well to wait and see, a quite herculean task in politics.

Doubtless, she has been one of the most polarizing figures in politics in a  while. She has ardent supporters and somewhat virulent critics. Me, I have never been quite sure. I thought that her nomination was a bit premature and perhaps was more for media value in the McCain camp. However, even accepting the premise that political figures open themselves up  to criticism when they step on the national stage, I think  many of those attacks she has endured were off base. Is it a case of  the more liberal pundits and politicians  being “afraid” of her in a political sense? Don’t really think so. But I believe she has a role to play in national  Republican politics, an as yet undetermined one.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

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July 7, 2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Then again Obama had no experience to become president he wasn’t in the senate one complete term and that little time he was there he spend on the campaign trail running for president! I think Sarah had more experience than Obama because she was a governor of Alaska! Plus she is very pretty which is worth one vote..mine! 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | July 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Yeah, the very pretty thing is key. Let’s elect the ex-Miss California while we’re at it! Or a Playboy Bunny.

      Quite honestly, THT, Ms. Palin just doesn’t have the depth. ANd, unless she tries to educate herself a lot more, she’s not really a threat.

      Comment by larrys | July 9, 2009 | Reply


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