I Just Don’t Get it: An Analysis of Sarah Palin

7 Nov

I’ve been trying to write an article about Sarah Palin’s resignation announcement last Friday, but all I keep thinking is, “What the hell is going on with her?”

See, I would understand it if her resignation was a means of retreating from public life, given the strain it has placed on her family and the mounting legal bills from ethics charges, so it would be understandable. But from her statement she’s just ramping up and shedding her responsibilities as Governor so as to pursue a national agenda and  a lucrative public appearance schedule and book deal.

In just one sentence she made her resignation into a call to arms saying,

‘Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and “go with the flow”.’

But if her aim is to continue to pursue higher office and increase party involvement, why resign and lay credence to claims of your inexperience and now take on the label of a quitter? This makes no sense to me. Beyond that it’s almost as if she’s taking the criticism to personally, as if she’s been an unfair mark in the political shooting match.  And while I believe she’s certainly experienced the worst that public life can bring, how did she not expect it?

Further, why resign on a Friday before a major holiday weekend? A story like this can’t be thrown away with the rest of the weekend media trash. Just because there was no Meet the Press this Sunday doesn’t mean Fox and ABC’s This Week had any shortage of time to discuss what at best is an odd move.  All her announcement timing did was to allow analysts a few extra days to rally the troops to tear this decision apart from all angles speculating on intentions and a very uncertain future.

John McCain was right when he said Sarah Palin was a maverick, I’m just not sure if it’s with the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

To me she’s the talented political prospect brought up to the big leagues too soon. She had great stuff in the minors and was really getting her game going when John McCain called her out of political obscurity to fill the VP slot on his Presidential ticket.

She was vaulted to political significance and thrown into the toughest fight a politician can be in, at a time when the Republican brand wasn’t, and still isn’t, exactly the finest it could have been. But she survived and came out the other end a force in a party that is bereft of leadership and message.

The stage is set for Palin, but without a full term as Governor under her belt she’ll have virtually no experience to campaign on. I have to agree with the traditional wisdom that she should have kept her head down and done her best as Governor. I have to agree with Todd Purdum that Sarah Palin’s life is playing out like, “an unholy amalgam of Desperate Housewives and Northern Exposure.”

There is one clear winner out of Palins announcement though, Mark Sanford.


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