Sarah Palin: Getting Out of the Establishment Pool

I have to sit back and laugh at all the political pundits scratch their heads in bewilderment in response to yesterday’s announcement by Governor Palin of a July 26th resignation.

It makes complete sense to me.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s all about getting out of “the establishment.” There is a huge and growing anti-establishment and anti-incumbent movement. Democrats will be the first target and incumbents in general, the next target of citizen anger and unrest.

Palin knows this and gets it. More importantly, she is more in alignment with those angry at government than the target of that anger. To quote one popular President, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems, Government is the problem.”

Sure, she’s probably disgusted with the personal and outrageous attacks on her and her family. Wouldn’t you?

But she’s not done with public service and she realizes that if you want to be part of the solution, it doesn’t mean being in public service here and now.

Sarah Palin will be back but it will only be after she gets some real work done outside of the realm of the establishment and outside of the sphere of a government that the citizens no longer have faith in.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is one smart lady.


Comments

  1. I disagree. I believe we’ll learn next week about the scandal behind her decision. Just a gut feeling about this very bizarre move. Palin’s not that smart. Her departure speech was not very intelligent-sounding and it seemed full of bull. She doesn’t want to collect a pay check as a lame duck — so she’ll let the Lt. Gov do it? Give me a break. Even if she used her remaining time to travel the lower 48, at least she’d be doing it as a Governor. This is quitting at its finest, and she’s a quitter.

  2. DSW,

    Keep telling yourself these lies. I think she is done with politics. I just hope that she finds peace and stability for her family.

    Lisa

  3. Yeah, she’s going to work outside the system to affect change, just like Joe the idiot Plumber, because he’s really shaking things up, isn’t he? Palin’s cultists make Obama’s seem perfectly rational. She’s been a train wreck from day one, and yet there is a segment of the population who sees everything she does as Machivellian master strokes.

    The only thing that saddens me about Palin resigning is I have to re-write one of my poems before the National Poetry Slam.

    If she could have just held on for one more month…

  4. And furthermore, it’s not just liberals or conservative Washington insiders who believe this. Ed Morrisey at Hot Air, Ace of Spades, The Anchoress – all outside the beltway, all very conservative. Hell, Capt. Ed never said a bad word about her until yesterday.

    Palin’s done. And with Bobby Jindal, John Huntsman, John Ensign, & Mark Sanford also having taken themselves out – get ready for ROMNEYMANIA!

  5. Mitt Romney is moving his residence to California. I suspect he’s thinking a term as CA governor would make more sense and then enter the race for President the round after that.

    What about a Gov Rick Perry/ Rep. Michele Bachmann ticket for 2012?

    I suspect we will see Sarah Palin on FOX News soon much like Mike Huckabee. It would be a savvy move too.

  6. Gayle,

    “What about a Gov Rick Perry/Rep. Michele Bachmann ticket for 2012?”

    Jesus loves me, but not that much.

  7. kralmajales says

    Palin won’t make it very far if this is her way of getting on the national stage. The biggest thing she will have to overcome is her own party, which will tear her to shreds. She ain’t used to that…and that is what she will get. Last time it was her and McCain…versus the Dems.

    THIS time, do you think Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty will just step aside and let her run without getting blistered?

    You gotta be kidding me….

  8. Here’s a stab…she mobilizes the conservative groups that feel objectified by the GOP and works her PAC to become a third party. She was very clear, party didn’t matter it was all about principles.

  9. Having watched the whole speech I must admit I have no idea what she is doing and why as it was not at all communicated. She might gain a following as a radio talk host but I don’t see her successfully running for higher office.

    I foresee the GOP being pretty leaderless for the next couple of election cycles.

  10. It’s just beginning. It just hasn’t hit Kral and todd yet.

  11. kralmajales says

    What is this anti-establishment movement? Is it the one that republicans have been preaching for years that did not work then and does not work now. Or is it just some kind of non-religious faith that cutting taxes and cutting spending…ending govt. will make peoples lives better. It wont make most anyone’s life here better.

    When the economy lifts…and it will…you will be left with some disaffected republicans looking to blame something on Democrats…

    Sounds like the same thing…over and over and over again.

  12. The problem with theory of this post is why try and do it on a friday afternoon just before a national holiday so that it cannot be a major news story people will hear about. It makes no sense to do it how she did it.

    Also there have been rumors for the last 2 months in alaska that there is an ongoing criminal investigation dealing with her. To me this lends credit to those rumors…

  13. Why is it that this post 2008 leadership scenario makes the G.O.P. resemble the 1852 Whigs?

  14. James Davidson says

    Let’s see, Big Sis resigns as Governor of Arizona midterm and goes to Washington as Secretary of Homeland Security. She leaves a $3 Billion deficit and collapsing economy. She propmtly offends veterans and has to apologize, stupidly says the 911 terrorists got in through Canada and has to apologize to our northern neighbors, blames the U.S. for Mexico’s drug-cartel violence, and starts random searches of vehicles traveling into Mexico. She is your rock star,

    Kathleen Sebelius resigns as Governor of Kansas mid-term, becomes HHS secretary, and on national television cannot tell us how we’re going to pay for the health care proposal she is going to administer.

    Hillary Clinton resigns as New York’s senator mid-term, goes the State Department, and presses the wrong reset button in her press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister.

    Joe Biden becomes vice president and makes gaffe after gaffe.

    Barack Obama becomes President and promises unemployment will not exceed eight percent if we enact his stimulus plan, couldn’t find someone to translate Austrian, was a gelding when the Iranian dictators skilled people in the street, sides with Chavez and Castro against the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court, and suffers the renunciation of the Korean truce that had been in place since 1953.

    McCain campaign insiders stab her in the back, and we are going to listen to them? They ran one of the absolutely worse national campaigns since Bob Dole.

    Sarah Palin decides she does not want to run for re-election, and thinks it’s better for her state if she resigns than serves as a lame duck, and she is crucified.

    You all just hate her. And your hatred makes you emotional and irrational.

  15. James Davidson says

    And I forgot to add, both Biden and Obama resigned mid-term. In case you hadn’t heard, in Obama’s instance the Governor of Illinois tried to sell the seat and instead ended up giving it to that light of the Senate, Roland Burris.

  16. I guess Jonah Goldberg (author of “Liberal Facism”), Ed Morissey (Michelle Malkin’s hired gun blogger), Lisa Murkowski (Republican Senator of Alaska), Rich Lowry (editor of the National Review), and so on, hate her too.

    Because, *any* criticism of her is obviously from jealousy, liberal hate, RINOism, etc.

    And not because she’s the plastic bag that the conservative movement is placing around their head to play astronaut.

    “…she is crucified.”

    You’re calling us “emotional and irrational”?

  17. James Davidson says

    Klute,

    Yes I’m calling you emotional and irrational. Read what you just wrote and then try to deny it.

    It is perfectly legitimate to criticize an elected official. I criticized Big Sis for flopping in her debut, but it helps to have the facts as I did regarding Big Sis.

    Goldberg and Lowry never picked her to pieces as you all have done on this series of posts.

    As for Senator Murkowski, just in case you forgot, Governor Palin beat her father for Governor. What do you expect Senator Murkowski to say?

    As for Captain Ed, he makes money on controversy.

    Let’s return to the facts. She decided not to run again and did not want to serve as a lame duck. Her resignation gives Sean Parnell an edge in the next election And what’s wrong with that?

    I just noted Napolitano, Sebelius, Clinton, Biden, and Obama, who all resigned mid-term. If that’s a failing, where’s your criticism of them?

  18. James,

    So, just so I’m clear.

    Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry didn’t mean what they said. Lisa Murkowski is doing her best Inigo Montoya impression. Capt. Ed is in it for the money.

    Sarah Palin is the sainted Our Lady of Wasilla.

    Got it.

    “I just noted Napolitano, Sebelius, Clinton, Biden, and Obama, who all resigned mid-term. If that’s a failing, where’s your criticism of them?”

    They immediately left their jobs to take on a job with far more responsibility, under much harsher light.

  19. James Davidson,
    You cite people who have left their elected positions mid-term, but I don’t really see that as being the criticism anyone in this discussion had been making. The main issues are that her decision seemed strangely rash, her explanation implausible and her speech a series of strange non sequiturs.

  20. And we all know what the wink means….

  21. James Davidson says

    Klute,

    The “Sainted Lady of Wasilla”? Your emotionalism is showing and it’s not very becoming.

    As I said before, Lowry and Goldberg did not pick her to pieces the way you all have done in your posts.

    Captain Ed? It is a fact that he makes money on controversy.

    Senator Murkowski? Governor Palin did beat her father for the governorship, and it’s no secret that the Senator detests the Governor for it. So she’s not missing a chance to put the dagger in her rival’s back. What’s the news there?

    Big Sis left Arizona in a state of collapse, resigned mid-term and promptly flopped on the national scene, having mouthed several stupidities. Governor Sebelius likewise left Kansas in a mess.

    If they and then-Senators Clinton, Biden, and Obama left for higher service to their country, what makes you think Governor Palin is not destined for higher service also? On that, time will tell.

    Todd:

    Rash decision? What was President Obama’s decision to throw in with Castro and Chavez to oppose the Honduran Supreme Court and Congress? What were his feckless initial comments that lent comfort if not support to the Iranian dictators, until the Europeans (of all people) shamed him into finally condemning the murderers? As for non sequiturs, listen to Obama trying to explain how it’s okay for him to get the best care for members of his family but it’s not for everyone else. Or try listening to Biden any day of the week. He owns the patent on the gaffe.

    Ron:

    Since you know, do tell us what the wink means.

  22. James,
    We are talking here about Palin – and you start bringing up all sorts of unrelated stuff in regards to Obama. Now who seems emotional and irrational?

  23. James Davidson says

    Todd:

    I bring it up to show the double standard, which is glaring when it comes to Governor Palin.

  24. kralmajales says

    The difference James is that Governor Palin is leaving because of a a host of scandals that are about to take hold. She continues to say people are paranoid and out to get her…well…sometimes when there is smoke there is fire. The folks you mentioned above left to serve cabinet positions. She is leaving 3 years before the Presidential election…and to do what?

    Again, I am not so worried. If she does capture the nomination it will destroy your party for a long long time. And it wont even be her fault. She will be there for Romney and Pawlenty to rip…the establishment will freak out on her out of worry that she might capture the hearts of the Tea Party…and be dangerous enough to win the nomination. They will turn on her…as they have already…and strike with deadly force.

    Finally…if she does get the nomination. You all are done for. For real. She will not capture moderates by capturing you. She will not win…and she will likely place the GOP in a position of minority party for two decades.

    If Nightcrawler is listening…or reading…I don’t expect you to come to my defense, but you likely know that I am right…as do folks like Bruce Ash.

  25. James Davidson says

    Kral,

    Host of scandals or host of hooey? Time will tell. For now, what are your facts?

    Maybe she left because she wanted to give Parnell the edge to keep the Murkowski forces out of the governor’s chair. What’s wrong with that?

    Or maybe she just got sick of it. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that a cynical near pervert made a joke on national television about her 14 year old daughter being raped at Yankee Stadium? Who needs that? Where was the universal condemnation of such sordidness? I noticed that you liberals missed the muster, though NOLW did issue a mealy-mouthed condemnation days after the event.

    Destroy the Republican Party if she gets the nomination? I am old enough to remember that liberals said a lot worse about Senator Goldwater, and look where is nomination got the Republican Party? Seven of the next ten presidential elections.

    The Republican establishment? They are such a great judge of delectability and political character. These are the folks that supported George H.W. Bush over Reagan. These are the folks who gave us Bob Dole. I’ll take the conservatives any day over the country clubbers.

  26. If your child was being used as a filthy punch line, her high school sweetheart-baby daddy (how many of us can claim that all of ours were class acts AND we were virgins until the day we wed despite the warnings of our elders) paraded on cable TV as a pliable patsy, and lawsuits filed for the pure joy of harassment..and defended with your own dollar….why would you stay? Why would you subject your family to such horror? Her service is for the state of Alaska, her family will be better off if she isn’t Governor. But will Alaska?

    That she put her family first, something that has been foreign to too many, is a sign she will not be taken down but will stand on her own ground and her own terms.

    No sexism meant but…the majority of posters in this thread are men…maybe this is too foreign a feeling or a concept for you.

  27. Kral,

    “Host of scandals?” Please let us in on the dirty little secrets. Or, is Huffpo keeping you on a short leash?

    BTW, when is HQ going to reassign you to another blog to monitor?

  28. James,

    Don’t mistake rhetorical flourishes for emotionalism. When I say here that you see her as “Our Lady of Wasilla”, I am drawing a direct correlation between how people see, say, the Virgin de Guadalupe and how Ex-Gov. Palin is percieved. She litteraly can do no wrong. I find this absolutely fascinating.

    Conservatively , I’ve performed in front of about 1000-1500 people so far this year. I alternate my sets, but I always include either my Sarah Palin #1 (Love Letter to…) or Sarah Palin #2 poems (A Warning to Levi Johnston…), and invariably these are the ones that get the best crowd response. The woman’s a national punchline. The only reason I’m sad she’s leaving is I worry there’s no one out there who will give me such fertile soil to till.

    As for Jonah Goldberg, take this (the day of her resignation but BEFORE she announced it):

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZGE1OTE3OTFhMmZkOWE5MDQ5MmZhZTFjMzE2MjcxNTM=

    And compare to this (from September ’08):

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MzcwNmQ4MTczNzBkN2NjNTdhMWQ3MjY2Nzc3NzZhODI=

    I saying the same things he is. I’m just doing it less didactically.

    “…what makes you think Governor Palin is not destined for higher service also? On that, time will tell.”

    Becase someone who spends tens of the thousands of dollars on a wardrobe and lives with a camera from Fox News in their kitchen is not to be trusted, and I’d say that if it was a Democrat and the cameras were from MSNBC.

    I’ll be pleastantly surprised if she doesn’t burn down Alaska for the insurance money on her way out.

  29. James,

    Don’t mistake rhetorical flourishes for emotionalism. When I say here that you see her as “Our Lady of Wasilla”, I am drawing a direct correlation between how people see, say, the Virgin de Guadalupe and how Ex-Gov. Palin is percieved. She litteraly can do no wrong. I find this absolutely fascinating.

    Conservatively , I’ve performed in front of about 1000-1500 people so far this year. I alternate my sets, but I always include either my Sarah Palin #1 (Love Letter to…) or Sarah Palin #2 poems (A Warning to Levi Johnston…), and invariably these are the ones that get the best crowd response. The woman’s a national punchline. The only reason I’m sad she’s leaving is I worry there’s no one out there who will give me such fertile soil to till.

    As for Jonah Goldberg, take this (the day of her resignation but BEFORE she announced it):

    A Letter to Sarah

    And compare to this (from September ‘08):

    Palin Bashing Press Keeps Swinging and Missing

    (search the titles at National Review Online – comments moderated here never become unblocked)

    I saying the same things he is. I’m just doing it less didactically.

    “…what makes you think Governor Palin is not destined for higher service also? On that, time will tell.”

    Becase someone who spends tens of the thousands of dollars on a wardrobe and lives with a camera from Fox News in their kitchen is not to be trusted, and I’d say that if it was a Democrat and the cameras were from MSNBC.

    I’ll be pleastantly surprised if she doesn’t burn down Alaska for the insurance money on her way out.

  30. James Davidson says

    Klute,

    Thank you for the clarifications. Since you’d say it for a Democrat, let’s have the same or similar commentary on NBC at the White House and Brian Williams’s bow to the President. (Even the President made fun of Williams as a suck up at the dinner a few weeks ago.) Let’s have the commentary on the boucoup bucks the First Lady has spent on clothes, and her recent shopping spree in Paris. And when the commentary comes, isn’t it a little late?

    Governor Palin can do no wrong? Were you in Antarctica the last nine months? The liberal press has taken after the woman with a vengeance unseen since Quayle or even Nixon. They have magnified every mistake she has made.

    If you want a fair comparison on quality of performance, contrast Obama in 2007 when he was learning the national ropes with Palin since the Republican convention. Obama made plenty of mistakes. The press did not magnify them.
    When she made the slightest mistake it was front page news and the liberal blogs skinned her alive.

    So ridiculing Governor Palin gets lots of laughs before liberal audiences? Are you surprised? I know liberals quite well. In my youth I used to be one. Liberals enjoy nothing more than the sense of smugness they get from believing they are culturally superior to their benighted opponents. Liberal biases are glaring to the rest of us. You all have pegged her (wrongly) for white trash but you can’t quite come out and say it, because she is a woman, so you resort to ridicule and euphemism.

    As for Goldberg, his article fell in the category of constructive criticism for one who wants her to succeed but sees her having made rookie mistakes. She has made mistakes. But so has everyone else — including the President (still looking for the Austrian translator?), Big Sis, Clinton, and of course Biden. I don’t see your posts falling in the same category as Goldberg’s column.

    Last, lay off Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am not Catholic but I respect their religion.

  31. Ann,
    I would certainly understand the reasons you gave if these had in fact been what Palin expressed. The thing is, I have no idea if any of those things are the reasons for her leaving – some are even claiming she is going to try to run for another office which would mean even more of this type of intrusive attention.

  32. James,

    “…let’s have the same or similar commentary on NBC at the White House and Brian Williams’s bow to the President.”

    I may be asking a lot here, but I need you to turn to Comedy Central once in awhile and watch “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”. Political satire is focused heavily on the media. I understand if you simply read “Mallard Fillmore” and “Big Hollywood”, you may not be getting the whole picture.

    “Let’s have the commentary on the boucoup bucks the First Lady has spent on clothes…”

    Last I checked, Michelle Obama’s wardrobe wasn’t paid for by the DNC and she wasn’t buying silk boxers for Barack with donated money.

    “Governor Palin can do no wrong? Were you in Antarctica the last nine months?”

    I’m not suggesting the media hasn’t focused on her many, many glaring mistakes. I’m suggesting among her cultists, she can do no wrong. And not wrong like “Oh, she’s not a Beltway insider so of course she can’t identify a court case she disagrees with!” but rather “I can’t believe she just said/did that”.

    “When she made the slightest mistake it was front page news and the liberal blogs skinned her alive.”

    I know you can’t see it, but I’m playing a mournful tune on a violin right now.

    “So ridiculing Governor Palin gets lots of laughs before liberal audiences?”

    Liberals AND moderates.

    “You all have pegged her (wrongly) for white trash but you can’t quite come out and say it…”

    Oh, I believe I’ve said it on numerous occasions, refering to the whole Palin drama as “COPS…in Wasilla”.

    ” I don’t see your posts falling in the same category as Goldberg’s column.”

    Again, I said I’m less didactic than Goldberg. I walk in the footsteps of Twain, Mencken, and Thompson – I say the same things, I just write them down in acid.

    “Last, lay off Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am not Catholic but I respect their religion.”

    I wasn’t making fun of the Virgin, I’m making fun of Palin cultists.

  33. James Davidson says

    Klute,

    Well knock me over. I’ve been jousting with one in the same league with Twain, Mencken, and Thompson.

  34. James,

    Just an outsider’s opinion, but you’re realy getting the worse in this debate. Every little point you make only proves Klute’s overiding contention. And the fact that you don’t see this is even further proof.

    I don’t much care one way or another, since I agree with Rove, Huckabee and Crhis Wallace that Palin is finished as a political contender, and I’m sure they (and Fox News) will make sure of it. But I feel compassion for your disappointment in this development, and I can tell you, Sir, you’re not making it any better.

  35. James Davidson says

    Tex:

    Thanks, I appreciate it. At least I’ve had the luck of debating with someone in the mold of Twain, Mencken, and Thompson.

  36. James,

    Walking in the footsteps doesn’t equal “Hey, I’m as good as, or hey, maybe better than…”

    I appreciate your evaluation of my skills, but I’m not to the level of that satirical Trinity. Long way to go, in fact.

  37. James Davidson says

    Klute,

    C’mon. You’re being modest.

  38. Auntiefed says

    Ann,

    The problem with those reasons for quitting is that it substantially harms her chances of holding another political office. The Clintons went through similar trials. Their daughter was the source of much ridicule. They were bombarded by rumor and scandal, yet (as much as we would have liked them to) neither of them quit.

    The national media spotlight is harsh, no doubt about that. But as someone pointed out on another website, if you can’t handle David Letterman, how are you going to handle Mahmoud Ahmenedjahd?

  39. It is actually very funny reading and watching all the speculation that began a millisecond after the cable news outlets began to get the local Alaskan video feed of Palin’s announcement to ‘quit’.

    It is right here in this thread, just as it is in thousands of other interwebz thread on the subject. The comedy is found in the rampant speculation and not on anything that Mrs. Palin actually said.

    Above you find some comments on ‘impending’ investigations, yet today the FBI (as rumored to be investigating) says there isn’t one nor has there been one launched at any time regarding the Palins.

    The speculation comedy continues with what Palin’s announcement will mean to her future. She’s politically ‘dead’ most people think.

    Throw in that new ‘old’ adage that if she can’t take what an old comedy fart says about her daughter, she obviously wouldn’t be able to handle Mahmoud Ahmenedjahd. Precious… ’cause the empty suit in charge of the country certainly is doing such a bang up job without the Letterman jokes about any of his kids, just ask Neda.

    Look, Palin may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but when I look around at those that are put on a pedestal as shining examples of what politicians are supposed to be, all I see is trillions of dollars of debt that our grandkids will hate us for. And no, Palin even as POTUS won’t change that debt load all by herself… but it is high time to find real public servants in this day and age instead of being stuck with the more traditional want to be ‘royals’ found in the halls of Congress.

    I took Palin’s announcement to ‘quit’ as exactly what she said it was with no further speculation. I’d be thrilled if our Gov Brewer did something similar… ‘quit’ because she can’t pass a budget without raising taxes. Would be just as honorable.

  40. Today, July 13, the New York Times has a very extensive story about the true reasons behind her resignation. It gave me sympathy for her as a person beset by an overwhelming amount of pressure, so much that it seemed to be affecting her health (her hair was thinning very fast, for example) and family life. She had a lot of stuff to put up with, and it certainly all wasn’t the fault of Democratic and liberal “enemies.” Like Govs. Sanford and Brewer, she faced a largely hostile Republican-led legislature. Read the July 13 NY Times article and you will know why she resigned. It seems like a sensible decision to me now.

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