Extreme right-wing Sarah Palin announced today that she’ll be resigning later this month, well before the end of her first term as Alaska’s governor. She said that she doesn’t want to be a “lame duck” governor. Here’s what she said, according to the New York Times:
“As I thought about this announcement that I would not seek re-election, I thought about how much fun other governors have as lame ducks: They maybe travel around their state, travel to other states, maybe take their overseas international trade missions,” she said.“I’m not going to put Alaskans through that,” she continued. “I promised efficiencies and effectiveness. That’s not how I’m wired. I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual.”
I have two theories:
1. She sees lots more money from the lecture/television/radio circuit that she cannot take advantage of as governor.
2. A scandal is brewing that she hopes to circumvent by resigning.
But I do not for a moment believe this” lame duck” hooey. Palin committed to serve Alaska for four years. Every elected official has a time frame in which they’re in office but not running for re-election. It’s part of what you sign up for when you seek elected office. She knew that — or should have — going in.
Good news for those of us who have not drunk the Palin Kool-aid: Many observers, including Republicans, see this as political suicide. Maybe we won’t have to worry about seeing Sarah Palin on the national stage much longer.
So far, my favorite reaction to Palin’s resignation comes from Jed Lewison:
She’s quitting as a one-half term governor. And she’s quitting after less than a year on the national stage.
Unless she’s a total moron, there’s no way she’s running for president. Then again, maybe she is a total moron.