Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | July 5, 2009

Tortured logic

Slate’s Bruce Reed points out Sarah Palin’s tortured logic in her attempts to justify her decision to resign her office 18 months shy of completing the commitment she made to Alaskans when she sought the governorship:

“It may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down [and] plod along,” Sarah Palin said Friday, in an attempt to suggest that serving her full term as governor would add to the nation’s apathy. “That’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out.” Sarah Palin is no quitter. That’s why she’s quitting. [emphasis mine]

Whenever I see logic this flawed, I take it as a sign of dishonesty. (My other option is that it’s evidence of stupidity.) In this case, I suspect that it shows that Palin doesn’t want to tell us the real reason she’s quitting. I still think it’s either to make more money as a lecturer, radio host, or television host, or because a big scandal is brewing. Politico has more on the latter possibility, via an “extraordinary four-page letter” from Palin’s attorney to “the media.”

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