On July 3, Sarah Palin did the unthinkable. She resigned her office as governor of the state of Alaska and threw away any hope of running for higher office.
If you believe that you are either delusional or a liberal loon, incapable of rational thought.
Three days after the big announcement that left political pundits of all stripes spinning in their chairs, here was this damsel, who wasn’t supposed to be able to survive in an interview with a media big shot, taking on all comers with flare. There was a catch. Palin didn’t go to them. She made them come to her. Smart!
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell had to don waders to catch up with Palin on one of her husband’s fishing boats. The Palin we saw in that interview was the real deal, not the caricature that sat down with Katie Couric during the presidential campaign.
That Palin was restrained by her highly paid, over educated handlers who wouldn’t let her take the gloves off, when needed. Anybody who has ever been put in that kind of position could see that she wanted to put Couric in her place when she asked her stupid condescending questions, but she didn’t. Instead, out of respect for John McCain, Palin did what her handlers asked her to do – make nice. She kept herself contained, to her own detriment.
The real Sarah Palin is completely at ease with the media and comfortable in her own skin, whether in designer clothes or caked with fish slime. That was apparent Monday. When Mitchell pressed for her to come up with yet another reason that she resigned as governor, Palin came out swinging, “You aren’t listening to me,” she scolded the veteran political reporter, as she explained, again, that it was costing the state millions of dollars and thousands of hours of state time while there are worthy public issues that need to be addressed. For Palin, consideration was “how does this affect the state?”
Why must we keep on searching for answers that simply are not there? Why not simply take Sarah Palin at her word?
In Washington, it is considered beyond the realm of possibility that any public office holder would sacrifice her own political future, if necessary, if it was in the best interest of the people who put her in that office. By resigning, Palin is allowing Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to take up the issues she championed, finish hard and run for reelection from a position of power.
Even with all the attacks and ethical charges that have been thrown at her, it would have been easy to simply ride out the last year and a half of her term as governor while spending most of her time on the campaign trial. That’s what Barack Obama did as a freshman senator. Palin said she hates the political game that “some politicians play” of pretending they don’t know if they are going to run again. She said, “I knew I wasn’t going to run again so I’m going to be honest with Alaskans.”
Palin is just as likeable and attractive as our 44th president but, unlike Obama, who had no executive experience when elected to the highest office in the land, she has. Furthermore, she accomplished more in her first two years as governor than most do in four to eight. Palin is a quick study and smart. When her Teleprompter broke down during her acceptance speech at the GOP convention, she kept right on going without missing a beat. When Obama’s Teleprompter breaks down . . . I rest my case.
On Monday, Palin clearly came out the winner in that interview with Andrea Mitchell. This is the Palin you will see in the months to come. This is the Sarah Palin that so many people in this country have come to know and respect. An honest woman with no guile, Palin really loves Alaska and her country the way she loves her husband and family.
Andrea Mitchell is no lightweight. She has been covering politics, for more than three decades Mitchell was interviewing heads of state before Couric had her first TV gig.
If Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, Sarah Palin is now the Queen of Politics. The GOP has had no one since Ronald Reagan who can excite a crowd like she does and there is no one on the political horizon who can touch her. Her simple announcement was the 2nd biggest story of the week, and bear in mind, Jackson had to make the final exit before getting that kind of media attention.