Friday, July 3, 2009
Leave it to the Wasilla Winker to bring me back from my self-imposed holiday hiatus.
On news dump day, a day before a holiday weekend, Governor Sarah Palin decided to announce her resignation from her position as Governor of Alaska. As in so many political decisions she's made before, it makes me scratch my head. Palin bales out pretty much just past midway through her term as Governor. Was it her own personal ambition that has triggered this decision or is there something more sinister at work?
Palin has little to show for her time in office. Of course, with all due respect to Alaska, what is there really to do up there? Her approval ratings have plummeted from a high in the 80's during her first two years in office to the 50's. That is largely due to some controveries that arose as well as the uneven preformance as John McCain's running mate. She went from being the GOP-proclaimed "most popular Governor in America" to being the butt of jokes and SNL impersonations.
That's beside the point, if she does plan to run for President in 2012, what does she plan to run on now? Other than a controversial gas pipeline bill she signed, the Governor has done very very little. Does she really think the United States is going to elect a candidate whose main qualification for the job is that she was the Mayor of Wasilla and had a little over half term as Governor of the country's smallest (by population) state?
Yes, I know being Governor of Alaska is probably complicated in its own way. Alaska is rich in resources, but, according to an article in Vanity Fair by Todd S. Pundrum, Alaska is rich in political corruption. Its capital, Juneau, is not accessible from the rest of the state unless you boat or fly in. Palin has not been untouched by corruption complaints and controversies.
I just can't put my finger on any rational reason why Palin would resign. This HAS to spark interest in her dealings as Governor of Alaska. Is there some obscure or seemingly mundane detail buried in some file somewhere that will make things more clear? I'm sure reporters across the nation will be digging in deep to see if they can prove something somewhere.
All this does underline that Sarah Palin is indeed a mysterious and intriguing person. Only a person with a lot of guts would stand up and announce her resignation the day before the nation's birthday in perhaps an attempt to upstage our July 4th celebration with talk of Palin politics.
I guess time will tell why Palin decided to resign. We know from her past history that she will likely not do much talking to the media. Maybe she'll go on David Letterman now.
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