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News Sarah Palin resigns Governorship

  1. Jul 3, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    The news conference is still under way. WOW! She not only said that she will not be running again, but she gave up authority to the Lt. Gov. immediately [at the end of the month].

    In part she said that she doesn't want to be a lame duck Governor. A bit ironic when one considers that when she recently challenged Obama to a foot race, she boasted that she would have greater endurance.
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2009 #2

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    Bizarre.

    She did give a spiel about everyone trying to take down the point guard, and, like a good point guard, she was passing the ball off at the perfect time.

    She also mentioned her son with Down's syndrome.

    I think she has a scandal that's about to explode. Or ... her son has some complications that the public hasn't heard about before. The first seems more likely.

    If this was just to focus on a more national level, she'd almost certainly finish her current term and just not run for reelection; similar to others such as Romney, Edwards, etc.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    I swear, the flag-waiving doubletalk makes my skin crawl.
     
  5. Jul 3, 2009 #4

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    Maybe she could just no longer compete for headlines with the death of Michael Jackson?

    Or maybe she wants to devote herself to the flagging Tea Party movement?

    Or maybe she just realizes that she is at a dead end and being a national joke is no longer much fun?

    MSNBC is reporting that she has told her financial backers that they are free to choose whoever they want in 2012. So maybe she has the good grace to know how limited she really is and for once is making a smart decision?
     
  6. Jul 3, 2009 #5

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    Paul Begala mentioned the possiblity that she could have a health problem, but assuming she is healthy, he considered that Alaskan oil revenues and her popularity are both down.

    It certainly doesn't help with any national aspirations. She is now a one-term governor who attended five or six colleges [for what, a B.A. Journalism degree, I think] who didn't even finish one term of office.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2009 #6
    She's going to run for President. And comedians will be able to eat again.
     
  8. Jul 3, 2009 #7

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    I'd expect Steve Schmidt to be the source of whatever bombshell Palin felt could only be defused by immediate resignation.

    Schmidt and Palin have constantly feuded since McCain's campaign went South and he certainly has to be privy to any potential scandals since part of his job would be to defuse them.

    Interesting history as election campaign staff for Schmidt. Four straight unsuccessful campaigns before finally joining Bush's 2004 campaign working under Rove. Nothing but success since (I guess he worked on the Alito and Roberts nominations, but not the Miers nomination?) ..... until McCain's campaign and he obviously blames a lot on Palin.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2009 #8
    Or it could be nothing really and she is just completely sick of all of the allegations which are bankrupting her. She is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt right now.

    It could also be a combination of the above and her wanting to run for 2012, if that's the case though, it's a risky move.

    Her opponents would be very wrong to under-estimate her though I think.

    She has been criticized for not having boned up on issues more like economics, foreign policy, etc...she still speaks in platitudes. That is okay when first going out for VP and needing to bone up, but by now, people begin to wonder (although there is still plenty of time).

    I have been wondering if answering all of these allegations, plus the stress from the debts and so forth, has been preventing her from doing this.
     
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  10. Jul 3, 2009 #9

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    Well Sarah Barracuda should have no problem with money. I doubt anyone or anything is bankrupting her.

    If someone like Glen Beck can write a book and make money spewing his triteness, there must be enough of P.T. Barnum's kind of people out there to shell out more clams to fill her larder to busting.

    I suspect Roger Ailes is already on the phone with an offer.
     
  11. Jul 3, 2009 #10
    She is deeply in-debt. And you obviously have never watched, listened to, or read Glenn Beck I see...
     
  12. Jul 3, 2009 #11

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    Having seen her press conference today in its entirety, it looks to me like she could have used both a speech writer and a teleprompter.

    Confusing, rambling, incomplete. Those are my impressions of her performance. Pretty much like her campaign speeches this last fall.
     
  13. Jul 3, 2009 #12
    That's President Obama I think you're confusing her with there.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2009 #13

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    Well I'll grant you that he may be worse than trite. He may even be intentionally so. But deep thoughts are apparently beyond his shallow grasp. Parlaying outrageous statements, intentionally obtuse, or otherwise, into a pay check looks to be his only talent.

    By the way what Tea Party Rally is he leading tomorrow? Or has that juggernaut movement for change totally run out of even Glen Beck's kind of amped up steam?
     
  15. Jul 3, 2009 #14
    She realized she needs her time and privacy to improve, whether it's because of personal issues or personal ambition, it's the first smart move I hear from her.
     
  16. Jul 3, 2009 #15

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    I keep thinking about her statement that "only dead fish go with the flow". Could this be a result of her being on the losing side of the split within the Republican party? One can only imagine the fights going on between the more moderate Reps, and ultra-conservative fundamentalists. In any event, it is funny that she would refer to completing the term of office to which she was elected as "going with the flow".

    Candy Crowley is reporting that friends close to Palin are saying that she is fed up and done with politics.
     
  17. Jul 3, 2009 #16

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    Palin is a relatively unpopular governor of the 4th least-populous state in the county, which has been surviving on oil revenues in recent memory. The notion that she doesn't want to saddle her state with a lame-duck governor is laughable at a minimum. It is more creative than the "I want to spend more time with my family" excuse that creeps use when they are caught in wrong-doing, but only a bit.

    Edit: Let's all pitch in and buy her two mules.
     
  18. Jul 3, 2009 #17
    What "shallow grasp?" Enlighten us narrow-minded individuals who do not have your profound understanding of the issues.

    He is a strict proponent of classical liberalism. Few others on television are. It would behoove you perhaps to spend some time listening and/or watching him rather than spouting what the leftists in the media tell you he is saying.

    Being concerned about the massive growth and intrusions of government are outrageous statements? Hmm...

    Yup, how DARE people be concerned about such excessive spending by government right now! Seriously, if you have nothing really to contribute then do not post.

    What makes you think she is on any "losing side" of a split within the party?

    You are over-simplifying the Republican party. What you would define as a "moderate," I define as a more Leftist Republican.

    The term "ultra-conservative," what do you mean? Neither Mike Huckabee nor Sarah Palin, the religious fundamentalists, were strict fiscally conservative, limited government Republicans per se.

    If you mean "ultra-conservative" as in limited government, free-market capitalism, fiscal conservativsm, strong national defense, etc...that's not really "conservative" aside from the name. It's classically liberal. Many such conservatives may believe in God, but that doesn't make them at all the same as the fundamentalists who want to ram religion down people's throats.

    The ultra-conservative fundamentalists are the types who put religion first. You can be a quasi-socialist, but as long as you are a fundamentalist Christian, they'll vote you in.

    Also, do not forget the Democrats have their religious fundamentalists as well in the extreme environmentalist types who worship trees and so forth.

    Extreme environmentalism is nothing more than a different variant of conventional Christianity when you look at it. It tends to pop up in areas where people reject Christianity, because when you suppress religion in one respect, it tends to pop up in another.

    Incorrect. She still has a high amount of popularity as governor and as a politician period. The very reason we are even discussing her is proof of this.

    When has a governor of Alaska ever resigned and led the news?
     
  19. Jul 3, 2009 #18

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    Incorrect? Even the GOP in her state are ticked off at her.

    And you have a pretty partisan view of her resignation. "When has a governor of Alaska resigned...." is pretty lame when you ask "When has the last Vice-presidential candidate resigned..." Time to take a breath. McCain grabbed her out of thin air and destroyed all chances that the GOP could have to retain the WH. It didn't work then and it's not going to work in the future. We don't need another air-head in the WH.
     
  20. Jul 3, 2009 #19

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    Train wrecks sometimes lead the news too.
     
  21. Jul 3, 2009 #20
    That's because they were a bunch of corrupt politicians whom she fought and really socked it to them hard. The GOP in her state do not like her.

    You need to remember, the GOP have various factions:

    The elitist, big government, big business, country-club, mostly white male Republicans. They have no problem with big government social programs, and will support increased regulations if it suits their big business friends (George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush are of this kind).

    The populist, more Christian fundamentalist, not necessarily big government but not per se small government either, Republicans (this is Sarah Palin).

    (the above two tend not to like each other)

    The strict Reagan Republicans who are for limited government, fiscal conservatism, free-market capitalism, strong national defense, etc...(this is what they all pretend to be while running for office, but very few actually try to follow through on).

    No one really cares about VP candidates either. If Barack Obama had lost and then Joe Biden resigned, I doubt it would be a lead news story.

    Now this is partisan. The truth is Sarah Palin turned what should have been a full-on landslide win for President Obama into a mild victory.

    She represented a fundamental threat to the Democrats, which is why they, and the media, have been so hell-bent on destroying her. She was easily the best decision McCain made for his campaign. She galvanized the Republican base and attracted a lot more of the women vote (which is why she was such a threat to the Democrats).

    McCain himself blew his campaign. Barack Obama out-spent him by about 6 - 1 and still only had a standard victory. McCain ran a lousy campaign, never criticized Obama on any of the issues he could have, did an outright ludicrous move by suspending his campaign like that, then failed to discuss his economic policies when the financial crises occurred.

    He himself, earlier on in the campaign, even had admitted to "not understanding the economy." Not exactly a great way to win. More people decided to take a chance on Obama.
     
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