AND ANOTHER THING…. Sarah Palin’s bizarre speech on Friday, announcing her decision to quit mid-way through her first term, has not gone over especially well. That the outgoing governor wouldn’t (or couldn’t) offer a compelling rationale for her resignation — the desire to “effect positive change outside government” isn’t cutting it — has only fueled questions about what Palin is thinking.
With that in mind, Palin chose to elaborate on her rambling remarks with a 477-word, poorly-written Facebook message yesterday. She argued that it’s in “Alaska’s best interest” for her to resign, adding, “[I]t always feels good to do what is right.”
The response in the main stream [sic] media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. […]
Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness! God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference – with you!
In case there were any doubts, Palin’s personal spokesperson told the AP that the Facebook message was, in fact, written by the governor. It was a helpful clarification, since it was easy to assume the message was written by a junior high school student who had hacked into Palin’s profile.
If Friday’s speech left political observers confused, Saturday’s message left observers worried. Her decision to quit is “about country”? What does that mean? The media’s reaction has been “ironic”? In what way?
Palin also seems to think her decision to walk away from her responsibilities, for no apparent reason, is routine. Indeed, she sees a double-standard — “countless” others have stepped down from one post to seek another, but haven’t faced this kind of criticism.
Maybe the governor can offer some examples, because as far as I can tell, there’s no modern precedent for a governor quitting two years into a first term, without a clear rationale, to pursue a “higher calling.”
If the Facebook message was intended to help Palin look more sensible, I’m afraid it had the opposite effect.
For what it’s worth, Palin did not make any public appearances yesterday. She was in the state capital, but didn’t participate in the city’s July 4th Parade or a 50th anniversary statehood celebration.