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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Sarah, we knew ye too well...

At this rate, Mitt Romney will get the 2012 Republican nomination by default.

Sarah Palin added another line to her political resume yesterday. In addition to mayor, governor and vice presidential candidate, she can now add quitter to the litany, walking away from an unfinished job in the middle of a term.

After a news conference that conjured up images of Richard Nixon (and a little Mark Sanford) Palin announced she was resigning at the end of the month, a little more than halfway through her term.

Taking the advice of Harry Truman, Palin decided she couldn't stand the heat and got out of the kitchen. The buck will soon stop with Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.

The trajectory of this shooting star is stunning: from unknown small state governor, to white hot media star, untested No. 2 candidate, center of political firestorm and back to unknown small state governor (and mother) in less than one year.

Palin has loudly complained of her treatment by the GOP elite and the media, while simply forgetting the fact she agreed to be sucked into the limelight -- and the price that decision carries. The debates whether she was the manipulator or the manipulatee will continue after she leaves Juneau (or is that Juno?).

The punditocracy is awash this July 4th with "will she, won't she" speculation. The Vanity Fair piece that hasn't plunked in my mailbox yet, sounds savage -- but let's not forget the worst barbs come from within her own party.

And the Palin faithful are surely the segment of the party the GOP has to push out of the driver's seat if it hopes to escape the fate of the Whigs.

I suspect the ultimate verdict may also rest in a comparison to Our Man Myth. While he also quit in the middle of his term, he didn't give up the office. He had the face-saving ability to say he completed everything he started.

Palin walked away before the end of her term because the going, largely of her own making, got too tough.

Not exactly a strong credential for a would-be Leader of the Free World.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believed she did it for the best of her state. We should respect her decision if she believed it saves million of $$ for the tax payers if she continue to stay in the office. Don't you agree w/ me there are so many people would love to hold that title and would not give it up too easy???

July 04, 2009 5:21 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sorry but no. If you do the crime, you do the time. You committed to being an elected official representing a state (or city or town or whatever) for a specific length of time. Barring illness or criminality, you fulfill your commitment. She will have served half of that. No excuses acceptable.

July 05, 2009 9:00 AM  

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