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Why Did Palin Resign?

July 5, 2009

Here in Albany on Friday, we wished Senator Owen Johnson a Happy 233rd birthday and today we wished America a Happy 80th birthday! Wait, no…

With the way celebrities are dropping like flies, none of them have been politicians. Which begs the question, is Governor Sarah Palin’s resignation as close as we may get in the near future to the beginning of political death or is the only current example a horny politician from the Palmetto State? It looks like her oddly-timed resignation may be caused by the same problems that once plagued her during the last election.

On Friday Sarah Palin hurridly announced her resignation from the Alaska governorship, and conservatives in America reacted like this:

But there remain questions as to why did she resign? The best speculation comes from America’s favorite tool, Rick Sanchez.

Thanks Rick, your journalistic intergrity knows no bounds. That type of speculation belongs here, in the blog-o-sphere.

And there has been ALOT.

From the hilarious:

That sounds about right. I mean if she’s above criticism by the media then imagine how she feels about getting a speeding ticket.

Then there’s more serious charges about ethics investigations.

But wait, don’t go and put those forward without backup, because you’ll be sued!

From Huffington Post:

“To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as ‘fact’ that Governor Palin resigned because she is ‘under federal investigation’ for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation,” Van Flein said in a statement. “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

Well we here at PegLeg Spinners won’t be threatened by some two bit Alaskan barrister. So here‘s a link to a site that talks about possible ethics violations.

Then again Sarah Palin has never been able to take criticism. But she shot back today with her own post on facebook, to talk directly to the people.

They say she wrote it herself, I believe them.

She say’s she is leaving in order to follow a higher calling. That I find hard to believe.

Some speculate that she is going to run for President and that it’s difficult to run from the office of governor. Well here’s a fact, the last person to run for president who did not currently hold an office was Ronald Reagan. But of course, most things from the Republican Party date back to Reagan, and their views on some things could probably fit squarely with 1950’s America.

And besides, she hasn’t been shy subordinatig the interest of her own state for her own national political agenda. As a matter of fact, she bragged about it in her resignation speech.

“Even those debt-ridden stimulus dollars that would force the heavy hand of federal government into our communities with an “all-knowing attitude” – I have taken the slings and arrows with that unpopular move to veto because I know being right is better than being popular. Some of those dollars would harm Alaska and harm America – I resisted those dollars because of the obscene national debt we’re forcing our children to pay, because of today’s Big Government spending; it’s immoral and doesn’t even make economic sense!”

Right, so you refuse money for your own state, which has already been allocated out of federal dollars, for the good of your state? No, you do it in order to advance a national political agenda which disagrees with that federal spending. And what she should have said is not that “its better to be right than popular”, but rather “its better to be popular in the states with more electoral votes than Alaska.”

She also stated that she has no desire to be a lame duck:

“I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade – as so many politicians do. And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and ‘milk it’.”

Right, because when you ran for Vice President that was totally different.

But maybe this is all about her family. Perhaps she needs to focus on supporting Todd in his snowmobile racing career.  But, with a newborn son, and a pregnant daughter, she had no issue running for Vice-President, a much more demanding job that would force a move and upheaval in her families life.

I’m sorry, perhaps I’m being to harsh. Perhaps I’m part of the media establishment that constantly blurs her message and makes her look bad. Which is totally unfair. And perhaps that’s why she resigned.

Three words: GET. OVER. IT.

If you want to be a national political figure, you are going to be ridiculed for your mistakes. If you cannot handle this, then perhaps you should re-think being a national political figure. What you shouldn’t do, is whine and bitch and complain, and then when that fails, throw a team of idiotic lawyers together to say that you’re going to sue people. Because the constitution only counts when it doesn’t hurt feelings of an insecure person only in office to feed and ego and prove the “old boys club” that she’s tough.

Please sue me. Seriously, I want to win my first case pro se before I become a lawyer. Wait, I shouldn’t use a latin word. We know how much that confuses politicians.

Is the media unfair sometimes? Yes. But what were the times when they were unfair to Sarah Palin? When you couldn’t name a national news magazine that you read after you refused prep for the interview? When you didn’t know where Africa was? When you didn’t know who was in NAFTA? When $150,000 was spent on clothes while at the same time talking about fiscal respnsibility?

Some people claim that she was taken by surprise by the newspaper question. Well, I think national leaders should be able think on their feet when asked a simple question.

It could also be said that the RNC bought Sarah Palin her clothes, she did not spend that money herself. True, but where did she think that the clothes came from? And is it wrong to expect, again a national public figure, to check something like that?

Maybe she’s resigned because she realizes she is totally unqualified. But I doubt it, she’s resigning to run for President and doesn’t want to be dogged by any more investigations. Which are more easily dodged while not in public office.

But, the very idea that this woman could possibly be President in 2012 is frightening. The very idea makes Albany right now seem like heaven. And it’s not because I dislike her (although I do), it’s not because I don’t think she’s charming (I don’t), its certainly not because she’s a woman (Gerraldine Ferraro is pissed though), and  it’s not even all about her political ideas (efficient government is good). It’s what she represents as a politician.

She represents the hand holding, figure head, completely staff run, know nothing-ness that is killing government (see Jodi Rell). What makes a politician good is their ability to advance policy and come up with new ideas, not to be likeable. I would have no problem completely thinking our president is a total jackass, if she was able to do his job. I have a problem when someone needs weeks of drilling to know basic things I knew when I was in high school, like who is in NAFTA. It’s three f*cking countries, USA, Canada, Mexico, not that hard.

You should not vote for a politician because they are relatable. I do not want my President to be relatable, because I want my President to be so awe-inspiring that it is incomprehensible that I would ever be able to achieve 1/10th of her brain power and decision making ability.

I don’t want a person to be President who’s bulk of experience comes from running a 5500 person town, and who’s main accomplishment in that town was building an ice rink.

As an 8 year old, on Sim City 2000, I built a town from that size to 1 million people and had to deal with alien invasions and disasters. Can I be President?

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