Saturday, July 4, 2009

Palin Resigns!

Hey! Take a whiff! Do you smell that? No, nobody cut the cheese. And that's not Mark Sanford's cologne you're inhaling. What you're sniffing is the air of another political scandal on the wind, this time involving former Republican VP candidate Sara Palin. Palin has announced that she will be resigning her position as Alaska's Governor at the end of the month.

With her announcement, conveniently couched in excuses about not wanting to waste time and resources as a lame duck Governor, has fueled rampant speculation that Palin is gearing up for a 2012 Presidential run. While she may want to run for President in 2012, I don't see that being the primary reason for her resignation. If she was going to run for the Presidency, does it not make sense that she would want to keep her Governership in order to continue to build up examples of political experience to trot out on the campaign trail? This resignation opens her up to valid criticism that she stepped down once the going got tough.

No, something else is going on here. She pulled the classic political exit strategy and released her statement on the day before a long weekend, thus ensuring the greatest probability that the story will fade from the front pages in the wake of other news come Monday. Let's open the barn doors wide to rampant speculation as to why she's stepping down:

  • In the wake of all the ethics investigations leveled against her recently, some real dirt came up and she's high-tailing it out before it can muddy her reputation
  • She has agreed to star in Who's Nalin' Palin II: Electric Boogaloo
  • She's taking a lucrative offer from Fox News to anchor her own news show. It'll be called You Betcha, With Sara Palin
  • She is taking time off to read some newspapers (all of them). 
  • Palin wants to be politically quiet so that the public at large will forget about her Dan Quayle-esque gaffes before she goes on the national stage in 2012.
  • It's part of her master plan to destroy the career of Tina Fey. 
  • She's pregnant with Joe The Plumber's love child. The baby will be named "Twitter".

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