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July 8, 2009

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE GOP RANK AND FILE.... It certainly seemed like the proverbial crash-and-burn moment. Sarah Palin abruptly announced she's quitting after just two and a half years on the job, and did so in a bizarre, rambling speech. Prominent Republican voices, after they were done cringing, made clear they believed the Alaskan governor had done serious harm to her political future.

But Republican voters often see things differently.

Sarah Palin's bombshell that she is resigning as Alaska governor actually has boosted her a bit among Republicans, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, though it also has dented her standing among Democrats and independents.

Two-thirds of Republicans want Palin, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2008, to be "a major national political figure" in the future. Three-fourths of Democrats hope she won't be.

Independents by 55%-34% would prefer she leave the national stage.

The findings underscore how polarized opinions of Palin were even before Friday's surprise announcement. Seven in 10 polled say their views weren't affected by her decision. Among those whose opinions shifted, Democrats by a 4-1 ratio and independents by 2-to-1 view her less favorably. Republicans are somewhat inclined to see her more favorably.

Among Republican voters, even now, 71% would be likely to vote for her for President of the United States.

Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more.

Somewhere, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are probably smacking their foreheads, saying, "You've got to be kidding me."

Steve Benen 10:40 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (64)

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there is nothing inexplicable about it.

for 45 years now, the gop has been building on resentment and liberal-hating. when the perfect embodiment of resentment and liberal-hating - someone who has no other qualities whatsoever but the ability to read a speech expressing resentment and liberal-hating - shows up on the scene, no wonder they love her! they've been waiting for her!

Posted by: howard on July 8, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

i dont think romney and the arkansas huckleberry are slapping their foreheads...

they know the deal, because it goes for them, too...

a wooden stake... that's what it takes for these republicans, a wooden stake.

yep, thru the heart...

Posted by: neill on July 8, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Hypocrisy at its best..... Amazing

Posted by: Dave in Austin on July 8, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

I can see the huckster organising a successful smack , but the mittster ? Pretty complicated stuff as his speciality is more in ducking than smacking

Posted by: FRP on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Least surprising news of the day, if you've been paying any attention whatsoever to Republicans.

Posted by: Steve M. on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

I'm beginning to genuinely believe that Republicans want to destroy this country. This poll is further evidence.

Posted by: ckelly on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Yep, she should run for president! It'd good for the Republicans (serves 'em right), good for the Democrats (Obama would toast her), and good for the country (the Sarah yucks will continue ... yay!)

Posted by: sjw on July 8, 2009 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

They polled 316 Republicans - the findings are basically useless.

Posted by: Andrew on July 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

But what percentage of the country currently self-identifies as Republican? Last I heard that number is in the 20's or lower, and how does that translate into % of public who want her to go or stay?

This makes sense if you consider Republicans currently consist mostly of the passionate base, and like all shrinking groups they feel ever more isolated and paranoid and willing to use ever more extreme tactics and weapons.

I think Palin has a chance for just this reason and until Republicans lose and lose big they won't recover.

Posted by: adolphus on July 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

Republicans are anti-government.

Quitting as governor is the penultimate anti-government statement.

Posted by: bakho on July 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Shame they didn't include Bonzo in that poll. Even though, it might be a tad past bedtime for him, he would be very close to St Sarah in the running. But, it might be hard to tell the difference between them on an intelligence level.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Silver lining department:

A certain percentage of any electorate is certifiable ("mental" to you U.K residents). We may have successfully sequestered the majority of them into the GOP. If we can quarantine the party from ever getting power again, it'll be a real opportunity to move forward on a whole host of issues, at least if we can convince Dem strategists not to be afraid of their own shadow.

Posted by: jimBOB on July 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Look, we know the people still willing to publicly identify themselves as Republicans are the dregs of the party: boiling pots of resentment, viciousness, ignorance and a never-ending ability to rationalize away simple facts.

What's disturbing about this poll is the overall numbers, not what Republicans alone think. Forty-three percent of all those polled are very or somewhat likely to vote for Palin. After last week's display of total idiocy and instability. Yes. WTF?

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

They say that now, but the primary is three years away - Personally, I think Huckabee's in the best position of the three, since he's at least doing something to steadily remain in the public eye without the sort of drama that Palin produces. He's also far and away the most charismatic of the Republican contenders. We'll see, since it's a long time until 2012, and there's plenty of time for someone new to break out.

Posted by: wolfpack on July 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Please let her be the nominee. Please let me live long enough to see a series of debates between Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. Every Democrat in America should work to make this happen. Donate money. Cross over where you can to vote in the Republican primary. Please, oh please, oh please.

Posted by: ohcomeonhussein on July 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Among Republican voters, even now, 71% would be likely to vote for her for President of the United States.

Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more.

Cool.

As one who prays nightly for the GOP to continue its crash-and-burn, this news is like manna from heaven.

Few things would cement the GOP's image as a party that was completely about sloganeering, and didn't give a flip about actually making things work, as much as nominating Palin in 2012 would.

So go, GOP base! Vote for the hawt babe - you know you want her!!

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on July 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Andrew: They polled 316 Republicans - the findings are basically useless.

Why do you say that? 300+ is a very good sample size. The MOE's 6%, which means there's a 95% chance that somewhere between 65% and 77% of GOP voters would be likely to vote for her for President. That's about as much accuracy as you need.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on July 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

They polled 316 Republicans - the findings are basically useless. -Andrew

New to statistics, eh?

Posted by: doubtful on July 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more.

Which speaks volumes, and volumes---and did I mention volumes?---about "her party." It's like selling caskets and mausoleum space at a Tupperware event for old people.

a wooden stake... that's what it takes for these republicans, a wooden stake.

yep, thru the heart...
Posted by: neill

Actually, I'd prefer a nice, healthy stand-off weapon. Can I trade my wooden stake for a Russian missile submarine? She could see it from her house and have one last bout of blather-speak with her BFFs at foxnoise before she turns into gaseous glass....

Posted by: S. Waybright on July 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Quitting as governor is the penultimate anti-government statement.

So what is she going to do to top it?

Posted by: Paging Inigo Montoya on July 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

I wish the poll could reveal WHY they feel like what she did was a good thing. I didn't see it like that when I heard the news and listened to her speech. When I heard this on the radio:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106322053

it solidified my feelings on the situation. She took the easy way out of a bad situation (that's mostly of her own creation) by playing the victim card.

Posted by: chrisb on July 8, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

How will the candidates stack up?
One will have passed a sweeping agenda including healthcare for all Americans, getting us out of Iraq, stopping the discrimination against gays in the military, nominating very qualified Supreme Court Justices, restoring an economy that everyone felt was on the edge of a cliff, saving the US auto industry, restoring our relations with the rest of the world that were damaged under the previous administration and getting the rest of the world to like us again and work with us in resolving foreign conflicts, normalizing relations with Cuba, avoiding any new wars that neocons try to push us into, and whatever else I may have neglected to mention.

The other candidates accomplishments: quitting her job as governor cause the news media wasn't nice enough to her.

Republicans, you have found your candidate. Bring em on.

Posted by: Patrick on July 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Without her crazy fans she is merely a narcissistic, callow diva. It is her ability to conjure up hatred and division among her legions that makes her absolutely terrifying. The rage that she stoked in her audiences seemed like mob hysteria. And she's still doing it. Her lines stating that only real people will understand "It's about Country" makes my blood boil. She's trying to equate her childish tantrums with patriotism and those that don't "get it" are clearly against country and family. The fact that people buy this nonsense should terrify all of us.

I don't want her to be the Republican nominee. I just want her to go away.

Posted by: jomo on July 8, 2009 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Just say you are a conservative christian and you will always get a seat in the front row.

Posted by: SteveA on July 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't read too much into that poll - it's basically an example of the "no such thing as bad publicity" principle. She's in the news in a big way, so her stock goes up.

I also wouldn't bet any money on her being the 2012 nominee. In the end, Republicans will make the safe choice (Romney) just like they did with McCain in 08.

In any case, I really don't think she wants the Presidency. After all, it's hard work.

Posted by: Virginia on July 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

Among Republican voters, even now, 71% would be likely to vote for her for President of the United States.

And they characterize support for Obama as a cult...

Posted by: Gregory on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

I quit too!!!

Posted by: Mitt Romney on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

Republicans aren't responsible for anything and resent the implication they ought to be, hence her outright disavowal of any responsibility can only improve her standing.

Posted by: alan on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

This is not the least bit surprising. Palin is the only authentic GOP representative of the knuckle-dragging, know-nothing base. The others pander to it, but they are, in fact, sophisticated, well-traveled wealthy (almost always) men who really have nothing in common with a HS graduate working a blue collar or pink collar job in the South. None of the other GOP electeds have daughters who practice abstinence,get pregnant, have the kid out of wedlock.

Compare Cheney, to just pick one, with his lesbian daughter. Or the number of gay functionaries in DC. They do not share the values of the base. Palin does.

Posted by: jayackroyd on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

A ticket of Palin and/r Joe "the Plumber" would really sound the death knell of the GOP.

Posted by: Tom on July 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Tom 11:22

Good, now can we throw in Mark Sanford as Sec. of State, with many planned trips to South America, and Sen. Ensign as guardian of family values.

Posted by: Ted76 on July 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is obviously totally worthless. But every time David Letterman jokes about her, or some media type points out how stupid she is, or whenever she says something idiotic like the "White House Department of Law," her true believers just dig their heels in and like her all the more.

She put on her waders and gave the exact same interview to five different news outlets. To her supporters, she looks like a hard-working regular gal, even though what's coming out of her mouth is gibberish.

And who else do Republicans have to vote for? The smartest thing Obama ever did was to send John Huntsman to China (Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Huntsman was the only Republican who really worried him). The rest are snoozers.

Posted by: Molly Weasley on July 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

Just as Palin needs education to become a better leader- Americans need to be educated on Palin's diverse deficiencies including christianity, leadership skills, integrity, coping skills, word structure and human being.

Posted by: mlj on July 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

316 self-identified Republicans in 2009 is not a representative sample for the 2012 primaries; and all it's measuring is name recognition.

Posted by: theAmericanist on July 8, 2009 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

including christianity, leadership skills, integrity, coping skills, word structure and human being.

Cracked me up.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

And they characterize support for Obama as a cult...
Posted by: Gregory on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM


Exactly. This is the most annoying aspect of the pro-Palin/anti-Obama crowd - screaming that Obama's just an empty slogan who somehow appealed to every aspect of the electorate (most importantly independents and moderate Republcians), while Palin is the candidate for Real America and the Everyman, despite the fact that her only support is to be found amongst the most angry, marginal, and resentful of the far right, who love her for her personality, her looks, and the fact that liberals and anyone with an ounce of pragmatism loathe her.

Welcome to another episode of the Projection Players.

Posted by: sugarbiscuit on July 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

If the GOP is interested in voting for fringe candidates than a Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachman ticket in 2012 is the way to go.

Posted by: ATXDem on July 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

This is only surprising if you haven't been around any of these whackadoodles lately. I have, and trust me, they're even dumber than dirt. The amount of bullshit they can eat and claim it's steak is beyond belief. I've really gotten to the point where, if someone says they're a Republican, I just step away from them.

Posted by: TCinLA on July 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans by and large see themselves as victims. They're the only ones who see what's REALLY wrong with America, they're the ONLY ones with the guts to stand up and say what's wrong with America, and the liberal media and godless heathens that now run this country want to silence them and keep them from achieving any semblance of power, and keep America from truly being all it can be.

Sarah Palin came out of the gate running (her mouth), saying the things Republicans thought needed to be said. And simply because she's so incredibly stupid, she's been subsequently mocked and marginalized. So she quit. She played the victim card.

OF COURSE people who see themselves as victims are gonna respond to someone they idolize becoming a victim, too! Even if it's not true, even if the hole she's in is one of her own making, she says she's a victim and by gum, it's good enough for her base.

If Sarah Palin were to declare her intentions to run for the President whilst letting herself be hung on a crucifix ala her secret boyfriend Jesus, the Republicans would save millions of dollars by not needing a primary or a convention. She'd have the gig.

After all, Sarah Palin can see Russia from her cross, don'tcha know. Also.

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

That crazy bitch still scares the hell out of me.

Posted by: John Sidney McCain III on July 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Question is how much of what is left of the Republican party is the more traditional and rational Republican as opposed to the evangelical crew that makes up most of the party? As more of the traditional Republican leave the party or just opt out that percentage of Republicans supporting her is likely to go up even if the numbers of people supporting her stays the same.

Posted by: ET on July 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

There is nothing mysterious about the reaction of conservatives. Conservatives hate the very idea of government so they do not think it takes any special experience or competence to perform a function they would rather not see done at all. If Palin herself shows no special aptitude or interest in the hard work of governing that is because governing is not why she got into politics in the first place. Like most on the hard right, Palin's interest in politics begins and ends with the war on modernist, secular, liberal culture -- and the personal celebrity that goes with this. If elected president, Palin would be expected to turn over the actual responsibility for running the country to the Republican oligarchy of business and church leaders that operates behind the scenes. Palin is just the figurehead -- sort of like the President of Ireland who acts as Head of State, a largely ceremonial role, leaving the executive work to the prime minister. What the surprise by many to the conservative reaction over Palin's announcement fails to account for is the utter contempt the Right has for both popular democracy and the governing of the democratic state.

Posted by: Ted Frier on July 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

I still have yet to understand why ANY Dem/liberal/progressive would be afraid of this twit.

She's a willfully ignorant, pitifully stupid, ethically challenged, hollow shell of a human being who gets by on her questionable looks and fake-as-all-hell down-home charisma. She's a living, breathing caricature of all that is wrong with the Republican party.

I am begging for the GOP to nominate her for ... well, anything. House, Senate, Presidency -- it doesn't matter. Plllleeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssee make her the nominee.

I state this because the more non-insane Americans learn about her, hear her talk, and see her in action, the less they like her. By wide margins.

So yeah ... go ahead and nominate her to secure that 23% of the American public, GOP. We'll take the rest.

Posted by: Mark D on July 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

"Republicans by and large see themselves as victims. They're the only ones who see what's REALLY wrong with America, they're the ONLY ones with the guts to stand up and say what's wrong with America, and the liberal media and godless heathens that now run this country want to silence them and keep them from achieving any semblance of power, and keep America from truly being all it can be.

Sarah Palin came out of the gate running (her mouth), saying the things Republicans thought needed to be said. And simply because she's so incredibly stupid, she's been subsequently mocked and marginalized. So she quit. She played the victim card.

OF COURSE people who see themselves as victims are gonna respond to someone they idolize becoming a victim, too! Even if it's not true, even if the hole she's in is one of her own making, she says she's a victim and by gum, it's good enough for her base."

This is pretty accurate. The base of their party LOVES Sarah because:

1) All the people they hate and resent: the "libruls" and the media can't stand her.
2) She's just as ignorant and bigoted as they are.

So, the minute she claims that "they" are out to get her, they rally around "one of our own."

Unfortunately for Democrats, no matter how popular she is with their base, she has ZERO chance of getting nominated.

The big-oil money boys who bankrolled Bush don't want her because she can't win. They will nominate a white male like McCain because they can't stand to lose a bunch of senate and house seats from a Kamikazi candidate taking all Republicans down with her -- a la Barry Goldwater.

And the Republican party has always been about the back-room string-pullers, not Democracy.

Remember that the Republican base was NEVER really happy with McCain? Yet, who was the Republican nominee? McCain! Why? Because the oil lobby and the "Bush Pioneers" funders, and the other Republican big-money boys wanted him.

The minute they saw him as the strongest candidate, all the money went from Rudi and Romney to McCain.

Rush Limbaugh went on the radio for months saying that McCain would be the "death of the Republican party" and nobody listened. Why?

Money talks and the money said: McCain. Result: McCain was the nominee. Same reason Sarah Palin will NEVER be the nominee any more than Huckabee will. They don't like them in the CEO board rooms.

Posted by: Cugel on July 8, 2009 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

"...71% would be likely to vote for her for President of the United States."

Sounds about right. These are the same clowns still proudly displaying the faded "W" stickers on the truck window just to the right of the gun rack.

They don't want smart; they want boobs!

Posted by: MissMudd on July 8, 2009 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

Amplifying much of what was said above, the Republican base doesn't want a technocrat, they want a figure head. Somewhere, someone posted the idea of Sarah Palin as the lead figure in Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People." Perhaps it is a feeling of death to think about Sarah (or other figureheads) being shown to be incompetent so they ignore that. Perhaps it doesn't even enter into the equation. We're talking physical, measurable reality and they're talking some sort of emotional, psychic reality.

Maybe it's that for them Sarah has achieved the status of a kind of Jungian archetype. You can't criticize that with facts.

Posted by: JohnK on July 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Molly Weasley sez:

"And who else do Republicans have to vote for?"

In 2016, probably a number of good candidates while the Democrats have no one (Hillary?) waiting in the wings. The Republicans have Huck, Romney and Huntsman already identified. They all have government executive experience and seem as if they are competent. The money is still there and the majority of voters will still be moderates by a large margin. If the Democratic nominee seems crazier then the Republicans have a good chance. That's the way our system seems to work.

In 2012, unless there is a total disaster, President Obama should win again. Whoever runs for the Republicans then has to depend on an uncertain future for any chance. At least right now that is true.

Posted by: mikeyes on July 8, 2009 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

You know the long tail at the bottom of the IQ curve ? That's where the republican rank and file live.

Posted by: rbe1 on July 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

I still have yet to understand why ANY Dem/liberal/progressive would be afraid of this twit.

Ummm, because despite her raging incompetence and ignorance, she and Gramps STILL received nearly half the votes.

Posted by: ckelly on July 8, 2009 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

The Rethuglican rabble is now so degenerate, they actually like erratic bozos as long as they gin up that dirty, "stick it to 'em" bloodlust and put-upon resentment. It is truly pitiful, considering there was a need for a rational, responsible honestly conservative faction in politics as balance

Posted by: demoraptor on July 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans are still nominating the guy who's turn it is. Romney will be the candidate in 2012.

Posted by: Daddy Love on July 8, 2009 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Romney gave a wild and disjointed speech at the GOP Convention in 2008. Check it out and see if it doesn't top the speeches Palin gives unscripted.

He practically foams at the mouth.

Posted by: deejaayss on July 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

Then again, McCain's convention speech was the famous "lime jello" moment. And he was the nominee. What happens at the convention matters little, I think.

Posted by: Daddy Love on July 8, 2009 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

MarkD, we're afraid of her because, as you yourself put it, "She's a willfully ignorant, pitifully stupid, ethically challenged, hollow shell of a human being who gets by on her questionable looks and fake-as-all-hell down-home charisma. She's a living, breathing caricature of all that is wrong with the Republican party."

But because stupid people are allowed to vote, she's still considered a viable candidate in certain circles.

We fear her because of what she represents - all the thunderdolts us who believe the Earth is 6000 years old, that Saddam attacked us on 9/11, that abortion doctors should be shot in their church (or anywhere, really), and that they need to arm themselves for an upcoming culture war. Treat her seriously, and the base gets riled up because they feel their cause is finally gaining traction. Mock her or marginalize her or otherwise ignore her, and her base STILL gets riled up because we're putting Baby in a corner, and NOBODY puts Baby in a corner. They are the Michael Myers/Jason Voorhees/Chucky of the American population - representing all that's evil and wrong and getting in the way of a happy ending, and seemingly unstoppable.

Or, you know, we could just be afraid of her intelligence and deep knowledge for how government works.

Come on, we all needed a laugh.

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 8, 2009 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

I'd echo the concerns above about identifying Republicans. These days, what's left of the GOP is almost exactly the same set of people who admire Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Those who have no relish for their antics really don't have a place in that party anymore.

And Mark D is quite right: if you want the Dems to run up the score, Palin is exactly the QB you want on the other side.

Posted by: kth on July 8, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

"Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more."

You're not looking at this from the proper perspective, Steve. There is s strong undercurrent of a victim complex in the GOP base and Sarah Palin strongly appealed to that complex in her resignation announcement. That's the reason why her approval among GOPers has gone up.

That the GOP base is not particularly interested in the competence of their candidates should be obvious after the last eight years.

Posted by: SRW1 on July 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

"...Somewhere, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are probably smacking their foreheads, saying, "You've got to be kidding me."..."

They are not the only ones. It just makes me sick to my stomach that personality dominates reason with republican voters polled. Blatantly ignorant and demonstrably incompetent yet with a "you bethcha", a wink and a nod republicans are ready to vote for her...that is depressing as hell. Republicans have become so sick, willfully ignorant and short sighted in their views of America to actually want someone like Palin in charge of our nation.

I'm glad Americans have evolved and grown past allowing Paliens to hold a national office.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Jeb Bush will be the nominee either in 2012 or 2016. He's got all the big money boys with him and all the establishment media will go with him, never mind how much junior screwed up.

Posted by: josephus on July 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

The problem with Palin is that after thousands of self scribed words and an interview with ABC - NO ONE knows why she resigned. That about sums it all up. So if you apply Occam's Razor then the simplest answer is probably the correct one. She quit while the getting was good and damn everyone in Alaska but herself. It's the only purely clear explanation, so stop thinking too deep.

If you can accept that as responsible then so be it. I see it as opportunistic and narcissistic.

Posted by: muffler on July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Palin quit because it wasn't fun anymore, she felt constantly harassed via ethics complaints, she felt her family had become a target, and as a big fish in a small pond the pond felt too small after the election. Like a lot of people she came to hate her job but couldn't say so in plain language. Most people do not have the ability to quit a job without another offer on the table. Then again, maybe we'll find out that she does have an secret offer on the table and that is the part of the story that seemed to be missing when she quit.

What is weird isn't her reasons for quitting as much as the possibility that she doesn't seem to have something else already lined up. It would be have been far less perplexing if she had said I'm quitting so I can return to my true love-- being a tv anchor or radio show host-- or something else along those lines. She just quit and made vague pronouncements about being a "fighter" and not a quitter.

She seems to have decided that she could probably make a fortune if she just opened up her schedule and signaled to Fox/talk radio/etc that she's open to anything. The sad thing is it's probably a pretty good bet.

Posted by: zoe kentucky on July 8, 2009 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

I still think the other shoe may drop. But if it doesn't, then Sarah surely quit because she missed the limo rides, the nice hotels, the adoring fans, everyone telling her how great she is. Actually I don't hate her although I think she's an ignorant, lying user. I can see her on TV as a GOP spokesperson or as a fundraiser. I really don't think her future lies in government and I'd be surprised if she pursues elective office. She does not have support beyond her base. Gotta go with Jeb for 2012.

Posted by: swissgirl on July 8, 2009 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah, Please run. Please. PLEASE!!!

We need you to help us! Please run, pretty please!

from:

A liberal voter

Posted by: kcbill13 on July 8, 2009 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

Inexplicably quitting, for less-than-clear reasons, has managed to endear Palin to her party more.

It's because They drove her to it.

Who's "They"?

You know, [waves hand] them, [swivels wrist] _those_ people. They can't stand her and They wouldn't leave her alone.

SCENE.

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on July 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM | PERMALINK

Ballad of Sarah Palin (to the tune of "How you gonna keep them down on the farm, after they've seen Paree......."How you gonna keep her up in Alaska after she's seen DC...." I invite all you wonderfully creative people out there to add a verse.

Posted by: R.T.Tihista on July 9, 2009 at 12:17 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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