Ok last post today, and probably this weekend about this bombshell news, unless something else breaks over the weekend.  I doubt it though.  I’ve been reading different reactions/responses, a lot of speculation out there.

Erick Erickson had a few additional thoughts about this news, and he made an interesting point.

I’ve had this running thought all day, perhaps because I was watching it on TV in HD for the first time, that this is kind of like Ben Kenobi letting Darth Vader strike him down. Palin is not going to run in 2012, but by doing this she can now become Barack Obama’s worst nightmare, and help rebuild the opposition to Obama. How? Because were she to remain a 2012 contender, she’d keep having stories by anonymous McCain campaign staffers and other 2012 contenders going after her and her family. Take that ambition off the table and it neutralizes a lot of that. So she can focus on candidates and ideas without an ulterior motive focused on 2012.

Erickson also points out that her critics on the right (friends of his) who are criticizing her that she can’t take the heat, etc.  “are also typically the ones who do not have small children.”

That dovetails well with what Charles Krauthammer said about her resignation and prospects:

HT: Stop the ACLU

David Brody of CBN is saying don’t bet against Palin in 2012, that this move could be a way to remake herself.

By stepping down as Governor, Palin can get away from it all. While working behind the scenes to see if a Presidential run makes sense, she can also hit the books. She can study up on Supreme Court decisions she may disagree with. Write some public policy "White Papers," go be an expert on a couple key domestic issues and play advocate in chief as she travels around the country pushing those issues.

By doing all of that, Sarah Palin can come back as Sarah 2.0. The bar is low at this point so imagine if she comes back running for President as a new and improved polished product. Something to think about.

Jonathan Garthwaite at at feels that she could play the role of Kingmaker.

If she’s really done as a candidate, we may find out she ends up having a greater impact as an activist, prolific speaker and fundraiser for conservative causes than she would have had as a candidate.

He also said, thanked her for “single-handedly (reducing) the Michael Jackson coverage today by two-thirds.”  Amen to that!

Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard is giving the contrarian take:

After all, she’s freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues – and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska. I suppose she’ll take a hit for leaving the governorship early – but how much of one? She’s probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor, and is leaving a sympatico lieutenant governor in charge.

And haven’t conservatives been lamenting the lack of a national leader? Well, now she’ll try to be that. She may not succeed. Everything rests on her talents, and on her performance. She’ll be under intense and hostile scrutiny, and she’ll have to perform well.

Matthew Continetti at the Weekly Standard says that these are “strange days” because “the politician who Republicans like the most is resigning her office, while the embarrassing Mark Sanford is clutching to his.”

The Anchoress wins the award for the most updated post, and also speculates that Governor Palin may be ill or someone in her family is ill or there are some personal problems:

Either she or someone in her family is ill, and she wants to keep it private and not subject it to the vulgarity of the Palin-hating beasts in the press, who savaged her last year, or…she and Todd are on the rocks, and she doesn’t want to subject her children and her marriage to the same vulgarity.

Can’t say I blame her in either case. And I hope I’m wrong on both counts.

Though, Governor Palin did tweet that this was good, and that her family is happy.  I can’t think that would be the case if either of those scenarios were true. 

Thomas Lifson over at American Thinker thinks that she is breaking the mold once again.  Little Miss Atilla thinks this could be about giving her kids a break, that no politician has had to put up with the unprecedented attacks that she and her family has had to put up with.  She also believes that she “out or playing the long game.”  Joe the Mom thinks she could be leaving just to be a mom and “respects her more for keeping her priorities in order and acting as such.”

Sweetness and Light thinks it is also because she is sick of the attacks as well, and the impact it is making on her family.  And to proof their point:

To their credit HuffPo has since pulled it down, but you can read the full text here. (HT: Hot Air).  Sundries Shack believes Governor Palin gave the left “Christmas in July.”  Dan Riehl believes that the harkening of her political death is premature.

Andrew Malcolm analyzes this unexpected move, and he makes a point regarding Lt. Governor Sean Parnell that I thought about at well.

Her departure now also gives her successor 16 months to be seen as an incumbent for the 2010 gubernatorial election he says he’ll seek to win.

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs unequivocally supports Governor Palin and thinks that she just announced a 2012 run.

And finally (for now), a statement from RNC Chair Michael Steele:

I plan on talking to Governor Palin very soon. She is an important and galvanizing voice in the Republican Party. I believe she will be very helpful to the Party this year as we wage critical campaigns in Virginia and New Jersey. I am certain this has been a difficult decision for her to step down as Alaska’s governor. She has been a good governor for her state and I wish her and the Palin family the best during this transition.

I am leaning to think that 2012 is definitely out, but 2016, 2020, 2024 or even 2028 is potential.  I mean she’s only 45!  But who the heck knows?  I think those of us who are supporters and those who want to throw her off the bus need to take a deep breath, step back, and see what more information comes up in time.

Update: Ah just when I thought I was done with this post, they keep pulling me back in.  I don’t want to neglect Josh Painter’s thoughts on this:

This speculation business is easy, but unfortunately, it’s accomplishes little. It will not stop until Sarah Palin makes it stop by telling us what she plans to do. I’m willing to give her time to do that. I will neither condemn her nor cry in my beer if she decides not to run for president. God knows she has given much and received little reward and much punishment for herself and her family. Gov. Palin saved the GOP and John McCain from an electoral blowout of McGovern proportions, and she made Saxby Chambliss’ return to the U.S. Senate a sure thing with a safety margin of 10 insurance points. She’s been fighting for missile defense, fiscal restraint and energy security, among other things. She’s defended young girls and women of all ages against misogynistic attacks by dirty men both young and old. And she has been a source of encouragement to women everywhere to be all that they can be, and not just in the U.S. Army.

Whatever we have given her, she has repaid us with interest. Let’s see what her intentions are and support her decision, whatever it may be.

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  1. I think my husband has it right: his first response was that she was protecting her babies from these @#$#@.

    Seen the same sort of thing on smaller scale– this is just the first time either of us have seen it on a nation-wide scale, with so little protest.

  2. I think there is more to this….. she may not have graduated from an Ivy League school.. therefore, thought of as being dumb….. but she is far from dumb….. she has something up her sleeve…and we won't know until she gets ready to tell us. She knows how to keep a secret. If it is not related to something political… it could be something personal… like an illness…I sure hope not.

    I have already read where she is involved in embezzlement….. I don't believe that at all.. the smear campaign has already started. WHY IS THE LEFT SO SCARED OF HER?????

    She spoke so much about the Energy Program of Alaska becoming very
    Private Sector… I have to wonder if she has been offered a great job working for that company… to put Alaska on the map.

    If there is no illness, whatever it is…..I think she will help the GOP far more as an ex-governor than a governor that is constantly challenged. She has “STAR” quality… a beauty who can give great speeches, gather very large crowds….. it should be most interesting to see her do her “thing” in the next couple of years. She may even run for Senator… if she wants to climb the ladder of politics, that would be the smart move. I have to chuckle… she sure got rid of the constant Michael Jackson coverage… shows how interested everyone is in what she is doing.

  3. Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Her speech revealed nothing that made much sense.

  4. Agreeing with Argon.. it is all very confusing. I do hope that she and her family are well.. wouldn't blame her for not wanting to reveal any personal reasons for the move.

    That said.. I do look forward to the coming of “Sarah 2.0”.. until then everything on this is just spin and conjecture.

  5. I can't say it made perfect sense to me, but I didn't see it strange or odd, I did see it as emotional. It isn't the decision I personally would have made or one that I was hoping for her. As far as another shoe dropping, if you are talking a scandal. Alaskan reporters aren't talking about any whispering, like what was going on pre-Mark Sanford fallout.

  6. I can see her being great advocating for issues she cares about and campaigning. I don't see her taking a job with an oil company. I do see her focusing on the book deal she just received.

    I don't think she can challenge Sen. Murkowski in 2010, this moved and the fact she said she wouldn't would IMO negate that possibility, at least a possibility with a good result.

    But who knows? Governor Palin and her family.

  7. Thanks for the mention.

    Rumors about embezzlement and scandal are swirling in the leftist blogosphere, but I've not seen any MSM coverage about anything like that… have you?

  8. I agree, Shane. Meg Stapleton has altogether ruled out a run against either Murkowski or Young. She said that other than those two things “the world is her oyster”.

  9. No I haven't. Carl Cameron from Fox News dismissed that since his Alaskan sources and Alaskan reporters he talked to haven't heard any whispering. For instance, there were rumors going around about Mark Sanford before that blew up in his face.

    If there was something it would have come out during the '08 campaign while the DNC was trying to dig up dirt.

  10. seems like she couldn't take the glare of the national spotlight. so she's going to shoot for the white house?

    Romney '12

  11. No it seems like she was sick of her time being spent dealing with frivolous ethics violations and it downgrading the effectiveness of the Governor's office and adding to her personal debt. Now she's free from further complaints and she's free to travel. I don't know if she's shooting for 2012, but here's my thought about Romney:

    Anyone but Obama or Romney in 2012 (provided they are conservative) which Romney still doesn't have a record to prove that he is. All he has is talk.

  12. Let it play out. We'll see. It may be scandal, it may be personal. And now we see that her lawyer is threatening to sue “teh Internets”. That's not going to fly. I think Huckabee was right: Go silent.

    Meanwhile, the GOP faces a third or fourth week where they can't grab headlines about major issues in Washington because of state-level brouhahas.

  13. Agreed that Romney is a cipher. He'll say anything to get into office but nobody knows what he'd do once he is in. On one hand I can appreciate his apparent pragmatism but on the other, it gives no one a reason to support him except as a manager. He has strong support from business interests but for me, that's a reason to not support him.

    A good chief of staff perhaps, but not commander-in-chief.

  14. Not the “internets,” but media that should know better. Argon, I like Huckabee, but he hasn't had anyone accuse him of criminal behavior. A lot of lies have been told about her, but they are going after one particular item, the embezzlement rumor. This is libel plain and simple. I spent a couple years in J-School and that was hammered home, you just can't print or publish rumors like this as though they are fact. They are wrong to do it. She sues them, she'll win.

    That charge can tarnish her regardless of what she decides doing in public or private life.

    Perhaps then they won't think it's so funny.

  15. I'd bet she'd lose the case. As a public figure it's very hard to will libel cases.

    And sorry to say, I don't see a 24-hour news industry handling rumors well. Case in point: The folks behind the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” managed to muddy the waters with unsubstantiated innuendo for weeks. And they're still getting contracts for political groups instead of fines or jail time. There are still those who believe that Obama wasn't born in the Hawaii. That such a rumor even got airtime is a crock.

    I think the person who said the following at a March 2008 Women in Leadership conference had it about right:
    “I think fair or unfair, and I do think it is a more concentrated criticism that Hillary gets on so many fronts. That’s unfortunate, but fair or unfair I think she does herself a disservice to even mention it. You got to plow through that. You have to know what your getting into. Which I say this with all due respect to Hillary Clinton and to her experience and to her passion for changing the status quo, but when I hear a statement like that coming from any woman candidate with any kind of a perceived whine about that excess criticism or a sharper microscope put on her that doesn’t do us any good.

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