Palin Resignation Speech
I have been a fan of Gov. Palin since McCain first announced her as his running mate. She seems like a down to earth, caring woman. So, I was disappointed to hear she was stepping down as Gov. I believe it is to protect her family, more than anything, and also to allow her to seek employment outside of government where she can make more money. I have to say, if it was a strategy to enable her to run for President in the future, then it wasn’t a very thought out one, in my opinion. I don’t think I would feel comfortable voting for her now because I would be afraid she would step down as President if the going got rough.
I love Sarah Palin, too, but I have to admit to having an uneasy feeling about her just quitting without a concrete explanation. She could have finished her term and not run for a second one. Why on July 4th weekend? I have to admit that timing throws me. And why is she a lame duck if she is in her first term? I don’t understand that part either. My understanding of “lame duck” is an elected official marking time between the election of someone else and that person’s inauguration. They are left effectively powerless. I checked with m-w.com, however, and they also list another definition: “one that is weak or falls behind in ability or achievement.” She’s obviously not weak, so I’m assuming she felt that the negative attention she has drawn will weaken any future achievements.
I can certainly understand her wanting to quit after the way her opponents have gone after her. But to be any kind of a leader, you have to understand that you WILL be a target, as JoJo so accurately points out in The Language of Leadership. As already stated, had she said she was stepping down to take care of her family, all of us would have understood. She has five children, several of whom are still in tender years. It would have also given her time to bone up on foreign policy, the area most agree she’s weak in. I would point out that she’s far from the only one weak in that area; however, they needed something “official” to pick on.
Gov. Palin was on a Fairbanks radio show recently. This is her response when a listener asked her why, according to the official transcript of the show.
“‘I chose not to play their game,’ Palin explained. She wanted instead to free herself of the constraints of the governor’s job so that she could again ‘get out there and fight,’ she said. As governor, she was forced to answer ethics complaints filed by anonymous people, Palin said.
‘They do things like that,’ Palin said. ‘I can handle it but not when it cost the state the time and money it has cost.’ The state said this week it has spent $1.9 million on the ethics complaints.”
If this is so, why didn’t she state that last Friday? It would have rallied folks behind her in a way that they are not behind her now.
I still admire Sarah Palin. Exactly why she did what she did currently remains a mystery. Maybe she was a little naive as to what would happen once she was chosen by McCain? Maybe she expected it would stop cold once they lost? If she were somebody other than Sarah Palin, it might have. However, she is perceived as a viable threat by the other side so there will be no letting up.
I guess we’ll never know the real reason until she tells us. Still, without further explanation, I think it will hurt her in the future. The fact that she up and quit, when she could have finished her term and then gone after something else, will be what undoes her on the national stage, especially when the opposing forces sink their teeth into it and attack her with their particular style of “business as usual.”
The whole situation is bizarre and startling. Her delivery of the speech is telling. I agree that she left many questions about her motives unanswered. Your blogpost is a good analysis.
I have to agree with everything you said, JoJo. I watched that speech and it was unsettling. America needs to have someone in the future they can count on and if she were to run for Senate or President I think we will remember her reaction to the media and that she didn’t stick it out in Alaska. I think it has hurt her – and I really like her.