Video: Sarah Palin Resignation Shocker: Part of a Conservative Purge?

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Update 11: After the jump, my take on the revolting 23/6 article that has now been pulled.  Let me also add that the last sentence of the post, “Politicians don’t usually quit for so stupid of reasons,” immediately made me question whether an editor had even seen that post before it went up.  Based on its quick deletion, I’d guess not.

I do know that many liberals, myself included, complained immediately and loudly, and it was taken down immediately.  Will that stop people from smearing us?  We’ll see.

Update 10: Palin consulted with Ayers prior to resignation!

Update 9: Hot Air has Palin’s brother playing the martyr card.  Resonant, maybe, but no way she resigns over nuisance complaints.  No way in hell.

Update 8: Alaska’s Blue Oasis blog, hounder of Palin, thinks she resigned ahead of low poll numbers.  After reading the 2nd entry, I’m starting to think she resigned because Blue Oasis is such a pain in the balls. (JK, MODERATE REAPER!!)

Update 7: Rachel Sklar is jumping up & down on the couch.

Update 6: Rich Lowry is sitting limply on his couch.

Update 5: Oh, damn, now they’re blaming Letterman.  Maybe Palin is that stupid.  I still don’t think so, but it’s 505px-Sarah_Palin_Kuwait_22aremotely

possible that they see this as the time to cash in on whatever goodwill was left after the Letterman thing. I thought it was that goodwill that caused the attack on Palin in the first place.

Update 4: Below the Beltway has an Andrea Mitchell report that belies the Governor’s spin.

Update 3:  While John McCain is certainly a moderate, and his people were in position to leak yesterday’s emails, many of those same staffers could fit easily into another, extremely well-funded moderate’s 2012 campaign.  Who else stands to benefit, and who’s next?  Pawlenty is the only other true moderate on the list, but I doubt he’s the Moderate Reaper.  Palin was the biggest fish, but as one tweep noted, Huckabee might want to keep an eye out.

Update 2: Video of the announcement: (transcript here)

Seriously, if she’s not being forced to do this, then this is the worst political move in history.

Update: From Palin’s Twitter feed:

We’ll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election… this is in Alaska’s best interest, my family’s happy… it is good, stay tuned

Original Post: In light of yesterday’s Palin story, today’s announcement really blew me away. Sarah Palin is resigning as Governor of Alaska:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she was resigning her office later this month, a stunning decision that could free her to run for president more easily but also raises questions about her political standing at home.

Palin disclosed the surprise news Friday afternoon from her home in Wasilla with her husband, Todd, and Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, who the governor said would take over the state on Saturday, July 25th.

By not running for re-election, Palin liberates herself from the political constraints that come with running for president while still in elected office.

What? Running for President? Are you on crack? She can’t run for PEZident now.

Now, not 20 minutes before this announcement, I was telling a friend that I’m starting to see a pattern here, with John Ensign and Mark Sanford announcing affairs, and a new round of attacks on Palin. With this resignation, that makes 3 conservative GOP Presidential hopefuls falling on their own swords within 2 weeks of each other.

All three of these candidates have taken themselves out, in much the same way you would if someone were strongly urging you to do so from behind the scenes.

The alternative is that Palin actually sees resignation as a leg up for 2012. As I said yesterday, I give Palin more credit than that. She’s getting out of the way. Watch who rises to the top from this.The revolting “satire” Palin Will Run In ’12 On More Retardation Platform from 23/6 has been pulled. All I have to say to the writer of this is, how would you like to run on a less teeth platform, you fuck?

Let me also add that the last sentence of the post, “Politicians don’t usually quit for so stupid of reasons,” immediately made me question whether an editor had even seen that post before it went up.  Based on its quick deletion, I’d guess not.

Transcript of Palin’s resignation:

Palin Announces No Second Term

Photo of Governor Palin
No Lame Duck Session Either

Hi Alaska, I appreciate speaking directly to you, the people I serve, as your Governor.

People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.

I want Alaskans to grasp what can be in store for our state. We were purchased as a territory because a member of President Abe Lincoln’s cabinet, William Seward, providentially saw in this great land, vast riches, beauty, strategic placement on the globe, and opportunity. He boldly looked “North to the Future”. But he endured such ridicule and mocking for his vision for Alaska, remember the adversaries scoffed, calling this “Seward’s Folly”. Seward withstood such disdain as he chose the uncomfortable, unconventional, but right path to secure Alaska, so Alaska could help secure the United States.

People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska.

Alaska’s mission – to contribute to America. We’re strategic in the world as the air crossroads of the world, as a gatekeeper of the continent. Bold visionaries knew this – Alaska would be part of America’s great destiny.

Our destiny to be reached by responsibly developing our natural resources. This land, blessed with clean air, water, wildlife, minerals, and oil and gas. It’s energy! God gave us energy.

So to serve the state is a humbling responsibility, because I know in my soul that Alaska is of such import, for America’s security, in our very volatile world. And you know me by now, I promised even four years ago to show my independence… no more conventional “politics as usual”.

And we are doing well! My administration’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We work tirelessly for Alaskans.

We aggressively and responsibly develop our resources because they were created to be used to better our world… to help people… and we protect the environment and Alaskans (the resource owners) foremost with our policies.

Here’s some of the things we’ve done:

We created a petroleum integrity office to oversee safe development. We held the line for Alaskans on Point Thomson – and finally for the first time in decades – they’re drilling for oil and gas.

We have AGIA, the gasline project – a massive bi-partisan victory (the vote was 58 to 1!) – also succeeding as intended – protecting Alaskans as our clean natural gas will flow to energize us, and America, through a competitive, pro-private sector project. This is the largest private sector energy project, ever. This is energy independence.

And ACES – another bipartisan effort – is working as intended and industry is publicly acknowledging its success. Our new oil and gas “clear and equitable formula” is so Alaskans will no longer be taken advantage of. ACES incentivizes new exploration and development and jobs that were previously not going to happen with a monopolized North Slope oil basin.

We cleaned up previously accepted unethical actions; we ushered in bi-partisan Ethics Reform.

We also slowed the rate of government growth, we worked with the Legislature to save billions of dollars for the future, and I made no lobbyist friends with my hundreds of millions of dollars in budget vetoes… but living beyond our means today is irresponsible for tomorrow.

We took government out of the dairy business and put it back into private-sector hands – where it should be.

We provided unprecedented support for education initiatives, and with the right leadership, finally filled long-vacant public safety positions. We built a sub-Cabinet on Climate Change and took heat from Outside special interests for our biologically-sound wildlife management for abundance.

We broke ground on the new prison.

And we made common sense conservative choices to eliminate personal luxuries like the jet, the chef, the junkets… the entourage.

And the Lt. Governor and I said “no” to our pay raises.

So much success in this first term – and with this success I am proud to take credit… for hiring the right people! Our goal was to achieve a gasline project, more fair oil and gas valuation, and ethics reform in four years. We did it in two. It’s because of the people… good public servants surrounding the Governor’s office, with servants’ hearts and astounding work ethic… they are Alaska’s success!

We are doing well! I wish you’d hear more from the media of your state’s progress and how we tackle Outside interests – daily – special interests that would stymie our state. 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!

Another accomplishment – our Law Department protected states’ rights – two huge U.S. Supreme Court reversals came down against that liberal Ninth Circuit, deciding in our state’s favor over the last two weeks. We’re protectors of our Constitution – federalists protect states’ rights as mandated in 10th amendment.

But you don’t hear much of the good stuff in the press anymore, do you?

Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year – the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate – I say others changed.

Let me speak to that for a minute.

Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations – such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters’ questions.

Every one – all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn’t been cheap – the State has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to “opposition research” – that’s money not going to fund teachers or troopers – or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” … Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources – spending other peoples’ money in their game.

It’s pretty insane – my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with this instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more “politics as usual,” but this isn’t what anyone had in mind for Alaska.

If I have learned one thing: life is about choices!

And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose not to tear down and waste precious time; but to build up this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!

Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and “go with the flow”.

Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.

No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time… to build up.

And there is such a need to build up and fight for our state and our country. I choose to fight for it! And I’ll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life… I’ll work for and campaign for those proud to be American, and those who are inspired by our ideals and won’t deride them.

I will support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the right reasons, and I don’t care what party they’re in or no party at all. Inside Alaska – or Outside Alaska.

But I won’t do it from the Governor’s desk.

I’ve never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to do this – to make a difference… to help people. So I choose, for my State and my family, more “freedom” to progress, all the way around… so that Alaska may progress… I will not seek re-election as Governor.

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, 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”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! That’s not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old “politics as usual.” I promised that four years ago – and I meant it.

It’s not what is best for Alaska.

I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is unconventional and not so comfortable.

With this announcement that I am not seeking re-election… I’ve determined it’s best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell; and I am willing to do so, so that this administration – with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future – can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.

My choice is to take a stand and effect change – not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities – and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.

Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me – sports… basketball. I use it because you’re naïve if you don’t see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket… and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win. And I’m doing that – keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities – smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it’s time to pass the ball – for victory.

I have given my reasons candidly and truthfully… and my last day won’t be for another few weeks so the transition will be very smooth. In fact, we will look to swear Sean in – in Fairbanks at the conclusion of our Governor’s picnics.

I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you trust me with this decision – but it’s no more “politics as usual”.

Some Alaskans don’t mind wasting public dollars and state time. I do. I cannot stand here as your Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor. And my children won’t allow it either.

Some will question the timing. Let’s just say, this decision has been in the works for awhile…

In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life – my children (where the count was unanimous… well, in response to asking: “Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children’s future from outside the Governor’s office?” It was four “yes’s” and one “hell yeah!” The “hell yeah” sealed it – and someday I’ll talk about the details of that… I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently.) Um, by the way, sure wish folks could ever, ever understand that we all could learn so much from someone like Trig – I know he needs me, but I need him even more… what a child can offer to set priorities right – that time is precious… the world needs more “Trigs”, not fewer.

My decision was also fortified during this most recent trip to Kosovo and Landstuhl, to visit our wounded soldiers overseas, those who sacrifice themselves in war for our freedom and security… we can ALL learn from our selfless Troops… they’re bold, they don’t give up, they take a stand and know that life is short so they choose to not waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than self… and to build up their families, their states, our country. These Troops and their important missions – those are truly the worthy causes in this world and should be the public priority with time and resources and not this local / superficial wasteful political bloodsport.

May we all learn from them!

*((Gotta put First Things First))*

First things first: as Governor, I love my job and I love Alaska. It hurts to make this choice but I am doing what’s best for Alaska. I’ve explained why… though I think of the saying on my parents’ refrigerator that says “Don’t explain: your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.”

But I have given my reasons… no more “politics as usual” and I am taking my fight for what’s right – for Alaska – in a new direction.

Now, despite this, I don’t want any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics after seeing this real “climate change” that began in August… no, we need hardworking, average Americans fighting for what’s right! And I will support you because we need you and you can effect change, and I can too on the outside.

We need those who will respect our Constitution where government’s supposed to serve from the bottom up, not move toward this top down big government take-over… but rather, will be protectors of individual rights – who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed and are willing to call an audible and pass the ball when it’s time so the team can win! And that is what I’m doing!

Remember Alaska… America is now, more than ever, looking North to the Future. It’ll be good. So God bless you, and from me and my family – to all Alaska – you have my heart.

And we will be in the capable hands of our Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell. And Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume the role of Lieutenant Governor. And it is my promise to you that I will always be standing by, ready to assist. We have a good, positive agenda for Alaska.

In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

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15 Comments

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  3. Finally–someone or something to push Sanford and Son (MJ) out of the spotlight. For once I can honestly say, Sarah Palin, thank you.

    And by Sunday night–I will be hoping for some other big story to push ‘Nanook of the North’ out of the spotlight, too.

    Then again, the Pinot is gonna be flowing fast and furious this weekend, so I probably won’t even care.

  4. My spidey sense is telling me, that Palin is trying to get ahead of something that is coming down the pipeline….

    what did you do now Sarah?

    Tommy…Im sure with your hound nose for all things politics, you’ll have your nose to the ground trying to get the scoop way before all others!

    PCL, just stocked up on the Pinot myself…flow baby flow!

    singing..

    na na na na na na na na hey hey hey gooooodbye….

  5. Why are people so obsessed with her???

    She is a HUMAN BEING with a life, a family, children, husband, parents, interests, goals, etc. She’s been mercilessly attacked ever since being announced as John McCain’s running mate. Her children, even her baby, have also been attacked. Her email was hacked into, rumors were spread that her daughter was really Trig’s mother, she’s b

    een tabloid fodder and the butt of late night talk show jokes, and on and on. Even Obama has not had even half of the mistreatment Palin has had to put up with. Maybe she has no intention of running for Pres. or even being in politics anymore. I think what miffs MSM the most about this is that they can’t control her.

    And if she is no longer in politics, they’ll still slam her, slander and gossip about her, but they won’t be able to feel like they are shaping her influence anymore, like they did with politics. The media can serioulsy make or break someone. All it takes is day after day after day of negative bashing of someone (Like Palin or Bush) and pretty soon people are sick of the person, but it’s not because of the person themself. It’s because of the media!!

    But for whatever strange reason, people feel the need to hate her and mock her and slander her. We’ve serioulsy become a nation full of people that are just downright mean and nasty. We don’t respect others anymore, and we are obsessed with celebs and politicians and love to spend our nights and days blogging, twittering, and gossiping about it all, whether it’s Sarah Palin, Michael Jackson, Carrie Prejean, or whoever is the latest object of media obsession.

    Seriously, I can’t help but wonder about the pitiful lives of people who delight in someone else’s downfall, etc. Although I don’t consider this to be a downfall.

    Sarah Palin has a right to live her life as she so chooses, and the thing is, people, like Michelle in the post above mine, can blog and comment all they want, but it doesn’t make a bit of difference. She’s not going to read your comments, and you are just some silly blogger venting on the internet about someone who you don’t even know and she will never even know who you are or what you had to say about her.

    All these people so concerned about global warming, etc. but yet where is the concern about how we treat others? We are a very mean nation in which we serioulsy take delight in our meanness, and I think that is a much bigger problem than any of these other things, like global warming. Who cares if we have clean air if we have lousy character?

  6. “All I have to say to the writer of this is, how would you like to run on a less teeth platform, you fuck?”

    This.

    Ashleigh, the reason is schadenfreude. We like when people in positions of power and influence tumble down. And this has never been the nicest, kindest nation. And the MSM is full of jackals. Etc.

    Like it or not, she’s a big name now, in the public arena, and people are free to praise her and bash her as they will. That tricky ol’ First Amendment again…but there are lines that have been crossed of decency.

    Then again, we’re the country that created “WipeOut”, so decency lines flew out the window a loooong, long time ago.

  7. Excuse me, Ashleigh…

    Im not venting, my sweet, if I were venting, you would know it…No..what I am doing is, participating in a conversation on a friend’s blog…someone who I admire, for their insight and feel for the story at hand…

    My “m.o.” is not to blog in hopes that Palin will see this…sheesh…how out of touch can one be with reality…just sharing my thoughts on the subject.

    You appear to be a Palin supporter…I understand, but be prepared…you will see her go down I fear…and by her own doing. Sure she is human..and she has brought all of this upon herself. We all have to lay in the bed that we make for ourselves…and your beloved is no different.

    Cry me a river…this is politics baby…if she can’t stand the heat, she should get out of the kitchen, and it appears she has done just that.

    She wraps herself in Conservative Values, however, her life says she lives it a bit differently, just my observation…and remember..that does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

    I do not think Palin has been given the short end of the stick, the public at large, reacted to her behaviours, and deemed her unsuited for higher office.

    She has caused her own implosion, you cannot fault the media for picking up on it, nor the majority of people who care to form an opinion on her. She is addicted to the angst of the situation, she cannot walk away from a fight, and refuses to be “handled”.

    all I can say is…

    NEXT!

  8. Let’s all have a shot of tequila, ok? We’re all friends here!

  9. pour daddy, pour…

    Texas Shooter Style???

  10. I never touch tequila–bad experience–no Pinot Noir? What kind of establishment ya runnin here, Tommy Boy? Sheesh!

    Ashleigh,

    I’m simply going to say this–if Sarah Palin doesn’t want the attention and hype and yada, yada, yada–then she should A) Never be in politics and B) get the hell over herself for crissakes.

    The woman was clearly out of her league, but her arrogance blinded her. She really thought being a beauty queen would mask her lack of political savvy to the MSM???

    All that has happened to Ms. Palin was of her own doing–but I genuinely hope she is quitting her job for the good of her children. If not, and it’s to further her political career, then I hope her supporters remember that she is, for all intents and purposes, a common quitter– one not worthy of their vote.

  11. Well, not all of it. There were lots of things that crossed the line. Conversely, there were heaps of legit criticism.

  12. I was thinkin’ body shots. No?

  13. Jeez, everybody I meet has a tequila story. C’mon, toughen up a little!

    Yeah, you can have a glass of wine, but then you’re banned from the pool table.

  14. I’d like some of that ‘Vomit Punch’, please!

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