Sarah Palin is resigning as Governor of Alaska.
I think the speculation that she is doing so because she’s running for President in 2012 — and that she needs more prep time than keeping a full-time job in Juneau would allow her — is accurate. It’s fair to question the wisdom of this move, because she hasn’t even served a full term as Governor of Alaska. Whoever is advising her to do this is doing her no favors. Resigning before finishing a full term damages her viability as a candidate, even if she uses all that extra time to study for future interviews on foreign / domestic policy. It’s possible to continue to build a political organization that could support a presidential bid while keeping your day job, but it must have been too difficult for Governor Palin to do both. I can understand how the residents of Alaska might question Palin’s focus on the job she currently has, so in that respect Palin’s decision makes sense. Her attention has been divided between Alaska and DC, and it’s probably time for her to choose which world she wants. I’m just not sure this is the right time to quit her day job.
BTW, I like Sarah Palin. I just don’t see her as someone who could be President. Maybe I’m underestimating her, like everyone else. We shall see what happens in the next few years.
She doesn’t want it. Maybe someone smarter than me can explain to me why pay raises have any relationship to fiscal conservatism, or the lack of same. If that’s the standard, there are no fiscal conservatives, at least in politics. Not many politicians say no to pay raises. In addition to that, there’s also a difference between spending public (taxpayer) money and donor money. This does not matter to Sarah Palin’s detractors.
Fiscal conservatism, in terms of its relationship to government, should be defined as the way public money is spent and allocated. It doesn’t have anything to do with Sarah Palin’s personal spending, or her accepting pay raises as governor, or even allowing the RNC to spend $150,000 on a VP wardrobe. (Although I don’t think the RNC itself has any credibility as fiscally conservative because of the actions of its membership in Congress…)
The election is over. Leave Governor Palin alone. There’s no guarantee she’s going to try again, or any guarantee that she will do enough in 4-8 years to become a credible candidate for President. Let’s see what happens, and who else may emerge from the Republican chaos of 2008 to become a contender.
You know that story about Sarah Palin not knowing that Africa is a continent? Total fabrication. Even the New York Times admits it. Credit the New York Times for finally reporting the correct story, but the damage has already been done. The truth doesn’t matter when the media has a reputation to destroy, and they have done their worst to Sarah Palin. While my fellow conservatives have sometimes overemphasized the liberal slant of news coverage, during this election the media did choose sides, and their side won. Can’t these guys enjoy the victory for awhile and attempt this “post-partisan” love-in we were all promised by President-elect Obama? The election is over. Let’s move on from the Sarah Palin wars and talk about this great new President-elect, ok?
As always…it’s too much to ask of them.
The time has already come for assessing blame and naming those at fault for the McCain loss. It didn’t take long for anonymous McCain staffers to trash Sarah Palin (without having the guts to put their names on the allegations). That takes real courage, doesn’t it? The debate isn’t over Sarah Palin’s qualifications or knowledge of foreign affairs. That one’s been lost, because even though most of us like her, we know her limitations as a VP candidate. This is about these anonymous McCain people blaming her for their failures.
I want to know who these people are and how much influence they had in whatever vetting process took place before Palin’s selection. If they were involved in her selection, believing that she wasn’t ready for the job, and yet telling McCain to pick her anyway, that’s political malpractice. It could just be that McCain ignored those people to pick Sarah, and they don’t want to be blamed for what many people see as a bad choice by McCain. Whatever scenario you want to believe, it doesn’t reflect the McCain campaign in a positive light.
One mistake that was made in the Palin selection was that the McCain campaign had to spend valuable campaign time defending Sarah’s record and qualifications — time that could have been spent defining McCain’s own message. The goal was to make the case for himself and explain why Barack Obama would be a risky choice for America. Even with the pick of Governor Palin, and the diversion it may have caused in the campaign, there were clear opportunities for John McCain to make that case, and he wasn’t able to do it. That’s not Sarah Palin’s fault.
It was going to be an uphill battle against Barack Obama, even if Republicans had a candidate a majority of us could support. The results shouldn’t surprise anybody, taking into account the current President’s unpopularity and the damaged Republican brand over the past 8 years. But it would have been a worse loss without Governor Palin on the ticket. She energized the base and got McCain more Republican votes than he would have gotten with any other pick. She deserves credit for that, and most of the blame for a mismanaged McCain effort should go to his campaign team, not to her.
If you’re wondering why more conservative Republican women aren’t volunteering to run for higher office, or even for state races, witness the attempted destruction of Sarah Palin. How many other women could handle such abuse with the grace and class that Sarah has shown throughout this process? There are fair criticisms of her resume, just as there are legitimate concerns about some of the items on Barack Obama’s resume — like the time spent as a community organizer — but no public figure deserves the treatment she has received, even by some columnists most would consider conservative-friendly.
That leads me to National Review columnist Kathleen Parker. She had previously written a rather unflattering piece on National Review Online about Palin questioning McCain’s judgment in picking her, and she received a lot of negative feedback for writing that column, including a few death threats. I don’t believe in censoring opinions I disagree with, and I certainly condemn those loons who actually threatened Parker’s life. There’s no excuse for such a violent reaction. In addition to that, I think Parker raises a valid concern about Palin’s readiness for the national stage in that first article (written before the VP debate). I’m sympathetic to that original argument.
What I don’t understand is the motivation behind her current article suggesting that McCain picked Sarah Palin because he had some kind of crush on her. What would possess her to write something like that? I have no idea. I guess being a member of the conservative pundit class allows you to get stupid stuff like this published in National Review. If McCain loses, all Republicans will be looking for someone to blame for it, and I get the frustration many of us feel because McCain and his campaign staff have missed many great opportunities to make the case for him and against Obama. It would be easy and convenient for us to blame the Palin choice as the reason for a McCain loss. It’s not the reason, and we should find another scapegoat…someone who looks an awful lot like John McCain.
Conservatives warned that John McCain was a very flawed candidate, but the party leadership, in keeping with current tradition, was more interested in the opinions of those indies and moderates than it was with our opinions. We have what we have. As for me, I will join fellow conservatives and other Republicans on November 4th and vote for John McCain. Abandoning him now ensures the election of Barack Obama, and I refuse to have that on my conscience. There are also local and state Republicans who have races to win on November 4th. Sitting this election out is not an option. It’s crunch time. We can still fight on until Election Day and see what happens. We are assured of a loss if we give up. I’m not giving up until we count the votes. Who’s with me?
If only Fred Thompson had decided to make a serious effort to run for President at the beginning, we might not be stuck with McCain now. So thanks Fred.
Now that Fred has zero chance of being President himself, he tries his best to inspire the people for McCain and to make the argument McCain has thus far failed to make against Barack Obama.
Here’s a part of it:
Obama and the Democrats believe that Americans in a time of crisis will be willing to sacrifice their freedoms, abandon their founding principles and common sense and ease into the mediocrity of the warm embrace of the Washington papa bear who will take care of all of our problems for us.
These are not the ideals of the America that drew brave men and women from all over the world to our shores. In most cases, they were fleeing nations with the heavy hand of government, intolerance and class warfare. They risked everything to experience our Founding Fathers notion of a limited government with powers that were delineated, checked and balanced, in a land where they could live and prosper in a free, dynamic, upwardly mobile society the kind that existed no where else in the world. But Obama and his liberal friends dont see things that way.
The liberal agenda is based upon the belief that there are elites among us who know more and know better than the rest of us. And that with the application of their intellect and power
and our money
they can impose regulations and establish programs, bureaus and agencies that will solve all the problems of the masses.
Senator Obama and his supporters essentially see society not as dynamic and changing or full of opportunity. They see one that is divided by economic classes into which every one of us is permanently assigned. In their worldview, those in a lesser economic class are presumably resentful and envious. So its the governments job to level things out
or as Senator Obama would say spread the wealth around. Its about dividing the pie among static classes, not trying to make the pie bigger for everyone or creating opportunity in an upwardly mobile society.
This is the reason why they do not understand Joe the Plumber. Because he doesnt have a higher income today they assume that he never will and that he believes he never will. They expect him to resent anyone whose doing better than he is, instead of planning to do better himself. They dont understand the Joes of the world. Never have. Never will.
Read more here.
For all his flaws, Fred Thompson is something John McCain will never be to conservatives — a true believer. He’s able to make the conservative case and the argument against Barack Obama because at his core he buys into the philosophy. Of course there were a few areas where Fred agreed with McCain (campaign finance reform is one example), but on most of the important stuff, Fred was solidly conservative. The same is true of Sarah Palin. I hope that this temporary alliance with McCain won’t make her more moderate. The Republican party doesn’t have a deep bench full of conservative women who, with a little more experience and knowledge of national and foreign affairs, could be great leaders for the Republican party. Our party needs her, but as a true maverick, not the McCain version of the term.
The McCain campaign has to be pleased with the way Sarah Palin performed in the debate Thursday night. She went toe-to-toe with a Senate lifer. She was able to recover from those unflattering interviews, and she was also able to get a couple good shots in at Joe Biden in the process. She did benefit from low expectations, and I take that into account when evaluating the results, but she easily cleared that bar. Those who loved Sarah before the debate were validated, and those who thought she wasn’t the best choice for a VP have some ammo to make that case after watching the debate.
Sarah was great in that she spoke directly to the American people. She can connect with her audience in a way that Obama cannot. On style, Sarah easily wins this debate. But when Americans evaluate the two candidates as potential vice presidents, Biden makes the sale. Senator Biden is wrong on a great many things, but as a skilled debater, he was able to fool people into believing that he understands foreign policy and the Constitutional role of the Vice President. He gave specific policy positions on issues, and the average viewer won’t bother to check to see whether he accurately represents McCain’s positions or his (Biden’s) own. Governor Palin’s lack of specifics on policy issues hurt her case, but as she said, she has only been prepping on this for 5 weeks, so no one should have expected that she could cram 20-30 years of knowledge into her head in that short time.
Governor Palin did not change any minds by her performance Thursday night. Those who came in voting McCain will still vote for him, and those supporting Obama will still vote for Obama. There is more work to do for McCain. This election isn’t lost yet, and McCain must have a better response to the country’s economic concerns and must learn how to sell his healthcare plan. The economy is the key issue, and there must be separation from the Bush administration if McCain really wants to win this election. Sometimes we just don’t get that impression.
Apparently Gwen Ifill’s writing a very complimentary book about our Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama. No bias here. Move along citizen. Why in the world didn’t the McCain campaign know about this? Are they all fast asleep over there? With all the credit we can give that campaign for some of those clever web ads, the McCain team hasn’t been earning their paychecks in the last 2 weeks. There are many things we can point to as far as mistakes they have made so far — the rollout of Sarah Palin, the fumbling around on the economy, the failure (until recently) to attack Barack on the issues that matter in this election — to name a few. But even if they failed to “vet” Ifill and whether she could possibly be objective moderating this debate, McCain is handling this correctly.
Making a big deal about this only hurts McCain. They can’t pull Sarah from this debate, no matter what legitimate concerns they may have (internally) about this. There are no unbiased moderators left in this country, so that’s not an reasonable option. Sarah Palin needs to show up, tweak the media and the Democrats, promote her candidate, and survive the gentle pokes by Joe Biden. She can do this. If it goes badly for her, the campaign will continue to push the extensive media bias theme, and it only advances their point on that. Of course, if Palin does not do well here, McCain has bigger problems than a biased media.
There are two main issues that Christian conservatives consider important enough to threaten withholding votes from any politician who doesn’t perfectly toe the line — abortion and same-sex marriage. When evangelicals and others hold the line on principle and refuse to endorse a candidate who doesn’t agree with them on these issues, they are called single-issue voters and derided for standing on those principles. These issues are important to me as well, but sometimes we don’t think about the consequences of withholding support from perfectly good and qualified candidates who might be a better bet to win an election. Every one of our divided conservative groups picked a different horse, and McCain got his independents and moderates — at least in the primary. That’s how we ended up with a candidate in McCain that we are still unhappy with, despite the Palin bounce.
I agree with those who say that we should stop trying to make the experience argument for Sarah Palin, even though it doesn’t seem to bother the Obama sheep that their man hasn’t closed the deal with the American people in that category. Her appeal is a broad appeal that has very little to do with her knowledge of foreign policy or her deep conversations with world leaders. It’s all about her personal story — moose hunting, fishing, the NRA membership, her Down’s Syndrome son. She’s a very sympathetic figure, and she is a happy warrior, zinging Obama and the Democrats with a smile on her face. (She does need some more variations in her scripted lines, but other than that, I have no complaints.)
While she has requested and received some earmarks, it is evident that she has made some significant changes in the way Alaska does business. She deserves credit for that. With an sky-high approval rating in Alaska, she must have done something right in her short tenure there. I still think that Palin can learn what she does not know, but unless the Democrats know something we don’t know about McCain’s mortality– McCain will be President on day one, not his VP. Why are the Democrats even worried about Palin’s readiness anyway? All they have to do is make sure Barack overcomes his struggles and wins the election. Not that difficult, right? 🙂
Then the 80% wrong Joe Biden can run his foreign policy. Yikes. This can’t be what the Democrats really want.
Stop treating Sarah as a victim. Stop being so politically correct. Let this “pig” remark die a natural death. Guess it’s too late for that now.
Take every opportunity to compare Governor Palin’s fiscal record with that of Senator Biden. She has the advantage there. There may be some doubt as far as when she started to oppose the bridge to nowhere, but she did oppose it. Both Barack and Joe supported it from the beginning.