Just when we thought the Fourth of July weekend was going to be dominated by continuing coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin stepped in to give us something else to talk about — her sudden and unexpected announcement that she will resign before the end of the month.
You can watch the full speech which was a little on the bizarre side, especially the part about only dead fish going with the flow. She said she’s not wired like a normal politician and doesn’t want to advocate for Alaska in the usual manner and so is starting down this new path for Alaska? Palin compares herself with a point guard in her decision? She sure seemed like an overly caffeinated point guard to me and the people of Alaska have to be asking themselves, “What were we thinking when we elected her governor?”
These are some really concerning ramblings by a woman who came awfully close to being the Vice President of the United States. And after reading the Vanity Fair article about her just today, I have to believe she still has political aspirations — but if so, her actions make absolutely no sense. Maybe in her mind she is carving out a new path to political fame, but it seems like it will be a winding and unlikely path.
Palin says this decision has been in the works for a while, partly because some have mocked her son Trig? Really? I haven’t heard any of that. To be honest, her ramblings made no sense and really made me question what is really going on here. And, if she had become vice president, would she be resigning that office today? Or is there some oddly crafted plan to run for the Senate in 2010 or the White House in 2012? And why would anyone vote for her again if she can’t even last four years in the Governor’s office of a sparsely populated state?
There’s sure to be a lot of speculation and analysis over the coming days and I, along with many others, definitely want to be there to see how this unfolds.
My biggest hope is that the very strange tale of Sarah Palin doesn’t dissuade other mothers of small children from running for office. There’s something to be said for having that perspective in state houses, governor’s offices and in Washington, D.C. I hope the strange path that Sarah Palin seems to be on doesn’t keep other moms away from the political world.
I think there’s more to explore and examine on this story and I am looking forward to writing about it in the coming days!