On Sarah Palin: My First Post On Her Since The Day She Announced She’d Resign

Sarah Palin announced that she wasn’t going to run for governor and intended to resign at the very beginning of my vacation. So, beyond a quick post, Why Is Sarah Palin Resigning As Governor? I Think It’s 1 Of These 4 Reasons…, I haven’t written about Sarah Palin since on RWN.

Given how things played out, that may have turned out to be an advantage because it was such a big story with such a minimal amount of information to work with. Honestly, the whole thing was handled poorly. Because Sarah Palin told everyone she was resigning and didn’t fill in the blanks with planned leaks in the next day or two, it created a bad situation for her.

Her enemies were wildly speculating about why she was resigning, her friends didn’t know the best way to defend her, and because of the nature of the new media and the 24 hour news cycle, many people felt an urge to explain what her resignation meant without having the facts they needed to make a judgment. So, you had people boldly claiming that Sarah Palin could never be President, Sarah Palin was through, yada, yada, yada — it was all horsecrap.

That being said, her resignation did hurt her — at least in the short-term. Some people who were on the fence about her undoubtedly fell off the wrong way, her enemies will use it to claim that she’s erratic and a quitter, and it will generally be something she has to recover from a bit.

On the other hand, a lot of politicians quit their jobs to move on. Barack Obama quit his job as a senator to be President. Hillary Clinton quit her job as a senator to be Secretary of State. Many other politicians have quit their jobs to run for office. What makes Palin’s case a bit unusual is that she quit much earlier than most pols do, but I think it makes sense.

For one thing, Alaska’s ethics laws were being abused to make frivolous complaint after frivolous complaint against her. She was spending an enormous amount of time and money that her family didn’t have to defend herself against silly ethics complaints. She will put that behind her by resigning and I suspect she’ll also get out of the monetary hole her family has been put in with a book.

Additionally, Palin really couldn’t do all that much campaigning and fundraising as the governor of Alaska. Understandably, the citizens of a state get huffy when their governor is gallivanting around the country talking about national issues instead of staying in-state.

However, that can be a big deal for a presidential candidate. Let’s say Palin wants to run in 2012, but she stayed on as Alaska’s governor and didn’t do much campaigning. People like Huckabee, Romney, and Pawlenty would have spent all of 2010 raising money and doing favors for other Republicans. Then, when 2012 rolls around, guess who would get all the endorsements?

The reality is that Sarah Palin can make more money, draw more crowds, and do more to help the Republican Party than anybody else we have on the national scene. If she wants to be President, I’d say she should do exactly that. Look at it like this: if, in 2010, Sarah Palin raises millions and helps get another dozen Republicans elected to Congress, was it worth it for her to resign as governor of Alaska? I certainly think so.

Now again, there are people saying she can’t win in 2012, but the polling data suggests otherwise. Even after her announcement, which was definitely a short-term negative, according to Rasmussen, she was still looking strong,

Rasmussen Reports released the results of a one day telephone survey of Republican voter’s preference for their 2012 candidate. The poll indicated a virtual three way tie with Mitt Romney preferred by 25%, Sarah Palin by 24%, and Mike Huckabee by 22%. The poll also found support for Newt Gingrich with 14%, and found Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty with 1%.

Now, the ball is in Sarah Palin’s court. If she criss-crosses the country making speeches, criticizing Obama, promoting her book, fundraising, campaigning, and builds up her grassroots organization and ties to the new media, she should still be in very good shape for 2012 — if she chooses to run.

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