Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Palin The Mom (and maverick)

My gut is telling me that Governor Palin's resignation today was an effort to focus on her most important job: mom.

Her announcement today made my head spin. While I hadn't pegged her as the front runner for a 2012 nomination, I had thought she would emerge again on the national scene. Her decision to leave with more than a year left in her first term as governor makes her look like a quitter and definitely not a presidential candidate. It seems like an unusual path for someone who shot to political stardom in just the past year and who seemed to have a lot of ambition.

As I thought about it more this afternoon, I realized that one of the things I really like about Palin is that she has never been a conventional politician. She didn't attend an ivy league school and she doesn't have a law degree. Her husband is a fisherman and oil field operator. She doesn't come from a lineage of politicians, tobacco farmers or business owners. She has five children.

All of these nuances make her appealing to average joe Americans. The elite left (namely the media, comedians, and Hollywood) hate her because she is ordinary and yet she runs with the best of them. To Tina Fey, Keith Olbermann and Joy Behar her views are backwards, yet her platform is actually in line with most Americans. She is a real threat to the socialist machine pushing universal health care and over-regulating the private sector.
Palin was mocked out of the starting gate for her folksiness. Later, she was conversely reported to be a diva. The magnitude of her potential as a GOP leader had liberals falling over themselves to find something wrong with her. I do believe that being a contender Vice President makes you subject to such scrutinizing. But, as David Letterman had to be reminded, children are off limits.
Palin has been the most ridiculed public figure in recent history. Her family probably needs attention, but definitely not in the way they have received recently. Besides her family, Palin's next priority is Alaska and as she stated today, she is not doing the people of her state any favors by remaining in office where most of her attention (and money) is wasted on fighting ridiculous ethics complaints.
I'm not writing Sarah Palin off just yet. At the end of the day, I respect her more for keeping her priorities in order and acting as such.


  1. There is news breaking now that a big scandal is brewing. I knew this whole "concentrating on being a mom," and looking forward to the 2012 campaign nonsense was a farce when she made the announcement.

    Were the so-called "media-elites" unfair to her? Perhaps a little, but the reason they seized on her in the first place was because she was so grossly unqualified for the office she sought, and running with a 72-year-old cancer survivor made that all the more scary. McCain made a huge mistake in nominating her, and an even bigger mistake in not properly vetting her beforehand.

    Sarah Palin is not the politician you want her to be. She's not the person who will revive a foundering Republican party. She's socially conservative when it's convenient, she claims to be a reformer and yet is just another cog in the corrupt Alaskan political machine.

    I wish the Republican party would come back to the moderate values that made me proud to be a member, but the unflagging support of Sarah Palin in the face of overwhelming evidence of her lack of knowledge and experience not to mention the scandal after scandal that seems to follow her everywhere seems to be nothing but the desperate flailings of a party in crisis.

  2. Sarah Palin is exactly who I want her to be. She's not a career politician. You say that makes her unqualified but I disagree. Remember our elected officials work for us.

    As far as a supposed scandal, time will tell. In the meantime, most reasonable people would understand her need to put her family first, especially in light of the criticism and downright cruelty she and her family have endured. Not to mention the money that she has put into defending herself in trivial legal issues. The Palins are not very wealthy, but why should she put her family through all this torture when she can have a much more lucrative career outside politics, and also have more time with her family.

  3. Looks like Keys to the Bus has jumped the gun. A big scandal brewing is more of the typical liberal nonsense. The spokesperson for the FBI was very specific when he said they are not investigating her. Not likely any of the liberals, or republicans, who have taken great joy in attacking her would ever take what she has to say at face value. But for some people, family is more important than politics.

  4. It is really unfair that the left was allowed to hound this woman out of her job. Criminal.

    I got your link up on Blogger's Club now. :-)