Palin Resigns!

Palin resigns her position as Governor of Alaska. Jaw drop. Reactions?

14 thoughts on “Palin Resigns!

  1. I can’t decide if she has decided that her political aims have harmed her family and she is putting family first or if something else has happened. I am sure that there is something we don’t know yet which influenced this decision.

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  2. I have to admit, I find it mostly irresponsible of her to resign if it’s just a personal decision. If you got a job, you do your job! Deciding not to run for re-election is one thing, resigning effective as of an earlier date is another.
    If she judged herself incompetent or saw that there was a pressing and continuing harm for her family, then perhaps I can understand it. But if this is a reaction to the Letterman incident, then I don’t think that’s quite the level of harm I’d judge justifiable. It’s not like a sudden resignation will make that all go away now. (And going back into politics, as a senator, for example, which I’ve heard speculation about, would pretty much null that argument.)
    I wouldn’t be surprised if a scandal pops up later.

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  3. My first thought was lmc’s last. My mum, however, suggested blackmail, in which case the scandal might never pop up. I’m in England rght now and every news report I’ve heard has discussed the possibility of a run in 2012 as if this move does not rule that out. Since I, who am challenged in the field of imagination, spilled out twenty campaign slogans against her based on this immediately (Palin: Quitter; Palin: Can’t govern Alaska, Can’t Govern America; These colours just run and run and run; you get the idea) I assume this kills her chances dead. I’ll find out when I visit my Palinite relatives in Cincinnatti next month, no doubt.

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  4. I wonder quite honestly whether once all the VP campaign fuss calmed down that she realized that her youngest child is going to need a lot of support and she refocused. It seems to me that in the whirlwind political scene and the lack of differences between newborns she might have talked herself into believing that everything was going to be ok (in the sense of ‘normal’) and now it’s not that way.
    That was my thought anyway.

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  5. Shandra,
    Plus her husband may want a more normal life. As I mentioned in another thread, it’s just about impossible for a politician’s spouse to pursue normal employment or business opportunities without running into ethical grey areas (did I get this job or this contract or get put on that corporate board because I’m the best, or because my wife is the governor?).
    It will be clearer in a year or two what’s going on. The easy way out would be to do speaking gigs, maybe some Tea Party organizing and help out other campaigns (2010 is coming right up), but I don’t know where that leads long-term. At the moment, there’s a vacuum in Republican leadership, and I think there really is an opportunity for her to seize control of the party and become the voice of the opposition to Obama’s programs. That would be a very worthy project (I think there’s a crying need for a roll-out of some sort of market-based health plan), but I don’t think that that path leads directly to high elected office. However, if you look at the career of someone like Phyllis Schlafly, it may be that the right person can be hugely influential without holding public office.
    Up until now, Palin’s been wearing at least three hats: mother of a large family, governor of Alaska, and national Republican It Girl. Any one of those would be enough to keep anyone busy, two would be challenging, and trying to do all three at once is insane, especially considering the unusual difficulties of traveling from Alaska to the lower 48.

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  6. “I think there’s a crying need for a roll-out of some sort of market-based health plan”
    I always like to start out my morning with a good laugh. 🙂

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  7. Wendy,
    We have very little market-based medicine in the US (besides laser eye treatment, cosmetic surgery, and my parents who have never been insured and go around shopping every surgery they get until they get offered a fair price). We have mainly other-people’s-money medicine (either government reimbursed or private insurance), which is predictably a mess. Look around and have a look at how dangerous other-people’s-money (whether coming from the taxpayer or a bank) is. It’s actually interesting how carelessly people treat both tax dollars and borrowed money, even though it is real money and it will have to be paid back twice over, thanks to the magic of interest. Our current economic mess is due to the false enchantment of other-people’s-money, the widespread belief that when a mortgage broker offers you a $500,000 zero-down interest-only loan for a rundown house in a marginal neighborhood that somehow you are getting away with something. Similarly with student loans–it’s not treated like real money because it’s borrowed. Only after graduation, trying to pay off $80,000 worth of loans with $40,000 worth of yearly income while trying to eat and live and start a family, do people realize the horrors of their position. What I’m arguing is that normal people treat cash money very differently from money that is perceived as being other people’s money. Not so long ago, it was possible to work your way through college (even private college) and to buy a house for 2X yearly income. It was even possible to pay cash for medical care and do OK (my parents paid $400 total in medical expenses when I was born back in the 70s). It’s time to figure out where we went wrong, to make Americans price-sensitive about medicine, housing, and higher education and to work our way back to pay-as-you-go. This is well underway with housing, I am happy to say.
    Back to medicine. What would a market-based medicine look like? I’m not a policy gnome, but probably some combination of catastrophic health insurance and a tax-free Health Savings Account to cover routine maintenance, with tweaking to allow for special cases like low-income folk.
    We changed insurance companies a couple years back and have also had a lot more ongoing medical expenses lately (various therapy and testing for my oldest). We have started using an HSA and being more informed about our insurance and it’s been interesting to see how differently we deal with these expenses. Instead of just blithely going to a specialist and then being puzzled by the bills later, we understand basically how much money all of this is costing us every month and we are able set aside enough money to pay for it, as well as trying to get the most for our money. (It would certainly help if health providers were more upfront about their charges.) Health is as important as food or shelter or transportation, so average people need to get used to the idea that we need to pay for it.

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  8. I think she wants to make bucks while she’s still an “it girl.” The unreleased figures on the book contract are a sign. Apparently, she doesn’t have to release the figures until a March financial disclosure. Will the resignation mean that the numbers don’t get released at all?
    I think she liked everyone paying attention to her, and the fancy clothes, and the jet set lifestyle, and she’d like to go back to the job she originally trained for (that is, being a personality).
    I suspect she’ll do it, too, but, I expect in the Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, Schlessinger style. I’m guessing that the world does not need another one of those, and that she’ll milk her popularity for lucrative celebrity.
    Prediction: A television talk show on Fox. That’s not a stepping stone for leading the Reps, by the way, so, Doug, unfortunately, I don’t think that she’s going to be the future of our party 🙂

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