According to MSNBC, Sarah Palin will not finish her first term as the Alaska Governor. No news yet as to why.
Lt Gov Sean Parnell will be the new Governor.
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UPDATE: I just watched Palin’s speech on the teevee machine. Wow. I wonder if she’s trying to give Mark Sanford a run for his money on rambling speeches.
Palin talked about not wanting to be a “lame duck” governor, because it would cost the state lots of money and waste time, and she was going to be effecting change in some other arena. She said she loves her job, but she feels resigning is the best thing to do for the state (she’s probably more right than she knows). She made a totally lame basketball analogy, and talked about the sacrifice of the troops in Kosovo. She said people were mean to her baby, Trig, and that she asked her kids if she should resign. WTF?
Basically, this was just a long, rambling, ridiculous, and illogical resignation speech. If she has hopes of a presidential run in 2012, she’s just shot them down today. If she’s hope ing to run for the AK senate seat in 2010, she’s just shot herself in the foot. Politically, none of this makes sense.
Something else is going on, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. Hopefully, if it involves any of her children, she has the grace to keep it out of the limelight.
Conclusions? Well, without further information, I’d have to say that the Governor of Alaska just wasn’t having fun anymore — so she quit her job.
Stay classy, Palin!
UPDATE: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports:
“Talking to people who are very close to Sarah Palin, I have been told that she has told her supporters that she is out of politics, period. She is fed up with politics. She doesn’t like her life. She feels like she has to raise her family. She’s sick of the commute from Wasilla to the capital and she really does not want to run for higher office. This is not the case where she is stepping down in order to figure the way for a presidential run. In fact, she has told some of her biggest backers in the national Republican Party that they are free to choose other candidates for 2012.” (Source, Think Progress)
No, that’s not it. Whatever it is, IT’S BIG.
UPDATE: Here’s the YouTube of Palin’s speech. If your ears start to bleed, please stop the video and seek medical attention.
UPDATE: From The Brad Blog…
[Shannyn Moore] says Palin is “resigning as part of damage control” due to a scandal this is “not of a family nature.”
“The governor would not be able to continue her job when it comes out,” she told me on the phone just now, before adding: “Why would Mark Sanford not resign, but Sarah Palin did? Her family didn’t even know about the resignation until they were standing with her by the lake” when she made her announcement.