Sarah Palin stepping down to run for President? – UPDATED
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At an 11:00 a.m. press conference today, Governor Sarah Palin announced that she would not seek a second term as governor. The governor continued saying in a few weeks she would resign the governorship.
On a day that most public employees have off, Palin sent out an early morning press release indicating that she would be giving an announcement from her home in Wasilla. Joining Palin were her parents, family and state commissioners.
Palin did not field questions and would not give any indications as to her future plans.
Palin announced that she will transfer power to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Parnell will be sworn in during the upcoming governor’s picnic.
WooHoo. Here we go!
I’ll leave all the gossip-level discussion to folks who get off on that kind of politics. I think she’s getting ready for the next stage in her self-defined political career. That means Senator or straight after the presidency.
The former makes the most sense – but, sense ain’t Palin’s strong suit. She may fear her meteoric rise in Republican consciousness may dissipate as quickly. I don’t agree – but, none of the neocons in charge are going to ask me – or a traditional American conservative.
UPDATE: I’ve had the chance to listen in on some informed comment. The two I’d offer are  Ed Rollins, long-time Republican ideologue – who is just plain pissed. He’s lost whatever respect he ever had for Palin – finding her unwilling and incapable of finishing out one whole term as governor…and  Andrea Mitchell, who is a smart enough reporter to sit on inside information about this without leaking any of it. She said she’s been waiting for this for a couple weeks – and that Palin let her closest friends know she was already tired of elective politics.
Sounds like she wants to be a party “leader” without having to submit to the checks and balances of an election.