Sarah Palin has quit the job Alaskans hired her to do with eighteen months left in a four year term. She says she's explained why, but for something that's been 'splained, there sure are a lot of people who are still confused. As a teacher, I know that's not a good sign.
Quitting in the middle of something is a very bad strategy. Joe Scarborough did it, quit being a congressman in the middle of his term, and when he said he needed to spend more time with his family, it was the honest to God truth. He is now an official jackal of the press, but future elected office is out of the question. When Ross Perot quit his presidential run in 1992 and then started back up again, he became a joke and the possibility of third party politics in the U.S. went back to being a joke. John McCain made a lot of mistakes in the 2008 campaign, but the "suspension" of the campaign was one of the worst. He looked weak and indecisive and unable to multitask.
This video is taken from a forum on women in politics from March 2008, when less than one person in a thousand in the Lower 48 could tell you who the governor of Alaska was. Sarah takes a shot at Hillary for her "perceived whine". I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but let me say that Hillary is hard and Sarah is soft. Hillary has spent a long time in the grinder that is national politics and she can take it. Sarah has been in that same situation for less than a year, and she is already crying " ¡No mas!", though not actually in Spanish, since she's doesn't have the brainpower to be bilingual.
In her very weird resignation speech yesterday, she used a sports analogy of a point guard passing the ball, but still with her eye on victory for the team. Fair enough. Here's a different sports analogy. Sometimes you have a really good college quarterback who does dreadfully badly in the pros, or some phenom in Triple A ball who is a complete washout when he makes it to The Big Show.
Sarah should have some new found respect for Hillary, but I think she's too much of a narcissist to realize that other people have been through what she's been through, and maybe even worse.
Whatever the reason for her doing what she did, you can stick a fork in her. She's done.
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