This story must have broke when I was crossing the Bay Bridge (after being stuck in traffic to get through toll plaza for nearly and hour) driving across the Golden State en route to spending the holiday weekend with my youngest nephew. My initial thought is that this all but rules her out as a serious contender for 2012. She needed to run for reelection and win convincingly, then serve out her second term, so she could compile keep compiling a stronger record of executive accomplishment.
I remain a fan of the good Governor, but don’t think this is a wise move. Perhaps, my mind will change as I learn more about her motives, but for now, I will just say I am very disappointed with a woman I admire and respect.
ADDENDUM: As I read the AP article, I note its anti-Republican slant, talking about this coming “after several recent blows to the Republican party.” Wonder if AP reports on the latest Democratic scandal to emerge as coming after several recent blows to the Democratic Party–if it even reports such scandals.
UPDATE: Via Michelle, some speculation on the toll the personal attacks have taken:
Chuck Heath, Palin’s brother, on FNC talking about incessant attacks. Very emotional. “It’s weighed on her a long time.” Couldn’t effectively govern when having to defend herself against attacks.
Kind of makes sense, given the nuisance ethics cases childish leftists were filing in an attempt to damage this good woman.
It would be interesting to study the nastiness of the Palin-haters and see if any prior candidate for national office has been subject to as much vitriol as she–after her defeat. The juvenilia of her adversaries is a fascinating cultural phenomenon.
UP-UPDATE: I apologize for the haphazard nature of this post. I had some ideas for posts while driving across the Golden State including one sign which I had to stop to photograph and thanks to traffic outside the toll booth, arrived during my nephew’s nap, so am sort of just posting thoughts as I scan the blogs.
While I wondered above whether any unsuccessful candidate for national office had been subject to as much venom as she, Glenn contends that she has been “been subjected — along with her family — to more abuse than any other non-national-officeholder I can think of.”
UP-UP-UPDATE: The Anchoress says she predicted this:
Either she or someone in her family is ill, and she wants to keep it private and not subject it to the vulgarity of the Palin-hating beasts in the press, who savaged her last year, or…she and Todd are on the rocks, and she doesn’t want to subject her children and her marriage to the same vulgarity.
She has lots of links, so is a great source.
ONE LAST UPDATE: If she did resign because of the nasty attacks not just on her, but also on her children, Jim Geraghty (via the Anchoress above) fears it sets a terrible precedent:
It’s one thing to step into the public spotlight and know that people are going to ridicule your intelligence, your appearance, your judgment, your voice and accent, etc. But it’s another to know that your loved ones will get that scrutiny, too, and in particular your children. Kids don’t pick their parents. I wrote about this here.
That spurred this terrifying thought: The lesson that the ruthless corners of the political world will take from the rise, fall, and departure of Sarah Palin that if you attack a politician’s children nastily enough and relentlessly enough, you can get anybody to quit.
If this is the case, then her resignation will surely spur those from the fever swamps of the left who delight in leveling mean-spirited attacks on their political adversaries and demonizing religions they don’t like.
In states far from the national spotlight, politics still attracts normal people. You’re a mayor or a state senator or even the governor, but you lead a normal life. The local media are tough on you, but they know you, they live where you live, they’re tough on the real you, not on some caricature cooked up by a malign alliance of late-night comics who’d never heard of you a week earlier and media grandees supposedly on your own side who pronounce you a “cancer”.
Then suddenly you get the call from Washington. You know it’ll mean Secret Service, and speechwriters, and minders vetting your wardrobe. But nobody said it would mean a mainstream network comedy host doing statutory rape gags about your 14-year old daughter. You’ve got a special-needs kid and a son in Iraq and a daughter who’s given you your first grandchild in less than ideal circumstances. That would be enough for most of us. But the special-needs kid and the daughter and most everyone else you love are a national joke, and the PC enforcers are entirely cool with it.
Read the whole thing. He, sums it up better than anyone else I’ve read on this topic–as is often the case.