It has been a week since Sarah Palin announced her intention to resign as Governor of Alaska later this month. As a Palin supporter, while somewhat sympathetic to her situation given the continuing assault from the media and their allies on the left, I am disappointed that this good woman decided not to tough it out and show her courage, her resilience under fire–as she did during last fall’s campaign.
While appreciating the many accomplishments of Sarah Palin (many more than the incumbent US President when he launched his first bid for national office), she was not my choice to be the GOP standard bearer in 2012. I believe she should wait until 2020–after she had completed two terms as Governor — and perhaps had moved out to the Senate, defeating the Last Frontier’s accidental Democratic Senator Mark Begich.
On several occasions, I have compared Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan. Like the Gipper, she has a natural stage presence and energizes conservatives. Unlike her, however, when he made his successful bid for the White House, he had completed two full terms as Govenor of a state — and “served” for sixteen years as the de facto head of the conservativce movement. Not just that, he had spent several years educating himself, studying conservative ideas and economic theory.
Yes, we conservatives all love her energy and appreciate how she, just by her very existence, enrages the heads of left-wingers to “explode,” but that is not enough to make her a successful presidential nominee or Commander-in-Chief. She has the raw talent to lead this great nation, she’s just not there yet. If she had stayed on as Governor, she could have better developed her talents, turning that potential into leadership on a daily basis.
She can still do that in other roles, as did the Gipper before he made his first bid for public office. But, she won’t be ready in 2012, though she will surely be more ready than the man she would succeed should she win that year. And his first six months in office have shown how we don’t want a chief executive who needs on the job training.
Sarah Palin has it within her to be as Ronald Reagan was both to the GOP and to the nation, galvanizing conservatives into an effective political force and restoring the nation’s greatness and economic health. I fear, however, that the choice she made last week takes her one more step away from that goal.
But, elective office is not he only path to leadership. She could yet take on the mantle of the Gipper.
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