Tuesday, July 7, 2009

She went to Wasilla

Friday the Governor announced she was not running for re-election, and also resigned. Remaining a lame-duck, Governor Palin declared, is a selfish act, akin to going with the flow -- and only dead fish go with the flow.

What her reasoning is, and what her plans are, baffle people, though Keith Olberman is happy as a pig in slop delineating the self-destruction of one of his favourite punching bags. I think anyone underestimates Sarah Palin at their own peril.

Yes, she's a ditz, barely articulate, inconsistent, shallow, and a host of other bad things, yet she is also a heroic figure to the extreme right, she's attractive, she plays the aw-shucks you-betcha role to perfection, and has a promising future.

Yes, she's continuing the absurd line that socialism is creeping into America, that government needs to be shrunk, that the US is an extraordinary nation, and that the media distorts news, controls the discourse, and is biased against her.

All of those contentions are inaccurate, wrong and deliberately misleading. Yet they work. Her believers believe her, and become more ardent the more the media and the left ridicule her.

Palin Says She's a Fighter, Not a Quitter Palin, in TV interviews, said she recognizes she might not have political staying power after her resignation and that "all options are on the table" for her future.

Palin: If I die politically, so be it Boston Globe -Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has gone fishing -- literally -- since her shocking announcement that she is resigning. But the polarizing Palin resurfaced today on the morning news shows, wearing her waders but not taking the bait to make her political ... Sarah Palin Talks to ABC News About Why She Resigned

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