Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement of her resignation cannot be read in terms of the conventional wisdom of politics - i.e. that she's getting out ahead of some damaging political revelation she knows is right around the corner, or that she's finally fed up with the constant personal attacks on her and her family, or even that she's running for president in 2012 and wants to be free of the constraints of office.
A close reading of her actual words in her announcement reveals otherwise. The key fact about Palin is that she is not a conventional politician. She actually means what she says, which is why her statement must be read in light of that fact, not with the assumption that she must have unstated motives. Her complete statement was posted on her official web site and it bears serious study.
Tapscott provides update insights from Red State, Erick Erickson:
"I’ve had this running thought all day, perhaps because I was watching it on TV in HD for the first time, that this is kind of like Ben Kenobi letting Darth Vader strike him down. Palin is not going to run in 2012, but by doing this she can now become Barack Obama’s worst nightmare, and help rebuild the opposition to Obama. How? Because were she to remain a 2012 contender, she’d keep having stories by anonymous McCain campaign staffers and other 2012 contenders going after her and her family. Take that ambition off the table and it neutralizes a lot of that. So she can focus on candidates and ideas without an ulterior motive focused on 2012."
And Commentary magazine's Yuval Levin:
"The reaction to Palin revealed a deep and intense cultural paranoia on the Left: an inclination to see retrograde reaction around every corner, and to respond to it with vile anger. A confident, happy, and politically effective woman who was also a social conservative was evidently too much to bear. The response of liberal feminists was in this respect particularly telling, and especially unpleasant."
We have many strong Smart Girls in Politics worth listening to including Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Tammy Bruce, Michelle Bachmann, etc. Sarah Palin inspired me to be more vocal about my patriotism and my conservative politics. Sarah Palin would make an excellent common sense president who would understand the working class and America's most important issues. All three essays deserve your attention which can be read on Mark Tapscott's editorial.
Hat tip to Freedomist!