Palin Wonders Why Sudden Resignation is Such a “Darn Big Deal?”
After Friday’s stunning announcement that in a few weeks she is quitting the governorship, 18 months before her first term is up, Sarah Palin has gone fishin’. Kate Snow from ABC News has caught up with her near Dillingham, where Palin told her that she didn’t understand why the sudden resignation of a first term sitting governor who is rumored to be a contender for her party’s presidential nominee in the next election cycle is “such a darn big deal.” Really.
You can see the video clip from ABC News HERE.
Palin: Conditions have really changed in Alaska in the political arena since Aug. 29, since I was tapped to run for VP. When that opposition research just — those researchers bombarded Alaska — started digging for dirt and have not let up. They’re not gonna find any dirt,” she said. “We keep proving that every time we win an ethics violation or a lawsuit, and we won every one of them. But it has been costing our state millions of dollars. It’s cost Todd and me. You know the adversaries would love to see us put on the path of personal bankruptcy so that we can’t afford to run.”
I’m assuming by “opposition researchers” she means “journalists.” The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and scads of other media outlets, like most of the country on August 29th said, “Sarah Who?” And go figure, they came to Alaska to find out.
Snow: Why not just stick with it?
Palin: Because that’s politics as usual.
Snow: A lot of governors face hardships.
Palin: They do! You don’t just embrace the status quo going, “You know, I’m gonna just muster through a lame duck session. Sure we won’t get anything done but…” kinda milk it is what most politicians do I guarantee you. I don’t need a title to be the one to usher in what needs to be done in our state and in our country.
Snow: Are you running for president in 2012?
Palin: Don’t know what the future holds. I’m not going to shut any door that … who knows what doors open. Can’t predict what the next fish run’s going to look like down on the Nushagak, so I certainly can’t predict what’s going to happen in a couple years.
Snow: Are you happy?
Palin: I’m extremely happy! I know that I know that I know this is the right thing for Alaska.
Snow: Is it possible, governor, that this could be the end of your political career?
Palin: I said before, I stood in front of the mic the other day “You know, politically speaking, if I die, I die. So be it.”
That last quote came from an event here in Anchorage in which she introduced Michael Reagan at a speaking engagement. Here is that quote in context from June 4.
Let me ask you why is it considering how fast the world is spinning and world changing events that go on all over the globe that do affect our lives, world changing events, thousands of them every day, why do you suppose that it’s the same big three supposedly competing networks that have the same news content every night and virtually the same exact viewpoint being spewed night after night after night. We’ve gotta ask those questions. So I join you in speaking up and asking the questions and taking action, and here at home in my beloved Alaska I just say, politically speaking, if I die, I die.
Ironic that ABC News, one of those “supposedly competing” networks that “spew” the same viewpoint night after night, according to Palin, is the one she invited to come pick fish with her.
Does the reference to the “If I die, I die” quote that happened more than a month ago mean we can assume that Palin began thinking about throwing in the towel prior to June 4? If so, it raises new questions about why the hastily called press conference with less than 2 hours notice minutes before 5:00pm on the east coast on the Friday of a holiday weekend when Todd had to pack up and fly in from Dillingham 300 miles away? Why not 2 weeks ago? Why not 2 weeks from now? Why not the safest decision; 18 months from now?
There aren’t many people who buy the rationale that Palin doesn’t want to be a lame duck, when she’s a lame duck of her own making. “I have decided to become a lame duck, and as a lame duck I would succumb to the temptations of not doing a good job, therefore I am stepping down.”
As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the “department of law” would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.
“I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” she said.
There is no “Department of Law” at the White House.
Another ‘palms on face’ moment for the state of Alaska. Government. It’s just so darned complicated sometimes.