Preparing for 2012 presidential run?
I don’t suppose this is surprising, ultimately. Most people figured that the Republicans would want that Sarah Palin moxie on the presidential ticket again (if nothing else), and her move today to resign from the governorship of Alaska may just be the sign that she’s going through with it.
Now, does the fact that Sarah Palin resigns mean that she’ll be in the running for president, or is something else going on here? Has she chosen family over politics, have scandals caught up to her, or what? If she needs money, are there not secured loans and instant payday loans?
Love will build a bridge to nowhere
Philip Rucker and Eli Saslow report for the Washington Post that Palin will resign effective July 26 and return to private life. This is in the middle of her term first term as Alaska’s governor. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will succeed Palin.
“We know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities,” said Palin during a news conference in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. “I know when it’s time to pass the ball for victory.”
The kids told her it was time.
Palin, 45, has made a decision that has allegedly shocked Republican strategists. Her term as governor of Alaska would have ended in 2010, so why didn’t she serve the rest of her term? Sure, she asked her kids if she should do it and they said yes, but is that surprising? They want a mother, not a political figure that plays their mother on occasion.
John McCain confidant John Weaver had this to say: “We’ve seen a lot of nutty behavior from governors and Republican leaders in the last three months, but this one is at the top of that.”
Let’s explain the bizarre photo you see here, Palinites
That’s no normal photo of Sarah Palin holding her son Trig there. Clearly, there’s some Photoshop in play. But it requires some setup…
During her news conference today, Palin uttered these exact words about her little boy, who happens to have Down Syndrome:
“I know he needs me, but I need him even more.”
The non-cynic in me wants to believe that what she meant is that he helps ground her. Perhaps so, but considering how popular an opinion it has been lately that Sarah Palin is using her children to stay in the news – remember the David Letterman stuff? – it strikes me as opportunistic for her to say this. What, he’s the one child who hasn’t been in the spotlight lately, so she figures he’s fair game?
From the perspective of a parent, which I am, her statement rings false. Children need their parents, and it is a parent’s job to be in that position. There should be no co-dependency involved, lest the child be emotionally scarred. Admittedly, life for Trig Palin will be different than an average child (even his sisters), considering his Down Syndrome, but please… Sarah Palin… for the love of Pete, get out of politics. Be an activist if you want to help people. But put your family first. If you run for the presidency, you will inflict wounds that will not heal, considering the road you’ve taken so far.
Whose is the face superimposed on Trig?
OK, here’s something else that’s ugly, but it isn’t Sarah Palin’s fault (mostly). According to an article in the Canada Free Press, the Gateway Pundit posted the doctored picture. The Free Press author took umbrage at the fact that pro-choice Democrats, angry at Palin’s pro-life stance (“Pro-life” is a misnomer, folks, but I’ll let you argue about that until I weigh in another day), have foisted such a photo, depicting the face of pro-life radio talk show host Eddie Burke on baby Trig’s body. What’s truly disgusting is a comment made by “Tom W.” about the photo on the Gateway Pundit blog:
He (Eddie Burke) once called pro-choice women “baby killing maggots,” so his face was put on Trig’s body because – as a leftist told me – it’s the face of one person who should’ve been aborted put on the body of another person who should’ve been aborted.
OK, I see that I can’t avoid the abortion argument entirely here. First, it’s completely out of bounds to involve Trig in a political discussion. If Palin responds to it the way she did to David Letterman, she’ll only be feeding the fire. Perhaps I can see now why she’s resigning… I wouldn’t wish this kind of treatment on my own children. I would lay down my life for them, and if Sarah Palin feels the same, she’ll stay away from this brand of garbage.
Abortion, abortion, abortion
In a nutshell, here’s my stance. Nobody should have the right to enforce whether Eddie Burke, Trig Palin or anyone else should be aborted. I do believe in choice; I do not believe that religion is a moral authority. I also believe that Tom W. is a sorry excuse for a human being, because there’s no humanity in his statement.
Here’s my disclaimer: these opinions are my own, and not those of any company or other entity.
So to sum up, Sarah Palin resigns because her kids say so. That’s all we know at this writing for sure. Trig Palin and the rest of the Palin children should have a chance at a happy life, and anyone who equates religious doctrine with the laws of the United States of America should never be president here. They should be allowed to take out secured loans and instant payday loans, however.
Now, I understand there’s an opening in Honduras…