Palin Pulls Plug on Prexy Push…

I’m sure the Daily News and the Post will come up with better headlines, but the “below-the-fold” news this evening is that Mrs. Palin has apparently shut the door on a presidential bid in 2012.


Ever since her walk-away from her tiresome duties as Alaska’s governor, I’ve always thought that Mrs. Palin is too clever by half to fall into a situation where she might be held accountable for her words and where she might have to use something other than Twitter and Sean Hannity to communicate with.  She’s also done the math – a campaign would mean millions in lost opportunity costs and for what?  A job with an annual salary that probably doesn’t cover her yearly spend on leather wear.   And, about the only thing that could make the current Republican field look presidential is for Ms. Palin to be on the podium with them.  Next to her, Michelle Bachmann looks like an accomplished legislator, Herman Cain is a statesman and Ron Paul is…no, Ron Paul would still come off as crazy Uncle Stu.

But, have no fear.  We’ll still have Ms. Palin with us through the election season.  You can count on her to pop up on Fox and at motorcycle rallies and any other place that’s photogenic and well-covered whenever a Republican candidate strays from the bullgoose lunacy of the Tea Party’s platform.  Dropping the “g” off of every present-tense verb in sight, Ms. Palin will sally forth from her Escalade, her Harley or her snow-machine to decry the takin’ and the spendin’ and the taxin’ and to stand up for the keepin’, protectin’ and honorin’ that all real Americans value. Her handler will collect the check and – woosh – pop-up Sarah will be back inside the cocoon.  Hell, she’ll probably moderate the next debate now.

But, a Palin candidacy would have been fun to watch.

– Austin


18 thoughts on “Palin Pulls Plug on Prexy Push…

  1. William Souder says:

    Somebody predicted as much right here in this very digital space many months ago. Some genius.

  2. Joe Loveland says:

    I’ve always been a fan. In fact, she has topped my Thanksgiving gratitude list. It won’t be same without her, sniff sniff.

  3. Newt says:

    Palin may be an idiot, but she played the press like a fiddle. Dumb SOBs tailed her faithfully every step for 12 months … for nothing. Good job Sarah.

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Did Sarah win the media battle? Interesting question, Newt. If she aspired to be heavily covered, she won. If she aspired to be respected, she lost.

      After all, Newt, before the media coverage I assume you probably didn’t conclude Governor Paline was, as you say here, “an idiot.” Since you have never met her, that conclusion must have been made on the basis of media coverage.

  4. Newt says:

    In the liberal world, this news constitutes success!

    Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

    Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year.

    Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008.

    The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the history of government benefits programs here.)

    Means-tested programs, designed to help the needy, accounted for the largest share of recipients last year. Some 34.2% of Americans lived in a household that received benefits such as food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid (the federal-state health care program for the poor).

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Worse yet, 100% of Americans were found to be guilty of receiving trillions of dollars worth of government security, public health, fire, and infrastructure assistance. Scandalous!

  5. If making money is the sole criteria of success, Mrs. Palin is a success. She is not a success as a politician, as an elected official, as an advocate or most any other standard I can think of to judge a person I don’t know personally.

    Newt is right, though, by implication in that yesterday’s announcement marks the end of Mrs. Palin’s most visible and lucrative period. With yesterday’s announcement, she’s just another Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin. Other than her shrinking fan-base, why should anyone care what she thinks?

    – Austin

  6. flyirish says:

    Huh? You judge people you don’t know on how successful they are as a politician, elected official or advocate? If you don’t know someone personally, like me, how would you judge me to be successful? She must have been successful somewhat as a politician to have gotten elected governor….oh wait a minute….Mark Dayton got elected governor, too. You’re right.

    What about a marriage and family? Success or failure? Finally, why should anyone give a shit about what any commentator, journalist, activist or movie actor or entertainer or former politician says? I scarcely give a rat’s ass, but I listen. Obvioulsy, people listen to Palin and buy her books etc. as they do Coulter and Malkin. I noticed you didn’t name any liberal political hacks in there….just coincidence?

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Obviously no one was talking about Ms. Palin as a wife or mother, something none of us are equipped to judge. The subject was professional performance.

      We make professional judgements about people based on their relative level of success in their chosen profession. In Ms. Palin’s chosen profession, politics, she moved from being the hottest political commodity in the world, in St. Paul in August 2008, to someone who an overwhelming majority from both political parties rejected. And that freefall happened based on how she appeared in news coverage. Therefore, I don’t buy the logic that she is a masterful manipulation of the news media.

      1. Newt says:

        Not a masterful manipulation of the media? Then what explains the media’s crazed obsession with her every movement and utterance throughout 2011 and half of 2012?

        Answer: They were hell bent on trying make certain she would not advance politically. I liken it to Bachmann Obsession Derangement Syndrome by grown liberal men living in the mother’ ‘basements, tweeting and blogging about Michelle, year after year.

  7. I know….it’s childish….”hockey players have bigger cups,” the kind of humor that appeals to dumb hockey guys like me. It only refers to the Stanley Cup, though, at least that’s what I thought when I bought it…really.

  8. Mike –

    I have no idea if Mrs. Palin is a successful wife, mother, friend. I hope she is. Similarly, I don’t know much about your personal life, but I hope it’s successful in every measure.

    I do, though, know a bit about your politics, personality and intellect, at least as seen by what you post here. You’re smart, you’re articulate, you’re pugnacious. I don’t always (often?) agree with you, but you have earned the brass nameplate we attached to your seat at the bar. That’s your barstool and I’ll defend to the death your right to sit on it and contribute to our collective bullshit.

    I also know a bit about Mrs. Palin’s politics, personality and intellect based on her comments and conduct in public. If the election for president came down to you or her, I’d vote for you without hesitation. Hell, I’d campaign for you.

    Mrs. Palin is a failed politician in that she could not today be elected to any office I can think of. Certainly not president, but I don’t believe she could reclaim either her gubernatorial seat or mayoral post. There might be some jurisdiction in the country she could be elected to some position, but I doubt it would be anything above a state rep’s district. in addition, in her most recent electoral effort, she hurt her ticket. By both standards she is a failed politician.

    She is a failed elected official. Most fundamentally because she resigned her governorship for no better reason than she found it inconvenient and too limiting. I allow that elected officials can and do resign their offices but I expect a higher standard of necessity. She is also a failed elected official because she has made almost no contribution to the advancement of a policy agenda. Her track record as mayor and governor is – by my eye – undistinguished.

    And, I believe she’s a failed advocate for the causes she professes to care about. I don’t see her helping with the organizing and she certainly isn’t contributing to its intellectual underpinnings. Instead, I see her showing up at events where she receives a check or that promote her personally.

    There are failed politicians and elected officials at every point of the political spectrum. Jimmy Carter was a failed president and politician at that level. George McGovern and Mike Dukakis as candidates.

    To me, though, the most valid comparison with Mrs. Palin is our own failed politician/elected official/advocate, Jesse Ventura. Mrs. Palin is Jesse Ventura in a short skirt and 4″ Manolo Blaniks. Like Mr. Ventura, she seems to view elected office as a good gig until a better deal presents itself. When she saw the chance to make more money and have more fun, she ran for it.

    – Austin

    PS – I love the t-shirt.

  9. Jon: I agree with you on Palin, though she seems to have a certain amount of charisma, though I personally don’t see it. Thanks for the kind words. The feeling is mutual. I do agree with you quite a bit. I’d like to know when happy hour starts so I can pull up to my seat at the bar (hope they serve Surly Furious, eh, PM).

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