Sarah Palin: "Whither goest thou?" If You Know Keep On Going. You Look Great as an Albatrooss Tied To The Neck Of The Republican Party
As we all know Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska, apparently to avoid the continuing onslaught of ethics violations, law suits brought against her by her opponents in Alaska and probably by those in Washington D.C.
If George Bush was still in office with Karl Rove as his political advisor and they saw her as a potential rival they would have bought a criminal suit through the U.S Attorney’s office. They did this to others for political reasons destroying families and careers unnecessarily using direct government power illegally.
The Democrats apparently use the civil courts to exert pressure and neutralize political threats. However in Palin’s case they should let her go on doing more damage than good to the Republican cause. Obama would be lucky to have her on the GOP ticket in 2012.
The next question is did the resignation, eighteen months before the end of her term to take effect on July 26, damage her potential to run for national political office either in 2012 or maybe 2010 if a Senate seat in Alaska or elsewhere will satisfy her ambition?
Probably, Richard Nixon kept himself alive by making political speeches after he lost the race for Governorship of California but he had not yet resigned from an office and Ronald Reagan was a speaker, news paper columnist and radio commentator before he ran for President the second time but he never resigned from office mid term.
She appears to be headed for life as a speaker and a television commentator. This along with an expected book should continue to make her the darling of the conservative media elite like Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch. On July 13, The Los Angeles Times reports,
“Consider a USA Today/Gallup poll released last week. About 7 in 10 Republicans said they would be likely to vote for Palin if she ran for president. Other surveys place Palin in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, the former governors of Massachusetts and Arkansas, respectively, who sought the White House in 2008 and give every indication that they will try again in 2012.”
The best thing that could happen for the Democrats is to have Palin chosen as a candidate on the GOP Presidential or Vice Presidential slate. The Republican right likes her but she has to have a broader constituency to win an election. Being neck and neck with Huckabee and Romney is not significant. A Huckabee / Palin ticket or vice versus would be a ticket to nowhere for the Republicans as they are both too far right so it would be an unbalanced ticket. She might add more balance to a Palin and Romney or Romney/Palin ticket. However she has never demonstrated the political gravitas or experience to be on a Presidential ticket.
The fact she didn’t tough out her term as Governor of Alaska will be a serious strike against her. People will not elect a person perceived to have quit when the going got tough or because she had more lucrative financial opportunities in the media.
Right now she appears to be an Albatross around the neck of the Republican Party. A very charismatic but divisive one. The Republicans can eat themselves up dealing with her and it may prevent a more moderate, experienced candidate from surfacing that would make a stronger candidate. However Obama will be an incumbent running for a second term and unless he makes major mistakes in his first term he will be unbeatable. The person that could beat him has not yet emerged, but he will not want Palin hanging from his ticket like an omen of defeat. Good looks can only get you so far.