The shocker of the day, Sarah Palin quits. While I have never been a fan of hers since she hit the spotlight (mainly because she was nowhere near ready), I have never called her names or acted like a complete idiot like some of my other fellow democrats have. I had nothing personally against her, I just thought she came out of her element too soon.
This press conference in my opinion seems to come at a horrible time for her image. She was still under criticism from the left and still not in total solid ground with the republican party, this whole press conference and her reasoning seemed very sloppy.
Even the conservative blogs were critical of her speech. From Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com:
I’ve had a chance to watch the video of her announcement and read through dozens of Twitter messages back and forth attempting to rationalize this, and still, it simply can’t be rationalized on the basis of what Palin said today. It’s easily the most bizarre resignation I’ve seen, and just about senseless.
The lame-duck explanation was the most incoherent part of the entire statement.
Also in his post:
I’ve seen a myriad of excuses on Twitter and e-mail for this bizarre resignation: her legal bills are too high, she’s putting her family first, she doesn’t want to distract Alaskans because of cheap-shot ethics complaints that are distracting everyone. None of those make any sense. If the spotlight was too much, then she shouldn’t have run for office in the first place.
If she’s quitting because people are taking potshots at her, then she’s not the kind of political fighter we thought she was. The legal bills might be a rational reason, but thoroughly insufficient for betraying the people who put her in charge of Alaska — and her memoirs would have paid for her legal bills many times over, had she completed her term.
If she plans to run for president in 2012, this move was not the best way to line up at the starting line for the biggest political race of her life......