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Palin’s Resignation: Uncut

I love, love, love to read edits.  Check out the transcript of Palin’s resignation speech and Vanity Fair’s suggestions:

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“Predictable”?

Former Gov. Palin blasts the media reaction to her dramatic exit as “predictable” and “sad”:

The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the ‘politics of personal destruction.  How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country.

And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.

But if the reaction was so “predictable,” then why did Palin let it happen?

She’s also threatening the press if they publish “defamatory materials”:

To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as “fact” that Governor Palin resigned because she is “under federal investigation” for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation. This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law. The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those “responsible for the abuse of that right.”  Alaska Constitution Art. I, Sec. 5.  These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable.

But the naysayers are (marginally) gaining credibility.  Many of the more serious statements come from the blogosphere, but the New York Times reported yesterday on Palin’s $500,000 debt in legal defense for ethics charges.

Gov. Palin should realize that we’re eager to hear what she has to say, but “predictably” a sudden, cryptic address on a national holiday will generate major speculation.

Also from Palin’s Facebook missive:

I shared with you yesterday my heartfeltand candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint.

You don’t want the media to speculate, but you make 2012 noises while claiming you don’t need a “title…to forge progress.”  Which is it?  Are you looking for a different title, or leaving politics altogether for awhile?

Zina Saunders, "Alaskan Roulette"

Zina Saunders, "Alaskan Roulette"

We’re eager to see eye to eye.  But politics is about acting on your predictions.  If you do something wild and predict that the public opinion will respond with speculation and condemnation, then feeling wounded is your own mistake.  Sarah you whacked your fans with a political sucker-punch.  We’re supportive…just trying to understand.

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Wonkette on Palin Resignation

Alt title: Quitter?  I hardly know ‘er!

Wonkette quotes a commenter:

In the middle of this monster Palin Chaos Theory post, commenter-personAlaska Girl reminds us why Sarah Palin’s latest “I’m gonna take my ball and go home” move is standard Wasilla Snowbilly behavior: “She didn’t finish her term as mayor, stepping down to run for Lt. Governor. She didn’t finish her term on the petroleum board ethics panel, she resigned in protest and then ran for Governor. She doesn’t want the office, she just likes running for office. She doesn’t want (can’t actually) accomplish anything, she just wants to talk about it.”

Hrm.  Sounds eerily familiar.  So what we’re seeing, Gov. Palin, is that you love the chase.  You like to win, but you aren’t interested in nurturing the constituency’s trust that you’ve won.

Yea, female politicians are *so* different from men.  Because I’m sure Maria Belen would be *so* much more satisfying than the many other women whose “ultimate line” Gov. Sanford resisted crossing.

Integrity isn’t about winning, or refusing to take “no” for an answer, or developing a resume — paper transcript for “persona” — that sees ends disassociated from means.  Integrity requires discretion in accepting duties so that a person can perform them as promised.

I like a lot of things about Gov. Palin.  Her utter failure to perform in 2008 aside, she (appears to) tend to her family, she funnels resources to her constituents, even at federal expense.  Assuming, arguendo, that Palin has the GOP’s interests at heart, a Presi-run provides the most optimistic explanation for her abrupt resignation.  Do we want a President who does a job only until she decides it’s time to move on?

Keeping her kids (but  not husband) around her at her resignation speech only hurt Palin’s case more.  I completely understand reserving time for family (just ask anyone I’ve ever dated!).  But this basically makes a case for keeping a glass ceiling.  Male governor plunges ahead w/ his political aspirations, despite his cheating that tears his family apart.  Meanwhile female governor decides she’s too ambitious for state and plays the “look at my cute children” card to displace criticism.

Of 50 governors, 7 are women.  Only 3 of the 22 Republican governors are female.  Governor Palin, you’re not just representing your state; you’re representing that lucky constituency that boasts an extra X chromosome.  Do take care of your family.  But please (please!) don’t increase the risk probability employers (and voters!) will consider when choosing the best person for a job.

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What Up, Sarah?

Alaska’s leggiest governor has left the building.

Is she positioning for a 2012 run?  Sarah coquettishly denies it, but stays cryptic:

“I know when it’s time to pass the ball for victory,” Palin said.

But Palin also hinted at her own national ambitions, invoking a quote that she credited to Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.”

Sarah isn’t my #1 favorite politician, but then, my #1 fave just held a press conference to confess that he cheated on his mistress, so we’re through, Mark.

Palin said she planned to make a “positive change outside government,” without elaborating. She also expressed frustration with her current role as governor.

“I cannot stand here as your governor and allow the millions of dollars and all that time go to waste just so I can hold the title of governor,” Palin said.

Later, on Twitter, she promised supporters more details: “We’ll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election … this is in Alaska’s best interest, my family’s happy … it is good. Stay tuned”

We’re tuned, Sarah.  But keep in mind that when you keep actively alienating your already-waning fans, your political ambitions aren’t necessarily…our first priority.  Your two stated reasons for resigning (first, that you want to make a 2012 play, or alternatively because you want more time for family) are in direct contradition.

I have no doubt that a position on the state side can be frustrating when such dire issues face America as a nation.  Indeed, we’re facing the most serious threat: a lack of national faith rotting from the inside out.

Get your act together, Sarah.  We — Americans — need to believe in our representatives!  We need our public figures to stop betraying our trust!

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