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Palin to RESIGN as Alaska Governor
Real Clear Politics ^ | July 3, 2009

Posted on 07/03/2009 12:33:39 PM PDT by lewisglad

UPDATE: Palin To Resign As Alaska Governor UPDATE: KTUU-TV in Anchorage reports that Palin not only won't seek re-election, but will resign later this month.

ORIGINAL POST: Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has announced she will not run for re-election in 2010, CNN reports. She's scheduled to make an announcement shortly.

The decision frees Palin to travel in the Lower 48 as she considers a potential run for president in 2012. A re-election campaign could also have been tough on the former vice presidential nominee; her approval rating has dropped from stratospheric highs, and a number of candidates in both parties are said to be considering runs.

Even if she won, the race would have been dominated by the specter of a presidential bid, giving her adversaries an opportunity to wound her politically. She's still fending off ethics complaints, many spurred by the "Troopergate" scandal.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; bumblingnutter; fedindictmentcoming; palin; quitter; sarah; sarahpalin; sarapalin
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To: MadIsh32

I hope she’s just realizing family is more important than [likely] doomed republic. She deserves better with for life than the political cesspool.

Godspeed, in whatever you do, Sarah.


151 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:26 PM PDT by robertwalker62
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To: LdSentinal
She's fully in the 2012 Presidential race.

I totally agree!!!

152 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:29 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012!)
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To: LdSentinal

No the Obama mafia is happy.

She stupidly takes the news cycle away from the pitiful job numbers.

Anytime this President has a bad week, one of our so called “leaders” does something so dumb to take the heat off him.

Ms. Palin has just done it by re-signing over JULY 4th WEEKEND! Are you effing serious?

You leave office over July 4th weekend?

Imagine if over July 4th weekend 1776 the Founding Fathers just quit?

I am done with her


153 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:31 PM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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To: DoughtyOne
I think it's a personal decision. A personal or family 'crises'(for lack of a better word) of some sort..

sw

154 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:33 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife ) (Who will lead us?)
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To: lewisglad
How sad and disappointing. I hope it's not for some sort of blackmail or some indiscretion on her or some member of her family's part. Regardless, this very likely finishes her politically. She ran for the job of Governor and got the job with the idea she would do that job. You need a very good reason to walk away from that responsibility.

If she has some more important issue(s), like her health and/or the health and well being of her family to take care of, then may God bless her and I wish her well with those issues. I will certainly support her if she should return to the public arena when and if she is able.

If, on the other hand, she is quitting her job so she can devote her time and energies to run for another office, she will certainly not get my support or vote. If political ambition is her rational for quitting her Governorship, she is not trustworthy.

I wish her well and hope that all is well with her and her family and that the people of Alaska, especially those who supported and voted for her, are well served by the Lt. Governor.

155 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:40 PM PDT by GBA
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To: All
She knows what she's doing and why.

It's pretty hard to spend the requisite time in the contiguous 48, building alliance and earning chits, if one lives in Alaska, let alone serving as a sitting governor.

156 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:44 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: Moonman62

That was totally uncalled for.


157 posted on 07/03/2009 1:00:54 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: spectre

Wasn’t the press conference supposed to be held and hour ago?

BTW, I tend to agree.


158 posted on 07/03/2009 1:01:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (_Resident of the United States and Kenya's favorite son, Baraaaack Hussein Obamaaaa...)
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To: Red Steel
"Getting ready to run for presidency. After Obama screws everything up, the rats will be done in 2012."

Unless there is a revolution in America, by 2012, the national election will just be for show. Between the government supported activities of ACORN, corruption in the 2010 census, and the high likelihood, that the GOP will be vulnerable to cross over primary manipulation by the Democrats, I am not optimistic that 2012 is retrievable. The 2010 House and Senate races may be the last chance to stop the Marxist leadership in this country.

159 posted on 07/03/2009 1:01:54 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: MrB
This is a “faith” move, if I ever saw one. She has been Called.

Let us hope so.

160 posted on 07/03/2009 1:01:56 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: penowa
Why? Just curious and surprised at what you said.

It means she's fully in 2012 campaign mode and she did it early. She will campaign hard for 2010 Republican candidates and if they win, they will support her rather than Romney.

161 posted on 07/03/2009 1:01:58 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: OldDeckHand

It’s speculation as of now. As everything else is on this thread. But it’s a good bet as any she’s planning to run for the presidency.


162 posted on 07/03/2009 1:01:59 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: hoosiermama

“Let’s fill the coffers folks.”

I believe she’s definitely in!

Email I received dated 06/29/09

Memorandum

From: Meghan Stapleton, SarahPAC
To: SarahPAC Supporters

Greetings from Alaska where the fish are running and the sun is shining late!

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with Governor Palin as we visited Central New York, Manhattan, Long Island, Washington, D.C. and Texas.

It never ceases to amaze me that every time we travel together, virtually every moment of her time is spent talking to and caring for others, while listening to and learning from them as well - like brave, young Robert whose life we celebrated at the Autism Speaks Walk or the historical voices of the strong men and women upon whose shoulders we stand, including Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and former Secretary William H. Seward.

Below, I attached a quick note from the Governor which she penned before leaving the country last week. I am attaching it to this memo because I am asking you to help Governor Palin and SarahPAC today!

You have been so incredibly supportive and generous, and now we ask you again for your help - and we ask that you please also encourage your friends and family to give.

SarahPAC needs to be in the position to help fund candidates who are going to fight for what we all believe - smaller government, less spending, and fewer taxes. With your help, we can take the Governor’s message and encourage others who also have hope and are firmly rooted in the conservative belief that you know how best to spend your money and not government.

SarahPAC can’t do that without your help. Please visit this link and give to SarahPAC today - and encourage others to do so as well.

Sincerely,
Meghan Stapleton
SarahPAC

P.S. Please give before June 30th. Your help is critical. Visit this link to give!

Dear SarahPAC Supporter:

I wanted to drop you a quick note about my trip earlier this month - a whirlwind tour and an opportunity to share a bit more about Alaska. (I am writing this before heading overseas to visit our Troops; I know that will be a most inspiring journey!)

It is such a treat to talk to everyone about Alaska and hear stories of fishing, hunting, and camping. And it thrills me to hear from those who wish to visit our beautiful state! Alaska has much to offer - from her magnificent glaciers to her abundant natural resources to fuel our homes and businesses.

When we travel outside Alaska, the hospitality is always overwhelming, and Todd and I so enjoyed meeting many new people on our recent trip to the Lower 48 - all emblematic of so many across this country who are willing to give of time, energy and effort to help one another.

It was thrilling to see the look on both young and old faces as I traveled to New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas. Words can never express the incredible spirit of all those who dedicate their lives to making even one life more comfortable.

Todd and I always recognize how grateful and proud we are to be citizens of the United States. We are so very blessed.

With an Alaska Heart,

Sarah Palin

Contribute


163 posted on 07/03/2009 1:02:02 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Cedric

So you leave over JULY 4th WEEKEND?

Right after the pathetic June job numbers came out?

You take away the newscycle from that over JULY 4th weekend?


164 posted on 07/03/2009 1:02:05 PM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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To: lewisglad

She is going to run for the big job through the media of her choosing.

This is the future, and they know this.

Being a governor just puts a bulls-eye on her.

Not being in office will free her to be herself.

Remember “Let Reagan be Reagan”?

She will now be able to reach the American people without the filter of office and speak over the news media.

Sarah transcends the office she holds, that is why it doesn’t help her to be governor.


165 posted on 07/03/2009 1:02:35 PM PDT by FoxPro (The SEC knew about Madoff, and did nothing.)
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To: SolidWood
Neither Truman nor any other politician had to face the slander and attacks Palin did.

Oh please, just look at what we've said about Hillary over the years, she just chooses to ignore it. Say what you will about Hillary, and as much as I disagree with her on the issues, she has got some stones. This is politics, not a Tupperware party.

166 posted on 07/03/2009 1:02:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MadIsh32

worst tea party ever


167 posted on 07/03/2009 1:03:12 PM PDT by liberty_eagle
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To: cripplecreek
Still not voting for Romney.

which is how Obama can win reelection; I'm voting against Obama, at every opportunity. I don't care who runs against him.

168 posted on 07/03/2009 1:03:12 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: MadIsh32
She stupidly takes the news cycle away from the pitiful job numbers.

That's already old news with the 4th of July.

Tomorrow are the Tea Parties.

Sunday is Michael Jackson Funeral Day.

The job numbers are already old news.

169 posted on 07/03/2009 1:03:29 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: lewisglad

..I'm not going anywhere boys...


170 posted on 07/03/2009 1:03:30 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: MrB; Al B.

I think so. IMO She ain’t retreating, just attacking in a different direction.


171 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:07 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Abigail Adams
That is my concern. Why not a reason? If she was not ready to say publicly why she is doing this, she should have waited until she was ready. This way it opens the doors for the PDS speculation to get some real traction.

If she intends to run she should just say “I'm going for it!” I think that would fire up the base and cause the rest of the field (who ever they are) to shiver.

If she has a health or family reason, I completely understand that. I can not imagine a scandal emerging after the scrutiny she has received this far.

I would like to see her in the race for 2012, if for no other reason than to keep the competition honest. But I believe she could do the job - certainly better than most.

172 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:08 PM PDT by Never on my watch (You are in the most danger when you are in the company of pacifists.)
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To: MadIsh32
That'll be forgotten by everyone but you by, oh, the 5th of July.
173 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:10 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: Red Steel
I'm listening to her brother on FNC, and he's confirming my thought that the Left can now claim victory with a new tactic to bankrupt the winner of an election out of office.

-PJ

174 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: MadIsh32

Nice whine you’ve got going there.


175 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:15 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Cedric

Cedric, if you spend the time and effort to get elected to be a governor, you need to fulfill your term in office as a thanks for those who supported you. This is quitter type stuff, unless that can be mitigated by further information. I’m holding out hope, but this doesn’t look good.

If this is a political consideration, it’s going to severely impact my opinion of Palin.


176 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (_Resident of the United States and Kenya's favorite son, Baraaaack Hussein Obamaaaa...)
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To: LdSentinal

Those numbers came out yesterday. If there was any leadership, we would ride them the entire weekend

Seriously, the symbolism in quitting over July 4th weekend will NOT be lost on anyone


177 posted on 07/03/2009 1:04:41 PM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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To: OldDeckHand

“Resignation is a BIG mistake if she actually aspires to higher, national office.”

Why is that? Hussein never was Governor and he aspired to higher, national office. Although he had the title of “Senator”, it was for a very short time, and he was mostly absent.


178 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:11 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: MadIsh32

I don’t think average Americans need to listen to the news to know that the economy is bad; they just have to look at their wallets. Americans are now living with bad-news-Obama every minute of the day.


179 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:30 PM PDT by carmody
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To: LdSentinal

Starting the firs of the week, she’ll be doing the TalkingHead Circuit.


180 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:38 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: MadIsh32
I am done with her

All of sudden, eh?/sarc

181 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:45 PM PDT by SolidWood (Down with the islamic regime! Freedom for Iran!)
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To: Heart of Georgia

I wonder if she’s quitting as AK Gov to do something like head an organizing committee for Tea Parties and such under the umbrella of SARAH-PAC.

(still hoping this is a crazy-as-a-fox head-fake move)


182 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:45 PM PDT by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: Political Junkie Too
The Left now has a new tactic that I bet they will try again and again, now that it worked with Palin.

If they can't win at the ballot box, they try to win in the courts. If they can't win in the courts, they hound the winner out of office by bankrupting them with frivolous lawsuits and ethics charges?

-PJ

183 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:46 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: trisham

So you have no problem with a leader quitting over July 4th weekend?

What if the fouding fathers quit on July 4th?


184 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:51 PM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Walking to Russia?” ??


185 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:51 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: MadIsh32
If there was any leadership, we would ride them the entire weekend.

Except most people don't care on the 4th of Juiy.

And tomorrow are also the Tea Parties!

186 posted on 07/03/2009 1:05:54 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: MrB

AMEN...she is CALLED!


187 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:00 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 91:4 ...staying cuddled Under His Wings)
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To: Nita Nupress

I agree.

She has faced an onslaught since the RNC, and she has withstood everything they have thrown at her.

She isn’t the type to duck and run.


188 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:06 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Deb

Wow. A year and a half left in her term. This is not done to further one’s political career. Awful news for 4th July. Although, if done for the sake of her family, definitely good.


189 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:14 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Liberty and Tyranny: read it)
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Her brother is on Fox claiming that she is basically burnt out from all of the time she is spending defending herself. He says that Sarah and her staff spend more then 80% of their time on the stream of attacks rather then governing Alaska.

He says there is no ethics issues that are going to pop up and that she isn’t resigning to run for higher office.


190 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:23 PM PDT by tahoeblue
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To: dfwgator
Hillary - stones?

That's a laugher.

Remember all those “foreign trips” every time the heat was on her?

191 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:25 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: Red Steel
But it’s a good bet as any she’s planning to run for the presidency.

Listening to her brother on Neil Cavuto's show, sounds like she's just had it and wants to protect her family from any more of the insanity.

192 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:29 PM PDT by penowa
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To: Political Junkie Too

I think you nailed it. I didn’t think I could GET any angrier at the left, but, I am NOW.


193 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:41 PM PDT by sybilll
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To: DoughtyOne

She asked people to trust her in her decision.. and I do.


194 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:55 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Cedric
It's pretty hard to spend the requisite time in the contiguous 48, building alliance and earning chits, if one lives in Alaska, let alone serving as a sitting governor.


Yep you have to spend most every weekend up in NH during the run up year for the primary. Kinda hard to do when living in the far northwest.

AK is the 47th ranked state population wise and the mayors of 17 cities have more constituents than she does. Her future at least in the beginning on a national level will have to be waged from the lower 48. This maybe the precipice to that beginning.

195 posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:58 PM PDT by deport
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To: MrB

Can you say “all in”?

This is a “faith” move, if I ever saw one.

She has been Called.
///////////////

I go for this explanation. It would be in character with what we have seen from her so far.

She can be a candidate or she can be a governor but she can’t be both.

She has already set up the big pipeline deal. That ‘s the real mover.


196 posted on 07/03/2009 1:07:06 PM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: Snurple; dfwgator

Didn’t think so. lmao


197 posted on 07/03/2009 1:07:33 PM PDT by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: DollyCali
She asked people to trust her in her decision.. and I do.

ME TOO!!

Polly ...waving hello to you Dolly from Los Angeles

198 posted on 07/03/2009 1:08:02 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 91:4 ...staying cuddled Under His Wings)
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To: Moonman62

“She’s running away to Argentina with Mark Sanford.”

LOL- very good!


199 posted on 07/03/2009 1:08:12 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: sybilll
So, who's the next governor with a light warchest who can be driven out of office with costly charges?

-PJ

200 posted on 07/03/2009 1:08:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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