No, it’s not April Fools Day. Details are sketchy or nonexistent so far, but here’s the announcement of Palin’s plan to resign. She indicated that “recent incidents brought up by national media and the spate of ethics complaints have been taking away from her mission to serve Alaska.”
Possibilities abound, a run for the presidency in 2012 being the leader. But then, why resign so soon?
Another is that she’s just fed up with all the invective winging her way and wants out. But that doesn’t sound like Palin.
Perhaps Andrew Sullivan is finally about to prove whatever it is that he’s been so deeply concerned about with her son Trig and her reproductive organs. But somehow I doubt it.
Or perhaps some new and wretched revelation is at hand.
But if Palin is running for president, perhaps she sees the danger facing us in the Obama presidency as so powerful and so imminent that she wants to devote more time and more speeches to fighting it in a very public way. Or perhaps not.
Your guess is as good as mine.
[ADDENDUM: Here’s the full text of her resignation speech. Doesn’t sound like she’s quitting public life, at least on first skimming.
Here’s an excerpt:
Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations – such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters’ questions.
Every one – all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn’t been cheap – the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to “opposition research” – that’s money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers – or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” … Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources – spending other peoples’ money in their game…
f I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices!
And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!…
And there is such a need to BUILD up and FIGHT for our state and our country. I choose to FIGHT for it! And I’ll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and LIFE… I’ll work for and campaign for those PROUD to be American, and those who are INSPIRED by our ideals and won’t deride them.
I WILL support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the RIGHT reasons, and I don’t care what party they’re in or no party at all. Inside Alaska – or Outside Alaska.
But I won’t do it from the Governor’s desk….
In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”
Don’t know that it will be a run for the presidency, at least not for now. Starting a new organization and raising funds? Becoming head of the Republican Party? Something quite different? Whatever it is, it sounds as though it will be public, it will be national rather than local, and it will be related to politics. And it sounds as though the Left will have Sarah Palin to kick around some more.]