AK-Gov: Palin Resigning!

Blurb at the top of CNN’s website right now:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce that she will not seek a second term, a GOP source close to Palin says.

This is not a surprise – many folks (including myself) have been speculating about this possibility for a long while. What it means is that we’ll certainly have some damn good entertainment on the GOP presidential campaign trail – a welcome relief, given Mark Sanford’s implosion.

As for more Swing State-y matters, we now have to wonder if Dem Ethan Berkowitz will get into the race. The CQ piece cited in the linked post said that Berkowitz was “gearing up for another statewide race – against Gov. Sarah Palin, if she chooses to run for re-election.” So this may mean he won’t take the leap. And that would make sense – our best shot at this seat meant being able to run against the extremely damaged Palin. Now we have a Babs Cubin/John Doolittle/Duke Cunningham-type situation, where the toxic goods have vamoosed too soon.

The Swing State Project currently rates this as a Race to Watch. But if Dems fail to recruit a legitimate candidate, this race will likely drop off our watch list.

WHOA UPDATE (and edit to title): Just flipped on CNN, and they are saying that their affiliates in Alaska are saying Palin is going to resign in a month! WHOA!

LOCAL UPDATE: KTUU in Alaska is indeed confirming that she’ll leave office in a month. WTF? Scandal? Exhaustion? This would seem to irreparably damage her for a presidential run, no?

WHAT NOW? UPDATE: So according to the AK constitution:

If the governor-elect dies, resigns, or is disqualified, the lieutenant governor elected with him shall succeed to the office of governor for the full term.

The current LG is Sean Parnell, who super-narrowly lost in a primary last year against corrupt Rep. Don Young. Earlier in the year, Parnell talked up a possible rematch, but more recently seemed to back off those plans. Did he know something like this was coming?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Jed at Daily Kos is liveblogging her press conference. Even though any normal person would regard resigning mid-term as the end of one’s political career, Sarah Palin is anything but normal. She just said, “America is looking north to the future.” That lunatic actually thinks she’s running for president. Wow.

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH UPDATE: During her presser, Palin apprently said that the “decision has been in the works for a while.” So presumably Parnell was in the know here. Will Don Young live to ride another day?

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103 thoughts on “AK-Gov: Palin Resigning!”

  1. Not only is she not running for re-election but she’s RESIGNING! welcome to the collapse of the GOP!  

  2. While I had a feeling she wouldn’t seek re-election, I’m really surprised to see her step down.

  3. I doubt it but i don’t know why she would quit her day job this early. I guess there could be some big scandal boiling up.

  4.          I just saw her press conference, that was the weirdest thing I think I have ever seen in politics. I bet you anything there has to be some shit that’s going to hit the fan very soon. Also why would she announce during a holiday weekend.

  5. Please, please, please nominate this fruitcake for president! You know you want to.

  6. She is tired of politics entirely and is not running for national office.  She told her fundraisers and backers they could support someone else fro 2012 and that she just wanted to raise her family.

  7. The head of the AK National Guard will become Lt. Gov.  My Google search leaves me pessimistic about him, but is there any chance that he’s a Democrat?

  8. Sarah Palin is resigning?

    Is she doing this to get out of public life, or is there a gambit going on here?

    I’m calling gambit until proven innocent.

  9. A scandal is about to hit, and better to make an announcement now then later… but Ensign admitted the scandal and didn’t resign, so Palin would be doing it backwards.

    It makes no sense at all to resign to start running for President now.  People in Iowa would want to see her in 2011, and even 2010, but 2009 for hard campaigning.  It’s beyond ridiculous.

    Cue the the wingnuts:  “the media drove this poor lady from office”, etc etc.

  10. For picking correctly the next 2012 GOP shocker? Haley Barbour in a lobbying scandal? Mitt Romney the bigamist? Someone recognizes Tim Pawlenty?

  11. this is bizarre.  I’ll tell you one thing.  This is NOT so she can focus on running full time for president.  Iowa and New Hampshire are not for two and a half years.  If she was up for that she would have just retired at the end of her term.  This is something really nuts about to break and she wants out.

  12. or starting her own media show.  This would follow from what she said, sort of goinf above government to have an impact as a celebrity.

    Rush makes $15 million a year.  That could go a long way in Wasilla, and could be done from Anchorage, etc.

    “Wingnutting with Sara”… lots of people would listen/watch.

  13. Politically, this move could go either way. It could end up being shrewd or could end up backfiring. Shrewd because…well, lets face it…the economy is only gonna get worse and that will include Alaska. It may be better, politically, just to bail now. But it could backfire because…the public will think she has an incredibly thin resume. Her only major experience is 2 1/2 years as Gov. of Alaska. 4 years is arguably not much more but its still a much bigger number than 2 1/2. But, as I have been saying before, she shouldnt even run for Pres. in 2012. If ever. The public perception of her is that she is a dimwitted person who is not intelligent enough to be President. It is very difficult to change that kind of perception. Some even say impossible. Whether its true or not (and i think it probably is) doesnt matter. it is what it is. and she needs to accept that fact. She is very young so if she wants to run for Pres. she should just wait. I know its hard…but politics is hard. Life is hard. And one last point…she may think she is ‘striking while the iron is hot’. The iron is only hot in the GOP. Amongst swing voters…not so much. In fact…its quite chilly. And she should know there is much more than just the GOP primary.  

  14. Really I think alot of my fears about Palin being a poor 2012 nominee were just confirmed with this latest move by Palin. I think this will hurt her alot. Things lately just keep getting better and better for my man Romney!

    I still like Palin alot, but I dont want her to be our nominee in 2012

  15. do they want to give the nomination to darth pawlenty?!!!

    and why didn’t she just follow pawlenty’s lead and announce that she’s not running in ’10 and then completely quit on her state?  i don’t think we’ll see tpaw around here much at all in the next couple of years.

    besides being guv of alaska isn’t a full-time job, is it?

    good news for pawlenty, huckabee and romney.

  16. TV for sure.

    “The media will never understand”

    Because they don’t understand moronspeak.

    “it’s about country”

    WHAT is?  Oh, her quitting to make way for a non-lunatic to be Governor, okay.

    She is a gift that keeps on giving.  C’mon Sarah, try and become a better friend to us than the Club for Growth.  You are close already, you can do it.

  17. Last year I tried to connect that line (spoken by the 10th Doctor to an aide to PM Harriet Jones…the “six words” that in short order brought down her government and ended her political career) to Sarah Palin. It got a few knowing chuckles, but didn’t gain real traction as an Internet meme.

    Now, though…damn, she really DOES look tired.

  18. Not running again is not that surprising.

    Considering her noted ambition and the idea of running for President, resigning effective this month simply to give her Lt. Gov some incumbency sounds very strange.

  19. I doubt it.  Unless it’s required by state law, I don’t see why she would do that.

  20. I remember one of my poli sci books noting that non-officials have the advantage of not having to balance campaigning and their current jobs.

  21. To suddenly step down in two-three weeks to give your Lt. Governor some “incumbent protection” is silly if you’ve got the national ambition that Palin has or had.

    By the way, this press conference is awful! Hahahahahah.

  22. I mean, I guess you’ve got Nixon, Carter, and Reagan, but that was all nearly 30 years ago.

  23. Her resume is tiny town mayor and less than two and a half years as governor of the mighty Alaska. And the American people thought she wasn’t ready to be VP!

  24. Maybe Obama is God. They are dropping like flies. If I was Mitt Romney I’d be very worried.

  25. Why did she run in the first place? If you can’t stand the heat, don’t get into the kitchen.

    I’m watching MSNBC, and even Rep blogger Matt Lewis is saying this is political suicide. Despite being an early supporter, even he thinks she’s nuts.

  26. Wow, can you imagine a Vice Pres. or even Pres. Palin (if something happened to Pres. McCain) thinking ‘why am I doing this? Im tired of politics. I just want to raise my family’. Talk about a weak leader. But to be fair it seems like its just the opposite and that she wants to run for Pres.

  27. They think she has done it to campaign for the midterms. The GOP are gonna retake the House on the back of the turnout she creates. Apparently.

  28. But just spend the rest of this year and most of 2010 ‘raising her family’ (in other words…having a real life before you go on a long and hard ass campaign schedule) and raising money. I think she’ll spend more time this year and early 2010 in L.A., Manhattan and DC then in Iowa and New Hampshire.

  29. We didn’t think she could win a nationwide election, anyway. Very surprising news, to say the least, but I don’t think it represents any kind of collapse of the Republican Party, either in Alaska – where despite all the scandals and infighting, the state is still heavily Republican – or nationally, where they have much bigger problems than the departure of Palin from the scene, which if it eventuates, could actually be good for the party.

  30. Never gonna happen. He shops at Sam’s Club, remember? So hes an ‘everyman’, an ‘average Joe’. Yeah right. I bet he goes to the Country Club once a week.

  31. and doesn’t want to commute to Juneau anymore.  That’s a major pain in the ass for anyone, let alone a mother with an autistic child.

  32. But its also a PR nightmare. The chances of her not saying something thatd come back to haunt her are almost nonexistent. When youre on the radio you have a tendency to put your foot in your mouth. You have to be very, very disciplined to prevent yourself from doing that. I dont think shes that disciplined.

  33. Of course my first name hasn’t exactly been great the last few years… (I share the same first name as a certain former governor who had a thing for hookers…)

  34. We’re kicking David Vitter out of the club!

    What’s really nuts is that I never expected the guy we’re all ultimately named after – King David – to be, uh, I guess “back” in the news. Sure, we hear about his pre-royal incarnation all the time (vs. Goliath). But Mark Sanford really outdid himself with the Bathsheba business.

  35. Second off all the resignation is just weird. Thirdly, Alaska legislature only meets 90 day out of the year.  

  36. And Sarah parading him around saying that she “feels the pain” of other parents with disabled kids including autistics felt like an insult to me because she did so while cutting services for disabled kids in Alaska. I feel terrible for Trig.

  37. In Iowa Huckabee is very popular amongst the GOP. And the winner of the last IA caucus. So, during the caucus, itd be like hes some kind of ‘incumbent’. I cant see how she wins there if Huck runs. Huckabee will either win it or she’ll split the Evangelical vote within him allowing someone else to win. Possibly Romney or Pawlenty. Oh and she will come off as very uninformed on farm issues. You just watch.

    In NH she is not their type of Republican. She’ll have alot of name rec. but still I dont think shed be the favorite. At least from what I can tell this far out.

    In SC it has been proven that a ‘non-Religious Right’ Republican can win it. McCain won when the 3 most conservative (but major) candidates split the hard right vote. It could happen again but with Romney or Pawlenty or someone else as the least conservative option.

    So she will have her work cut out for her, as much of a GOP star as she is.

  38. And she will probably have access to alot of funds. But Romney will, too.  

  39. The type of donors there arent exactly the Palin type. At least with L.A. you have nearby Orange County, as well as Riverside and San Bernadino County which does have many Palin types.

  40. Use a technicality, I’m Elliot, while he’s Eliot, ergo we’re completely different, while the Davids and the Marks of the world must weep for shame (Insert Evil Laughter Here). 😀

  41. I’ve known at least four or five Saras but only like one or two Sarahs. Then again, I’ve always been someone to go against all trends (my entire life, I’ve lived in a really Republican, really religious, and really conservative part of town, despite the fact that I’m a Liberal, Democratic Atheist, go figure :))

  42. Youve got to be kidding me. Thats not right at all. To me, that goes beyond just being a bad politician/Governor. It says something about her very character.  

  43. to verify and found this. Turns out there was just one small cut in the SESA, while everything else was flat. Still, to me she is not at all an advocate for special-needs children (or adults for that matter). To me, actions speak louder than words.

    While it would be quite damaging to Palin if she did significantly cut special needs funding, that does not appear to have been the case with the budget listed here.

    While the top line budget for Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools Component Budget Summary dropped from 8.3 million in 2007 to 3.2 million in 2008, this appears to be due to the movement of the budget for the Alaska Challange Youth Academy to a different place.  

    2007 budget

    Special Education Service Agency (SESA) – $2,072.3

    Providence Heights School – $145.0

    Alaska School for the Deaf – $319.0.

    The Department of Education & Early Development – $637.4.

    2008 Budget

    Special Education Service Agency (SESA) – $2,054.6

    Providence Heights School – $145.0

    Alaska School for the Deaf – $319.0.

    The Department of Education & Early Development – $637.4.

  44. But like you said…shes not exactly a true advocate for disabled children, either.

  45. As I’ve said before, I’m not discounting pigs flying until Joe Cao leaves office.

  46. what with someone commenting that, as the new head of the RGA, he might be of use to them because he knows a thing or two about politics.

  47. Thankfully there are a couple hundred million more normal people in the United States.

  48. Kevin Keegan.

    His resume –

    Newcastle United Manager 1992-1997, Quit

    Fulham Manager 1998-1999, Quit

    England Manager 1999-2000, Quit

    Manchester City Manger 2001-2005, Quit

    Newcastle United Manger April 2008 to September 2008, Quit

    He can say he was never fired but he now has a bit of a reputation as a bottler. Obviously.

  49. Didn’t know people were still playing that. It seems to be the only anime-based video game/TV/etc thingy to still be popular anymore.

    BTW, Palin reminds me of what a demented Nurse Joy/Officer Jenny would be like.

  50. It’s just that it’s part of my own personal history.  I was once a huge fan of it, but my interest died out when I realized there was no practical way for me to catch every creature–or every episode of the TV show, either.

    But I’m relatively familiar with the first generation of games, and I also own a couple hundred cards (which, interesting, I got for free, either by picking them up in random places (such as the grounds of my high school) or as gifts from friends).

  51. Doubtful a white male Southerner is the best candidate to achieve that but they’ll go with what they know.

  52. I wonder if this really is good for Romney.  Seems to me that Huckabee will be running again as well.  Palin seems to cut more into his constituency than Romney’s.  

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