Sarah Palin Steps Down as Governor of Alaska

United States
July 3, 2009 2:55pm CST
I just caught her last words, "Conditions have drastically changed" with my mouth wide open, "America is now more than ever looking North to the future" because I totally thought PALIN had her mind dead on the Presidency instead she left with her closing statement like a horse in armor, the WORDS of MacArthur!! : "We are not retreating--we are retreating in another direction"
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Looks like job abandonment according to what I read on the BBC site: [i]But in a written statement, she made it clear that once she had decided not to run again, she did not want to hang on in office until her term expired. "Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose," she said.[/i] Whatever her reasons are, she's dumping the folks who put their faith in her with very short notice.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
3 Jul 09
It's been a case of "damned if she does and damned if she doesn't" since Palin came on the scene. Maybe she just figured she'd be damned for this and the heck with the rest. Either way, someone was going to accuse her of something.
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
3 Jul 09
There's also a saying, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Politics can be ugly but that ugliness also gives one the opportunity to show their grit...or lack of it. This wasn't a good move if she has any future plans that include politics.
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I agree spalladino, It's like any sport, you just don't walk off of the field and quit because you are losing! The RNC is split concerning her and I think she is done as far as politics goes and I never have been able to understand why McCain chose her as a running mate, maybe it was her looks?
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
3 Jul 09
It is probably strategy, perhaps she is preparing to run for Senator.
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• United States
3 Jul 09
if she didn't finish her term as Governor how is she going to just land a seat in Senate with her party in a sham?
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I don't know, it's just my guess right now. It does not make any since why she is resigning.
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Maybe she finally learned it was right to be at home and take care of her family? She's "out of favor" with the RNC so I don't know where she would get support to run for the Senate or Presidency. I don't think she would make it past the primary in either case. McCain was stupid for allowing her to be his partner in the election. I'm not sure why she was there? Probably to try and get the Hillary votes, but that sure didn't work out.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I like a person who can be relatively important and still not take themselves to seriously. I loved her hockey Mom joke, being a retired hockey Mom it hit close to home. I have been removed from rinks due to poor officiating -- .a 2 minute roughing call meant a kid stomping his foot wearing a hockey skate on a young man's arm; resulting in muscle, tendon, and ligament damage and surgery. Still, I was wrong for yelling out it was a bad call and got removed from the game. But I hope Palin gets back in the game.
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• United States
3 Jul 09
"I want Alaskans to know what can be in store for our state" was included in her speech, i don't think hockey is on the forefront of her mind right now
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I never cared for hockey. Any time you give a kid a hockey stick and tell the to get in there and rough it up, it's easy for them to lose control. Sharp skates and hockey sticks can be lethal weapons. Maybe Sarah has decided it is time to stay home for a while and take care of the kids like most mothers do? Anyone who quits the game before it's over doesn't sound like a very good candidate for a higher up office. She would be slaughtered in the primary if she ever got that far. There's a rift right now in the republican party so it's hard to tell what would happen.
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@clutterbug (1051)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I just heard about this on the radio. Could it be that she has something better politically up her sleeve? Maybe she will be groomed for a future position somehow. I have a hard time believing that she'll be out of the picture for good. This is very mysterious for sure.
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• United States
3 Jul 09
Some even speculated her trip to Kosovo made an impression on her and could of influenced her trip--she sounds like a woman upset and impulsive, didn't sound like she let it sit for a day or two, sounds like a woman on a mission, and with what I saw this last 2008 presidential election, Im a little scared
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Retreating is retreating, regardless of direction. Sarah Palin is a bit of a hazy enigma to me. I do not think she could acquire enough in her lifetime of what it takes to lead an entire country. "nuff said. Karen
• United States
5 Jul 09
http://news.spreadit.org/palin-indictment-palin-scandal/ Here is a link that claims that Sarah Palin is stuck in a scandal and that involves the rumors that came up during her run for VP that she used her money as governor to fund the building of her house and that money was supposed to the building of the Wasilla Sports Complex....hmm, i have to go back and remember because I thought that project never got completed or started?? I wouldn't think it was so easy to run with the states money
• United States
5 Jul 09
I guess it "runs in the family." Her husband has done shady things, too. It may yet come back to bite them in the butt. Most officials have to pay back what they've "borrowed" from state funds.
@anniepa (27247)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I think I listened to her with my mouth wide open as well. I'd only heard part of her statement at first but in the past several hours I've heard what I think is the whole thing several times and I'm still kind of shaking my head. I'm sorry, Sarah admirers, but sometimes it's REALLY difficult to make sense of her rather rambling speeches. She spoke of the allegations and investigations against her, she spoke of our troops fighting for their states (HUH?), she alleged that "some nasty adults" had mocked and made fun of her son, Trig, which if true would be indefensible but nobody else seems to know where those allegations came from and she talked about other lame-duck politicians who milked it out by finishing out the terms to which they had been elected by their constituents. It seemed that she was retreating AND advancing in EVERY direction at once! Annie
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
4 Jul 09
"she talked about other lame-duck politicians who milked it out by finishing out the terms to which they had been elected by their constituents." Annie, am I living in an alternate universe where living up to your obligations and the oath you swore to when you took office is a bad thing? Is my governor, Charlie Crist (and his tan) suddenly a bad guy who's milking the state because he's hard at work in his office, doing the job we elected him to do, even though he's also a lame duck and planning a run for the Senate? Down here in Florida we EXPECT him to finish his term, even if he's also campaigning for the Senate seat. Are we just a bunch of dumb rednecks or whuuut?
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• United States
4 Jul 09
Still sippin on Obama "The Usurper's" Cool-Aid ? Oh the hang over will be.
@anniepa (27247)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Spall, somehow I think it's Sarah who is in an alternative universe; whichever the case, I know I'M not in the same one she's in...lol! Regarding her being a lame-duck and taking all those "foreign junkets", who says she has to take them? I understand she hasn't gotten anything done this legislative session so maybe she could stay in Alaska and DO HER JOB! Annie