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Sarah Palin was so circumspect in her resignation announcement that not even her natural allies on the right could make heads or tails of it.

Meanwhile, her enemies on the left didn't waste any time in attacking the move as flaky and irresponsible.

The thing is, absent some compelling reason why she can't serve out her term as Alaska governor through 2010, that's the way it looks. Just plain flaky.

Certainly there are persuasive reasons why an elected official might resign early. Health. Family. Scandal. Most voters today will even excuse personal ambition.

But Palin's main stated reason for resigning -- that she didn't want to be a lame duck -- is, itself, lame. That's what she signed up for. She chose to be Alaska's governor and she chose to be a lame duck by not running again next year.

And she was obligated to another 18 months in the job.

She talked about eschewing "politics as usual." Say what? Sometimes, "politics as usual" is a good thing -- such as when you complete the job you were elected to do.

Unless she explains herself better, comes up with a more concrete and legitimate reason for leaving office July 26, she's handing her enemies ready ammunition. And on this count, we can't blame them for firing.

Of course, they're going to attack her no matter what she does. That's what they do.

Indeed, it's becoming clear that the assault on Sarah Palin -- the constant media sniping, the baseless and costly ethics accusations, the unproven rumors of FBI investigations -- might be a sort of left-wing cyber-style attack designed to nip a promising conservative presidential candidate's campaign in the bud.

In short, they want any notion of a President Palin strangled in the crib.

But as rough and tumble as that is, it's politics. If you're a politician, particularly one who claims to be suited to the White House, you deal with it.

Instead, Sarah Palin just looks like a quitter. How could anyone support that in any future run, especially for high office?

Moreover, as baffling as her explanation was -- not even the conservative and whip-smart columnist George Will could understand her reasons for resigning -- it makes you wonder about how she would handle more complicated communications.

Sarah Palin already had mainstream media that were hostile to her. In failing to serve out the gubernatorial term Alaska voters honored her with, she has made things all the more difficult for herself politically.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/07/09 - 04:24 am
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Good.

Good.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/07/09 - 05:02 am
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Alaska is one of the 3 least

Alaska is one of the 3 least populous states with a population less than 700,000. It is also the largest state covering several time zones. Beyond the capital Juneau which is way down in southeast Alaska & the major cities of Anchorage & Fairbanks - most of the rest of Alaska is small towns & remote villages. It is relatively easy for a basically unqualified candidate like Sarah Palin to rise from councilwoman to mayor of a small town like Wasilla & go on to become governor without the people actually determining that she is an incompetent administrator. Look how the boob George W. Bush was catapulted to national prominence by the Republican propaganda machine. Remember that "compassionate conservatism" hooey? The bottom line is the people of Alaska finally lost patience with madam governor. Sarah Palin's popularity plummeted among Alaskans after her campaign for national office failed because Gov. Palin was too scattered, distracted & disinterested to do her job for the people of Alaska. The press in Alaska certainly became tired of Palin's capricious style of governing. Sarah Palin never was a dedicated, competent leader. She wore out her welcome, her popularity & her ersatz fame

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/07/09 - 05:15 am
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Basically unqualified

Basically unqualified candidate? OK Cain. List the qualifications that Obama has or had as a candidate. I'll be waiting, but I know you will be either too much of a coward to answer, or you will ramble without answering the question................as usual.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 07/07/09 - 05:23 am
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Gosh, I would like to see you

Gosh, I would like to see you make only less than $70,000 per year and get hit with lawsuits that cost you more than Half a million dollars PLUS! While fighting all those court battles, trying to run a seat of office for term is IMPOSSIBLE!

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carcraft 07/07/09 - 05:51 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain on

JohnRandolphHardisonCain on Tue Jul 7, 2009 5:02 AM Sarah Palin ridded the Government of Alaska of a corrupt Governor and SENT HIM TO JAIL-Obama helped reelect a corrupt Governor (Blagojevich) WHILE HE WAS UNDER FEDERAL INVESTAGATION FOR CORRUPTION...Palin got the people of Alaska an increase in their share of oil revenues-Obama left his congressional distric in worst shape becuase of contracting work awarded to Rezko who left many of the buildings uninhabitable and people shivering in the cold..Every thing about Palin is known-you can not get one college or graduate school record for Obama , all are sealed..Obama has broken so many promises that it is hard to keep track so much for change you can believe in Cain I never bought in to his snake oil...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/07/09 - 05:58 am
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Before becoming President of

Before becoming President of United States, Barack Obama, was Senator from the populous state of Illinois. He was also a law professor, a lawyer, a community organizer & a graduate of a prestigious college & prestigious law school. Sarah Palin did eventually finish college & she was mayor of Wasilla a town of 10,000 before becoming governor of Alaska. IMO Barack Obama is more qualified to be president than Sarah Palin was to be Vice President. More importantly the people of Alaska figured out that Sarah Palin is a flake as governor. That is why she quit. The woman didn't have the stomach to stick it out and do the grunt work required. Arnold Schwarzenegger is having an extremely tough time as governor of California. He has not quit. It isn't the national media that is on Sarah Palin's case. It is the Alaskan press and the Alaskan people who are fed up with Sarah Palin's incompetence, disinterest & flighty antics. That is why Gov. Palin bailed out. Her next move will be to try to capitalize financially on her fame while she still has some. She can peddle women's hunting gear and speak before right wing evangelical groups and tea-bagging Republican malcontents - her niche market.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/07/09 - 06:08 am
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Cain, did you suffer daily

Cain, did you suffer daily beatings on the playground as a child?

jack234
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jack234 07/07/09 - 06:09 am
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Ellie Mae Palin can also

Ellie Mae Palin can also spend the bulk of her time trying to patch up relationship with her future son-in-law and his family. Once the novelty of the "maverick" gimmick and the "lipstick line" had worn off, we found she was just another shallow republican with no vision and no original thoughts. Oh well, so goes the rep party. HELLO! HELLO! To all the gang this morning!

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beachboy 07/07/09 - 06:22 am
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I wish she would come to SC,

I wish she would come to SC, we need her. Also her beauty would add to the state. I'd give her free pedicures and massages.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 06:24 am
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Good, Palin is still "outside

Good, Palin is still "outside the box" in politics. The fact that she said she was turning over the running of the state to the elected Lt. Governor isn't confusing to me. She's out of the political ring for a while and the experience, and with it the face recognition, will almost assure the Lt. Governor will be reelected as Governor. If she considers him competent, why should this be confusing? Because it's not "inside the beltway" style thinking? If Palin wishes to contend with the slaughter attacks of the MSM, and she apparently has to, then she needs to be better prepared. Out of the political ring, she can sue for libel and slander. The slaughter style reporting and "comedy" by the hate filled left can use a few hundred million is law suits. As far as not passing the "George Will smell test" goes, how could she? She's not a moderate (like Will) and she's not an "inside the beltway" thinker (like Will). Palin has proven the ethics accusation 100% wrong and the FBI has made the extra effort to come out and say there is ABSOLUTELY not investigation concerning Palin's actions. Her "inside the beltway" friends are confused ... good. That's what America needs.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 06:26 am
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Her enemies are gleeful, even

Her enemies are gleeful, even though they have no idea what she's up to. The smarmy commenting of emotional deviates like Cain epitomizes the mind set of the left...clueless. Good, that's definitely what America needs.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 06:32 am
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I'd like to state the left

I'd like to state the left leaning editorials of this site have become commonplace and the editorial page in general has become like a day old bowl of pablum. Not very palatable. I hope the muzzle get's removed pretty soon so this page can go back to the "no P.C." status it used to enjoy. Straight forward commentary sure has a lot more flavor. Think editorial page, not AP parrot page.

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GACopperhead 07/07/09 - 06:34 am
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In my opinion, had McCain

In my opinion, had McCain chosen a more qualified candidate yo run with him, He quite possibly might have won. My suggestions would have been Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell. Poweell a dn Rice are both estute, intelligent people who were both minorities and well educated and experience in the day to day mechanics of the government and world politics. Palin is poorly educated, shallow and vindictive, not to mention apparently self-centered. The election of BArak Obama, as I see it, was not so much a vote for him specifically, as it was a statement by US voters that the narrow, current Republican agenda and platform were unacceptable. It still is. The very definition of conservative, regarding politics is opposing change. We definitely needed change, but is hasn't happened. Obama has continued Bush's path of spending without regards to deficits, and has totally disregarded his promise of transparency in government. I say throw ALL the bums out, cut the pay of those in Congress down to a point that it's again SERVICE, put in term limits, and ban lobbyist gifts entirely. Then THose who want government services must accept that we must PAY for them, one way or the other.

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colcamp1 07/07/09 - 06:35 am
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They said that " Beauty is in

They said that " Beauty is in the eyes of the beholders". I see that we have a few Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder on line. Yes, please come to South Carolina. I am sure that Saturday Night Live would set up camp there, which would funnel money into the state.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/07/09 - 06:37 am
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Palin is not important enough

Palin is not important enough to have enemies. With friends like the ones that she has, all potential enemies can take a break.

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jackfruitpaper833 07/07/09 - 06:47 am
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When McCain picked her as a

When McCain picked her as a running mate he messed up all his chances of winning, her fate after he picked her messed up her life for good. I fault McCain for the ins and outs of her current life. I still wouldn't vote for her.

bone
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bone 07/07/09 - 06:49 am
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good riddance to a political

good riddance to a political stunt gone awry

ColCo
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ColCo 07/07/09 - 06:54 am
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Palin will become the most

Palin will become the most prolific fundraiser in Republican history. She is the only name on the Republican bench that can energize the rank and file, and the only one that donors will consistently pay large sums of money to see. When you look at the names of other potential featured guests, Newt, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, John McCain, none of them have the same fundraising power as Palin, and that is what the Dems are really afraid of.

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shivas 07/07/09 - 07:03 am
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Obama dealt with the

Obama dealt with the slaughter attacks and wasn't a quitter. Bye-Bye, Sarah. Maybe she wants to get into talk radio.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/07/09 - 07:12 am
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deborahelliot: Actually the

deborahelliot: Actually the salary of the Governor of Alaska is $125K per year. She only released 2 years of tax returns '06 and '07. In '07 she and Todd made $166K and paid $24K in taxes (14.45%) and in '06 they made $128K and paid $12K in taxes (9.37%). They're definitely not overtaxed. As far as her legal expenses, they will mostly, if not completely, be paid for by donations from Alaska Fund Trust, a fund set up for donations to offset her legal expenses, run by Kristan Cole, A high school friend and political contributer to Palin. Cole is a real estate agent who Palin appointed to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 07:18 am
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Good cover TechLover. Also

Good cover TechLover. Also Palin will receive money from the state Repub party, the national Repub party and all things related to the state of Alaska will be covered by the taxpayer. The phony ethics charges and their advancement attempt was ALL paid for by the taxpayer and much of the defense will also be. The Dems did the state no favor while trying to help Obama with these baseless assaults. I'm glad to see most Dems are still totally confused by this wonderful American. Go Sarah. Scare Dems.

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ldsmith1 07/07/09 - 07:19 am
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MCain's campaign was stagnant

MCain's campaign was stagnant until he picked Palin as his running mate. He just was not a good candidate.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/07/09 - 07:29 am
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jackfruit: Remember McCain

jackfruit: Remember McCain wanted Lieberman, you can thank neocon Bill Kristol for the pcik.

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 07/07/09 - 07:30 am
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It seems like giving her

It seems like giving her state a governor who can focus on governing rather than ethics complaints is a pretty good idea. Putting the constituents above personal ambition, how novel. All the speculation on what she has planned is just that, speculation. We will have to wait and see.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/07/09 - 07:35 am
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PT: We aren't scared. She's

PT: We aren't scared. She's shown herself to be the lying, two faced, self serving scam artist we all knew she was. She'll energize those on the far far right of the Repubs but still remain far out of the mainstream. I hope ya'll do pick her in 2012.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/07/09 - 07:38 am
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ldsmith: If she stays out of

ldsmith: If she stays out of politics, then you ca say she put "the constituents above personal ambition". My guess is it's exactly the opposite.

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justthefacts 07/07/09 - 07:41 am
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I think she did it so

I think she did it so everyone would stop talking about MJ. CNN is totally confused about what to do. It is a real quandary for them.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 07/07/09 - 07:42 am
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pt, the "assaults" as you put

pt, the "assaults" as you put them were not baseless. The Only group that found her not guilty was the one that was appointed by her. I'd think that even you would find that suspicious. I think you're blinded by her so-called beauty. There's definitely nothing behind the looks. She deserves every bit of derision that is heaped upon her. She should have stayed a small town mayor and "hockey mom, as that's all she's qualified to do. She's not putting the state before her personal ambitions, otherwise she'd have stayed in her state and WORKED, something that even her own state GOP says she didn't do. She's going to run for President, assuring us of another Democratic Presidency in 2012.

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Boston93 07/07/09 - 07:45 am
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JohnRandolphHardison NovaCain

JohnRandolphHardison NovaCain and TechLover: Ya'll hang in there with the Prezbho Obama Gubbamint and see how far he takes you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 07:45 am
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Still scared and confused

Still scared and confused TechLover. You'll not pick her return anymore than you can pick her ethics. Naming her a liar is stupid even for a CNN fan. Oh well, we're still having to contend with the last "peoples choice". Let's see how that's progressing for now. (stupid = ignorant by choice)

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