Sarah Palin said Friday that she won’t run for a second term as governor of Alaska and will transfer her responsibilities to the state’s lieutenant governor.
Here is her statement:
“I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” said Governor Palin after the announcement. “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. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success. I look forward to helping others – to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.”
Look, I sure hope she has a huge ace up her sleeve because from here it sure looks like a Perot-like maneuver. In Jonah Goldberg’s words, “You’re blowing it”.
Her political career is not going to recover from this.
The Anchoress basically agrees.
Gateway Pundit has the video:
Francis is heartbroken but takes no prisoners.
GM Roper ponders Palin derangement syndrome.
It’s over. You can’t resign from a governorship and then run for higher office. Barring some strong reason, like needing treatment for cancer.
A contrarian view: No, Of Course Palin’s Political Career Isn’t Over