Saturday, July 04, 2009

Speculation rife as Sarah Palin quits as Alaska governor.

It was a remarkably muddled speech, full of that combination of folksy charm - and embarrassingly cutesy references to fridge magnets - which has marked her every public utterance.

And it says a lot about her astonishing ego that we are left wondering whether or not this is her preparing to run in 2012. Though, why someone throwing in the towel should show us that they are ready to lead the free world confuses me. I would think it shows the opposite.

But, her claims that, "America is now looking north to the future" makes me wonder whether or not she is actually insane enough to think that this is her time.

I note that even Republicans can't agree on what the Hell she is up to.

But coming during Independence Day, the move raised questions among some Republicans who accused her of attempting to escape falling poll numbers in Alaska as a series of economic problems and ethics investigations take their toll. A prominent Republican strategist, Ed Rollins, who directed Ronald Reagan's election campaign, said Palin had made a serious mistake. "She was a shooting star who dimmed in recent months and now she's crashed," he said.

Another Republican strategist, Tony Blankley, disagreed and said Palin appeared to have made a smart move to position herself for a run for president.

"It looks like she's moving down a path toward it," he said. "It frees her up. The normal rules don't seem to apply to her. She's a fascinating character who seems to do things her own way."

Some are writing this off as typical of the kind of behaviour which we have become used to from this most "maverick" of politicians:

But other Republicans were more critical, including John Weaver, a long time confidant of McCain.

"We've seen a lot of nutty behaviour from governors and Republican leaders in the last three months, but this one is at the top of that," Weaver told the Washington Post. Palin's resignation was swiftly criticised as "flaky" by her Democratic opponents who said it was part of a pattern of "bizarre" behaviour. The Democratic National Committee said she is "leaving the people of Alaska high and dry ... or she simply can't handle the job now".

I have no idea whether she is stepping away from the spotlight or preparing to challenge Obama in 2012. It actually matters not a jot. An insanely egotistical incompetent is standing down. Should she decide that her decision to walk away from the promises she made to the people of Alaska makes her best placed to challenge Obama for the presidency of the United States in 2012, is all fun for the future.

We are dealing with a delusional lunatic. Only another lunatic would pretend to know what goes on in that narcissistic head of hers.

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