Oh Sarah Palin. You’ve given us so much good material, from contemplating the failure of abstinence-only education or whether feminists like us hate you because you’re just so pretty and married to–surprisingly–finding common cause with you when you called out David Letterman. You were the anti-feminist conundrum that just wouldn’t quit. Until, Friday, you actually did. Quit, that is. We were all enjoying our beach vacations and parties and family time and Pimms Cups when you just upped and announced that after less than one term, you were resigning as governor of Alaska. Was it because the press kept being so mean to you? Because you were seduced by the prospect of greater GOP glory than Alaska can offer? Or because some skeleton in your closet is about to come rattling out and you’d rather pre-empt an impeachment? Who knows? That press conference you gave? Not much help.
So from our various holiday locations, the Harpies gather round to speculate. The question for today’s Harpy Seminar: WTF Sarah Palin?
BeckySharper: My first reaction was “Jeezus, lady, just STFU and do your job.” She says she knew she’d be a lame duck because she wasn’t running again…oh PUH-lease.. Everyone becomes a lame duck–hell, in my home state there’s a one term limit, so governors are essentially lame ducks as soon as they’re sworn in. The Governator is the ultimate lame duck in California right now, but he’s not headed back to Hollywood in a huff. You don’t get to ditch the people who voted for you because the job didn’t turn out the way you thought it would. Thanks, Governor Palin, for fulfilling the stereotype of working women–especially working mothers–as flighty, fickle, sensitive and stupid.
PhDork: You’re only a lame duck if you’re not electable again. She decided not to run again, made herself a lame duck, and then used that incredibly weak non-excuse to quit? I suppose it’s as sensible as anything else she’s said. I just want her to GO AWAY, and I know that’s never gonna happen. We need more women in politics, but not women who are so inarticulate and self-aggrandizing. There’s enough of that in DC already, and I fear that her particular brand of crazy is going to reflect poorly on all women in public life.
SarahMC: Sarah Palin is not one-hundredth the women Hillary Clinton is. (ed: Fucking A.) That is all.
Wait, maybe not. If the reasons she gave for resigning are the true reasons, then she’s a quitter pure and simple. She’s not cut out to lead a Brownie troop; I shudder to imagine how she’d have handled the presidency. I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop, though. For now, I don’t think there’s much more I can say because I don’t know what’s really behind her decision.
PhDork: No, you’re not. Not about this, anyway. I understand there have been a number of ethical issues brewing up yonder (apart from the firing of the brother in law and private travel on the public dime), and the timing is so strange, there’s got to be some fire behind all this smoke. Whether that means some moose shit is about to hit the fan, or she’s decided to join the squawking heads at Fox, I don’t know. There’s been speculation about grooming her for 2012, but it’s not clear how this serves to strengthen her in anyway.
However, I’ve seen some support for her via FB comments–people (okay, dudes, and not people I find terribly discerning) I knew from HS saying “Palin shall rise again!” or trumpeting her common sense (?) and moral rectitude. I didn’t see the full speech, just clips about full-court presses and dead fish and I’m-not-a-quitter-so-I’m-quitting…truly baffling.
BeckySharper: I bet community organizers everywhere are laughing their asses off.
PilgrimSoul: And speaking of laughing your ass off, I give you this.
So what does it all MEAN? Any insights? Vitriol? Do you even care what becomes of Sarah Palin? Give us your worldview, Charlie, in the comments.