Man, 2009 is like the year of the yearned-for validiction. First we got to send off that cocky dastard after eight chaotic/ idiotic years, and now we get to kiss cuckoo-bananas good-bye.
… or maybe its not quite that simple. But with lame-duck Governor Palin, it never really was. It seems that she’s passed the baton of batshit insane on to Rep. Michele Bachmann, and drifted off to the irratic/ unpredicataby- sorry- “maverick-y”, side of herself.
JUNEAU, Alaska – Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday laid the groundwork to take on a larger, national role after leaving state government, citing a “higher calling” with the aim of uniting the country along conservative lines.
“I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint,” she said.
Palin also cast herself as a victim and blasted the media, calling the response to her announcement “predictable” and out of touch.
“How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country,” the statement said. “And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.”
the punditry is beside itself.
Maureen Dowd: Caribou Barbie Is One Nutty Puppy
Sherrilyn Ifill, Professor of Law, U. Md.: Watching this news conference felt like watching a public figure unravel before our very eyes. And it wasn’t pretty. This lady was spooked, scared, angry, I thought, and incoherent.
Andrew Rotherham, Co-founder and publisher, Education Sector: I can see political trouble from my house.
Patrick J. Egan, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, NYU: Governing was never her strong suit.
David Boaz, Executive VP, Cato Institute: Will we one day say that her presidency was “born on the Fourth of July”? I doubt it.
William Jelani Cobb, Professor of History, Spelman College: This is obviously part of a vast left-wing conspiracy designed to assure Barack Obama a second term and, if Rush Limbaugh is to be believed, several more after that.
in case you missed the incoherent ramble echoing from Wasilla, AK:
and our friends at kos:
There’s an old saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
And so, being that she’s a fighter, it should have come as a surprise to nobody that Alaska Gov. Sarah “Barracuda” Palin decided to take a page from Eric Cartman’s playbook.
In her resignation speech, which many have described as rambling and/or bizarre, Palin announced her desire to “effect positive change outside government.”
Palin + outside government = change I can believe in.
I’m a little more skeptical. Like I said on Nov 5th last year, we haven’t seen the last of Palin. I mean, she’s 45 years young, unabashed, and the Republican Party’s best (only) charismatic asset (I’ll direct your attention once again to the image at the very top of this post). No, we ain’t seen all of Palin. And certainly not if Letterman and Levi have anything to do with it.
au revoire ma cuckoo amie,