"Life is too short to compromise time and resources... it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: "Sit down and shut up", but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out."
- Sarah Palin, July 3, 2009, announcing she was resigning as Governor of Alaska.
Palin made an analogy in her rather rambling, incoherent little speech yesterday about "calling an audible" and "passing the ball so the team can win." Hmm, problem is, she is not passing the ball; she's leaving the fricking game. She added that the only way her administration could "continue without interruption" was if she ended it. In a reference to the military (and she never misses an opportunity for one) she said, "We can ALL learn from our selfless Troops... they're bold, they don't give up." And then, of course, she said she was giving up her job.
Basically, she said that she's no quitter, and just to prove it she's gonna quit. You betcha.
I just have no words.
She said, "In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life..." Yet word has arrived that her own husband, Todd, who was fishing yesterday, had to abandon his boat, leave other fishermen to care for his setnet, and hurry home to be there for the announcement. Doesn't sound as if he was polled (or maybe he's just not that important.)
If there is no scandal on the way, then there is no plausible explanation for this sudden resignation. She certainly offered none in her speech that ran the gamut from "apathy" and "dead fish" to "refrigerator magnets" and "lame ducks." She argued that all the ethics investigations have cost Alaskans millions so far and it wasn't fair to the state's citizens to add to that. The Anchorage Daily News just yesterday said the investigations have cost a total of $296,000 and most of that was Palin's own investigation of herself in the Troopergate mess.
When Palin closed her delusional, stream-of-unconsciousness, black is white/day is night, rambling, she offered one last bit of pithiness:
"In the words of General MacArthur said (sic), 'We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.'"
She even got that wrong - those are the words of General Oliver Smith.
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