Palin has been utterly absent today, a day after announcing her resignation. Palin's spokeswoman said she was in Juneau, but she did not participate in the Fourth of July parade there or the celebration of Alaska's 50th anniversary of Statehood (what governor doesn't celebrate a 50th anniversary for statehood anyway?) Instead, the only communication from Palin today was a Twitter shout-out to the troops, and an odd post on her Facebook page where she took the media to task.
The money quote:
The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. 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. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.
"A higher calling?" Is she taking some kind of vows or something?
And what's up with the persecution complex - "we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies to the decisions I make." Hate to burst her bubble but the standards applied to her are pretty damned low and she still didn't make the grade with that performance yesterday. The woman wanted to be Vice President, for heaven's sake, and she thinks that some kind of explanation of what she means by a higher calling is asking too much.
And who is she to rail against the "politics of personal destruction?' It seems to me she was pretty damned good at it last fall - "palling around with terrorists." She may whine about it now, but when she was dishing it out last fall she said, "Nobody should have hurt feelings! My goodness, this is politics! Politics is rough and tumble, and people need to get thick skin, just like I’ve got."
There is one more line from her little blurb today that is more than bizarre:
We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most.
Go ahead, read it again. Yes, that small part at the end - "sacrificing my title helps Alaska most." Does she think she is still a pageant contestant? It is not a "title", it's an elected office. She is not the Duke of Windsor abdicating the throne. She is a governor who is quitting her job before the end of her term.
If her missive was a blog post by some ordinary person discussing why they quit their job you would think they were nuts. Read it like that and it all becomes clear.
This is all one great drama in her head. She is the put-upon, tortured, heroine who must "sacrifice" all for the good of her country and a "higher calling." It is just that simple.
The snowbilly thinks she's Joan of Arc-tic.
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