Sarah Palin Resigns As Alaskan Governor Effective July 26th

225px-palin1Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has announced that she will resign from office on July 26th. The news has led bloggers and comedians to breath into paper bags and use emergency dial-ins for their analysts across the country. Palin has been God’s gift to bloggers, including this blog. But fear not, this announcement may actually promise more not less Palin!

There was no explanation given for the news, though there is speculation that she is committing herself to run in the 2012 presidential election. One spokesperson, however, blamed the onslaught of ethics complaints as the reason, here.

She insists that, since she does not intend to run for a second term, she is simply avoiding that awkward lame duck period. She stated that she is “determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path. … Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional lame duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose.”

That is a curious rationale since voters probably thought that they were voting for a full term — since that is what she was running for when she asked for their vote. Under this logic, every term would be cut short by roughly a year if the incumbent was not looking for a second term. Moreover, instead of serving as a lame duck governor, she has given Alaska a governor who was not elected to that particular office. Since when is completing one’s promised term “another dose of politics as usual.” That would seem more like a promise as usual.

Palin has long had trouble with quotations, particularly with regard to the Framers. Her departure speech is no exception. The most notable line was a quote attributed to Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.” For those of us who are military history nuts, the line is well-known and not the words of MacArthur. 250px-Chesty_Puller480px-Oliver_P._SmithSome attribute it to General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller (left) at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir when the 1st Marine division was surrounded. However, Puller is more often quoted as saying “”We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” Some attribute it to Gen. Oliver Prince Smith (right). Others deny the quotation was actually ever made, here.

What was clear is that it was not MacArthur. I am not sure why Palin wants to portray herself as surrounded in the first place and coming up for another word for retreat. The more apt paraphrased quote from MacArthur would be something along the lines of “Alaskan Governors never die, they just fade away.”

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated as the new governor at the end of the month.

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74 thoughts on “Sarah Palin Resigns As Alaskan Governor Effective July 26th”

  1. lthuedk,

    Good witch doctor drivin’ out demons cartoon! Thanks.

  2. Governor Sanford is a little off topic here but he keeps getting mentioned. Not only did he abandoned his post, he used government funds to pay for his trip to see his mistress. The MSM simply will not touch or elaborate on that latter fact. That he paid $3000 back is lame, as if crooks could wipe the slate clean by giving back the money only when caught.

    Sanford wants Christian sympathy. To my knowledge, Christians are defined by Christ who suffered great harm to himself out of compassion for others. Sanford, on the other hand, insists on impeachment for others and forgiveness for himself. He is the quintessential Republican.

    Which brings us back to Palin, another quintessential Republican. In her case, the purity of her alignment to the party of hate comes from the purity of her service to self alone.

  3. lthuedk,

    Good art. Next time, and we all know with Ms. Palin there will be many next times, please consider adding a witch doctor/hunter in your Palinized art.

  4. Admittedly, Palin was a voluminous source of material that will be missed. Easy to beat and intellectually beat up, Sarah was nothing short of a herky-jerky half-cocked gift of a failure any artist or comedian would die for.

    Ready at the drop of a hat to do the bidding of Neo Cons, Palin was the perfect ideological tool in such minds as Billie Kristol and Norm Podhoretz. Sad to say, she talked too much, which threatened Neo Con schemes of world domination on the sly. Sabotage by airhead seems to reflect a real paranoid, totalitarian mentality. Cons should have that checked. The future doesn’t look so bright for Neo Cons of the Irving Kristol/Leo Strauss kind.

    Neo Cons aren’t smart, only persistent sociopaths in suits with Fox connections. The results speak for themselves. They got exactly what they deserved. And so did the likes of yours truly. Bye, bye, Sarah.

  5. Well, I shoulda’ knowed a Sister Sarah thread would get Off-Topic since she always was.

    Sister S. has contributed to virology and epidemiology, though. JB brought up the swine flu virus and Palin is squarely implicated. Once she stated that “lipstick on a pig” phrase, lonely men and women everwar started lipstickin’ and kissin’ pigs and therein lies the etiology of the zoonotic swine flu. I know this is true because I had 1 virology class in college and this is classic ‘cause and reflect.’ Some of the greatest minds have been overlooked for the No-bell Piece Prize in Sighants.

    Ex-Gov Palin can always get a job at that Alaskan turkey-chokin’ joint we saw in the video ‘Feeser T. shown us. After sometime, she could buy the business—with that saved-up govmit’ pur dayum she forgot to return n’ the unner the table oil company revenooh she aint claimed on taxes—and call the joint : “Turkeys for Christ”…with ‘appropough’ meanings in many more ways than one.

    I wish Sarah Louise well…well, not really.

    Now ifin’ y’all don’t git back on topic, I’m libell tah….

  6. My wife and I were glued to CNN last night, MSNBC played “Lockup,” despite the interminable Michael Jackson intrusions.
    This is fascinating. Does anyone else remember a more bizarre
    3 weeks in gubernatorial politics, sans disasters/attacks? If you add in the Texan secessionist, Blago, Spitzer and Patterson’s admission of infidelity after being sworn in, I would say that thus far 2009 has been a bad year to be a Governor.

  7. AY,

    The problem is flawed. You’re seeking to solve for a false X as delineated by the implied “1” rcampbell is trying to account for.

    If they paid a net of $30 and had a $5 remainder to split between them, the room cost was actually $8.33/guest or $24.99 but we’ll round that to $25. Out of the $5 remainder, two are pocketed by the clerk and $1 each goes to the guests for a total of $5. There is no missing dollar except the $2 the clerk kept by way of either conversion or theft. Had the clerk given all three men $1.67 each, there would have been no crime, no missing money and the rounding of the $25 is nullified by recouping the fractional cent lost in dividing 5 by 3 as he would have returned a net of $5.01 ($24.99+$5.01=$30). But as it is, the only $2 “missing” are what the clerk pocketed. $1 doesn’t have squat to do with it.

  8. Rcampbell,

    Everyone paid $10. Of that 30 dollars: 25 went to the room, 2 went to the manager (so far 27 bucks) and 3 went towards a refund. The 9X3 is just a distraction.

  9. Gyres

    After the $1 refunds, each of the 3 guys has paid in $9 for the room (3 x 9=27) and the manager has $2 in his pocket
    (27 + 2= 29). ???

  10. Palin’s move puts yet more pressure on Obama to finally get some results, as the soaring rhetoric isn’t hypnotizing the plebes like it used to. This week Helen Thomas, Colin Powell, and Warren Buffet all turned on him. Polls are looking droopy for The One lately.

    Obama’s porkulus program is a train wreck, all it’s done is bump interest rates and tank the dollar. We are being laughed at by bad guys like Tehran, Pyongyang, and Al Qaida who amazingly turned-down Barack’s friend-requests.

    Palin could trounce him in 2012, when Americans would vote for the Gipper-in-Heels in drones- while begging for lower taxes, free enterpise, and a defense posture with some backbone- and an end to the radical, anti-American nightmare we’ve got now.

    Go get ‘em Sarah-

  11. edit: disaster declaration to get feds involved. But would probably need a state of emergency declaration to get the national guard out, for rescue, security, etc.

  12. @AFK-FFN: some people dismiss Stanfard’s dereliction of duty as not being that serious, but it really is. Sometimes you really do need the governor, or someone who knows he can function in his absence, around.

    Two examples off the top of my head:

    – tornado hits hard, governor must issue ‘state of emergency’ order (iirc) so feds can get involved in rescue and recovery. Otherwise the feds must stay on the sidelines.

    – prison riot.

    Imagine either happened, or one of the other things that require a governor’s immediate action. The Lt. Gov. can’t act without legally knowing that the governor is unavailable and Stanford probably won’t know there’s a problem if he’s in Argentina. He left his citizens in real, even if unlikely, peril. He should be impeached if he doesn’t resign. He must never hold a position of public trust – not elected, not appointed. When will he ‘abandon his post’ again, as others put it.

    As for Palin, again there’s no defense. It’s one thing to leave your office early when to be asked to serve as Vice President, but to do it because the state has had to spend a few million dollars on “frivolous” ethics complaints? First, that’s small change to a state, and second many of those complaints were legitimate (taking family along on trips at state expense, claiming ‘per diem’ charges while living in your own home) and/or dismissed only because you stacked the judges (the whole mess with the fallout of a relative divorcing a state trooper). If you want the ethics charges to stop, stop acting in an unethical manner!

    What would she do as president when the same thing happened, especially after she’s already demonstrated that she will cut-and-run under the slightest pressure? Why should anyone believe it would be different?

    I’m in the camp that thinks that she’s trying to get in front of a major corruption scandal, that she inexplicably thinks that it’s politically motivated and it will be dropped once she leaves office.

  13. Mespo or Buddha:

    Can you resolve this?

    Three men go to a hotel and pay 10 each for one room. The manager realizes that they have been over charged by 5 dollars and decides to refund 5 dollars. He/she wants to make sure that each is given back equally so he pockets 2 giving each one dollar back. What happened to the other dollar?

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