06 July 2009

Conservative Reactions to Palin Resignation

Jonah Goldberg (author of Liberal Fascism and asshole) thinks it's maybe his fault because of his advice to her earlier that day (that seems to mostly just be a rehash of Roger Simon's Politico piece), but still doesn't understand.
Well, aside from my timing being impeccable, the best I can say is I'm flabbergasted.

Not running again could make sense as a pre-presidential move. Resigning strikes me as very strange.

Mark Steyn of the National Review thinks it was stupid.
As a political move for anything other than the 2010 Senate race, today's announcement is a disaster. And I'm not sure it's a plus for the Senate - and, even if it were, the manner and timing suggest it was not a professionally planned event and therefore is unlikely to have any grand strategy behind it.

Bill Kristol of the Sarah Palin Fan Club thinks it's great.
After all, she's freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues - and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska. I suppose she'll take a hit for leaving the governorship early - but how much of one? She's probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor, and is leaving a sympatico lieutenant governor in charge.

Kellyanne Conway of WomanTrend, a polling company, thinks it's about protecting her family and it's swell.
But, as a private citizen, Governor Palin can unbind her hands, quit swallowing hard, and respond. She can also make a boatload of money with a bestseller or two, a spot on the speaking circuit, and a steady media gig. Palin can steep herself in foreign policy, become an advocate for issues that people actually care about — like special-needs children, a cause for which savaging her would be difficult — and help a national Republican party that is in no position to turn away any volunteers, let alone one for whom thousands cheer at events.

Mary Matalin, noted political consultant and lich, hates Barack Obama and forgot to say anything about Palin.
As we have been saying for decades, elections have consequences, and we are now experiencing the scariest consequence of an election in decades. This president is reordering, at warp speed, the relationship between lawmakers and citizens; he is reshaping the role and scope of a constitutional order two centuries in the making.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) thinks Palin sucks.
I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.

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