Sarah Palin resigned! This is great news. I can't say how terrified I was of her as a vice-presidential candidate. The idea that some people would even consider her for the office was painful.
Paul Solomon reports: "In a rambling and emotional address, Palin said: "The problem today is apathy. We're fisherman. Only dead fish go with the flow."In deciding not to "go with the flow," Palin said she didn't want to be a lame duck, and she said she can affect change from "out of government." She later corrected her remarks to "outside the governor's office."" So we can see she is as weird as usual. Or maybe even weirder.
The reasons why she resigned are unclear. I suspect there must be some scandal brewing that she is trying to avoid. Later in the speech, she said: "I'll work very hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government and strong national security for our country and support our troops and energy independence, and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life," she said, her voice shaking as the emotion overtook her. "I'll work hard for and campaign for those who are proud to be Americans, and who are inspired by my ideals....And I don't care what party you're in or no party at all, inside of Alaska or outside of Alaska". This is the person we could have had as a Vice-President. I hope she is out of politics for good.
P.S. PeterN wrote a great post on why Palin is so scary to anybody with an ounce of reason: "What is important is that Sarah Palin will no longer be a threat to entire political system and culture in general. Now, I understand that is something of an overstatement, but the ideas that she championed, and most of all her mindset, emphasizing ignorance, are the opposite of what ought to be put forth as ideals in America. Frankly, the concepts themselves should be anathema altogether. Ignorance as a virtue is to wish for a return to the past, where things were harder, people died faster, and life was just not what it is today." This is exactly how I felt about her nomination and her presence on the political scene.