Palin Quits – Could GOP split be in the offing?
So, what’s going on with Alaskan (soon to be former) governor, Sarah Palin? Today’s initial reports suggested that Palin was announcing she had no intention to seek reelection in Alaska. In itself, this was no surprise for a politician who may be considering a run for the Whitehouse in 2012. Then Palin dropped a bomb:
Here’s the press release from the Alaskan governor’s office:
GOVERNOR PALIN ANNOUNCES NO SECOND TERM NO LAME DUCK SESSION EITHER July 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will not seek a second term as Governor of the State of Alaska and will relegate the power of governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell in order to serve Alaska’s best interests. Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnell’s current role.
…Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administration’s accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office. “I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” said Governor Palin after the announcement. “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. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success. I look forward to helping others – to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.”
So let the speculation begin. CNN’s Rick Sanchez has already been at it, pondering on air if Palin may be pregnant. In my opinion, it is more likely that she may have a skeleton poised to emerge from some closet; or, could this be an early sign of a GOP split?
She can’t still be considering a presidential run as a Republican, can she? Maybe if the news had halted with her intention not to run in 2010, but how can quiting mid-term help her run for national office in 2012? If Palin does still have national aspirations, her only hope of success (in her mind, mind you) would be to position herself at the head of some third party, the radical right wing of the GOP finally throwing off its remaining moderate faction.
Whatever the reason is, that Palin feels it would be ‘politics as usual’ simply doesn’t fly.
Palin picture from flickr.com user, aburnxc, by way of CreativeCommons.org