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 user, aburnxc, by way of


Michael S.
Michael S8 years ago

Look what Palin is doing now! Drumbeating for the big energy corporations. The plan is simple. Stop Obama's energy plan in it's tracks and set up a victory for the GOP in the congressional and presidential elections. Same goes with health care. It matters not to them that if the plan fails the country fails. They want it. They are praying for it!

hazey jane
carla Aijtink8 years ago

I am very very sorry!
I am a soft/kind hearted person by nature but al the energie in printing this mail I want to spend on this that she should be placed among a pac of hungry wolves!!!

Jaime J.
Jaime J8 years ago

Shannon S., thank you for your stand. You are so right about the spending happening in Washington. And comparing the expense account of “the most powerful man in the world” with a governor is important if you look at ratios. And your worldview is pretty pathetic and small if you believe He is the most “powerful man in the world”…now that’s dangerous and way too ethnocentric.

And what about his wife? Does she really need to have her expense account so high….where does she get the money to buy all those expensive clothes. But that’s the problem with America today…the “gotta have it now” attitude; and when they don’t have the money, they put it on credit. The attitude sure isn’t going to change from the example of the current administration.

And I am a bit sick of hearing about the wolves that are being murdered. The few predators (there was a limit) that were being controlled were quite necessary. What right do we have to even discuss this without understanding the culture of Alaska? Hunting for many Alaskans is a vital part of their survival, and predator control is sometimes necessary for safety and survival.

And Deb, if you are going to attack someone on their grammatical errors, you had better be sure that your composition is flawless. "quite" is an adverb, not to be mistaken for the verb "quit".

Elizabeth Irving-Waddleto
Elizabeth Irving8 years ago

If Palin had told no-one about her decision not to run again, she wouldn't have been a 'lame duck.' So her nonsense about saving Alaska money in this regard is absolute dribble.

The truth is--despite all the constituents who voted and supported her--she abandoned her elected duties. She quit, vamoosed, left her job... threw in the towel...

Palin had a contract to act as Alaska's governor and to carry out her responsibilities there (which she labels as too time-consuming). She says carrying out these duties took away from her family.

Fascinating; she was perfectly fine with accepting the much more time-consuming and demanding duties of U.S. Vice-President. Wasn't being a state governor glamourous enough for her? This woman talks out of both side of her lip-sticked mouth.

Sarah Palin left the citizens of Alaska in the lurch. Now the Lieutenant.-Governor must get up to speed so he can run the state during the rest of Palin's term. How much will this cost Alaska?

The fact is: the lady is irresponsible and hurt all

Craig Chmiel
Craig C8 years ago

Once again you prove my point DEB if i don't write or speak in good grammar or put the correct punctuation marks in sentences then i am a lesser of a person to you in your eyes, just your style to demean everybody who doesn't take your point of view i will not fall into your Statist point of view. Yes its important to me that he takes his family on a world vacation at our expense when life is getting harder every day, lead by example and tighten the belt in W.H. And as for your great undermining intelligence you should know what the sentences about the vice and rest implied, but like usual not a response to them just the bashing of my grammar. Thanks for exposing your true self!

Deb R.
Past Member 8 years ago

How can you compare the job, or expense account, of the most powerful man in the world with a governor of a state with less than 660,000 citizens?

Do you realize that Charlotte, NC, has more people than the whole state of Alaska? And it is only the 19th largest city in the US!

I LOVE Alaska. The fact it is so geographiclly big and has so few people is part of its charm. There is quite a diversity in the population that makes it interesting, too. But it is not very significant in terms of US politics.

Despite the North Slope and the military, Alaska is barely on the radar screen for the lower 48.

Alaska gets more federal subsidy money per capita than any other state.

Gov. Murkowski did not do a bang-up job either, but Gov. Palin is a disaster.

She has no hope of taking a run federally in 2012.

Winners NEVER quit.

Well, this is my last post on this thread. I'm moving on!

PS...if you ever decide to see Wasilla for yourself, there is one amazing attraction: the Iditarod Headquarters. It is well worth the trip. If you are a racing fan, the memorabilia of all the stars is very exciting.

And Shannon, I really appreciate that you are so articulate. Misguided in my opinion, but 'readable' none-the-less.

Deb R.
Past Member 8 years ago

So Craig,

Where did YOU learn to read and write?

"For mr letterman i wonder if them jokes were aimed at you and you were running for the second highest office in the land i take it you would not defend your family Deb, give me a break lady."

"them jokes"? Nice grammar.

Since you know everything, you could be a speech writer for Her Majesty. That 'word salad' attempt at a sentence would be something she could relate to.

As for 'fixing' the oil line problem, I'd love you to explain THAT one.

She did a 'nice job' as mayor of Wasilla? Give me a break...have you been there? It's town of about 9,000 people. 6 members on the city council. No offence to beautiful Alaska, but it is the ugliest bit of poor urban planning that I have every seen. It is this sprawl of strip malls and stores along the highway. Ghastly. Whoever approved the building permits should have their names on a billboard to be embarrassed forever. Basically, Wasilla is a bedroom community of Anchorage...about 40 minutes up the Hwy.

" there was asked once again to run for governor" ? what is this sentence about?...she ran once, promised to fulfill her mandate, and backed out 17 months early. And, what were the "many problems" she solved. Name only 5 of the 'many'.

And what on earth are you talking about here?:

"then you have Hillary add to that the Governor of AZ add to that the governor of Kansas, as well as the Vice"

If you want to say something, let it make sense.

Shannon S.
Shannon G8 years ago

I love it...the PONTUS. As a matter of fact the savior receives 100,000 a year in non taxable travel expenses paid by you and I that is not inclusive of travel that is for "state" business. IN other words, I doubt that the travel expenses of his faithfull followers that went on the state trip to the G8 were even deducted from this amount. That man is compensated well over 500,000 a year for his service in salary and benefits. People would be talking out of the other side of their mouths on this issue and if Palin was a liberal conservative...why? Is there predator control in IL? Why yes there is! Come and claim your prize! The is an amazing thing.

Craig Chmiel
Craig C8 years ago

Let me add this your POTUS ran and almost was never in the Senate and got paid for 2yrs, then you have Hillary add to that the Governor of AZ add to that the governor of Kansas, as well as the Vice, should i go on but one thing is clear these people hadn't the out of pocket expenses as she nothing but sock puppets.

Craig Chmiel
Craig C8 years ago

And what do you think it costs us for the POTUS to drag his family around? He is on official business not a vacation at my expense!! Let's see, she was working for the oil line and fixed the problem there, then was asked by the folks to run for mayor and did a very nice job there, there was asked once again to run for governor, and did a great job at that you see she did not quit she moved ahead and solved many problems. As for levi he is a joke, man was supposed to join the services and that didn't happen he is out to gain as much money from this as possible period. For mr letterman i wonder if them jokes were aimed at you and you were running for the second highest office in the land i take it you would not defend your family Deb, give me a break lady.