This morning I was woken up by a phone call from my aunt after having been awake for more than 24 hours working on a marathon job and -- wham -- she clocks me with the news about Sarah Palin resigning in Alaska. There's nothing like an abrupt wake up call to get the most candid thoughts out of you, groggy and surprised, so let me share them with you.
I let it sink in for a few seconds and then I said: "That's GOOD. In fact, it's better than good, it's brilliant."
I've read all of Erick's comments and Josh Painter's too, etc., and my two cents are that Palin bowing out was the right thing to do for her State, for the Republican Party and her role in it, her family, and everyone who has supported her.
Whether or not she runs for national office at the highest levels again -- and I consider that to be an open question -- it's very clear to me that this decision is exactly what Bill Kristol thinks it is, and more. It's shrewd and it's also liberating. It unencumbers Palin from the smear campaign that her political enemies were going to continue to throw at her in Alaska, first of all. It's the right decision for the people of Alaska: why sit there with one foot nailed to the floor while your political enemies force you to defend yourself, wasting the people's money? If it isn't already clear to everyone in the Western Hemisphere, the Donks wanted Palin to do exactly what that dork from Politico prescribed: go back to Alaska as a lame duck, with all the responsibilities of the Governorship on top of the Spiked Pipe™ assault to contend with.
Palin has vastly increased her degrees of freedom by making this decision. She's now free, in the words of Southwest Airlines, to "...move about the country" and I expect that's what she's going to do. And everyone knows that Sarah Palin is the biggest Rock Star in the Universe when it comes to getting Republicans out to events and rallies. I don't see how resigning from the Governorship takes any gloss off of that.
My mind is racing with the possibilities the decision opens up for her and I think all the naysayers should calm down. I'm not going to spoil anything by running down my list of the things she can do much more effectively now than she could from behind the Governor's desk in Alaska. The first thing that went through my mind this morning was: "That's the best idea I've ever heard of. I can't wait to see what's next."
So chill, playa-hatas! Sarah Palin has the juice.