Governor Sarah Palin announced this afternoon that she is stepping down from her position as Alaskan Governor later this month. I truly am shocked for a number of reasons and cannot comprehend what could be behind this move and what it bodes for the future. She did claim that she was not going to seek re-election and felt it would be best to hand everything over to the Lt. Governor. She could be possibly seeking election to the Senate, but this would be early to resign. And she would be unseating a fellow Republican. She does plan to go on a book tour and has a seven million dollar book deal so perhaps she wants to build up some capital for a presidential run. But is there something behind the scenes that we do not know about? Governor Mark Sanford has me jaded after the last week of scandalous revelations.
I am also concerned about the timing of the announcement. Palin announced her resignation on a Friday afternoon right before a holiday weekend – an Obama adminstration move when they want to hide something from the news cycle. There are many allegations surrounding money and I find myself wondering if some of the allegations may be true. I voted for Palin in 2008 and want to see her on a ballot in 2012, but I find myself stunned and wondering what is going on behind the scenes. I pray that there is no scandal here because the Republican Party cannot take another blow like this. Conservatives were looking to the Republican Governors as our hopes for leadership in 2012. With Mark Sanford’s fall and then this bizarre move from Palin, I find myself stepping back.
I have claimed for a while that we do not need a leader in the Republican Party and this is one of the reasons why because I do not want to put my eggs in any basket right now. We are the leader right now. And that is just fine with me.