Palin twitters a feisty defence:
Critics are spinning, so hang in there as they feed false info on the right decision made as I enter last yr in office to not run again
But she gets the decision wrong. Her feisty defense leaves out the decision that is under attack, namely her resignation — the decision she announced on Friday, the one that had media types scrambling back to the studio. Because, for a politician holding a public trust, just up and quitting your job is much stranger and more newsworthy than letting people know that you won’t be on the ballot again. And now she’s forgotten the damn decision.
She never stops being odd, she never starts being coherent.
And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.
One thing Americans understand is the difference between moving up and flaking out. A governor can quit to become president or even commerce secretary. A governor doesn’t quit to do the ineffable. And certainly not this fast — after 2 and a 1/2 years and on a weekend when her press secty is across the continent. Something very odd just happened. Maybe not lurid or amazing or dramatic, because we don’t know. But at least flakey.
“… right for all, including your family.” If she doesn’t want her family in the public eye, she’ll have to give up being famous. Quitting as governor won’t do it; she’ll have to quit being a celebrity. Any bets on her doing that?
, Bomp-ba domp-bomp. Fred Barnes
voices grim words: “Palin is no Reagan.” (Bonus! Barnes accidentally says Tom Dewey had charisma. And Bob Dole for that matter. And Richard Nixon. One piece of sloppy phrasing can have some far-reaching effects.)