I'm going to keep repeating, though, Greta, through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012 -- is a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person? Are they -- someone like me, who's a maverick -- you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it, and I don't mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively, and to find solutions to or the problems that our country is facing.Sarah's peeps at that noisy astroturf organization, c4p, were discouraged last night. So much so that early this morning they posted "Keep Your Courage, C4Peeps," which contains some comments that were
Sarah Palin said, last night, "Does a title shackle a person? Are they -- someone like me, who's a maverick -- you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it, and I don't mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively, ... ." There, she has come closer than she's ever come, whether she knows it or not, to admitting that she's a demagogue. Her style of "stirring it up" and "aggressive debate" aren't going to solve our problems. How did her don't-care-if-we-default attitude toward the debt-ceiling negotiations solve that problem? Her attitude made the problem more difficult to solve.
It's possible that Sarah Palin may prove me wrong -- Go ahead -- Make my day! -- Give me some blog fodder -- by running, but she hasn't been known for kindness.
TPM has "Full Text Of Palin's Resignation Speech." The Huffington Post has video and a transcript in its "Sarah Palin Resignation Speech: FULL VIDEO, TEXT."
SarahPAC has "Governor Palin's Speech at the "Restoring America" Tea Party of America Rally in Indianola, Iowa (Video and Transcript)"
Fox News has last night's appearance on Greta Van Susteren's show: "'Maverick' Palin vs. 'Quasi Reality' Show," which includes a video and transcript.
The c4p post is "Keep Your Courage, C4Peeps."
For some humor, check out Vanity Fair's "Palin’s Resignation: The Edited Version."
For an overview of the problem of Sarah Palin, Peggy Noonan's "A Farewell to Harms" is still relevant. Noonan was a speech writer for Ronald Reagan.
The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart wrote "Sarah Palin is not running for president." Even though it's more than a year old, his story contains many links to the views of others who were explaining then why Sarah Palin can't and won't run.
Update: Uh-oh. Herman Cain is pushing back over Sarah Palin's remark, last night, that he's the "flavor of the week." CBS has a story with a title Sarah may not like, 'Herman Cain: My supporters "do not defect"'.
Update: The Christian Science Monitor has "Is Sarah Palin preparing to disappoint her fans?"
Update: Greg Sargent's Plum Line, written by Jonathan Bernstein, has "Make no mistake: Sarah Palin is still a wild card." The "Joker" is a "wild card," worth whatever its player says its worth, in some card games.
Update: The Anchorage Daily News has "Palin: Would the presidency be a demotion for a 'rogue'?"