I had promised myself that I would not continue to post about Sarah Palin vowing to only write again if and when the real reason for her sudden resignation yesterday came out. And while I still plan to not make this an all Sarah all the time posting marathon, a reader comment provided by Andrew Sullivan goes far to answering a question I’ve had since John McCain picked this woman to be his VP and hence was reason enough for at least one more post.
Part of Sarah Palin’s irresistible appeal to her fundamentalist base is her ability to look at the camera with utter conviction and declare black to be white.
The ability to lie well is a valuable part of the fundamentalist psychology. My son isn’t gay, he just hasn’t found the right woman! Those rocks aren’t 50 million years old, they just look like it as a test of our faith! My sexless marriage isn’t foundering, it is filled with God’s spirit! The minister isn’t molesting little Maria, they’re just very close! It isn’t torture, it is being tough on terrorists!
Fundamentalists can recognize a truly audacious and talented liar from miles away. Instead of running the other way, as you might expect, they gather around the powerful liar, for they know that their own lies will be respected and protected by a leader who understands the paramount importance of preserving their whole system of denial.
At an 11:00 a.m. press conference today, Governor Sarah Palin announced that she would not seek a second term as governor. The governor continued, saying that by the end of the month she would resign from the governorship.On a day that most public employees have off, Palin sent out an early morning press release indicating that she would be giving an announcement from her home in Wasilla. Joining Palin were her parents, family and state commissioners.
Palin announced that she will transfer power to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Parnell will be sworn in during the upcoming governor’s picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. An emotionally choked-up Parnell said he plans to keep all state commissioners and continue to pursue a natural gas pipeline. He also announced that he would enter the gubernatorial race in 2010.
The prevailing theory on this by many early on seems to be that Palin is quitting to focus on a run at the 2012 Presidential election but for some reason I just don’t see it. For someone who already is light on the political experience front to quit her only real political gig halfway into her first term in office seems a bit fishy to me and makes me wonder what else might be coming out besides her whining over being “overly” scrutinized for ethics violations. They were being mean to me won’t work too well if she ever wants to win higher office, just look how well it worked when she was the 2nd line on the ticket.
Maybe she can see the writing on the wall from her window in Wasilla right next to the Soviet Union? Considering this announcement comes on a day before a holiday Friday I am guessing this story is far from complete…
UPDATE: Here is her speech.
Can a speech be more confusing or out in left field than this?