Friday, July 03, 2009

Palin's Resignation

Sarah Palin today announced her resignation as governor of Alaska. Her political stature has steadily declined since last August, when she wowed much of the nation with an impressive performance at the Republican National Convention. With this announcement, she has virtually guaranteed that the zenith of her political career is in the past.

Undoubtedly, Ms. Palin believes that leaving office provides her with the time needed to maintain her visibility before the American public. However, while visibility presents a daunting challenge for a would be national candidate from the land of the midnight sun, it is not Ms. Palin's most pressing need. For her to expand beyond her contingent of enthusiastic supporters, her primary need is to increase her credibility and expertise in key areas in the years leading up to 2012. The office of Governor provides her with an opportunity to both increase expertise and demonstrate leadership. Travelling around the country giving speeches and raising money does not.

Ms. Palin has talent that could be effective in a national campaign. It is unfortunate that she made it to prime time before she was ready. In 2012, her primary notice will be when she endorses some other Republican candidate running for the presidency.


Anonymous Bowler said...

Palin might have stepped down as governor, but it will probably take a year or two for her to be phased out of comedians' routines

12:37 AM  

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