Friday, July 3, 2009

Parting Words

Via Andrew Sullivan’s blog, he’s posted a link to The Washington Monthly containing the following two quotes regarding the sudden resignation of Sarah Palin, the first from one of her liberal critics (Steve Benen; written today):

“Palin is making a terrible mistake. The lure of the national spotlight is strong, and the day-to-day challenges associated with running the executive branch of a state are no doubt difficult. There are probably plenty of far-right activists and donors whispering in Palin's ear, telling her to ignore the naysayers and realize she's ready to lead the nation, but she's listening to the wrong people. Walking away from the governor's office after one term is incredibly foolish -- but walking away from the governor's office after two and a half years in office is stupefying.”

Pretty strong language, huh? But following up is another quote by right-wing blogger, and now ex-supporter of Palin’s, Reihan Salam, who wrote:

“Palin's campaign antics can be forgiven. What can't be forgiven is the ham-handed way she's tried to build her national profile since she returned to Alaska. She's abandoned the bold right-left populism that won over Alaska voters -- and me -- in the first place in favor of an increasingly defensive and harsh partisanship.... One can't help but get the impression that Palin is a clownish, vindictive amateur.... What I'm wondering is: Has Sarah Palin undergone some kind of secret lobotomy?”

Bear in mind that Salam made this statement in April, three months before Palin jumped ship today. But if he was disgusted with Palin’s “antics” then, one can only wonder what Salam felt about her resignation today.

My guess is it involved him lifting his jaw off the floor.

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