There’s been a small firestorm of controversy surrounding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to resign. Every possible reason has been put forward from this being the end of her political career, to cowardice, to being a springboard to something bigger and better.
However, one of the few perspectives not discussed is the one probably closest to her and Todd’s hearts; that of the fundamentalist, evangelical Christian. Which is odd, considering how greatly this figures in every other thing she does. (If you don’t understand, trust me; it’s a fundamentalist thing.)
So let’s talk about that.
- First, She’s a Christian. Sarah Palin wants to think the best of people, and to work together with people to find the best way for everyone. That’s part of what being a Christian means. Unfortunately, politics attracts the exact opposite kind of people, which she finds a bit bewildering and, at times, frustrating. It’s really hard to try to work together with people who tell dirty jokes about your kids, or joke about their disabilities and find that “funny” or “fair game.”
- Second, She’s a Mommy. She’s got five kids, one a precocious pre-teen girla and another a special needs baby only 15 months old. While she may have figured on some flack or static associated with being a politician, it’s a fair guess to say sheneve figured on the firestorm that started after being named John McCain’s VP candidate. The sheer hatred and bile spewed towards her is staggering, let alone bewildering to her family and children. And the amount of time this takes away from her family has to be very disheartening.
- Third, she very likely has aspirations beyond the Governorship at this point. A year ago the most she may have aspired to was perhaps running for Senator after her term expired as Governor. (One of Alaska’s two Senators, Lisa Murkowski, is the daughter of the man she defeated for the Governorship — and her father appointed her to the seat. Talk about your nepotism and “insider politics”!!) With her popularity still hovering around 56% in Alaska, she’s a sure thing to challenge Murkowski for the Seante in 2010 — and win. (And Governor – then – Senator Palin sounds better than just Governor if you’re seeking the Presidency.)
- Finally, she can finally start doing what she wants, rather than what she “needs to do.” As Governor she had certain responsibilities that needed tending to. She was also prey to a certain small-minded, vicious species of rodentia who felt the need to constantly harass her with meritless “Conflict of Interest Complaints”. These have cost her personally upwards of $600,000 to defend against these nuisances, and as Governor they can file them to their heart’s content, and it doesn’t cost the harassers a thing. As a private citizen this brings the nuisance lawsuits to an end, and she can sue them for libel and defamation as a private citizen, while freeing her of the duties and responsibilities of the Governor’s office. She can start making more speeches (for thousands of dollars a speech) to help recoup the costs of these lawsuits, as well as to provide for her family.
And, personally, I can’t wait to see her file a few of these lawsuits. Start with Maureen Dowd — please!
In 1944 during Christmas, General Patton’s tank corps was slugging it out with the panzer divisions, trying to relieve the encircled 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Patton, being a non-linear thinker, did the impossible; he disengaged from a battle, slipped sideways over 100 miles, and punched through a weak spot to save the 101st — and did it in just a few hours.
To the Germans, it looked like Patton was running away and leaving the battle. A few days later, after he had accomplished the impossible, Patton was a hero.
Have some faith. If you’re a supporter of Governor Palin, Faith is the essential thing.