Sarah Palin is utterly batshit.
Look, I can see not running for reelection: she wants to run for president in 2012.
That alone is pretty dumb, since she was less popular than John McCain, and McCain/Palin couldn’t beat Obama in 2008. In 2012, all signs suggest we’ll have national health insurance and a growing economy, so why would anyone pick Palin to ruin it?
But she wants to run in 2012. Fine. Why resign from office now? She doesn’t want to be a lame duck? Fine, then why stay in office for a month? I mean, her official resignation will happen on my birthday, which is thoughtful of her, but still, she’s quacking and limping.
Furthermore, she hasn’t really been doing a lot as governor anyway. With all the feuding and fighting for national prominence, I can’t think she’s been delving into the finer details of Alaskan policy. Which may be to Alaska’s benefit. Surely, though, she could persist in this manner for her full four-year term, and then get beaten in 2012.
But what really puzzles me is the precise timing of her announcement. Last week, Vanity Fair rolled out an article in which McCain staffers unloaded on her, calling her, among other things, a “Little Shop of Horrors,” a “diva,” and a “whack job.”
That would all be forgotten by July, but by signaling her 2012 candidacy unmistakably and by announcing her resignation now, Palin makes it impossible for those of us who planned to ignore the Vanity Fair piece. And we have to ask whether she’s resigning as Governor to free up more time to run laps, or to run for office.
All this could have been mitigated by delaying the announcement, or just by serving out her term.