In her farewell speech on Sunday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin finally explained to the world why she resigned:
We are here today at a “changing of the guard.” Now, knowing how much I love this state – some still choose not to hear why I made the decision to chart a new course to advance the state. It should be obvious. It is because I love Alaska this much that I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical “politics-as-usual” lame duck session in one’s last year in office. How does that benefit you? With this decision I will be able to fight even harder for you – for what is right and for the truth. And I have never felt that you need a title to do that.
For the tenth time this month, Sarah Palin has declared that “I have never felt that you need a title.” So why, if she never needed a title, did she run for Mayor of Wasilla, Governor of Alaska and Vice President of the United States?
That “don’t need a title” assertion is old hat. What’s new is the assertion by Palin that she has stepped down as Governor of Alaska because she loves Alaska. If she’d stopped there, I would have agreed with her, and so would many Alaskans. Resigning was a loving act to a state tired of the sideshow. But Palin continued: yes, she loves Alaska so much that she feels it her duty “to avoid the unproductive, typical ‘politics-as-usual’ lame duck session in one’s last year in office.”
I guess this means that if Sarah Palin is elected President in 2012, she’ll serve out three years of her first term and then quit for the benefit of all America.
Hey, who’s that fella taking over as Governor Alaska? Oh, right: Sean Parnell. This, his first year in office, is also his what? Oh, right: his last year in office, unless he chooses to run for another term, a choice Sarah Palin also had as Governor.
When Sarah Palin resigned, she didn’t change the structural situation Alaskans faced: the last year of a Governor’s term. The only change Palin made by stepping down was to ensure that she wouldn’t have to be the one to deal with it.
You know, I never needed a title to figure out that Sarah Palin is bonkers.