Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, July 5, 2009 4:14 pm

So long, Sarah, we hardly knew ye …

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 4:14 pm

… except I don’t think she’s going away.

By far the two most popular explanations I’ve heard for her unexpected resignation announcement are 1) some kind of scandal about to pop or 2) plans to raise money and run full-time for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. On the basis of no evidence whatsoever either way, I’m going with Door No. 2.

I don’t think she’s just stepping out of public life early because she’s some kind of fragile flower to whom the Vanity Fair article was the final, fatal straw. Fragile flowers don’t get nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda”; moreover, what she has had to put up with is but a tiny fraction of what, say, Hillary Clinton has had to put up with.

No, I think she’ll be back. And honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if she did pretty well in the primaries. Her spot on the culture-wars spectrum, her overdeveloped sense of victimhood and her entitlement mentality all play well to the GOP base. As fragmented as that party is right now, that might be all she needs to achieve critical nomination mass, if she can raise enough money in the next 18 months or so.

This is all just a SWAG and could be totally, completely wrong. I have no evidence, no inside information, no original reporting. But I’m certain she’s running. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait and see.


  1. She broke out the blue jeans for one day at the end. We are doomed.

    Comment by Fec — Sunday, July 5, 2009 4:45 pm @ 4:45 pm

  2. With all due respect of your knowledge and insights, I disagree.

    I’m guessing that some scandal is about to pop. There is no strategic reason to do this. Even if what she said is true, and I doubt that it is, it is not going to help her get elected to ANY future office. She is marginal at best.

    I would like to produce a bumper sticker that says, “I voted for McCain/Palin and boy am I embarrassed!”

    Comment by jw — Sunday, July 5, 2009 7:14 pm @ 7:14 pm

  3. Didn’t you read the post, jw? On this subject, I HAVE NO knowledge or insights! :-)

    Comment by Lex — Monday, July 6, 2009 9:50 am @ 9:50 am

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