Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose failed vice-presidential campaign in 2008 and resignation halfway through her term as governor vaulted her into a prominent role in the Republican party, has announced that she will not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2012.
"After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States," said a statement released on Wednesday. "As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order."
"I can be more effective and aggressive in a supportive role....calling out the wrong-headedness of leaders leading us down this path," she said. "I believe I can branch out more."
Ah, well, at least that is settled. Who needs all the "will she or won't she" crap when there are real candidates to mock? Real stupid candidates?
And she clearly has her priorities straight. Yes, family does come first; well, except for that one sentence up there where family is demoted to second place behind God. Other than that, it's family all the way.
Also note that "prayer" and "serious consideration" are given remarkably equal footing. I find this fascinating. Presumably the "serious consideration" was the part of the process that involved actual thinking, weighing of possible consequences and considering the pros and cons, while the prayer focused more on begging the ceiling for guidance and carefully listening to the voices in her head.
In the end, though, all the voices and whatever occasional lucid thought she may have had were in agreement: Sarah should not run for president.
So long, Sarah, we hardly knew ye. Pretty soon we'll forget ye entirely.
"I can see obscurity from my house."
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In other Republican campaign news, a recent CBS poll shows great gains in the last two weeks by Herman Cain, while Texas governor Rick Perry has lost half his support in the same span. Most recent numbers:
Mitt Romney 17%
Herman Cain 17%
Rick Perry 12%
Newt Gingrich 8%
Ron Paul 7%
Michele Bachmann 4%
Rick Santorum 3%
Jon Huntsman 2%
Cain began to gain ground after winning an essentially meaningless straw poll in Florida; Perry began to lose ground when he opened his idiot mouth at his first Republican debate. Romney, meanwhile, continues to try to "bland" his way to the presidency, attempting to remain non-controversial, keep his mouth shut and not offend anybody. This is a sound strategy, having been highly successful for many of the most accomplished political figures in our history. Presidents Muskie and Dukakis come to mind. And few would wager against Mitt being dull enough to pull this off; after all, a candidate must play to his strengths.
But, as they say, it's a marathon, not a sprint. There are many miles to go. The important thing is to be there at the finish line and heckle the runners as they collapse one by one. Politics is a blood sport, and I will have blood.