SARAH PALIN --
SAUCY BUT SAD!
would never vote
for her let alone encourage her, but it’s still sad to see someone
for the White House stumbling instead toward the political “Out”
are, after all,
worse circumstances than being a one term governor or a governor who
defeated for re-election. Defeated one-term governors such as James K.
Polk of Tennessee have been elected president. Polk, elected
Tennessee’s Governor in 1839, was defeated for re-election in 1841 and
again in 1843.
presidential candidates in the 20th Century:
appointed Chief Justice of the United States (Earl Warren, Thomas E.
Dewey’s 1948 running mate);
for President of the United States (Robert Dole, Gerald R. Ford’s
mate in 1976, and Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter’s losing Vice President
Ambassadors (as did Henry Cabot Lodge, Nixon’s 1960 running mate); --
have served as Secretary of State (as did Edmund Muskie, Hubert
Humphrey’s second in 1968);
served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Jack Kemp, Dole’s
political team-mate in 1996. Kemp, of course, possessed star billing
before Dole’s 1968 election to the U.S. Senate.)
presidential candidates have even made television commercials as did
Miller, Barry Goldwater’s 1964 running mate. He made a “Do
You Remember Me?” commercial for American Express in the late 70’s
or early 80’s. William Edward Miller the son of a Lockport, New
York factory floor sweeper, also holds two other distinctions. He was
among the prosecuting attorneys at the Nuremberg Nazi War Criminal
the late 1940s. He also is the only Roman Catholic the GOP has ever
nominated for high national office.
point is, it’s
no disgrace to be a defeated candidate for the second highest office in
Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana, the defeated vice presidential
1876, became VP under Grover Cleveland in 1885. More dramatically, the
Democrat’s vice presidential candidate who was defeated in 1920 was a
dapper gentleman named Franklin Roosevelt, yet he became President four
—although most of Governor Palin’s constituency continuously
disparage that happy historic reality! To have been nominated, even
by the smallest party, is an honor. Think of it this way: how many
people do you know who have even been considered for high national
office? What a defeated vice presidential candidate can’t afford
however is to add dereliction of duty to political defeat. Governor
Palin’s announcement that she’s leaving her office with more than half
her term to go amounts to exactly that. Even if her most devoted
supporters will forgive her, it’s certain that her fellow GOP
presidential candidates in 2012 won’t.
announcing that she will be turning the affairs of the people of Alaska
Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell at the end of the month, she gave two
reasons. The first was the high cost, in both time and money, to
successfully defend herself against frivolous law suits filed by those
interested as she is in the well-being of either Alaska or America.
second reason was that her pledge of independent leadership and her
not to seek a second term as governor would place her in a “lame
duck” political category thereby diminishing her effectiveness to the
people of Alaska.
to her rather
rambling presentation, I couldn’t decide whether she was energetic or
hysterical. Even if I were to grant that she was merely energetic, her
assessments still lacked specificity and she spent much of her time on
ideological bromides while attacking the media and her ideological
opposition. Sarah Palin, while seemingly on the offensive, was
on the defensive.
Harry Truman used to
say: “If you can’t
stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
Obviously, Governor Palin can’t stand the heat. Whether
she’s getting out of the kitchen, however, only time will tell.
Governor Palin is as
wholesome for the people of her state and nation as her political
bad for both, then it seems to me that she’s doing her current and
constituency a double disservice. Mrs. Palin wasn’t a “lame
duck” and thus less effective politically until she herself started
energetically or hysterically (take your choice) imposing “lame
duck-dom” on herself, cinching it tighter with every
word. I find her constituency politically unpalatable, but they are a
legitimate and mostly honorable constituency. They only want to be led
and loved -- and it’s so sad that Saucy Sarah has let them down.
record, it should
be noted that Virginia’s John Tyler resigned his House Seat in 1821 and
his Senate seat in 1836 and yet he became President of the United
Ah! But he achieved that lofty position via the vice presidential
That, it would seem, is Mrs. Palin’s only potential path to
glory. In order for her to travel that route once again, another
GOP presidential candidate would have to be as brave or foolish as John
McCain III. Do you suppose there are any likely takers? If so,
you’re a braver supposer than I am.