My reaction to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s announcement today that she will step down on July 25 is that I hope to God she will devote all her energy to winning the presidency in 2012.
My reaction to my newly fellow conservatives and Republicans is that with friends like you, her enemies can relax.
Sarah Palin is not just the best candidate we have now or can foresee. Sarah Palin is the BEST CANDIDATE WE HAVE HAD SINCE RONALD REAGAN! We have NO other candidate with Sarah Palin’s intelligence and charisma and qualifications to be president. DEAL! For heaven’s sakes, it’s time we get behind Gov. Palin and support her and pull together!
Does ANYONE think for even one second that if Sarah Palin had been sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2009, instead of Obama, that we would have the stock market below 9,000 and unemployment at 9.5 percent? NO, WE WOULD NOT!
Why? Because Sarah Palin knew we were half-way through the recession in January and getting out of it did NOT require quadrupling the deficit!
If Sarah Palin were president RIGHT NOW, JUST THE WAY SHE IS, THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY instead of being on the brink of totalitarianism and socialism!
Smacks on the head as follows:
Ace of Spades HQ: “Sarah Palin Resigning July 25”
Hot Air, Allahpundit: “Breaking: Palin to Resign Within Weeks? Update: Is Her Career Over?”
Jonah Goldberg: “A Letter to Sarah Palin”
This is a partial list. More to follow.
Update, 7/03/09: Smitty at The Other McCain is not up to the level of support for Gov. Palin that I favor, but I’ll take it as a sign some people are emerging from their fog: “Anyone on the Right should consider supporting Sarah Palin, if only from the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend standpoint.” Come toward the light, Smitty, come toward the light.
Update, 7/04/09: I should have known it would be dear, courageous Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs who would get it right that this is a beginning for Gov. Palin.
Update, 7/04/09: THIS is the time to rally to Gov. Palin:
Update, 7/05/09: See Kurt Schlichter at Big Hollywood, “The Force is with Sarah Palin“:
“… Remember when Darth Vader faced off with Obi-Wan Kenobi? ‘If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine?’ She’s now immune from bogus legal claims and her book will not only raise her profile but set up her family financially for life. Now Sarah is unbound, freed from the need to be up in Juneau and able to network, fundraise and even (maybe) campaign without limitation. And the modern media environment will let her do these things without even a nod to the mainstream media ….” (Go read the whole thing!)
Also, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, “Video: Matalin thinks Palin is ‘brilliant’ for resigning“:
[Republican strategist Mary Matalin on Gov. Palin:] On the substance, there’s the key economic issue — I know everyone says — thinks it’s health care, but it’s really energy. And she’s the queen of energy.
And the second big issue for 2012 will be the role of government. And she has a record of reform and ethics reform and making government smaller and reigning in spending — all those issues that are getting increasingly important as Barack Obama expands on his agenda.
Update, 7/10/09: I should have noticed sooner that James Joyner at Outside the Beltway scolded Charles Krauthammer on July 3 for his assertion that you can’t run a campaign on platitudes, which was directed at Gov. Palin, by pointing out that that is exactly what Obama did (and, for heaven’s sake, is it possible to have an emptier and more meaningless slogan than, “Hope and Change”?). He has a video clip of Krauthammer’s remarks with his rebuttal here.