Bye, bye, Sarah; go in peace

Sarah Palin’s extraordinary announcement on nationwide television that she would resign as Governor of Alaska on July 26 — a year and a half before the end of her first term — took her out of elective politics, in my estimation.
Her rambling comments have been interpreted by some as a prelude to a presidential run in 2012. Others read her words as a flat statement that she was tired of being governor and wanted to do something else, preferably not in Alaska.
Serving a little less than three years as governor of a small state, then playing second fiddle to John McCain in a losing presidential bid and, maybe, deciding to go national without a position of responsibility or a home base doesn’t make a credible candidate for the nation’s top job.
Gov. Palin’s remarks didn’t explain why she was quitting, except for the personal reason that she didn’t want to be a lame duck governor. She didn’t say why she made herself a lame duck by declaring she wouldn’t run for re-election. She gave only the vaguest hints of what she planned to do in the future.
While Sen. McCain generously said he thought she still had a role to play with the Republican Party, few other party leaders echoed that sentiment.
Perhaps it is early to assign her to the dustbin of our nation’s political history, but my guess is that there will be a great many Americans in both the Republican and Democrat parties who awoke Saturday morning grateful to the powers that be that Mrs. Palin is not a heartbeat from the presidency on this sixth day of July, 2009, and then made a silent pledge to themselves to help her live in peace, far from the nagging annoyances of public office, from this day forward.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.