Opinion: Poll: Should Sarah Palin have resigned?

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Gov. Sarah Palin just announced that she will not be seeking re-election for her position of governor of the great state of Alaska in 2010. Her Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will replace her when she steps down on July 26 after the Governor’s Picnic, in her effort to reject the ‘Lame Duck’ status.

Is it because she’s hoping for a presidential run in 2012? The Washington Post thinks yes:


The first term governor is stepping down ‘so that she can take the fight for her issues elsewhere,’ according to a Palin aide.

Recent polls showed that her popularity in Alaska has been faltering, though she was expected to be the front runner for re-election.

So instead of waiting out the end of her term, her final year, she’s stopping this month to avoid being a lame duck:

Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘Lame Duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.

So essentially she’s quitting on her state -- a great start to a successful Republican presidential bid, wouldn’t you say?

She would counter that her stellar record as governor will carry her though the primaries, and she made sure everyone knew her accomplishments before her departure, just in case they forgot.

Palin has been riding the conservative merry-go-round as of late, making her first out of state appearance after the November election at the largest pro-life fund-raising banquet in the nation, according to the latest Vanity Fair article about the governor. She’s most definitely preparing for the candidacy, surrounding herself with her closest friends and conservative allies who will continue to tell her how great of a chance she has for the Oval Office against Barack Obama.

I hope I’m right when I say, ‘In your dreams.’

--Catherine Lyons