Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Palin Round Up

It's two-day old news now, but the blogosphere is still buzzing with the fallout from Palin's resignation. My initial impression is that this killed her chances to run for president in 2012, although I nevertheless understood her decision and empathized with her. However, regarding 2012, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this wasn't such a shrewd move on her behalf after all. There are some pretty smart people that think it might have been.

Rush says wait and see on Palin.
His points about the DC pundit class are right on.

Speaking of the DC pundit class, The American Thinker weighs in with some good stuff here. This piece is really good, I highly recommend you check it out.

Mark Levin's reaction is also discussed here. I'm not sure if I agree with Levin's take, but it wouldn't shock me if he's right. He's an astute guy.

Ann Coulter, who has more testicular fortitude than all of the GOP insiders in DC put together, has this to say.

And finally, Mary Matalin thinks it's a brilliant move.

If they're right, Palin would end up proving a couple of Machiavelli's maxims:

One often obtains through impetuousity and audacity what never would be obtained through ordinary means.

Assuming her resignation has a political play embedded therein, she's definitely making a play by other than orginary means.

There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.

If her enemies, both the liberals and GOP establishment squishes believe that she's finished and that there is no chance of her being a significant political player again, then they are putting themselves at a disadvantage and setting her up for success. After all, the GOP establishment in Alaska didn't think she could unseat a sittting GOP governor in a primary challenge in 2006. Oops.

It is much better to tempt fortune where it can favor you than to see your certain ruin by not tempting it.

She's definitely tempting fortune if she still retains political aspirations for the future. But there is a good case to be made that she could see her ruin by not doing so. Remaining in the Alaska Governor's Mansion invited continued bogus ethics charges, which costs money to both her personally and Alaska taxpayers as a whole, while hampering her effectiveness in both governing her state and setting herself up for a future run. Now she is in a position where she is relieved of those burdens, while having set up her political ally, Sean Parnell, as an incumbent governor to run again in 2010.

You must never believe that the enemy does not know how to conduct his own affairs. Indeed, if you want to be deceived less and want to bear less danger, the more the enemy is weak or the less the enemy is cautious, so much more must you esteem him.

Palin's enemies, neither her liberal ones or those in the GOP/Beltway establishment think she knows how to conduct her own affairs. Their belief will be tested if she re-enters elective politics.

There may be more later, but I've got to get outside and mow the lawn. But I leave you with a couple of other thoughts from another one of my favorite blogs.

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