THE PLANK JULY 3, 2009
Matt Continetti, The Weekly Standard:
One thing you learn about Sarah Palin when you study her career is that
she never, ever does things by the book. I think it's safe to say
today's events are a further example of this tendency.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner:
Listening to her, it seems like this is a combination of stepping back
and moving forward. Stepping back, because it's way too overwhelming to
be Sarah Palin, political phenom, Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, and
Sarah Palin, wife and mother. I don't know that anyone can fulfill all
those roles well, simultaneously. And we're unrealistic, I think, when
we assume people can or should.One reservation I've always had
about Sarah Palin has to do with her family. If she is stepping down
because of what politics has done to her family, because of something
in her family life she doesn't want to see as David Letterman fodder,
because it's impossible to be governor, a star, and a mom to an infant
... this is good. It demonstrates good judgment and priorities.
And that is that.
It's over. You can't resign from a governorship and then run for higher
office. Barring some strong reason, like needing treatment for cancer.