Palin Bailin’

Surprising millions of people living under rocks without television service (preventing them from noticing that the actual candidates started campaigning months ago), Sarah Palin has announced that she will not seek the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States.

The carefully wordsmithed announcement suggests that Palin will instead seek a supportive role in other Republican campaigns around the country. It also doesn’t hesitate to stoke vague fears of “fundamental transformation” in the USA, nor does she neglect regressive, declinist rhetoric, carefully signing off with an exhortation to “restore this country!”

Says Palin:

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

(full text after the jump)

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

Anyone care to place a bet on whether or not we’ll ever see Palin stand for office again? My money’s on “no.” She’s discovered she can make a lot more cash as a media personality, without the restrictions that come with elected office.

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  1. Middle of the Road says:

    the majority of her time and devotion will be spent with God? Man, what a sweet break for her family and for the rest of us.  

  2. Pam Bennett says:

    This is so hard to take. After planning my TV schedule around

    Romney or Cain called her, eh?

  3. BlueCat says:

    would obviously allow her to have a greater unshackled impact than any mere title such as President of the united States of America or Commander in Chief. Why mess with the small time stuff.  Imagine the worldwide breathless 24/7 reporting that would result from a wardrobe malfunction, alone.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      roguey mavericks are contributing their dance routines for the good of the country these days.

      Honestly, I’m amazed at what Plain has been able to accomplish by not doing.  She’s resigned being Alaska’s Governor for the altruistic good of that state.  She’s not running for President because God is going to use her to have a greater impact on this country free of the constrictions actually assuming that office might entail.  Now, if we could only convince her not to work on a cure for cancer, or not to work on solving nuclear fusion, . . . well the sky’s obviously her not-doing non-limit.

  4. Aristotle says:

    … and it’s all the GOP establishment’s fault!

    Somewhere, a pitiful Palin groupie is weeping.

  5. JeffcoBlue says:

    That’s it, right? No more Palin? She’s painful to listen to, the only reason to do so was the chance she would go again. So that’s it, right?

    If there is a God…

  6. raymond1 says:

    Her interesting use of “decisive” reminds me of a favorite old movie quote:

    I do not think that word means what you think it means.

    Also, remember her big laugh line at the ’08 convention?

    Being a small town mayor is like being a community organizer… except with actual responsibilities.

    Yet she actually gave up Gov, and a (longshot) chance at Prez, basically to become a community organizer.

    • caroman says:

      for someone like her.

    • BlueCat says:

      the boss of the Senate and set the legislative agenda in the VP role of President of the Senate. We still have Bachmann, who thinks as President she could cut the price of gas to two dollars, maybe by decree? I’m sure their are intelligent, knowledgeable female Republicans.  Why do GO(T)Pers have zero interest in finding one?  Palin was their answer to HRC? And now Bachmann?  Seriously?

    • VanDammer says:

      From Politico:

      Her political action committee, SarahPAC, reported $1.402 million cash on hand in July, the latest records that are available. The report showed that while she spent a considerable sum – $673,000 – raising money, she did little to bolster a staff, instead paying her parents for jobs listed as “correspondence and card mailing.”

      Problem for $arah is that her ignorant followers are now getting a clue.  Reading thru the comments @ Palin4American and Conservadumbs4Palin is priceless.  Here are a few gems (among many & many) …

      … we were played for fools.  She sent out 2 last-minute fundraising letters in Sept, which will surely give her gas money for the bus and money to spend on another 1st class Palin family vacation.

      This was a complete fiasco. Palin basically burned a lot of bridges to most of her supporters today. We were made to look like fools. Especially since she had a commercial in the can … I can’t go on Hot Air. I feel like a complete asshole for having supported Palin.

      The Greatest Abdication in American Political History. So much for the Mama Grizzly.

      As for Palin? She’s done. And she deserves to be done. There’s no excuse for what she’s done here. This could have been done months ago, the right way.  Now it’s just a fiasco, but it’s her fiasco, not ours.

      Boo-hoo

       

  7. caroman says:

    Nicolle Wallace, a senior advisor to the McCain-Palin campaign believes Palin is mentally ill.  She says Palin was incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her as the VP candidate.

    Question: Why didn’t Wallace quit the campaign and tell the country?  What about John McCain?  Country First, my ass.  

    This really pisses me off and informs my view that today’s conservatives are un-American.

    This is from PoliticalWire.com yesterday:

    ” Nicolle Wallace, who worked as a senior advisor on the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign, tells Time that the main character in her new novel, It’s Classified was based on Sarah Palin.

    Said Wallace: “The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed by Sarah Palin. What if somebody who was ill-equipped for the office were to ascend to the presidency or vice presidency? What would they do? How long would it take for people to figure it out? I became consumed by this question.”

    “Palin vacillated between extraordinary highs on the campaign stage — she ignited more enthusiasm than our side had seen at any other point — to debilitating lows. She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate… There certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.” (my bold)

  8. MADCO says:

    Since she was governor of Alaska for about 15 months and still is referred to as Governor Palin can she some kind of almost title out of this?  Almost Presidential Candidate?

  9. LakewoodTodd says:

    I find it amusing that, media hog that she is, she was constantly popping up on the edges of the spotlight of whomever the most recent entry into the Republican fray was. Now when a possible nominee stands up to say that he is not going to run, she pops up to say “I’m not running either.” She must have been on vacation when Huckabee made this announcement. Too bad, would have saved us months of speculationa about this “shocking” decision.

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