July 10th, 2009 14:11 EST
Levi's Take: Sarah Palin Quit So She Can Cash In
"Levi Johnston, the former fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin`s daughter Bristol, on Thursday joined the crowd offering up potential reasons for Palin`s decision to step down.
Johnston met with reporters to say that he heard her musing about a better life, one in which she could spend more time at home, reduce her stress, and accept the lucrative offers coming her way.
Back in December, a month after her election defeat as John McCain`s running mate, Johnston said that Palin `had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people have been offering us and just run with it, and saying forget everything else.`" http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/1135635.html
By now just about every pundit, politician and blogger has weighed in on why Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska. The consensus seems to be that Palin quit so she can devote all her time and energy seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Quitting in the middle of your term so you can run for higher office would seem to be the last thing a presidential aspirant should do. But the Republican base is so enamored with Palin, they interpreted her cowardly and selfish decision as noble and self-sacrificing.
I don`t think Palin resigned to begin her Quixotic run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. I agree with Levi`s assessment of Palin`s motivations, girlfriend wants to strike while the iron is hot and make as much money as she can giving speeches.
Let me digress by pointing out that there is a double standard at play here. If a male governor had quit in the middle of his term citing personal attacks and frustration over minor ethics complaints, he would have been branded a selfish coward by the press.
Palin is a selfish coward, and no rational person should consider voting for her even for official Wasilla moose catcher. Palin couldn`t stand the heat in the kitchen, and now she`s going to cash in on her fame.
The fact that many prominent Republicans still consider Palin one of the party`s bright stars demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the GOP.