In a move that surprised almost everyone – save perhaps her family – Sarah Palin announced that she wanted to save Alaska from the horrible prospect of a “lame-duck” governor. Perhaps Palin does not understand the term lame duck. Lame ducks are those politicians who are at the end of a last term either due to term limits (governors and presidents) or to an election defeat by the opposition. A lame duck is on his or her way out of office.
Indiana’s governor, Mitch Daniels, qualifies as a lame duck since he cannot run again in 2012. Representatives and Senators who are defeated in November elections are lame ducks until they leave office in January. But that doesn’t mean authentic lame ducks stop working on behalf of their constituents. Palin is no lame duck – unless you consider her own decision not to run as making her a forced lame duck. But she took care of that by announcing that she would exit the governor’s office 16 months ahead of schedule.
As to her excuse of how she has been treated by the media – come on – it’s politics. She put herself in the public spotlight with her acceptance of the vice presidential slot last year. Perhaps she doesn’t quite remember the years and years of trashing and battering Hillary Clinton has taken at the hands of the conservative press and Republican talking heads. Yet, Hillary is still standing.
Palin’s press conference is worthy of watching just to listen to the excuses she has contrived for her flight from office. Her rambling, disjointed performance leaves one shaking the head and wondering just what she is hiding. The statement runs on and on for a little over 7 painful minutes as Palin flits from one subject to another with little or no coherence among the topics.
And, one final thought on Palin’s use of the point guard analogy – she likened her position to that of a point guard who knows when to pass the ball. Got news for you, Sarah, point guards may know when to pass the ball, but they don’t pass it and then walk off the court. You are no point guard, Sarah Palin.