Palin Not Running

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This was just released:

October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska

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.

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

Considering what Palin and her family have been put through by the truly deranged Palin haters, I cannot fault her decision.  Who does this benefit?  Unless Perry can regain his footing, and I am beginning to think that his campaign may be imploding, it benefits Cain and possibly Santorum.  This race is going to come down to Romney v.  a conservative, and the question is who that conservative will be.  All the conservatives will now start angling for Palin’s endorsement.

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  1. Perry issues a brief statement: “Sarah Palin is a good friend, a great American and a true patriot. I respect her decision and know she will continue to be a strong voice for conservative values and needed change in Washington.”

  2. This is a wise decision on Palin’s part. She knows exactly where her talents can best be used at this time: helping elect “other true public servants” and “driving the discussion for freedom and free markets.” If she should obtain a Cabinet post or other high level appointment in the next GOP administration, she may be in a position to more credibly run for president again. Or she may just decide that what she’s doing now is exactly what she’s called to do. In either case, I wish her and her family the best.

  3. I part ways with many conservatives on this subject. Palin is woefully underqualified for the presidency. The Republicans dodged a bullet today. She could have only made things worse in the primaries, and never could have won a general election.

  4. Has anyone else noticed that the same people who got most of what they know about the Catholic Church from Monty Python skits got most of what they know about Sarah Palin from Tina Fey SNL skits?

    Here’s another frightening thought: those people are allowed to vote.

  5. only Romney has a chance of beating Obama, according to most polls.

    I take it you missed the survey which placed the President in a statistical tie with Ron Paul and the one that put him just ahead of Herman Cain.

    For the layman who lacks the skill of statistical modeling of political phenomena, there is the Gallup organization’s jim dandy historical statistics. There have been several occasions over the last 60 years where an incumbent President was regarded as disapprovingly as the current incumbent within a year of having to stand for election: in the spring of 1948, in the fall of 1951 and thereafter, in the fall of 1967 and thereafter, in the fall of 1979 and thereafter, and in the spring of 1992. Between the last quarter of 1947 and the last quarter of 1948 domestic product grew by 5.8%, which is not going to happen over the next 13 months. The President’s campaign team needs to brainstorm about how to arrange for the Republican nominee to be caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.

    Palin is woefully underqualified for the presidency.

    No, merely underqualified. ‘Woefully underqualified’ is properly reserved for candidates who have never supervised aught but a few dozen staff devoted to their welfare and never distinguished themselves in a legislative body as a caucus leader or policy maven (Obama, Mrs. Clinton, Edwards, Kerry, and Buchanan would be examples from past years).

  6. Art, in a country that’s 66% white, can we do no better than Obama vs. Cain? What’s telling about the sad state of politics in this country is the total lack of quality candidates in both major parties. Christie was really scraping the bottle of the barrel and Palin was never taken seriously by many. Trump and Giuliani are more interested in making more millions, and the current GOP crop are about as exciting as a Wagner opera. Most on this forum are counting Obama out in 2012, but even McCain, who lost big, is beginning to look good by comparison with the Repub duds out there. Is there not at least one credible Reaganesque conservative to fill the void?

  7. Reagan was considered a dud at the time Joe by quite a few people. When he ran for re-election in 1984, 40% of the population voted against him. It is only with hindsight, and fairly recently, that he has assumed great president status. When he ran in 80 he was derided by many within the Republican party as a has been reactionary actor who would easily be defeated by Carter in the Fall, and many polls were indicating that would be the case. Until a candidate is tested through the campaign season and, if elected, as President, it is rather difficult to predict who will be a dud and who will be great. Obama has proven himself to be a dud in the eyes of a majority of the electorate, and that is the anchor around his neck for 2012.

  8. Joe,

    1. Your 1st sentence is completely non sequitur.

    2. McCain lost by a common-and-garden margin, no worse. Obama’s margin was abnormally large for a Democrat standing de novo. Had the banking crisis erupted six weeks later (or, perhaps, six weeks earlier) it would not have been.

    3. I think there has been a secular decline in the quality of the candidates, but its manifestation is not local to this year’s race. (Complaints are a constant as well). Actually, Gov. Romney is a quite able man; regrettably, he has been playing the weathervane for 17 years. My remarks and yours had nothing to do with that, however. They concerned speculation about what was likely to happen. If B.O. were returned to office under the circumstances we now face, it would be a break with precedent.

  9. Art – Yeah, I thought that I’d deleted the word “woefully” before posting that comment.

    To be honest, I’m at the point where I don’t think I could vote for anyone with less than eight years high-level experience. Palin, Bachmann, and Cain are off the list for me. Even Romney’s iffy (with regard to experience).

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