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What is Sarah Palin up to?

By Tim Barnum|News Editor
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Posted 7/15/09

That’s the $1 million question.

Everyone on TV has their own opinion – she’s getting out of politics, she’s a quitter, she can be more effective by stumping in the lower 48 for the Republican party, she can’t take the heat, she’s writing a book and so on and so on.

Thus far, she hasn’t even been written off as a presidential candidate.

Now I know what you’re thinking, here Tim goes on a Republican-bashing, Sarah Palin-insulting rant full of ruthlessness, cruelty and jokes about her intellect.

Most of the time, you’d be right, but believe it or not, I’m not going to do that.

Well maybe I will, with some subtlety, but I don’t think it’ll be intentional (then again, I could be wrong, muahahaha).

When Palin stepped down recently, I was completely confused. Why would she resign as Governor, when, and I’m sure everyone was thinking this, she is one of the Republican frontrunners for a run at the White House in 2012?

Now, I’ve heard Republican pundits and commentators defend her, saying she still has a chance at running for president, even though, let’s face it, she quit.

See, right now could be a perfect place for me to make a joke about her saying she’s not a quitter the same day she quit, but not this time.

Everyone knows she’s going to write a book. I think we all know she’s not going to leave the spotlight any time soon, also. In fact, she even said she’s campaigning for conservative democrats in 2010.

What is she up to?

I think I have the answer, but doubt I will receive the $1 million prize for answering the question.

In 2008, honestly, Sarah Palin had a brutal run where she basically was exposed as someone with no knowledge of Bush’s policies in foreign relations, didn’t read newspapers and couldn’t prove that John McCain ever voted in a bipartisan manner. Rarely did she answer a question directly or clearly communicate a stance, opting instead to do what she knew – use slogans and her down home appeal to win over a huge audience and create a loyal, massive following amongst conservatives.

It worked for a while, but I think we can all agree she never really did appeal to anyone who wouldn’t vote for anyone other person without an “R” after their name; thus, she fizzled and suffered a downward spiral that culminated with her resignation.

Could that be the reason why she said she’s going to stump for Conservative Democrats? Possibly. It would have the chance to give her some more appeal to lefties, but I think that many conservative democrats are going to repel her, since their voters and constituents ultimately must come first.

But beyond attempting to campaign with Dems, which it is unclear whether or not this is legitimate or just rhetoric, she will also pen a book (see right here, I could make a joke about how Sarah Palin’s book will probably be 12 pages and unreadable to anyone reading above a fourth grade level, but not today). This too, can give her a chance to actually explain how she feels about certain policies and issues in government, since last year when she was thrown into the fray, she failed to do so.

Now, as you may or may not know, Sarah Palin doesn’t do a lot for me. She tried in 2008 to scare people and come off holier than thou, and as is the case with most “moralists,” it came back to bite her in the butt (see Governor Sanford, S.C.). And by having a meteoric rise, on top of her good looks, the media isn’t about to go away any time soon.

So what is she up to?

Sure she can express her views more clearly if she gets out of Alaska, but do you think Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and others are going to let her get away with having such minute political experience? Doubt it.

A side note, Mrs. Palin, you aren’t a “lame duck” Governor when you have about 16 months left in your term.

So, like everyone else interested in politics, for once, I have pretty much no opinion and no idea what’s going to happen.

I am going to be watching Sarah Palin.

Maybe that’s what she’s up to.

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