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08/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Palin Complains That Critics Are Applying A 'Double Standard' To Her Decision

So, over the weekend, Sarah Palin announced that she would not be seeking re-election as governor of Alaska. Then, declaring herself a lame duck, she said she would resign her post, to spare Alaska the agony of having an elected official who would not be running for another term by choice. THIS ALL MADE PERFECT SENSE, TO EVERYONE. Why haven't John Baldacci, Phil Bredesen, Donald Carcieri, Charlie Crist, Dave Freudenthal, Jennifer Granholm, Brad Henry, Tim Kaine, Ted Kulongoski, Linda Lingle, Mark Parkinson, Tim Pawlenty, Sonny Perdue, Ed Rendell, Bill Richardson, Bob Riley, Mike Rounds, Mark Sanford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger done the same? Are they just blind to the pain their constituents are going through? Like Palin said:

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn't run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks... travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade -- as so many politicians do. And then I thought -- that's what's wrong -- many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and "milk it." I'm not putting Alaska through that -- I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! That's not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old "politics as usual." I promised that four years ago -- and I meant it.

See, this is a brilliant elucidation of an entirely new strategy for governance! But all anyone seems to want to focus on is how Palin is a big old Quitty McQuitsalot who wants to use Twitter to sue to the internet and send the blogs to Syria for "enhanced interrogation techniques." I wonder if Palin sees any of this as a "double standard."

Palin responded Monday by saying there's a double standard. She brought up the fact (Lisa) Murkowski left the legislature when her father, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, appointed her to the U.S. Senate seat he gave up to become governor.

"The double standard that's applied here is a bit perplexing. ... Didn't Lisa Murkowski leave office to go take her dad's seat? (Govs.) Huntsman left, Napolitano just left ... ," Palin said, referring to governors who took positions in President Obama's administration.

Palin said she is embarking on a "different, more effective path" than finishing her term. Asked how, she said she didn't know at this point, other than to campaign for political candidates who represent the values she supports.

Of course, what naturally comes to mind, considering Murkowski, Napolitano, and Huntsman, is that they all actually had other jobs to go to, instead of some generic, ill-defined plan to "take a stand," and "effect change" and "make a difference."

I also don't understand this:

PALIN: "I'm going to keep working hard for Alaska, I'm going to be there for Sean Parnell when he needs me and if the staff and lawmakers, certainly any member of the public needs me, I'm going to do all I can for this state."

Huh? Is there to be some sort of Bat-Signal arrangement?

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