Some moments in politics seem to last forever, and other times the moments and the memories are short and quickly forgotten. So I think it's important to remind everyone from Wasilla to Washington that Sarah Palin, the Mama Grizzly who wants to be president, is a first-class quitter who didn't have the dedication and will to make it through a full term as Alaska governor.
That's right, the volatile, temperamental, policy-challenged queen of sarcasm who expects to convince us in 2012 that she's got the gravitas, character and integrity to hold the most important, challenging and stressful job in the world, bailed on Alaskans after just half her term. The pressure of the job just got too much for her, so she decided to screw voters and her commitment to public service and instead chase the almighty dollar giving rancorous, incendiary partisan speeches all over the country. This is a person who wants the toughest job on the planet? Does she think the media, Democrats and voters in general will forget this little resume blip? Palin's gubernatorial "no mas" is one pearly-white skeleton in the closet that will haunt her the rest of her political career.
And now the Wasilla Wonder has been criss-crossing the country, sending out more inane Tweets than a 15-year-old, while throwing her dubious support behind myriad Tea Party candidates, the most recent being Joe Miller, who upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary. Miller and others like him have been all too happy to accept The Quitter's endorsement. They know how ravenous the Tea Baggers are when it comes to Mama Grizzly and all her moose-shootin' charms and pearls of non-wisdom.
But the bigger question is with Palin herself, and whether this little-educated, inexperienced, bad-tempered rabble-rousing quitter who lacks cultural, literary and intellectual curiosity and passion truly expects to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate in 2012 or if she's just plain delusional and drunk on her own hype.
The 2008 election showed just how few Republicans and independents wanted her in the White House, as John McCain abruptly learned. And a new poll showed that 65% of Alaskans who voted for Miller weren't at all influenced by Palin's endorsement. My guess is that two years from now Palin will once again be reminded that while some voters may salivate at the thought of hearing her speak, they still cringe at the thought of her as president. She's a quitter, and when it's time to pull that voting booth lever, no one likes or respects a quitter.
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