Palin for Prez? Alaska gov to step down, cash in, and misinform public on energy and climate

Who do you think will be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012?

“If I had to guess, we just saw the opening statement of the 2012 campaign.”

That’s conservative pundit Bill Kristol, calling into Fox News after the only governor who can see Russia when she stands on a really, really tall building announced she is quitting her job in a few weeks.

polar-bear-tongue.jpegAnd why not?  Top GOP contenders for 2012 are dropping like adulterous, love-sick flies — and let’s not forget “Eruptions of know-nothingism from conservative savior Bobby Jindal.”

And let’s certainly not forget this post-election Rassmussen poll about the woman who wears a polar bear pin even though she is working overtime to wipe the species out:  “64% of GOP voters say Palin is their top choice for 2012, 69% say Palin helped McCain.”

So here’s a little Palin primer on energy and climate:

It’s quite ironic she’s known as Sarah Barracuda — given that her positions, if adopted at a national level, would wipe out most ocean life, especially those that tend to dwell around reefs (see Ocean dead zones to expand, “remain for thousands of years”).

But is she going to go national?

Think Progress notes that, on the one hand, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports:

Talking to people who are very close to Sarah Palin, I have been told that she has told her supporters that she is out of politics, period. She is fed up with politics. She doesn’t like her life. She feels like she has to raise her family. She’s sick of the commute from Wasilla to the capital and she really does not want to run for higher office. This is not the case where she is stepping down in order to figure the way for a presidential run. In fact, she has told some of her biggest backers in the national Republican Party that they are free to choose other candidates for 2012.”

On the other hand,

Palin political adviser Fred Malek said that Palin isn’t ruling out a future run for office, and he expects her to help other Republicans raise money. “She’s not going to go hide in a cave,” Malek said in a telephone interview. “She’ll continue to be a major friend and force for Republican figures in this country.”

What do you think the future holds in store for the thrilla from Wasilla — and the GOP in general in 2012?

33 Responses to Palin for Prez? Alaska gov to step down, cash in, and misinform public on energy and climate

  1. Omega Centauri says:

    I told my wife she needs to rent a flat in Russia. Then when she say’s “I can see Russia from my house” we won’t be able to dis her.

    I suspect she has been offered big money to be another on-air Faux-news personality. Maybe she’s smart enough to cash in before her 15minutes of fame runs out.

  2. Mark Shapiro says:

    Watch for her on Fox News. Rupert Murdoch knows a cash machine when he sees one. She’s cashing in, will make millions, and help republicans.

  3. David B. Benson says:


  4. Mike D says:

    If she was running for president, I think she’d stick around til the end of her term in 2010, not quit in the middle of it. Quitting looks terrible and probably will be the end of her public political future, honestly. I suspect she’s about to cash in big time.

  5. Mike D says:

    But then I’m not batshit insane either, so who the hell knows what’s going on in that little brain of hers.

  6. Fred Heutte says:

    In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

    — Sarah Palin, 3 July 2009

  7. Leif says:

    Sarah’s Balin… Governor was just getting to be too much like work. Perhaps she will become the spokesperson for the Global Warming Deniers and a concerted effort to stop any meaningful progress thus filling her coffers from the likes of EXXON etc.

  8. dhogaza says:

    Maybe she’s starting a third party.

    Teddy Roosevelt started the Bull Moose party.

    Maybe Palin will start the I Shot The Bull Moose Dead party!

  9. She should start The Extinct Moose Party.

  10. Lamont says:

    If Palin is going to make a serious attempt on the whitehouse in 2012, she is going to need to learn to become George Bush. In order to keep the big tent of the Republican party together she needs to learn how to talk to the base in code, and how to talk to the fiscal conservatives and moneyed interests in the Republican party without scaring them off. Leaving Alaska for Washington, DC is probably part of her continuing political education.

    And I don’t think that stepping down as Governor is politically suicidal. Nobody is going to care that she bailed on Alaska.

  11. Isn’t Alaska destined to become even more important in the near future? Alaska, land of increasing warming and decreasing oil, changing landscapes and future dwelling place of the Southern hordes.

  12. Anna Haynes says:

    There are rumors.
    “The Brad Blog is reporting that Alaskan reporter, Shannyn Moore, is now saying that federal indictments in the “iceberg scandal” may soon break “concerning use of Wasilla Sport Complex building material for Palin’s home…””
    (Daily Kos link)

  13. robert says:

    Bill Kristol hasn’t been right about a single thing for roughly a decade. If he thinks Palin is runnin gor prez, that’s a strong indication she’s not.

  14. John Mashey says:

    re: Anna’s note

    During the election, Mudflats was often a prescient Alaska source, weeks ahead of the MSM. I discovered this shortly after Palin was nominated, and it was invaluable.

    There was a long discussion @Mudflats last October about the house / sports center business … so this isn’t a surprise.

    Shannyn Moore was often good as well.

    Hence, while it remains to be seen, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  15. Gail says:

    “she really does not want to run for higher office.” You know Andrea Mitchell has it wrong if she said this, which is clearly bogus.

    It’s hard to know which iceberg is going to since the SSPalin – the fake pregnancy, the emails that now must be released, the house that the First Dud’s buddies built, the shady life of Sarah the Beauty Queen before she married and had a baby 8 months later…

    I’m just so, so sad. I hope Sarah stays with us for a long time because she provides endless comic entertainment. Her ludicrous escapades are a marvelous distraction from the ravages of climate change. Great Sarah watchdog websites: the original, whose server was completely swamped all day yesterday, palingates dot blogspot dot com, theimmoralmajority dot blogspot dot com, and they all have links to others.

    An entire cottage industry of pajama clad bloggers with unrivaled snark is now imperiled – let’s hope the iceberg keeps floating for a while and doesn’t sink the SSPalin quite yet!

  16. ken levenson says:

    Since Palin has no idea what she’s doing – how could we possibly know?

  17. Deech56 says:

    I think cashing in is a likely reason. She faces a lot of legal bills and the recent fundraiser to pay for them was a bust. “Advancing the cause” would be fundraisers for other Republican candidates and a speaking tour for her. Her political career has always been all about her and I think that this is no different. If she’s planning a 2012 run, though, she just handed her primary opponents a big box of ammo. Skipping out on an obligation doesn’t resonate with the “responsibility” crowd.

  18. EricG says:

    “64% of GOP voters say Palin is their top choice for 2012, 100% of Democrats agree.”

  19. Dano says:

    And I don’t think that stepping down as Governor is politically suicidal. Nobody is going to care that she bailed on Alaska.


    “64% of GOP voters say Palin is their top choice for 2012, 100% of Democrats agree.

    If you can’t beat a candidate that quit in the middle of her term because some heat was turned up, then you have no business in the business and time to look for other work.

    IMHO she’s got trouble coming over the horizon. What a dim-bulb.

    But at least we have a new indicator: She will be the perfect indicator to identify the ~10-15% who will take her as the new political savior, and someone bringing her up as wonderful can be immediately ignored.



  20. Brooks Bridges says:

    I’m betting on a scandal. If anything else, why the rush?

  21. ken levenson says:

    But at least she mentions CLIMATE CHANGE…..unbelievable….

    watch the embarrasment here:

  22. Brent says:

    I don’t understand how quitting in the middle of her first term helps her in national politics. Hasn’t she just given up a position of relative strength for … nothing at all?

  23. paulm says:

    Earth faces ‘Waterworld’ as global warming ‘lasts centuries’

    Earth faces a bleak future as a “waterworld”

    Sea-level rise is now inevitable and will happen much quicker than most of us thought – and will last for centuries, according to experts.

    The growing consensus among climate scientists is the “official” estimate of sea level rise by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – 20cm to 60cm by 2100 – is misleading.

  24. larry tucker says:

    Gov Palin opposes abortion
    She also understands energy independence.
    She doesn’t fit the corrupt mold it seems some expect.

    I suspect she is salmon fishing today while the city dwellers worry about her.

  25. Dboy says:

    All we really know now is that she’s a quitter and she doesn’t take her job seriously. No way to know if she is running for president, but she’s the ideal choice to represent the party that broke the world.


  26. PurpleOzone says:

    another impulsive Sara decision… her sister’s account of her getting married was hilarious… wheeling a couple of people out of a nearby old folks home to be witnesses.
    Consider the possibility that this is not a grown woman. I do expect she’ll make buckets of $$ for not too much work. A book and talking head for FauxNews, she’s great with a teleprompter.

  27. Yuebing says:

    Watch the video above of her resignating. Looks like Gov Palin is working very hard to convince herself of something, and it is not working.

    Like everything is going to be OK.

    Ted Stevens redux?

  28. Move over, Rush Limbaugh. Palin will have a following on Fox News like no other female. Her thinking will become well known, she will have influence like O’Riley and Hannity. She will ZOOOOOM!
    I’m not a fan but I know a superstar when I see one.

  29. Yuebing says:

    Dano “IMHO she’s got trouble coming over the horizon. What a dim-bulb.”

    Trouble = plea bargain?

  30. K. Nockels says:

    What was that rambling load of accusations about unnamed persons engaged in personal attacks on her person??? WHAT? I watched it twice just to make sure I really didn’t understand. She must now hold the record for the most incoherent speeches/statements given by a single politiclan Can’t wait to see what SNL does with this gem! I’m leaning toward a scandel is about to break she seems more scattered than she normally does. (which is saying something)

  31. Theodore says:

    She should be a talk show host.

  32. SunMan says:

    I can only hope she runs for President and gets the nomination, as it assures that the party she runs for will lose. Although a large majority of Repugnants think she is helping the party and did help McCain, that percentage of voters who identify with the Greedy Old Polluters is shrinking daily and quite a small percentage, and IMHO her ignorance and uncanny ability to diss English and speak Palinism can only help people working to fight climate change and pollution in general.