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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Quitter States "I Am Not A Quitter," Invents Non-Existent Federal Agency

Sarah Palin decided she needed some damage control, so she delivered a series of interviews to the press (I thought they were the problem?), which included statements like this:

Sarah Palin's not a quitter, she wants the public to know.

"I am not a quitter. I am a fighter," Palin told CNN on Monday while on a family fishing trip, on the heels of her Friday bombshell announcement that she was resigning as Alaska's governor.

Palin did her interview standing on the shores of Dillingham, Alaska, wearing hip waders. She granted 10-minute interviews to CNN and three other news networks Monday.

She resigned because of the tremendous pressure, time and financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months, she said. The complaints were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans, Palin said.

Like Kevin Drum I'm willing to believe that she's sincere about this, that she couldn't take the pressure and the time and the cost of all the ethics complaints. At the same time, that means she CAN'T HANDLE BEING A POLITICIAN, then. Which is fine, there are only a handful of politicians governing hundreds of millions, in the final analysis. It does take a toll. Her lawyer said "she needed a break" after being on-duty for two and a half straight years. OK, fine. Then don't run for public office.

ABC's Kate Snow probed that juxtaposition:

As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the "department of law" would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

"I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out," she said.

There is no "Department of Law" at the White House.

Should I even bother to comment?

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