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FOX: Was Sarah Palin Smart to Resign?

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Posted on July 9 2009 8:26 am

The O’Reilly Factor‘s poll question this week involves Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska.  Was it a smart move?

Palin is never going to get a fair shake from the mainstream press, no matter what she does.  So in terms of her own short-term political future, it makes no difference whether she remained the governor of Alaska or not.  She is pigeon-holed into the social conservative wing of the Republican Party, which means she will have a fiercely devoted base like Pat Buchanan did.

Conceivably, Palin could go a bit further than Buchanan and win the Republican primary in 2012, but she will be up against Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee for the conservative vote.  And she never will be able to break through to win enough votes for president in the general election unless she can transform her image in a major way like Richard Nixon managed to do leading up to 1968.  And that takes time.

Palin may be planning to skip the 2012 election, when President Obama, whose iconic status among mainstream-media elites largely shields him from any serious scrutiny, is likely to win another term anyway.  Palin can use the time to burnish her credentials as a serious commentator on public policy through writing and frequent appearances on TV — perhaps Fox News.  Or she may run for Congress.  She is young enough to make a run for the presidency in 2016 and take on Hillary Clinton, who will presumably try to reclaim her “entitlement” to the role of Democratic Party standard-bearer after Obama leaves the political stage.

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