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Sarah Palin Is Not Running For President [Updates Below]

05 October 2011 @ 18:51

The text of her announcement, courtesy of Fox News:

October 5, 2011

Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

Needless to say, I’m very disappointed…and very worried because none of the other announced candidates fully understands what bad shape we are in.

UPDATE at 1909…

Click here to hear Mrs. Palin’s first interview with Mark Levin [the Memeorandum thread].

Listening to it, the biggest reason seems to be family concerns.  If so, the Left and elements of the Right have scored a great victory with all the hate they have hurled at her.  Shame on them all.

UPDATE at 1923…

William Jacobson is spot-on:

Palin had the opportunity to be a game-changer in the direction of this country; someone who really understood at a gut level how far down the road we are on the path to a country we will not recognize; someone who understands that the political class holds the country by the throat, and that removing the grip is necessary not just changing who holds the grip.

Please do head on over to his joint to read the rest of his excellant initial take.  ERICKASS

Speaking of those on the Right who have blood on their hands, the Professor posted this screen capture of a Tweet by Erick Erickson: 

The Professor calls EE a ‘schmuck’.  I must disagree: Erick Erickson is a first-class arsehole.

UPDATE at 1949…

Stacy McCain has a post up that he keeps updating.  Of course, his is the one post you want to keep refreshing for no-BS reporting and analysis.

UPDATE at 2055…

I never — ever – agree with Doug Mataconis, but he does say something very interesting in his post on Mrs. Palin’s decision, despite the fact that he sees this scenario as good for him and his fellow Bolshes:

Of course, there is another point to think about. Let’s say a Republican wins in 2012. Unless Palin is made part of the Administration, which seems ridiculously improbable, she’s going to be on the outside, constantly criticizing, constantly being a thorn in the side of President Romney, or Perry. That could be interesting.

She’ll need to be because none of the others [even Mr. Cain and Mr. Santorum], as William Jacobson writes above, truly see how bad the situation is.  If we can get more TEA Partiers elected who will stay the course and Sarah Palin keeps vocal we might, just might, have a chance.

UPDATE at 2107…

Good stuff from TWB over at The POH Diaries:

Destroy her they didn’t. But damage her? There can be no argument that Sarah Palin is a damaged political figure. Damaged in the sense that it will be a tall order for her to ever win a national election without the cards falling just right in her favor. However, in the sense that she’s still incredibly effective at being a great spokesperson for American and Conservative values and she has been and will continue to be the greatest of King makers, they failed in their mission to damage her enough.

To be quite frank, there’s still way too many stupid people in this country for someone like Sarah Palin to win the Presidency. Figure that one out on your own.

Please do take the time to click here and read the rest of his insightful commentary.

UPDATE at 2131…

Over at The Frugal Cafe, Vicki offers this lovely comment:

You’re one gutsy, magnificent woman who has more integrity, courage, and strength in your pinkie finger than few (if any) in the Democrat party has in their entire body. I believe Palin being one of the citizen voices behind the grassroots tea party movement, free market and conservative principles will be a greater force of reckoning.

Two classy ladies, Vicki and Sarah.

Speaking of high-class gals, here’s Michelle Malkin:

She is at her best when challenging the Beltway GOP establishment and taking on the corruption and profligacy in both parties. More power to her.


UPDATE on 06OCT2011 at 1645…

John Hitchcock, like many of us I suspect, is still thinking through the implications of her decision.

  1. 05 October 2011 @ 19:09 19:09

    “Needless to say, I’m very disappointed…and very worried because none of the other announced candidates fully understands what bad shape we are in.”

    I’m joining you on the disappointment and worry bench, Bob.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 October 2011 @ 23:21 23:21

      I brought a flask, so we’ll be okay, Ima.

  2. Rosalie permalink
    05 October 2011 @ 19:23 19:23

    I was very disappointed too. She will have a tremendous influence though in keeping the candidates honest and working hard to get the right politicians in D.C. She’ll have the freedom to tell it like it is, and I’m sure that’s going to be a lot of fun. It should prove to be very interesting.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 October 2011 @ 23:21 23:21

      That’s the one solace I take.

  3. 05 October 2011 @ 19:26 19:26

    I am disappointed but not surprised at her decision just because how late it would be for a candidate to enter the race now.

  4. Joe Detweiler permalink
    05 October 2011 @ 21:23 21:23

    I can’t agree with Mr Mataconis’s point. Did John Anderson give President Reagan any problems? And I think it’s safe to say that Clinton and Bush never lost a minutes sleep over Perot and Nader. And though Perot and Nader were on the other side, they both had a much greater influence than Palin is likely to have, changing the outcome of the election in both cases. People who don’t hold office and thus wield actual power quickly fade from the public’s attention.

  5. Adobe Walls permalink
    05 October 2011 @ 21:27 21:27

    As I wrote yesterday I just didn’t think she was going for it

    Well what do you think Bob do we learn to live with having to settle or Form “Conservatives for Cthulhu?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      05 October 2011 @ 23:18 23:18

      I’m leaning to the latter. Of course, since it’s your idea, you would be first sacrifice, er, President.

    • Michael Teuber permalink
      06 October 2011 @ 06:43 06:43

      Cthulhu for President!
      When your tired of choosing the lesser of two evils!

      Actually I rather think Cthulhu could bring in a sizeable chunk of the establishments of both parties. Mindless destruction and profligate self-indulgence is a platform they can really get behind!

      Cthulhu fhtagn!

  6. loopyloo305 permalink
    05 October 2011 @ 22:03 22:03

    I am extremely disappointed and sad that this is the decision she made, but I understand her reasoning!

  7. 06 October 2011 @ 00:57 00:57

    I’m not disappointed – I’m relieved.

    While I do believe that 2012 is one of the most important elections that America may face for many decades, I simply do not think that Sarah Palin could win it, and I think that she, like Ronald Reagan, will be the best President in her later years.

    So long as Obama is ousted in 2012, we’re in good shape – a Tea Party Congress can put good legislation forth, and a Mitt or a Newt can sign it or veto it. They aren’t going to veto – not being Obama – so they will sign. Their judges might not be Antonin Scalia nor Sam Alito, but we won’t have Elena Kagan on the bench, either.

    Then Sarah will be setting herself up for a run in 2016 or 2020 – and she’ll gain credibility, experience, and acumen along the way.

    I am also relieved because a run by Sarah would further divide the conservative vote – the Bachmann groupies, the Cain supporters, the Santorum pro-lifers… and that would hand the race to Mitt. By staying out of this and playing kingmaker, she will solidify the entire base around one good candidate, who will (hopefully) topple the Establishment types, then go on to win against Obama.

    • Adobe Walls permalink
      06 October 2011 @ 01:37 01:37

      I wish I shared your optimism as to squashing Mittens. There is going to be big push to get us be reasonable and bow to the inevitable. One thing I’m sure of, if Mitt’s the president there will be no departments or agencies abolished let alone bureaucrats in crows cages as an example.

  8. M. Thompson permalink
    06 October 2011 @ 11:00 11:00

    I’m not surprised. The swamp this country has produced around politics makes it impossible for anyone sane to want to stay in politics. Good luck Mrs. Palin.

  9. 06 October 2011 @ 16:51 16:51

    She’s been out of it for months, ever since she parked the bus imho

  10. Bill589 permalink
    07 October 2011 @ 17:10 17:10

    I’ve followed two leaders in my life.
    First was Ronald Reagan, and the second was Sarah Palin.

    There has been noone else in-between, and noone else since.
    I’m having a hard time adjusting right now.

  11. Ray permalink
    07 October 2011 @ 19:00 19:00

    I do not think GOP will defeat Obama in 2012. Since Sarah Palin is confirmed out of the race, I am pretty sure Obama will be re-elected. I myself will not vote on 2012. What for? It is more of the same….beltway elites…


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