Sarah Palin released a letter yesterday officially announcing the non-news that she’s not running. She explained her low-key statement by telling Greta van Sustern, “I didn’t want my announcement to be all showboaty like that Christie guy.” Because that’s not who she is. Not showboaty at all. And by not running, she 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.” Right.
The Palin-obsessed Andrew Sullivan seems to be having a difficult time letting go. As recently as yesterday, he was fantasizing about a Palin third-party run:
And remember her favorite word and self-branding: the rogue. It’s possible she could also run as an Independent or Tea Party candidate next year, especially if Romney wins the nomination, and hits a bump in the road. Think about it . . .
The obvious problem is that she would all but guarantee the re-election of Barack Obama. Is she delusional and narcissistic enough to plow onward regardless?
Hours later, after literally hundreds — no, thousands — of Dish threads were exposed as largely pointless — here’s Sullivan beginning to come to terms with the self-administered demise of his great whale:
So she’s bowing out. Call it cowardice; call it a rare example of sanity; call it a bizarre end to an even weirder game of hide and seek for the past few months. But the bottom line is: we can stop worrying about the threat she posed to this country. That is all I really cared about: the insane gamble with the world that John McCain foisted on us, with no vetting and no reason but desperation and cynicism.
It is hard to describe the relief of this awful person finally going away. (And who cares what she says if she has no “title”? There are RedState comment threads more coherent and persuasive than her deranged delusions.) All I can say now is that a) I was wrong about her intentions and b) I am so so so relieved to be wrong. She will now face the oblivion she deserves, and I sincerely hope I never have to write about this farce again.
That last clause may be unintentionally revealing. Rather than a “choice” for Sullivan, writing about Palin has been more of a compulsion. As an admiring member of Andrew’s vast readership, let me be among the first to extend my enthusiastic support to him in his quest never to write about her again.
Conservative David Frum, a recovering Republican, responded to Palin’s promise that she “will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets” with this:
Um, probably not. Sarah Palin’s political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink altogether into inaudibility. She will be no kind of force in future national discussions. She will have no sway over party debates. She will retain some starpower for a little while longer. She may for another cycle or two be able to help certain candidates for certain political offices raise some money. Even that will fade within two more years or four. Her political career was brief, bizarre, and sordid. But now at least it is definitively finished.