So, conventional political wisdom is that if you want a story to slip by the public, you release it late on Friday afternoon. That means it misses the Friday evening tv news and slips into the weekend news when folks aren’t paying attention.
Unfortunately for politicians, the interwebs do not have a “news cycle” as such. They’re all over news whenever and wherever it happens. We’ve removed the limitations of time and space.
So, SarahP in her infinite wisdom, decided to announce that she was stepping down as Governor of Alaska on a Friday afternoon – on a holiday weekend. Obviously, she was hoping to minimize the story.
Yeah, how’s that working out? Seems that the interwebs and the 24 hour news channels are all over it. I was just watching Fox “News” to try to see how they were spinning it but they were busy talking about other items, oddly enough. Everyone else is discussing it like crazy – it’s a good 4th of July conversation starter, doncha think?
Everyone seems to be taking a wait and let’s see what really motivated this particular decision attitude (although I’m all about making up rumors and spreading them – such as her affair with DICK Cheney, her Michael Jackson lovechild, the fact that she’s an alien, the fact that she’s a man, and so on…). The usual suspects are defending her (I’m talking YOU Bill Kristol) and everyone is trying to figure out if it’s because she’s about to be indicted, if she is just overwhelmed by the press attention, if she has a health issue, if she’s prepping to run for President (and the whole Governor thing just interferes with it) or what.
The funniest comment I saw was on Andrew Sullivan’s blog. He’s been all over her being a moron for a long time now. (BTW, he’s been doing an outstanding job of following and discussing the Iran situation lately.) Here’s the quote from Ezra Klein:
The main thing I'd point out about Sarah Palin's dazzlingly incoherent farewell is that it's pretty clear she wrote it herself. The proof is in the punctuation. The transcript was posted to her official Web site earlier today. The style is closer to a high schooler's angry diary entry than to an official speech. I've read a lot of speech transcripts. They tend to have fewer words in all capital letters. And fewer things in quotation marks that aren't actually, you know, quotes.
hahahahahahahaha! She would definitely be a president in the GWB mode, eh?