Sarah Palin has gone fishing

07 July 2009 |permalink | email article

Was her Wasilla abdication from stage right the end or the real beginning of the Alaska governor’s flirtation with politics?

Nobody, not movement conservatives, Republican strategists or Beltway columnists – except perhaps admirer Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard – has a solid clue about what Palin will do next. My guess: it has everything to do with the color of money

On the eve of July 4th holiday weekend Palin, known as “Sarah Barracuda” when she played basketball, invoked a point-guard analogy in trying to explain how to win a game. It was a rambling rant which made no sense. Quitters don’t win on the court or rarely in politics.

After Richard Nixon was defeated for president by JFK in 1960 – and beaten for California governor in 1962 – he bitterly called what he described as “his last press conference.” But, in an astonishing turnabout, he was elected president in 1968.

Michael Carey, a columnist with the Anchorage Daily News who hosts of an edition on Alaska Public Broadcasting, speculated about how Palin may be remembered in the future, if at all.

“My guess it will be the same kind of way we remember the Los Angeles evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, who in the ‘20s and ‘30s drew massive crowds and vast media coverage until she disappeared for several weeks without adequately explaining where she’d been.”

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