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Personally, I think this is a smart, savvy move.

Here’s what she had to say…

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

She’s young enough that she doesn’t have to run this time around, and she’s still too much of a joke…and she knows it. Plus, now her endorsement carries weight because she can mobilize a lot of those Tea Party folks who may otherwise stay home. At least that’s the theory. And after another 4 years of a Dem or 8 years of GOP control, she’ll either be ready to run and be considered a serious candidate or have drifted off into the political ether. Here’s hoping it’s the latter, but something tells me she isn’t going away.

Your thoughts?

  • cranky critter

    It’s mostly precious nonsense patting herself on the back for admitting she’s incapable of much beyond cheerleading and chanting.

    No effing way will I sit still for Sara Palin trying to co-opt “and independents.” She’s got NOTHING to do with independents. We don’t like her, and she herself doesn’t remotely model or resemble independent thought in any imaginable form. Not political. Not philosophical. Not as a character trait. It’s preposterous.

    She’s a hardcore conservative who marches their party line without much thought or insight at all, let alone independent thought. She has no future outside of her role within arch conservatism as a popular figure who repeats the items on the conservative litany, without nuance. Period.

  • cranky critter

    %^&$^%#%$# moderated. I remember why I stopped dropping by.

  • khaki

    Thankfully, this marks the beginning of the end of Palin’s excruciatingly long 15 minutes. The only thing that stood between Sarah and her decision to run for President was the fact that she could not prevent the press from embarrassing her by quoting what she actually said. Recall her non-campaign, campaign bus tour this summer: when she gave us that awesome Paul Revere lesson. I would miss her, except the GOP seems to have a never ending supply of gems just like her. Rick, Michelle, over to you…

  • Tully

    Told you she Gingrich’d herself when she bailed out mid-term. Pretty obvious her internal polling has confirmed that.

  • Tillyosu

    She’s got NOTHING to do with independents. We don’t like her, and she herself doesn’t remotely model or resemble independent thought in any imaginable form.

    Apparently, KK now speaks for ALL independents. And any change in independent doctrine must go through him.

    Doesn’t sound very independent to me. To me, independents are nothing more than people who are not bright enough to commit to and defend their own conclusions.

  • rachel

    Great. By the time I will have forgotten who she was, she’ll pop up again to remind me. Kind of like Newt Gingrich.

  • http://www.rugsreviews.com Odessa Haydel

    I don’t know why but I got a feeling she’s not gonna make it. I’m kinda sceptical… though I am sure Palin has her own specific ability to be a leader… but she’s not the best candidate, other candidate will win… no matter when…

  • cranky critter

    Nice to see you parroting Rush Limbaugh Tilyosu. Well done, señor troll. Trip over any original thoughts lately?

    Your trite notions are well known to be no more than absurd stereotypes for

    Feel free to try to explain why Palin has decided to try to rope independents into her circle.

  • cranky critter

    Palin has a 44% unfavorability rating among independents. That’s a really really high unfavorability rating. So, as you certainly know perfect well, it’s not just me.

    The rest is silly stereotyping that all-nonideologues know is wrong. It’s been debunked too many times to count. Here’s one tiny example:

    absurd right wing stereotypes of independents

  • Tully

    Why I’ve been calling her Gingrichian for the last couple of years, Rachel. A useful gadfly for her side, no doubt, but unelectable due to personal flaws.

    Tillyosu, your definition of independents implies that people who are dedicated party lock-steppers are the real independents. You might want to re-examine that logic chain. While some actual independents are indeed rather squishy sorts, large numbers are people who can and do commit to and defend their own conclusions DESPITE said conclusions not fitting into the dogma and doctrine of the hardcore party animals. They are independents because they do not buy the lockstepping BS.

    And even the squishy sorts may be not “committing to” doctrines they see as absolutist and inflexible in a grey world. The firmer one’s adherence to absolutist doctrine and dogma, the greater the chance of exceptions that make the doctrine and dogma look pretty damn dumb.

  • cranky critter

    Got a comment in some nether-cyber-limboland here.

  • Tully

    released from spam queue, CC. Not sure how it ended up there instead of just in moderation queue. It had other non-spam company.

    And you really fdon’t want to see the bulk of what ends up in both the moderation and spam queues. Really you don’t. It’s amazing what slips through despite the obnoxious captcha.

  • Sydney Debtson

    CC comment on Palin hit the target «We don’t like her» period. We simply don’t relate with her lack of knowledge or sincerity. Although she tries so hard to look and sound guided by a voice of truthful divine inspiration, all we hear and sense are artificially prepared words, fake feelings and thoughts that do not relate either with common people nor with a true presidential candidates character.