Call it a hunch. Call it a Brody File instinct. Call it stupid but I have a feeling we haven't heard the last of Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin may be resigning as Governor of Alaska but it seems pretty clear to me that this move is a logical first step in looking to run for President of the United States.
I know. I know. I've heard all the talk that she's done with politics and the 2008 campaign took a toll on her family and Palin personally. I'm skeptical. I'm not saying that I don't believe those feelings are real, but let's think this through for a moment.
What does Palin need more than anything right now? She needs an extreme makeover. She needs a redo. She's been typecast by the media as a modern-day Dan Quayle. People think she's a lightweight.
By stepping down as Governor, Palin can get away from it all. While working behind the scenes to see if a Presidential run makes sense, she can also hit the books. She can study up on Supreme Court decisions she may disagree with. Write some public policy "White Papers," go be an expert on a couple key domestic issues and play advocate in chief as she travels around the country pushing those issues.
By doing all of that, Sarah Palin can come back as Sarah 2.0. The bar is low at this point so imagine if she comes back running for President as a new and improved polished product. Something to think about.
Also let me say this: Her reputation has been tarnished. You think she really wants to go out that way? I don't think so. Plus, she has a huge fan base and she's a political rockstar. She's not tone deaf. She gets that. Oh and by the way, the last time I checked, her nickname is "Sarah Barracuda." Palin is a fighter.
Look, were there all sorts of political and personal reasons for Palin to resign her office now? Absolutely. There's no reason to go into all of those here, but suffice it to say that she got beat up pretty bad by the mainstream media. Some of it was her own fault (like not knowing a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with) but let's be real here.
The liberal media saw a strong, pretty, conservative, Christian woman and went to town. She didn't talk like the typical politician. She didn't act like the typical politician. She was different. Very different and she paid a price for it.
Was it hurtful? Yes. Was it painful for her? Yes. But does she just walk away? I'm not convinced.