Stay in Alaska please, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

By: Rachel Steinman, guest blogger

Sarah Palin recently announced that she is resigning from being governor of Alaska.

During the press conference, Palin mentioned that she thought she could use her talents and experience outside of the governorship. Later, harkening back to her high school basketball years, Palin stated that “[she] know[s] when it’s time to pass the ball for victory.”

While I applaud her for stepping down of a position she is extremely ill suited for, I cannot help but think this is all part of a bigger plan. Within the past couple of months other Republican governors and politicians have been either stepping down or declining to run for reelection.

Coming at a time when the 2010 midterm election cycle is closing in and then the epitome of all elections the 2012 presidential election, it is to no one’s surprised that Republicans want to regain some of their positions on the hill. For Palin, she has the luxury of having a fairly high approval rating in Alaska, only dipping a little after her failed vice presidential campaign. Also, the rumored establishment of her own PAC a few moths ago will help to mold her image and present Americans with an image of Palin as the next President of the United States.

Unfortunately, Palin fails to understand, let alone realize that her attempts at reaching further than Alaska politically is the worst thing she can do for the Republican Party.

The GOP needs to reestablish what it means to be a republican under an Obama administration and to not curtail all of their policies and beliefs to one faction of the country.

Sadly, it seems like the only way for the Republicans to realize this is for Palin to run again.
*On a side not I refuse to bring her personal family life into the political sphere. It is ridiculous to have to read about her family in the tabloids.



Rachel Steinman is currently a International Relations and History major, with a minor in Art History, at the University of Florida. She is the 2009-10 UF Model United Nations president and she hopes to enter law school in fall 2009.

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