Last week, Sarah Palin shocked us all by announcing she would step down from her post as governor of Alaska. She launched to national fame when John McCain selected her as his runningmate in 2008. Previous to that, she was elected to her first statewide office in 2006. Needless to say, and her stepping down as governor before her first term has ended aside, Sarah Palin has been on a meteoric rise these past few years.
Now she’s decided to add her two cents to the Texas governor’s race. It’s unclear exactly what role she’ll have, but Rick Perry announced Wednesday that Palin will campaign for him. It will certainly add some pop to this race (as if any pop were needed). The problems facing Palin in Texas are as follows: Texans don’t always appreciate outsiders meddling with their state; some in the party are not pleased with Palin stepping down before her first term ended; and then there’s this curious tidbit that came out yesterday: she will campaign for Democrats.
Alaska’s soon-t0-be former governor told the Washington Times that she,
plans to jump immediately back into the national political fray — stumping for conservative issues and even Democrats — after she prematurely vacates her elected post at month’s end.
Just when you think you have everything figured out in politics, stuff like this crops up and leaves you completely puzzled. Social conservatives in particular love Palin and loathe Democrats. How are they supposed to piece these two bizarre facts together when Palin starts campaigning for “the enemy”?
Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s baby, spoke out earlier this week about why Palin is stepping down: for money. As you might imagine, a government salary is a very small fraction of what someone with Palin’s star power can earn in the private sector–especially the public speaking circuit.
Surely Palin isn’t so desperate that she needs to open herself up to stumping for anyone under the sun? I realize she said she’s working for people who share her views on particular issues, but more often than not, Democrats DO NOT share your views on most of the other issues. It’s an odd decision, but if she’s trying to brandish herself as non-partisan, I guess this is a first step.
If you’re looking for more discussion about the Palin and Perry connection, check out this blog post from the Lone Star Times and the discussion that follows.