Don't get me wrong. Mitt Romney isn't John McCain. You may remember this banner featured on the weblog back in 2008:
No. Romney isn't that bad. And I'll vote for him if I have to. With extremely low expectations.
Why did I bring that up?
Sarah Palin says she will not run for presidentSuch the pity. Our country could have used her help in getting things back on track.
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Washington (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she will not run for president, leaving little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders.
After months of leaving her fans guessing, Palin said in a statement that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She said her decision maintains that order.
Palin sent the statement to supporters. She told conservative radio host Mark Levin that she would not consider a third party candidacy because it would assure President Barack Obama's reelection.
In a video posted on YouTube, Palin said, "you don't need an office or a title to make a difference." [link]
You may remember, by the way, looking back at 2008, that John McCain was the "electable" Republican. Just before he was crushed in the election. He was also the darling of the media, until he secured the nomination. Then he became - overnight - a fumbling pudden-head.
So now we have Romney (it appears). The best-liked of all the GOP candidates - as far as the media are concerned. Best liked until he gets the nomination. Then watch for all the ... open-minded ... liberals to go after Mormonism again. And his Wall Street connections. And expect all those nitwits who are camped out in New York City protesting "Wall Street," without having a clue what they're talking about, to finally have a bogeyman to protest.
Sarah Palin is out. And America's the worse for it.
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Here's the full transcript of Sarah Palin's letter in which she declines to run for president. In 2012:
October 5, 20112016 2016 2016 ...
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