By now, those of you not living under a rock or protesting reality on Wall Street know that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not seek the Republican nomination for president in next year’s election. Last night she called the Mark Levin radio program to discuss her decision with The Great One shortly after releasing a formal statement:
October 5, 2011
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
Needless to say, I’m disappointed. I wanted Governor Palin in the race, because she is a Conservative, she’s not a Washington insider, and because she’s not afraid to speak her mind.
I guess I was being idealistic. I understand why she chose to do what she did.
This frees her up to continue to be a Conservative voice, speaking truth to power. She’ll be beholden to no Beltway power broker and the path she travels will be her own.
But where does that leave actual Conservatives?
We’re really only left with 2 choices: Herman Cain and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
If you like Mitt Romney and think he is a Conservative, I’ll bet you also enjoy going on snipe hunts.
Of the two aforementioned individuals, one has a lot of economic expertise, but no experience in government, which may or may not be a liability, at this point.
Herman Cain is a straight-shooter, and seems to be very effective at making Liberal heads explode, which is quite enjoyable. However, the question remains, is Herman Cain just the flavor of the month, or can he be an effective Republican candidate for president?
Then there’s Rick Perry, a good man, who seems to be an effective governor.
On the down side, he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to the Texas Dream Act, which gives college educations to the children of illegals for the price of a oath of allegiance to this country.
Perry, who started out strong, has faltered during the recent primary debates. In fact, his popularity has been declining, while Cain’s has been rising.
My fervent hope is that these two men do not cancel each other out, and we wind up with the squishy GOP elite “legacy” Mitt Romney. His triumph in the Republican primary would ensure that President Barack Hussein Obama would win re-election.
For example, how could Romney challenge Obama in a debate on the passage of the National Health Care law, when he’s the Father of Romneycare? What’s he going to say: “I like mandates, but your mandates are wrong?”
Give me a break.
In closing, I’ll repeat what I wrote yesterday about the potential Republican Nominee:
The American Spirit Reagan spoke about 31 years ago is still alive today, regardless of all the efforts in the last few years to extinguish its flame.
If the Republican Presidential Candidate can connect with that Spirit, he/she will win the election.
Leadership like Ronald Reagan’s is what Americans are craving….and only a Conservative president will provide it.