2012 Presidential Bid Hardly Slam Dunk for Palin
Conservatives see move as highly erratic
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2009 3:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – If Sarah Palin truly does intend to run for president, her decision to resign as Alaska governor could give her more freedom to pursue the nomination, writes Jonathan Martin for Politico. But Palin’s move is risky: In her announcement, she said she didn’t want the continued ethics investigations to cost any more taxpayer money. But is resigning amid such questions the best move to take before running for president?

Members of the conservative blogosphere are treating Palin’s move as career suicide because she’s not fulfilling her commitment to her constituents.

  • “You can't resign from a governorship and then run for higher office,” comments the Ace of Spades, “barring some strong reason, like needing treatment for cancer.”
  • Jim Geraghty concurs at the National Review, calling Palin’s decision “beyond surprising. There's definitely a sense of leaving with work unfinished and as her career was just beginning to take off.”