Palin’s not runningPolitics

Surprising, well, no one, Sarah Palin sent the following letter to her supporters tonight announcing that she is not running for president:

The former Alaska Governor and VP candidate sent the following letter to her supporters on Wednesday: 

October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska

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

  • valentinus

    And neither is Rubio apparently. Which leaves the VP position wide open.

    I guess conservatives can’t complain if Romney is nominated. The problem is that most of the viable conservatives were elected in 2009 and 2010 which does make it difficult to run in 2012 unless you’re a leftwing Dem.

    IMO increasing conservative representation in Congress and in state and local positions is a higher priority anyway.

  • http://bearingdrift.com Ken Falkenstein

    We had some great potential candidates who opted out. Personally, I was very disappointed that Mitch Daniels chose not to run.

  • http://craigkilby.com Craig Kilby

    Oh, what a surprise. God told her not to run.

  • Steve Vaughan

    Not a surprise. I’ve been saying for a year she wouldn’t run. Too much work, not enough money. If she’d really even had a serious notion of running for president, finishing her term in Alaska would have been the place to start. With this decision, will she and her family cease to be reality TV stars? Does this signal the end of her 15 minutes?

  • HisRoc

    I don’t think that it was God who told her not to run, but the legal team that defended her during all those ethics investigations when she was Governor. People seem to have forgotten that she didn’t quit so much as she was hounded from office.

    My biggest disappointment over this announcement is that now we won’t see Tina Fey as a regular on SNL.

  • Tim J

    She knew a long time ago that she wouldn’t run. But what better way to get even with your press enemies than to lead them around by the nose and to show them for the fools that they really are, and make lots of money doing it.

  • Steve Vaughan

    LOL. Right she’s making millions “just to show the press.”
    Grifter is as grifter does.

  • Mike Barrett

    Yes, those pesky members of the press that ask simple questions she simply can’t answer. They should be banned!

  • Red Baron

    Obama is making it easy for whoever gets the nomination.Hope & Change was the promise Misery & Corruption is what got.

  • Tim J

    Nope, not banned. Just let the mainstream, “lamestream” tabloid press do what they do best by covering a non-story in order to deflect attention and cover up the real news. Like, how about those “death panels” to kill Americans? We have “death panels” in Obamacare and now they have another “death panel” in the President’s National Security Council? Maybe this is part of Obama’s jobs plan… hiring for Government “Death Panel” jobs to reduce the number of Americans looking for jobs in order to bring the unemployment numbers down?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005

  • Steve Vaughan

    Tim: As Republicans would have asked Democrats who opposed this in Bush’s administration, “Why are you pro-terrorist?”

  • Mike Barrett

    Well, the real news is that in a recent poll, some 65% of republicans said she should not run for President. So yes, there is hope for republicans who would seem to agree that an inexperienced person with limited knowledge and a record of quitting elective office should not seek their party’s nomination. That’s progress.

  • Red Baron

    You are correct Mike we have seen what having a inexperienced person with limited knowledge as POTUS has gotten us.

  • Mike Barrett

    Sorry Red Baron; I forgot that these pages are for the 35% of republicans who represent the far right wing. I guess for you, any person of limited experience, intelligence, and knowledge can be a candidate to run for President so long as they tow the Grover Norquist, anti tax, anti government, line.

  • Red Baron

    Whats wrong Mike ? I agreed with you.

  • Red Baron

    I even said you were correct.

  • Tim J

    Steve, “Pro Terrorist”? So a decision to kill American citizens either by a healthcare panel or by secret panel based on a finding by nameless bureaucrats is Ok, just so it can’t be traced back to some Democrats who are responsible for approving that decision? It would be more convenient if you Dems would classify these killing decisions as “postpartum abortions” which would place them in a context that we all can understand.

  • ToR

    HR,

    Spot on, Tina Fey was incredible.