Over on C&L they pointed to a long-ish post on Red State by Erik Erikson where Erikson rambles on and on about poor Sarah Palin, and the mean-old Media, and us damn lefties and comics torturing her kids-- and then he posts his own theories about why Caribou Barbi actually stepped down. This one was the cherry on the pity-party sundae;
I’ve had this running thought all day, perhaps because I was watching it on TV in HD for the first time, that this is kind of like Ben Kenobi letting Darth Vader strike him down. Palin is not going to run in 2012, but by doing this she can now become Barack Obama’s worst nightmare, and help rebuild the opposition to Obama. How? Because were she to remain a 2012 contender, she’d keep having stories by anonymous McCain campaign staffers and other 2012 contenders going after her and her family. Take that ambition off the table and it neutralizes a lot of that. So she can focus on candidates and ideas without an ulterior motive focused on 2012.
I did almost choke to death on my tea over that one. really- Sarah as the wise elder who is willing to die to save the universe, because she knows she will then be joined into a cosmic energy force for good? It is really time for Erik to put down the action figures and comic books, take off the blast shield helmet and put down his toy light saber.
Whatever Sarah's reasons are, and I am sure more details will begin to seep out soon... they will turn out to be twisted and self serving as usual, which will be the same pattern as her entire political and professional career.
cross posted from Fighting Liberals