In it, Mr. Wright directly addresses the conventional wisdom in most places in July, when Governor Palin surprisingly announced her retirement. Many, after all, said that she would become irrelevant once she left office.
Now correct me if I am wrong, but didn't I hear the Jurassic media bury the career of Sarah Palin just last July? And weren't they joined in this mockery by the so-called conservative elites like David Brooks and Karl Rove and Joe Scarborough and so on?
Wasn't Mo Dowd just delirious in fact that the wicked witch (of her world) was dead?
Well, just who is looking out of touch and foolish now? Hint: It isn't the Killa from Wasilla. And yes, I think that is her Brinks Truck in fact. One of them anyway.
Many thought her resignation was a bad idea. I was not thrilled when I originally heard the news. But things have worked out well for both her and Alaska, as Mr. Wright explains:
If Sarah Palin is getting ready for a 2012 run, she has put herself into a very good position at this point:What is the real story here is that given a set of singularly difficult circumstances, Governor Palin made a counter-intuitive and gutsy decision that has already proven right for all parties involved. We call that brilliance. We call that effective leadership.
Palin did not seem to worry a bit about how her decision would look to the pundit class as she strode to the microphones and confidently gave a shocking announcement that she knew would bring down a hell storm of self-important derision. She did not flinch. She made her decision, announced it, and went about making it work for all involved.
And it has. It has worked for the state of Alaska, where their small government is no longer burdened by over the top media scrutiny and an endless string of nuisance legal actions. Alaska can get back to being Alaska, and the state is governed by a man who shares Palin's vision for the state without having one of the biggest media targets in the history of the country painted on his back.
And the resignation has certainly worked for Palin's family and the former governor herself no doubt. They no longer have the targets painted on their backs either. They no longer are burdened by a mountain of legal debt and the mountain of legal debt is no longer growing like it was. Win. Win. Win.
It is obvious that Palin knew what she was doing all along. Who knows what she will do in 2012. It doesn't matter at the moment. What matters is that her decision to resign as Governor of Alaska will put her in a far superior position for whatever she does or does not pursue.
For months, the easy positions have been that Sarah Palin had no clue; she was finished; she has no shot in 2012. The first two positions have been repudiated; I believe the third will be as well, in due course, if that is the path she chooses.
I think that's hilariously ironic. Betcha she does too. So who's laughing now?