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Governor Palin is stepping down

About 20 minutes ago, media outlets reported that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is resigning from office. Speculations run the gamut of personal problems, health issues, and a bid for the Presidency in 2012.

A few minutes after the initial announcement, this tweet came from the Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner:

Maybe Pres. Obama is appointing her Ambassador to Russia, since it’s in her backyard.
15 minutes ago from mobile web

Now, this is the kind of tweet that I expect to see from some of the Liberals that I follow on Twitter, or a MSM pundit, NOT from the Secretary of State of Ohio. This was my immediate response:

@JenniferBrunner I would have thought that the Secretary of State of Ohio might be able to rise above the snark. I guess not.
7 minutes ago from TwitterFox

Now, I’m not going into the whole “I can see Russia from my window” thing, as anyone with half a brain knows that this was a line from a Saturday Night Live sketch, and was never uttered by Gov. Palin.

Let me be the 23,567th person to admit that Gov. Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, where she stumbles over the answer to a question about Alaska’s proximity to Russia and how it relates to her foreign policy experience, is less than articulate. And I don’t plan on rehashing the argument of President Obama’s limited experience as a U.S. Senator, Vice President Biden’s firm position as a cog in the ‘old school’ Washington wheel, etc. But those are logical arguments that tend to fall on deaf ears.

I don’t expect everyone to like Sarah Palin. Some Conservatives I know voted for Obama just because they couldn’t stand her. I understand when you don’t like a particular person in the political arena, but I’m amazed by the personal attacks from so many on the Left. She is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-drilling, fiscal and social Conservative, and because of this she’s attacked as ignorant and stupid. Just before the election, I overheard a woman in a coffee shop telling another woman that “someone should revoke Palin’s female card,” and went on to say that she should be taking care of her baby instead of running around the country. Why was the same argument not used against Joe Biden, when he took office as a U.S. Senator when his wife and child had just been killed?

As if being a Conservative and a woman is mutually exclusive.

I’m the first to admit that I don’t agree with her on a lot of issues (I think she’s very myopic with regards to developing multiple forms of energy sources instead of focusing on oil), but I respect her. I think she’s a strong woman who has shown her ability to organize and lead. I admire her tenacity and strength. I think she’s received a lot more negative press than is called for.

I wish her luck in her future endeavors.