Does anyone wonder what happened to Sarah Palin? Why did she leave the race? I think a better question would be; was she ever serious about running?
Fans of Palin would be aghast at the thought that Palin, considering her actions the last six months, had no intentions of ever running for the 2012 presidential race.
Forever the media darling, whether you liked her or not, she was always interesting. Unlike Mitt Romney who could put his mother to sleep with his political-speak turned on to high, people hung on to her every word. Tea-Party members welcomed her patriotic ‘take America back’ rhetoric, while detractors waited for the inevitable gaffe with American history (or geography, etc.).
Palin sold magazines and newspapers wherever she made the front cover. Palin may be the poster child for making it big in America with limited intelligence. But where she falls short in the brains; she makes up for it with marketing savvy.
I believe she never had intentions of running for president. After her popularity sparked from the McCain partnership in 2008, she decided to take a ride on the money train. Take it for what it’s worth, Levi Johnston, father of Sarah’s grandson, allegedly overheard Sarah say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.” And she did just that—she resigned as Governor of Alaska just two years into the post.
Considering her actions, I believe Palin is in politics for the money, and not for the welfare of her constituents. She may have gone into the political arena in Alaska for noble reasons, but I think the media adoration morphed her ambition into a desire for wealth, power and notoriety.
Palin’s two books, ‘Going Rogue: An American Life’ and ‘America by Heart’ have earned her over $11 million. She also earns a reported, $100,000 per speaking engagement, and another $1 million+ as political commentator for Fox news.
Why risk losing the 2012 GOP nomination, why do all the heavy lifting as the president? Why would Palin want to make America a better place, as she claims?
The reason is simple—she can guarantee success now, rather than risk the humiliation of an aggressive GOP pundit who would call her out publicly. The GOP can’t risk losing the election in 2012 with a mental lightweight.
Maybe she took some advice from Donald Trump when they had pizza together last summer. Trump is all about the money. He probably told her to ditch the ‘One Nation Bus Tour’ and take the money and run, or should I say DON’T run and take the money.