Well, not really. I have nothing to add to the storm of commentary that is swelling through the blogosphere. I think that the attacks on Sarah, and especially on her family, have been beneath contempt and I never bought the argument that she was unqualified for high office. Her qualifications were at least as respectable as Obama's and to argue otherwise is simply to reveal a nasty streak of class bigotry.
MSNBC is hopefully predicting that she is out of politics for good. I hope she isn't -- Sarah Palin is one of the most electrifying political talents of our time. I will be sad to see her go.
I like Mark Steyn's take on the reaction to Sarah's departure:
Read it here.
Most of those who sneer at Sarah Palin have no desire to live her life. But why not try to - what's the word? - "empathize"? If you like Wasilla and hunting and snowmachining and moose stew and politics, is the last worth giving up everything else in the hopes that one day David Letterman and Maureen Dowd might decide Trig and Bristol and the rest are sufficiently non-risible to enable you to prosper in their world? And, putting aside the odds, would you really like to be the person you'd have to turn into under that scenario?
National office will dwindle down to the unhealthily singleminded (Clinton, Obama), the timeserving emirs of Incumbistan (Biden, McCain) and dynastic heirs (Bush). Our loss.
Increasingly our national politics has become a freak show. I am sick and tired of the self-styled "best and brightest". Sarah at least had a refreshing whiff of normalcy about her. It is sad to see her go.
Apparently she is not going quietly -- she's taking the offensive. Read about it here.
You go girl!