Sorry y’all. There will be no winks and trigger fingers and cute Alaskan colloquialisms to brighten up next year’s elections
Because Sarah Palin announced yesterday that she will not run for president in 2012.
In a statement to supporters, the 2008 vice presidential nominee said she would not seek the Republican nomination for the White House by entering what is already a crowded field.
Instead, Palin said she can be more effective helping other Republicans win office “from the nation’s governors to congressional seats and the presidency.”
Her statement from Wasilla, Alaska, was a shorter retreat than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bowing-out on Tuesday, which came at a lengthy news conference in Trenton.
Taken together, the twin Shermanesque statements leave Republicans facing what’s likely to be the complete GOP field — dominated by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and with pizza magnate Herman Cain rising in the polls.
Most Republicans had not expected Palin to run ever since Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota got into the race and soared to the top in the Iowa straw poll, but Bachmann’s stumbles since then opened the door a bit for another female contender with strong conservative credentials.
Palin’s path to the nomination would have been complicated by the presence of Perry and others — including Bachmann, Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich— destined to split the conservative vote.
Perry, who has dropped in the polls recently following unimpressive debate performances, issued a statement calling Palin “a good friend, a great American and a true patriot. I respect her decision and know she will continue to be a strong voice for conservative values and needed change in Washington.”
Damn it man! They’re gonna try to bring her in as a vice-presidential candidate again. SMH.
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