Saturday, July 4, 2009

Quitters Never Win

We’ve all quit something before we should have. But at some point in our lives we realize that finishing what we start is a virtue that not only speaks to our dependability, but brings about opportunities we might not otherwise have. We should learn that lesson when we’re children, though most of us don’t. Some of us learn it during our teens; but most of us catch on some time during our early twenties. There’s a few of us who never learn it, and those people become the losers who still live in their parents basement, the neighborhood busybodies with no life of their own, and the job hoppers who limit their professional potential. With all her talk about responsibilities and commitments, I wouldn’t have pegged Sarah Palin as a quitter, but alas, she has quit the most important job she will ever have three-fourths of the way through her term. Really, how shortsighted is it to quit something when you’re almost finished with it anyway? So what the hell is she thinking?

Since she didn’t reveal much during her rambling and incoherent resignation speech (she really should have had that proofread by an aid or someone who can write,) everybody is speculating. Some say she’s quitting now so that she can concentrate on a run for president which would be impractical to carry out from Alaska. Other’s say she’s looking to avoid more ethics investigations. There’s even speculation that she’s pregnant again. But the most practical commentators are chalking it up to the opportunity for her to cash in on her celebrity and the multi-million dollar media offers that her job as governor was getting in the way of.

Now here’s the problem. By quitting now, she has destroyed her credibility. She has no political future as somebody with a reputation for not following through with her commitments. It is almost sad, because she was the most talked about presidential prospect for 2012. I personally do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, nor do I think that she could have actually gotten her party’s nomination. But stranger things have happened. For the last year, she’s been the star of the Republican Party. When she has something to say, people do listen. And with her giving up her platform, it’s questionable whether people will be interested in hearing her anymore. It will be like when an actor gets famous on a hit television series, gets a bunch of film offers, leaves the series to make films, and suddenly no more movie offers come their way. Actors David Caruso or Shelly Long could attest to that situation.

If she had finished out her term, all of those great opportunities would still have been present, including an opportunity to run for president. Maybe she wouldn’t have won, but a long term career as a commentator that would have been highly lucrative and influential would have been hers. Instead, she has decided to take the quick cash. A multimillion dollar book deal, a radio show, and the lecture circuit. I predict it will all dry up very quickly, and she’ll be left with a few million dollars, which she would have earned anyway and then some; and one very big regret. With only seventeen months to go, couldn’t she have just lumbered through it?

1 comment:

  1. The strangest part is that since her resignation, Her approval rating has gone up 35 per cent.