Never a bad thing, in my opinion.
Here’s a list of interesting items I’ve seen this morning:
In the New York Post, Bill Quick says "Run, Sarah, Run" and offers a list of five things she should do after leaving office to lay the groundwork for 2012 or 2016.
In an earlier post, I had referenced an article that reported rumors that Sarah Palin was soon to be investigated for a Ted Stevens-like scandal. The LA Times reports on a statement from the FBI that there is no truth to that rumor. Mel at Conservatives for Palin tracks these rumors back to anti-Palin bloggers in Alaska, which were then picked up unquestioningly by national bloggers and the mainstream media.
Patterico reports that the Governor’s legal counsel has made noises about defamation actions against both MSM outlets and the bloggers that continue to spread this story, now that the FBI has debunked it. (The full statement is here, in PDF) On the one hand, our modern society has taken the notion of "being above it all" to mean that public figures should never defend themselves against even the most outrageous and damaging lies. We go so far as to blame the victim for hitting back. On the other hand, shouldn’t even the newsworthy have the right to defend their reputations in court? It seems to me we’ve gone too far in the former direction. (More at Gateway Pundit)
Matthew Continetti at The Weekly Standard reminds us that "she is a lot of things … but NOT stupid…" His colleague Bill Kristol offers opinions from two more contrarians. ("Contrary" in this case meaning the belief that she wasn’t stupid to resign.)
William Jacobson compares Governor Palin’s move to then-Senator Barack Obama running for president after less than two years in the Senate and asks "Is Palin a quitter or a climber?" Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey says she’s a quitter; like Jacobson, I don’t know. And I suspect we won’t until several months and even years have gone by.
Finally, Kurt Schlichter at Big Hollywood draws his light-saber and says "the Force is with Sarah Palin:"
Not to go an analogy too far, but Sarah Palin seems to be taking a page from the Hollywood playbook of George Lucas. She has just completed her own introductory trilogy, and it was an astonishing success.
First, she was a fantastically successful conservative governor lurking beneath the mainstream media’s radar. Next, she was a vice-presidential candidate who, even though she lost, still did more to electrify the base than the headliner. Third, she has now drawn the curtain on her post-election career as a sitting governor, a period that saw her deftly turn the tables on mainstream haters like David Letterman. Like “Star Wars,” she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but her fans are rabid and chomping at the bit for the next installments. And as to these future installments, the question is whether the next step is going to be “The Phantom Menace” or something that doesn’t suck.