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Conservatives Taken Aback By Palin's Decision To Resign

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 05:14 PM

Democrats left it to Republican and conservative voices to assess what Friday's unexpected announcement by Palin means for her and a possible run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. For example, Vice President Joe Biden called it a personal decision, offering no analysis of why she did it.

By contrast, those on the political right acknowledged that they didn't know what to make of it.

Karl Rove, the "architect" of George W. Bush's successful presidential campaigns, said the resignation left many of Palin's fellow Republicans "a little perplexed."

"It's a risky strategy," Rove told "Fox News Sunday."

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Looks like conservatives are hedging their bets. If it turns out that she has resigned because she knows she's about to be cast in the middle of a huge controversy, soon to be announced, then they can congratulate themselves on their discretion in refraining from comment. If, on the other hand, it turns out that she just wants to put all of her time and energy into a bid for the presidency in 2012, then it still may be perceived as a mistake on her part to quit her governorship, and they can still refrain from comment, being commended for their discretion.

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