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July 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Palin’s resignation: Are her motives admirable or selfish?

This point guard doesn’t have game

Editor, The Times:

Sarah Palin is a mixed metaphor: A self-advertised point guard, but in my mind a basket case closet-blonde who wouldn’t know the difference between a spread sheet, a pressed sheet or a full-court press.

Yes, she looked good in the game with all that flash and bling, but here’s the thing: She didn’t make any baskets, and fans pay for baskets. So this quitting fits.

However, she should have had the decency to wait until Michael Jackson’s funeral before burying her own career.

— Noel Freedman, Stanwood

Palin’s new ‘higher calling’

In response to your article, “Palin links resignation to ‘higher calling,’.” [page one, July 5] — who is Sarah Palin kidding? She just quit on the people of Alaska. I doubt now if she could even get a job as a Tina Fey impersonator!

— Terry Cubbins, Cle Elum

Palin could be just protecting her family

I’m a Democrat and completely disagree with the policies and politics of Sarah Palin. However, I have no reason to doubt her humanity and agree with Joe Biden’s comments [“Rove: Palin resignation part of a ‘risky strategy,’.”, Politics & Government, July 5].

Why so much commentary about her motives? Would you want your daughters exposed to more garbage from would-be comedians? Wouldn’t you avoid giving them more exposure (and blame) by saying this was the reason you were getting out?

— Edward George, Renton

Palin’s resignation selfish, ignores the people she represents

Sarah Palin has committed a very selfish act by resigning 18 months before her term is to expire. Her excuse that she didn’t want to be a lame duck just doesn’t hold water.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared that he will not run for another term, making him a lame duck, but he isn’t resigning. He is sticking to his obligations as governor to his state and the people who voted for him.

Instead, Palin has decided to walk away, abandoning her state and supporters to either leave politics entirely or prepare for the upcoming 2012 presidential primaries. This is the equivalent of a child deciding to take their ball and go home because they didn’t want to play anymore.

It should now be obvious to all that Palin is a selfish person interested only in her personal ambitions with no regard to the people she is supposed to represent. We just finished eight years of having a president not caring about the people he had been elected to represent and doing just what he wanted to do.

Is this the type of person you would want representing us and the U.S. as president again? Not me.

— Robert Oberlander, Issaquah

Palin, Bush: Anyone see resemblance?

Let’s see: An unqualified governor who doesn’t know much about any important issue. Also not good with the English language, on the wrong side of most issues and is the butt of jokes for a good reason.

No, folks I’m not talking about George W. Bush– it’s Sarah Palin, who has just abdicated her throne in Alaska. Stay tuned to see this poster child (chuckle) for the Republican Party begin her run for the 2012 nomination.

— David McKenzie, Federal Way

Flawed logic in Palin’s cut-and-run

Sarah Palin is resigning as governor of Alaska, but people are skeptical of the reasons she has given. But at least Palin has the guts to cut and run, unlike Gov. Mark Sanford, who continued to take taxpayers’ money while he went absent without leave to cheat on his wife.

If these two are the Republican front-runners, I don’t think Obama will have any trouble with re-election. However, using Palin’s logic, if Obama does win he should resign because he would be a lame duck and can’t run again.

Wow, I’m really glad she’s not our vice president.

— Bert Schulz, Redmond

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