So I spent a few minutes checking Google and Lexis-Nexis. Palin mentions Lewis and Sheehan in this Charlie Rose Green Room interview, but I could find no mention that Palin has ever previously made public mention of her affection for Steinbeck. I was about to issue a call for readers to help me out with the research...
...and then Palin said something much more surprising: she is quitting as Alaska governor. She announced this afternoon that, instead of sticking around and finishing the job voters elected her for, she can do more good outside the Alaska governor's office, "outside of government."
Outside of government. Please remember that in 2012, Sarah.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell takes the Alaskan reins July 26. Alaskans will surely hope he views the possibilities for effecting positive change from the governor's office somewhat more enthusiastically than the woman who is abandoning that job.
Update: I watch the KTUU/CNN video and am stunned.
What was that about lame-duck governors?
...how much fun some governors have as lame ducks... maybe take their overseas international trade missions... they hit the road, they draw a paycheck, they kind of milk it...."
Did Sarah Palin listen to herself? Did she run those lines by anyone else? Did Mark Sanford hear that? Is she actually issuing the first GOP primary argument (in 2009) against Pawlenty and any other governors who might dare run against her in 2012 without resigning their office?
Now wait a minute: just how would millions of your (Alaskan) dollars go down the drain in this new political environment just because Palin wasn't running for a second term? How does quitting and turning the show over to the lieutenant governor save the state any money?
And if lame-duckery is so awful, is Palin effectively saying she will never run for President? She obviously could never bear to be a second-term President, since by Palin's logic, four years of Constitutionally mandateed lame-duck presidency would surely be as bad for America as another year and a half of voluntary lame-duck governorship would be for Alaska. And if she couldn't bear a second term, she couldn't stand to run for a first term, since she would know she wasn't going to run for that second term. So, by Palin's own logic, her own running for President, not to mention voting for her, would be a waste of tax dollars, not to mention a terrible violation of how Palin herself is wired, since she would spend her time in the White House just banging her head against the wall.
Sound crazy? Don't blame me: Palin said it. Incredible.