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Sarah Palin Stays Unshackled

By on 10.5.11 | 8:14PM

As Jeff Lord has just noted via Mark Levin, Sarah Palin will not be seeking the GOP nomination.

Her decision comes a little more than 24 hours after Chris Christie announced for the 1,674th time he was not running for President.

For the longest time, I was inclined towards thinking that she would run. But this turn of events doesn't seem so surprising in light of Palin's interview with Greta Van Susteren one week ago in which she asked, "Does a title shackle a person?" and "Is a campaign too shackling?"

If those are the sorts of question she's asking herself that's a telling sign she isn't inclined towards running for office. For all the unfair criticisms which have been leveled against her, the one criticism that would have stuck to her like glue had she run would have been her decision to resign as Governor of Alaska in July 2009. At the time of her abrupt departure, I argued that had she been re-elected and opted to run in 2012 she could tell Mitt Romney she had more experience governing Alaska than he did governing Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, her decision did little to improve her standing with the public. As recently as last month, nearly three quarters of Republican and Republican leaning independents indicated they did not want her to seek the GOP nomination. So perhaps it's just as well. It would seem she would be happier being a mover and a shaker and if that's the case then more power to her.

And with that, Sarah Palin stays unshackled.

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