Prominent Republicans weighed in Friday on Sarah Palin's announcement that she will resign later this month as Alaska's governor.
Interviewed by Politico.com, the conservative heavyweights said:
“Palin is at her best when she’s being folksy, but there is no way to be folksy when you’re resigning as governor.” GOP strategist Dan Schnur
“Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues -- and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska." William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard
“There is just no good way to say quitting has made her more qualified to run for higher office." Pollster Glen Bolger
“I think Sarah Palin is on the verge of becoming the 'Miami Vice' of American politics: Something a lot of people once thought was cool and then 20 years later look back, shake their heads and just kind of laugh.” Media consultant Todd Harris
Politico also interviewed Charlie Cook, founder and editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter. Cook said Alaska's remote location makes it difficult for a governor of that state to run for president, citing the long distances to key cities in the continental U.S.
Cook also said Palin's resignation means she is able to avoid making tough state-related financial decisions as America struggles in a challenging economic climate.
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