Sarah Palin announced Friday afternoon that she was going to be stepping down from the governor’s office because she’s not going to be a “conventional lame duck.”
She’s got a year and a half left in her term. Of course most pundits, both mainstream and not, are speculating that this will allow the one-time GOP VP candidate to concentrate on running for the GOP Presidential nod for 2012. She certainly needs to up her profile to get more than the farthest right wing of the Republican Party to seriously consider her, but that is not the way to do it.
Of course, there are those who insist that there is no other candidate that can run against the Obama juggernaut, and while that maybe true today, there is still time. Not a lot, but there is time.
The party has a lot to do to overcome the far left wing mindset, and the large-scale in-fighting that has forced misstep after misstep of late. This is not one of the ways to do that.