BREAKING: Palin Announcement

My take:  This very well could’ve been the smartest move she could’ve made.  Today we saw true Sarah, 100% honest and straightforward.  She is putting Alaska First, which has always been her creed…and she is not only saving the state money by making this move but potentially helping Lt. Gov. Parnell in 2010…besides…imagine the travel costs between AK and the lower 48.  As far as for personal reasons, they all bend in her favor…her family agreed with the decision, and what’s best for her and her family should always be first.

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An announcement by Gov. Sarah Palin from her home in Wasilla, AK is expected in eight minutes.  I will liveblog this…stay tuned.

Oh and one thing: Run, Sarah, Run!

UPDATE:  CNN is saying that she has, indeed, confirmed that she won’t run for re-election in Alaska, however, this is according to “GOP sources”…

UPDATE: Fox is saying the same…

UPDATE: Politico is saying the same…

Why is everyone (Chris Wallace, Carl Cameron) complaining that she didn’t do this on a big news day?  I’m tired of this whining about how “this isn’t something you would do for a national campaign”…didn’t anyone think she might want to tie this to a 4th of July message?

UPDATE:  Drudge a little slow on the uptake…

Report: Sarah Palin won’t seek second term as Alaska Gov… Developing…

UPDATE:  MSNBC saying:

AK GOV TO STEP DOWN

This isn’t good…they’re saying it’s because of the “toll of the ethics code violations”…

UPDATE:  MSNBC saying she’s been through a “national meat grinder”…might be leaving politics entirely…made this decision after taking a family vote…results were unanimous (according to John Harwood, CNBC)

UPDATE:  Fox talking about a dead man’s drugs instead of this story…

UPDATE:  MSNBC saying she is a “smart businesswoman” for making this decision by “cutting her losses”…

UPDATE: Fox now saying “Palin transferring power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell”…from AK affiliate…

UPDATE:  MSNBC speculating she might want to have a TV show…David Shuster saying “her political future is done”…

UPDATE:  Could there be something more serious afoot?  MSNBC seems unwilling to investigate, Fox is…

UPDATE:  Fox is now dumping on her experience…

UPDATE:  Fox News has spoken to Todd…she is stepping down…she wants to “do things for the country she couldn’t do as Governor”

UPDATE:  CNN carrying it live…she quotes Gen. MacArthur:

We are not retreating, we are advancing in another direction.

Could that mean what I think it means?  After all, she has “Alaska in her heart”, which means that they would be ill-served if she ran for President and was going back and forth from Alaska to the lower 48…

UPDATE:  Incredibly slow Drudge is now saying that she will be stepping down as of July 26…

She was just cleared of her FIFTEENTH ethics charge, which is incredibly difficult for any Governor to go through…

UPDATE:  She mentioned how the decision was solidified over her trip to Kosovo…

You have to commend her for putting Alaska First here…above her own ambitions…

UPDATE:  Furthering that, Fox has her brother on right now, who said, “she was spending 80% of her time defending herself and not being able to spend enough time on state issues”…

UPDATE:  NRO has the statement:

Bill Kristol calls her “crazy like a fox”…”I haven’t ruled out it’s a stroke of genius”…

UPDATE:  Now Fox has the video…she is listing off her administration’s successes (a smart move)…mind you, this statement has been delivered WITHOUT a teleprompter/TOTUS…

“We’re fishermen…we know that only dead fish ‘go with the flow'”…

AKGOVSARAHPALIN TWITTER UPDATE:

We’ll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election… this is in Alaska’s best interest, my family’s happy… it is good, stay tuned

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