Although their retreats from elected office took place literally at opposite ends of the earth, Sanford and Sarah have a lot in common. Both were despised (I don’t think that’s too strong a word here) by legislative leaders in their respective Republican states. Both are more committed to impractical ideals than to actual governing. And both displayed an astonishing disrespect for the governorship. These three facts are not unrelated of course.
There’s a temptation for some conservatives (but not all, based on the fairly sane commentary of many conservative blogs about both) to see walking away from office as some kind of George Washington-esque citizen governor move. I fully expect some to describe Palin’s resignation as “her own Declaration of Independence.”
But I have to wonder if any elected officials of any political persuasion have any respect for the actions of either of these two. What do you think Joe Blow Republican State legislator thinks about someone who feels she can do more good out of office than in or who leaves the state for five days without telling anyone? I’ll bet he thinks they’re both full of shit.