However, her decision to leave the Alaska governorship does not please me. I like it when our elected officials fulfill the "contract" that they signed when they sought election. I could see her stepping down when she learned she was pregnant, or after the birth of Trig, or after she learned her 17 year old daughter was pregnant. I think most of us would respect decisions to take care of family first. The timing of this resignation just doesn't make the same kind of sense. Yes, I have heard her say that Alaska deserves a governor who isn't fighting phony ethics charges all the time. Maybe that's true. But all politics is brutal these days. I will agree that her family has gotten hit way too hard at a time when children of politicians should be off limits.
We are 40 months away from the next presidential election. That's a long time, so I wish Sarah well and we will see how things develop in the next couple of years. I will not hold this decision against her. Maybe it is important for some people to pick their candidates this early, but for most of us, we can wait until 2012.