Talk Radio Hosts React To Palin's Resignation
Dr Laura, Levin, Others React To Palin's Bombshell
*** UPDATED WITH MARK LEVIN'S REACTION ***
*** WITH EXCLUSIVE QUOTES ***
Though caught as off-guard as anyone else, the nation's talk radio hosts reacted swiftly to news of Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska late today. Most had already wrapped up their broadcast week, but a few were blindsided by the unexpected development while their shows were still underway.
That included best-selling author / syndicated host Mark Levin, whose supportive on-air response pieced together her likely political game plan, as well as New England-based regional talker Howie Carr, who strongly felt Palin had made a huge political mistake. More on that from our sister site, here.
Here's Levin's response:
So far, conservatives are divided on what it means for both Palin's political future and the GOP, with some calling it the end of her career, while others consider it a shrewd move. MSNBC weasel "Morning Joe" Scarborough was quick to write her obituary, yet commentator Bill Kristol was impressed by her apparent strategy.
Not yet weighing in is talk titan and key Palin advocate Rush Limbaugh, who will be away next week.
Because some have suggested family issues played a role in her decision, with constant state-run media attacks against her children becoming a key concern, your Radio Equalizer turned to top radio advice talker Dr Laura Schlessinger for insight.
Last year, Dr Laura expressed opposition to Palin's selection as McCain's running mate for reasons related to the governor's family, so it is especially interesting to get her take now. In an email interview, Schlessinger told your Radio Equalizer that Palin's speech was "powerfully articulate and compelling":
RADIO EQUALIZER: Dr Laura, I know you were critical of Palin last year, especially as her candidacy potentially conflicted with family issues. Do you have any reaction to her resignation as Alaska's governor? Do you believe these issues played a key role?
DR LAURA SCHLESSINGER: I just watched her whole speech and:
1. She did not need/use a teleprompter and was powerfully articulate and compelling.
2. The "reason" for her resignation was valid: the liberal media and politicos with an obvious agenda are causing her state harm with a distraction from state business and overwhelming public and private financial costs to defend against specious attacks on her ethics.
The agenda behind these attacks appears to be fear of her running in next presidential election.
3. Palin also lamented the nasty attacks on her special-needs child. But family issues did not seem to play a key role, according to her speech.
If this is sincere, and not a political tactic to stop the attacks in order to prepare for the next presidential election, then I am impressed.
I believe her parental responsibilities trump political aspirations - or should.
Meanwhile, angry Democrats responded with immediate personal attacks, while CNN engaged in reckless speculation.
Stay tuned for many additional updates on this breaking story.
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