Given what Sarah Palin has been up to since I last commented on her, I have to conclude that she resigned as governor to either cash in or to run for president. If she left to cash in, then I guess she’s not doing too bad a job of it.
But if she does indeed plan to run for president, then I do not believe she is going about things in a helpful way. In a post at FrumForum, Danielle Crittenden describes a Palin appearance at a charity fundraiser in Canada. Her appearance fee apparently was between $100,000 and $200,000, so that is definitely cashing in.* Beyond the hefty fee, Crittenden describes how everything was arranged to limit Palin’s exposure to unscripted or unanticipated situations.
I am not paying enough attention to Palin to know if this is how her appearances are normally handled. Assuming that it is, then this is poor training for a presidential run. Her cozy perch at Fox News is also no help. Now is exactly when she should be making as many appearances as possible and exposing herself to unscripted situations frequently so she can compile some experience dealing with them. One does not get elected to the presidency without an ability to ad lib a wide variety of situations.
Sure, if she followed this advice, she might compile a resume of gaffs. But the gaffs would be ancient history by the time 2012 came around.
* Long ago I read somewhere a comment that whenever an estimate varied by 100% or more, one could infer that there was really no clue as to the actual number and the estimate was worse than worthless. So who knows how much she was actually paid!