Post-Palin Traumatic Syndrome

BLOOMINGTON, MN - JUNE 29: Sarah Palin greet fans at the Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America on June 29, 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - JUNE 29: Sarah Palin greet fans at the Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America on June 29, 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Photo: Adam Bettcher/2011 Getty Images

It was only the second-most disappointing "I"m not running for president" announcement of the week. But while the news that Sarah Palin won't seek the presidency was greeted with more of a shrug than it would have been six months or a year ago, there are still plenty of hard-core Palinites who are disappointed, Palinologist Shushannah Walshe writes:

While not everyone up and moved their lives to another state, she inspired a passionate support system willing to defend her at all times. Supporters even asked others in the C4P community to bet on Intrade that Palin would run in the hopes that it would encourage her to. These are some of the people who will be the most heartbroken and it’s there that angry supporters that feel jilted are posting and commiserating, a sign that a real backlash against Palin is building in response to her decision.

TENCOLE posted: “I feel sad, disappointed and very bitter. I feel like the bride left at the alter and not feeling very good about the person that left me there. This could have been handled much better……we deserve better…the “boots on the ground” deserve better. I feel “led on”, and when I think of the numerous times I defended her/us against just such an announcement as this, I get nauseous … Her speeches coming up. you know like this weekend … guess what, I don’t care. She has made me start thinking that posters that I have been arguing with ad nauseaum, were right all along…*tear*”

Other hard-core Palinites, even one who'd uprooted her life and quit her job to work on the (non-existent) Palin campaign in Iowa, cut their heroine a little more slack — without sounding totally willing to fully cut the cord quite yet. " “I think she’s the best person to carry forward the principals I believe in, but I would never guilt trip or pressure her in," Michelle McCormick told Walshe. "This is not what this is about.”

Not all the Palin obsessives wanted her to run: Andrew Sullivan, for instance, who is probably as preoccupied with Palin as anyone in the country, wrote a post entitled "Rejoice!"

It is hard to describe the relief of this awful person finally going away. (And who cares what she says if she has no "title"? There are RedState comment threads more coherent and persuasive than her deranged delusions.) All I can say now is that a) I was wrong about her intentions and b) I am so so so relieved to be wrong. She will now face the oblivion she deserves, and I sincerely hope I never have to write about this farce again.

But Palin promises to play a role in the presidential campaign still, even if only a supporting. Already (at least in her telling) several candidates have reached out to her. It's no surprise they're lining up to kiss the ring as quickly as possible. A Palin endorsement would still be a valuable thing, and if candidates are willing to court Donald Trump in New York, surely they'll be willing to smile for a photo-op with Palin. Is this actually what Trump and Palin were planning at their pizza date?

Earlier: Sarah Palin Is Not Running for President
Inside the Palin Industrial Complex: The People Who Thrive on Speculating About Her Presidential Intentions
Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ [Note/ABC]