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On July 3, Alaska Gov. Sara Palin announced her impending resignation from the Governor’s seat, citing “a higher calling.” In the wake of the announcement, Palin hasn’tdemonstrated much interest in unsolicited advice from newspapers, bloggers, and Tweeters. But with all of the contiguous United States now at her fingertips, Palin could use our help more than ever. As Anne Applebaum wrote in today’s Washington Post: “what is that higher calling? If you don’t tell us, we have to guess—-or make jokes about it.”
Weighing the pros, cons, and probabilities of our best guesses for Palin’s next steps, after the jump.
MAKE A RUN IN 2012.
Pros: May manage to successfully run all the raging feminists out of this country for good.
Cons: Couldn’t handle the job if she somehow, miraculously snagged it; couldn’t handle the campaign trail, either; with all the feminists gone, no one left to defend Palin and family from rape jokes.
Odds: 5 to 1
MOVE TO LOS ANGELES.
Pros: Inevitable, just get it over with.
Cons: Will be lost in sea of naive fame-seekers.
Odds: 10 to 1.
POSE FOR PLAYBOY.
Cons: Icky; too obvious; would help print media, which she hates, stay afloat another month; move would lower Palin’s stock to below that of reality TV show rejects.
Odds: 500 to 1 (Maxim is a different story).
STAR IN A REALITY SHOW.
Pros: Would allow First Dude Todd Palin’s star to rise along with hers; money; helpful transition into posing for Playboy; punning opportunities for name of reality show endless (“Pallin’ Around With The Palins”; “The Beverly ‘Fuckin’ Rednecks,'” for chronical of relocation to L.A.)
Cons: Constant camera access to Palin family would only confirm fucked-up-edness of Palin’s life and world-view; would allow First Dude Todd Palin’s star to rise along with hers.
Odds: 10 to 1
GET A FOX NEWS TALK SHOW.
Pros: Finally, a venue where Palin’s mixed metaphors, folksy aphorisms, and refusal to listen to anything are encouraged; no one would be able to look away; would improve Palin’s improvisational skills while greatly inflating her ego; could really mine a Democrat-bashing “Politics as Usual” segment.
Odds: 3 to 1
RETREAT FROM THE LIMELIGHT.
Pros: Hates media; already undergoing public nervous breakdown; retreating from celebrity would make process less public
Cons: Loves media.
Odds: 1,000 to 1