Today in Chicago, we had one of those gorgeous, crisp autumn days. I had just dropped off my daughters at their after school math class, laced up my running shoes for a jog in one of our favorite parks, when my cell phone buzzed It was a text from a friend: “Palin not running.”
I thought it was a joke. I texted back. “Where did you hear that?”
Oh, he’s pulling my leg. I continued on my jog, silently saying a prayer that God give Governor Palin wisdom and courage to do what was best for her, her family and our country. A few minutes later, I stopped jogging to call two other C4Pers. Whitney said she had heard from Iowa that the Governor announced it on Mark Levin’s show.
Since we don’t get Levin’s show until 9pm in Chicago, as soon as I got back to my minivan, I tuned to the AM-station that carries his show. The afternoon drive had “Roe & Roeper” talking about the announcement. I wanted to reach into the radio and shake Richard Roeper (he of the former Ebert & Roeper movie review show) as he condescendingly remarked something like “she’s a superstar making money, doing reality TV shows, touring the country. Why would she give all that up just to study for debates and policy?"
I called the station. “I have two words for Roeper: The Undefeated. Watch it. And as you get up from the couch with your tail between your legs, let’s talk."
Then the two of them continued with their inane chatter, remarking how “she never really considered running.” I was grateful when my daughters hopped in the minivan and gave me the purity of their perspective.
“Sarah Palin isn’t running for President,” I said. Without even knowing any specifics, my 13-year old daughter replied “Well, Mommy, that’s her family’s decision. And there’s nothing you can do about it. She prayed about it and had to think of the pros and cons and that’s her decision.”
I had to give her a high five for such a mature response. She was spot on: Governor Palin’s family was a huge consideration. In fact, when we got home, and I read the email from Governor Palin via SarahPAC, it confirmed it:
"As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order."
I get that. Over the summer, a handful of people asked me to run for local office against an uber liberal person. After a summer of prayer and fasting, talking with family and trusted friends, my husband and I realized it was not best for our young family at this time. Governor Palin said it was about protecting the innocence of her children as well. I really get that.
Sarah Palin is consistent. Even the title of her second book holds that order: America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, Flag.. Perhaps one day I’ll get another text that she will run for higher office. Until then, we’ll run along side with her wherever that road leads.