(This may come as a surprise to the current governor, Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, who was just reelected. I'm guessing that Trump meant he hoped she would run some day, and when the current Republican governor wasn't running again for reelection. But given that this is Trump, I long ago gave up trying to translate him or understand or care about his meaning.)
No one is quite sure why she is leaving now. Some suggest it might have something to do with Trump's disastrous interview on ABC the day before. I doubt this though for several reasons. For one, he said a lot more nice things about her than he usually does when canning someone, and spread it out over two tweets. For another, for all we know Trump thinks it was a great interview. Then again, who in the world knows?
For that matter, it had been announced at the beginning of the year that Sanders would be leaving her job at the end of the month back then, so until she's on the outside looking in, I look at all of this as speculative.
The timing of it all, though, does have a nice bit of whimsy to it. That's because earlier in the week, she gave an interview and said how it hurt her when people said she was a liar. And honestly, I'm sure it does -- after all, most liars are bothered when people catch them in a lie and call them on it. It defeats the whole purpose of lying. But of course, as much as she is so hurt when people call her a liar, imagine being on the receiving end of all those lies.
Okay, you don't have to imagine it, since we all have been on the receiving end.
As for her moving back to Arkansas, I know that that's her home, but I think the move there may also be because it's the only place she'll be able to go out to a restaurant without being yelled at and kicked out.
Could she run for governor some day? And win? I suppose it's possible -- it's a deeply Red state, and her father was governor there. But as smarmy and sanctimonious as Mike Huckabee is, he also is a former preacher with a smiling, hands-on, snake-charmer's way about him. "Smiling charmer" has never been one of Sarah Huckabee Sander's strong points.
The question, now, strikes me as who will replace her? (If Trump even decides to replace her.) After all, it isn't easy to find someone so-willing to lie so often and demean people. Sanders not only clearly had that gene in her, but after a while she had (as the expression goes) "skin in the game," and her reprehensible actions were as much defending herself as they were defending Trump. A new press secretary won't bring that egregious history to the plate. And will be coming in at a time of great turbulence, as the Democratic House is ratcheting up judicial, intelligence, ways & means, finance and other hearings on the White House, along with the possibility of hearings for impeachment.
I know that Sarah Sanders was just the spokesperson for Trump and not Trump himself. And that much of the job entails covering for a crime boss. But there are good ways of doing the job, and reprehensible ways of doing. And further, you don't have to take the job. She seemed to relish doing harm to honesty, decency and the welfare of the country.
No need for her to linger, taking the time to turn the lights out in her office. I'm quite certain that there's someone around who can do it.