Well, she claims that she's "doing what's best for Alaska and the country."
MSNBC claims that sources told Andrea Mitchell that Sarah Palin is "out of politics for good."
Some have speculated in the past that Palin may be interested in running for president in 2012, but she did not mention running for another office at her press conference. Sources told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Palin is out of politics for good.What's really behind this?
My fear is that the public whipping the media has given Palin in the past year has finally broken her down. Fearing for her family's well-being and reputation, she may have simply decided to thrown in the towel.
She seems to be a tougher woman than that, but with the recent Letterman broohaha and the "photoshop-Eddie-Burk-onto-Trig's-face" idiocy that she's had to go through, one can't help but wonder if it all became too much for her.
Her claim that she doesn't want to siphon off state dollars as a lame duck governor doesn't hold much water in my mind either. Both McCain and Obama were sitting (aka non-lame-duck) senators during their presidential bids.
1) Some major-yet-undisclosed scandal was about to hit the fan.
This is the last thing Republicans need right now.
2) She really does want to use the time to run for president in 2012.
The problem with this is that quitting doesn't exactly prove your ability to lead.
3) The terrible press she received finally did a number on her.
The reason this seems most likely is due to the Vanity Fair hit piece released earlier this week. I doubt something that minor could actually push her over the edge though.
This is a developing story, so we'll see where it leads.