Sarah Palin to resign Alaska governor's office this month
Some political watchers and media pundits on Twitter publicly wondered whether Palin's resignation was connected to the Todd Purdum profile in Vanity Fairthat posited Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 because of Palin's position on the Republican ticket. And certainly, the statement released by her office reflects this conjecture; "Once I decided not to run for re-election [as Alaska governor], I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose." While the imagery expressed by these words reflect political weakness, her fans have taken the news to mean hope for 2012. Whether she could overcome the significant questions about her intelligence and leadership ability, not to mention her many ethical and familial liabilities, is doubtful.