Sarah Palin Steps Down As Alaska Governor

In all the hubbub of the pending world-record largemouth (which is still hubbubbing; see our coverage), I failed to post the other big news. As you probably know by now, Sarah Palin announced Friday that she is stepping down as Alaska Governor--and that she is not a quitter. By most accounts, she has had it with being a lightning rod for partisan politics. Politically speaking, she says "If I die, I die." But there is much buzz about a 2012 presidential bid.

Here are few excerpts from the latest coverage:

_Speaking in fishing waders from the town of Dillingham, Gov. Palin said her administration has been paralyzed by fending off frivolous lawsuits.
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_"I'm not going to take the comfortable path. I'm going to take the right path for the state," she said of her resignation, which she characterized as a matter of progressing in an unconventional way.
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From Palin's Facebook page, according to _The Washington Post:
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_"There are many of us out here in Real America who see what's going on and are grateful you are speaking out. Now that you're not the Governor, the ethics b.s. can stop. I am praying for you, dear Sarah, and totally support you in whatever the future holds!"
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_"Sarah you now appear as crazy as a march hare. But I do applaud you for your continued entertainment value! So long and thanks for all the fish."
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From Fox News:

Asked if she wanted to be president, she repeated she did not know what her future holds.
"I want to work, right now, for people who are going to work either in office or out of office for the right things. Those principles that build up America, those who are inspired by the values of America, and will not deride or apologize for the values we hold as Americans."

From The New York Times Opinion page_:
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Sarah Palin's loopy and incoherent explanations for the clearly self-serving decision to quit the governor's job highlight all her flaws as a political figure and even manage to add a new one. We now know that when things get tough, or maybe just boring, Sarah Palin quits.

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