Sarah Palin has resigned as Governor of Alaska amid questions about why and what is next for the former presidential running mate.
Reasons for her abrupt departure range from wanting to write a book, to building a new coalition. But many believe her flagging popularity linked to having to defend numerous ethics charges had taken their toll. On leaving, she had a warning for her former constituents: “We can resist enslavement to big central government that crushes hope and opportunity. Be wary of accepting government largesse, it does not come free and often accepting it takes away everything that is free.” Palin handed over to the new Alaska governor, Sean Parnell, as analysts wondered if she will mount a bid for president. Unknown on the national stage until Republican John McCain selected her to run with him for the White House, Palin infused excitement into the Republican presidential bid. She obviously took to the role but she also became the but of chat-show jokes and Democrat criticism. Leaving many to speculate over her future, the possibility of her own television talk show has also been mooted.