Well, she's gone. Sarah officially resigned yesterday as Alaska governor, still being vague about her future. She assured her supporters that she "will be able to fight even harder" for them, now that she has no office, no governmental power, no authority, and no influence over public policy.
Ironically, she took some shots in her bye-bye speech against "Hollywood 'starlets'" who speak out from the sidelines on issues, without realizing of course that a sideline kibbitzer is pretty much what Sarah, private citizen, is now. As someone on NPR noted this morning, she's more like a reality show participant, rather than a leader or officeholder.
Apparently the "Hollywood 'starlet'" was a reference to Ashley Judd, who Palin to task for moose-hunting. Warning of "anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from Hollywood," Palin said advocacy groups "use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets." She offered such individuals this message: "By the way, Hollywood needs to know: We eat therefore we hunt." Somehow, though, I think the vast majority of Alaskans, including the Palin household, can and do just fine putting food on the table with food bought from a store.
She also derided the "partisan operatives" who had dogged her governorship with ethics complaints, failing to be honest about the fact that many of those ethics complaints were filed by non-partisan government agencies or Republican individuals.
Was this her exit off of the national scene? Democrats are hoping "no".