Include conservative political analysts among those puzzled by Sarah Palin’s abrupt and rambling announcement last week that she was resigning as governor of Alaska. The move makes sense if her aim is to make money and spend more time with her family, they argued, but not if she has higher political ambitions. “Giving up on an executive job a year and a half early isn’t the best way to persuade voters you’re ready for the more demanding rigors and scrutiny of the White House,” a Wall Street Journal editorial argued. Commentator George Will said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Palin is now “not even a first-term governor.” And former Bush adviser Karl Rove said of Palin: “She marches to the beat of her own drum, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how she pulls this off.”
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