Alaska Paper: Baffling Move Smacks of 'Self-Service'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 12:04 PM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announces that she is stepping down from her position as Governor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin’s reasons for leaving office early ring exceedingly hollow to the editors of the Anchorage Daily News. She “baffled Alaskans with her explanation that, having decided not to seek a second term, she doesn't want to be a lame duck until December 2010. That explanation is more lame than the duck.”

Whatever Palin is leaving office for, her resignation “looks like self-service, not public service.” What’s worse, “she spoke as if she were making a sacrifice for the good of Alaska, but it's hard to see how.” Palin’s charisma and ambition are clear, “so there's no surprise if she sees a future for herself beyond Alaska,” the editors write. “But we thought she'd finish her work on the home front first. She hasn't made clear why she won't.”