5 Good Reasons Palin Quit
Scandal speculation gives way to new theories
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2009 4:29 PM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announces that she is stepping down from her position as governor in Wasilla, Alaska on Friday, July 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Robert DeBerry)
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(Newser) – When Sarah Palin made her sudden exit, many expected a scandal to break. But "in the days since, it has become clear that no other shoe is likely to drop," writes Jay Newton-Small of Time, who offers five likely reasons she resigned Alaska's top job:

  • For the good of the state: Palin was lauded for resigning in protest from Alaska’s oil and gas commission. She painted her gubernatorial resignation “in the same way: a selfless act that should earn her kudos for saving taxpayers' money.”

  • Lack of support: Palin saw her once-strong Democratic support in Alaska fade as she grew more partisan during the presidential campaign.
  • To escape criticism: Since the election, she’s developed a “do-nothing” image, introducing hardly any legislation but finding plenty of time to say “no.”
  • To spend less time in Alaska: She’s struggled to balance her day job and maintaining a presence in the lower 48.
  • For the money: Now she has time to make a bundle on speaking engagements—income she may need after running up bills as she responded to ethics complaints.