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

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 12:04 PM CDT
Alaska Paper: Baffling Move Smacks of 'Self-Service'
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announces that she is stepping down from her position as Governor.   (AP Photo)

(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.” (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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