Is she saying that leaving the job her constituents elected her to do is not quitting but emulating live fish? Do fish hunker?
She seems to suggest that remaining in office would "allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor." If she can't see through her first and only term in high office, what kind of Vice President would she be? If the mean-spirited political world is too much for her while she's busy with Alaska's 686,000 residents (62% of whom are Republicans), how would she weather constant barbs from the nation's 72 million Democrats?
She says she's "taking my fight for what's right--for Alaska!--in another direction," but doesn't say which, allowing lots of room for speculation. Some snicker that she's evading some huge scandal about to break. Others suspect she wants time to complete her newly-contracted book (I think she needs a ghostwriter). Palin-pushers say she's going to launch her presidential campaign.
I hope she's just tired of the "superficial wasteful political bloodsport (sic)," recognizes her lack of knowledge, savvy and background, and returns to Wasilla to be a great mom to her kids, especially Trig, who she touchingly says "needs me, but I need him even more." Bristol also needs her guidance, now that she's a single mom taking public knocks from former fiance Levi Johnson (who says the Palins are "snobby" and fostering the misconception that his family is "white trash"), and even his sister Mercede ("they're lying, trying to save theirselves [sic]").
I have sympathy for the Palins' difficulties, and I wish them all well. But like Dick Nixon following his erstwhile exit from the scene, I suspect pundits may have the ex-governor to "kick around" for quite some time to come.