It's one MAJOR reason she has a broad and deep following in the USA.
By resigning, she's reinforced that truth.
(Here's the text of her announcement.)
Excerpt - (you won't see this on many MSM outlets because it's so so so SO good!):
You don’t hear much about the good stuff in the press anymore, though, do you? Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year — the day that John McCain tapped me to be his running mate. And it was an honor to stand beside a true American hero. I say others changed, and let me to speak to that for a minute.
Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law that I championed became their weapon of choice over the past nine months. I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations, such as holding a fish in a photograph or wearing a jacket with a logo on it and answering reporters’ questions. Every one of these, though, all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We have won, but it hasn’t been cheap. The state has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to opposition research and that’s money that’s not going to fund teachers, or troopers or safer roads.
And this political absurdity, the politics of personal destruction, Todd and I, we’re looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime. So they’re not going to stop draining the public resources, spending other people’s money in this game. They won’t stop.
It’s pretty insane. My staff and I spend most of our day — we’re dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now.
And I know that I promised no more politics as usual but this isn’t what anyone had in mind for Alaska.
If I’ve learned one thing it’s that life is about choices and one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down or that build up and I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose not to tear down and waste precious time but to build up this state and our great country and her industrious and generous and patriotic and free people.
Life is too short to compromise time and resources and though it may be tempting and more comfortable to just kind of keep your head down and plod along and appease those who are demanding, hey, just sit down and shut up. But that’s a worthless, easy path out. That’s a quitter’s way out. And I think a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just kind of hunker down and go with the flow. We’re fishermen and we know that only dead fish go with the flow.
No productive fulfilled people determined where to put their efforts choosing to wisely use precious time to build up — and there is such a need to build up — and fight for our state and our country and I choose to fight for it. And I’ll work very hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government and strong national security for our country and support for our troops and energy independence and for those who will protect freedom and equality and life.
I’ll work hard for and I’ll campaign for those who are proud to be American and who are inspired by our ideals and they won’t deride them. I will support others who seek to serve in or out of office, and I don’t care what party they’re in or no party at all, inside Alaska or outside of Alaska.But I won’t do it from the governor’s desk. I’ve never believed that I nor anyone else needs a title to do this, to make a difference, to help people. So I choose for my state and for my family more freedom to progress all the way around.
I take her resignation at face value: she accomplished a lot as governor and will be able accomplish more - for more people, and without all the BS - as an independent activist.
SHE'S RIGHT: She can accomplish all this without the office and without running for another office for MANY years: she does NOT have to run for the Senate and she doesn't have to run for the White House, either.
- I think she is right: she can speak out. and make money, and spend quality time with her family by resigning.
- I think she will continue to talk the talk AND walk the walk, whether the issue is taxes or spending or guns or abortion or national defense.
- And I think she will continue to speak on behalf of a HUGE segment of America.
This is a large segment - one which feels good solid basic principles and American values are the most important thing a public leader can have.
ON THIS LEVEL, SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES - IN SPADES!
I wish her the best.
(COMPLETE ROUND UP HERE.)