Gateway Pundit asks the question that should be asked of everyone saying Palin's dead because she resigned:
The state-run media was absolutely horrified that Governor Sarah Palin would leave her elected office early. They said it was bizarre and the end of her career. The liberal blogs called her a sissy and made retard jokes about her son Trig.
It's funny then how they ignored it when Obama left office early.
Barack Obama missed 314 of 1300 roll call votes (24%) since Jan 6, 2005. The graph below shows the percent of roll call votes Barack Obama was absent for during the member’s time in Congress.
The absentee rate is in red. The two black dotted lines provide a context for understanding the significance of the absentee rate. The lower dotted line shows the median value for all Members of Congress in that time period. The upper dotted line shows the 90th percentile. A Member who approaches the upper dotted line is in the worst 10 percent of Congress.
Barack Obama played hookie for 2 years.
But unlike Sarah Palin, he kept his job while he campaigned just like his wife Michelle who was paid $63,000 in 2008 for a job she didn't go to.
I think it's ridiculous to suggest that Palin is being irresponsible for resigning in order to campaign for higher office (if that is, indeed, what she's doing). In addition to all the reasons I've previously stated, and in addition to the justification presented above, I think that Americans would much rather have someone shooting for a higher office be open and honest about it, and not neglect their current job. Some are now suggesting that her decision has indicated that she's shown an 'inability' to stick to her commitment to Alaska, and that's a bad sign for any potential future commitment to America at large in higher office. I think that's ridiculous. It's pretty easy for most people to accept that she's quitting one good job in the hopes of attaining a much better one, don't you think? Isn't that what we all do (or at least hope for) in moving through our careers?
I don't think this is rocket science, and I certainly don't think she's killed her chances by resigning. Remember, she's the one with the magic connection to the base. It was the moderate powers-that-be in McCain's campaign and the Republican party that tried to muzzle her and direct her into their message for much of the campaign; when she was unleashed, she was phenomenally successful and popular with the base. Let's see how this plays out.
There's my two cents.