Cenk Uygur, radio host of the Young Turks, wrote in the Huffington Post about three possibilities for Palin's action: she wants to lay the groundwork for a presidential campaign; she wants to cash in on speaking fees and a book advance; and ethics investigations.
If the move is part of a strategy to position her for the presidency, it is a strange one; fellow conservatives such as Karl Rove, Senator Chuck Grassley (R) of Iowa and columnist George Will were baffled. Regardless of the reason for Palin's abrupt announcement, Murkowski correctly refers to the action as an abandonment. Will similarly said that Palin was declaring herself a quitter. None of these criticisms are answered by Palin's Independence Day message to supporters.
On her Facebook page, Palin stated, ""How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it's right for all, including your family."
Of course, we haven't been told what the "higher calling" is and why it's "honorable" to abandon one's elected position. One would think that Palin would be proud to reveal her noble intentions, especially since they are "about country."
Palin also stated that her administration had "accomplished more during this one term than most governors do in two." I see. She did enough and earned the right to quit. Senator Murkowski, then, is an ingrate.