The thing is, there are certain areas where I can kind of identify with Palin. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had job interviews where I tried desperately to relate something I'd done before to an area in which I'd never worked. And I think that's basically what Palin was doing when she said her foreign policy experience involved looking at Russia. In another universe, perhaps I would be leaving sympathetic comments on her online journal about how stressful those interviews are. The thing is, though, that it's a little different when the job you're applying for is one step away from being Chief Executive of the United States. On a similar note, I've seen people suspect that Palin quit during a holiday on purpose, and I'm not sure I can blame her. I know I've sometimes called people when I was pretty sure they wouldn't be in, so I could say what I needed to say without having to worry about getting a response for a little while. I think there's a chance I might find her awkward fumbling more endearing if she didn't have that insatiable lust for more power than she can handle. I actually think one reason she made it as far as she did in a traditionally patriarchal political party is that she gave the impression that she wanted to be the exception rather than the rule. Sure, she was a woman who wanted to be in charge of a superpower, but I think the Joe Six-Packs realized that, as long as SHE was able to have power, she was okay with every OTHER woman making less money than men doing the same jobs.
My favorite speculation is that Palin quit so that she could run for president in 2012. Yeah, I'm sure the Republican Party would LOVE to nominate someone who gave up partway through her last political position to a HIGHER political position. Good riddance to bad reindeer rubbish, I say.