Many feel that Sarah Palin hurt the GOP during her VP run last year, particularly her interview with Katie Couric, which seem to present her as a ... well, idiot. Not being able to name anything she read regularly, thinking she had foreign policy experience because Russia is (relatively) close to Alaska, and out-and-out lying about not supporting the Bridge to Nowhere (which she did, at first) didn't help her.
Sarah Palin announced her resignation on July 3rd with 18 months of her term still left. While her future remains cloudy, a run at the 2012 GOP presidential ticket is an obvious possible goal.
While Sarah Palin said she was leaving office for the good of Alaska, because the the ethics complaints (which continue to surface) against her had become a distraction, others, including Levi Johnston, the father of daughter Bristol Palin's son, have pointed to a possible and lucrative post-gubernatorial career, including speaking, books, and more.
In terms of the ethics complaints, Sarah Palin has said it has cost Alaska more than $2 million to investigate the claims.
Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will take office after a Sunday afternoon picnic ceremony. Sarah Palin's first stop will be the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. She is scheduled to speak at the library on Aug. 8. After that, who knows?