Sarah Palin rocked the political world Friday when she resigned her Alaska Gov. office -- effecitve July 26. The Republican didn't give any specific reason, saying only she wants to pursue a "higher calling." Whether that includes a run for the White House in 2012 is unknown. Reaction to the bombshell annoucement has been coming in all weekend. Here's what people are saying, including Palin's own reaction to the reaction:
"The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the 'politics of personal destruction...' 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."
-- Gov. Sarah Palin, (R) Alaska, writing on her Facebook page
"I don't know what prompted her decision to not only not run again and also to step down as a consequence of the decision not to run in 2010, and I take her at her word that it had a personal ingredient in it - and you have to respect that... I'm not going to second-guess her."
-- Vice President Joe Biden
"She marches to the beat of her own drum, and it's going to be very interesting to see how she pulls this off."
-- Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to Former President Bush
"This would give her more time to spend in Iowa The fact that she would no longer be a governor would take some of her status away, but that's all a balancing act."
-- Kraig Paulsen, House Republican leader in Iowa, home of the first Presidential caucus
"I think she owes it to Alaskans to tell us why. It's sad she abandoned us at this critical time."
-- Alaska State Sen. Dennis Egan, (D) Juneau
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"...as she began to articulate her reasons, I began to understand better. And nobody -- unless they've been in her position and understood what she has gone through and dealt with and who she is as a person -- really understands."
-- Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, (R) Alaksa
"We've seen a lot of nutty behavior from governors and Republican leaders in the last three months, but this one is at the top of that... Today’s move falls further into the weirdness category; people don’t like a quitter."
-- John Weaver, former strategist for Sen. John McCain
"Sarah Palin showed on Friday that in one respect at least, she is qualified to be president. Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy... The White House can drive its inhabitants loopy. So at least Sarah Palin is ahead of the curve on that one... Why not? Palin/Sanford in 2012, with the slogan: 'Save time — we’re already in Crazy Town.'"
-- Maureen Dowd, New York Times Op-Ed