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Joanne Ciulla is Professor and Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, the only undergraduate degree-granting school of leadership studies in the world.

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Sarah Palin did not resign because she is a maverick who is planning to run for president. If you listen closely to her convoluted resignation speech--and maybe play it backwards a few times--it sounds like she quit because she no longer likes her job.

Who can blame her? After the excitement of running for vice president, the trauma of ethics investigations, the attacks on her family, and the difficulties of running a state in hard times, being a governor just isn't fun anymore.

It could be that in a moment of self-reflection, Palin realized that, while she holds strong beliefs about social issues and likes the celebrity aspects of politics, she does not have a passion for the nitty-gritty of governing.

She might have reflected on what she does well. She is energetic, attractive, and at her best when she is attacking her foes with amusing, folksy one-liners. She may have concluded that there is only one occupation for her.

Republican pundits need not worry about how her resignation affects her possible presidential run. They should worry about how it affects their jobs. Watch for Sarah Palin--a tougher, prettier Rush Limbaugh--on a TV or radio station near you.

By Joanne B. Ciulla

 |  July 7, 2009; 11:38 AM ET
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She will more likely end up like Ann Coulter. She will publish books she may or may not actually write, gets high fees to speak to friendly audiences, and appear on Fox here and there.

She is too lazy, impulsive and undisciplined to do the work of being on the air every day right now. Who needs the steady work schedule when you can make so much money just being yourself?

She wants to be Prom Queen, adored without responsibility.

Posted by: askdrphoto | July 8, 2009 10:40 AM
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