Walter Hickel, the colorful two-time Governor of Alaska and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior under Richard Nixon, had long declared that "I want to be buried standing up so I can fight for what I believe in forever." He got his wish.
Palin expects no one to wonder why in the world she would step down from the governorship, which is the only platform from which she can claim any political legitimacy. And we're not supposed to speculate? Come now.
Palin has always been fast and loose with the truth, but her duplicity about the pipeline extends far beyond whether it is currently being built or not -- it is not -- but whether or not it ever will be built.