Obama and the 'Palin effect'
President Obama's approval ratings have inched up in the last week, from 46-53 in Rasmussen (overall approval- disapproval) to 50-49. It is hard to find a good reason for this, other than a favorable reaction to his Ft. Hood speech. The reaction to Eric Holder's decision to have a civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Muhammed in New York has not been generally favorable, and the bow to the Emperor in Japan created a small stir, both of which would argue for a continued fall in the approval ratings.
This is not a criticism of Palin -- she has been hounded by the left and their media sycophants and her relative unpopularity has a lot to do with the image they have created of her. Palin also has big bills to pay for lawyers, and she has every right to cash in on her celebrity if she can. Bill Clinton and Al Gore cashed in big time after they left office. Synagogues were paying Bill Clinton, $250,000 to tell their audiences why he failed at Camp David (Answer: Arafat did not want to end the conflict). Al Gore has made tens of millions of dollars with his global warming shtick combined with getting government money for energy companies with which he is involved.
I think Palin's behavior since the end of the campaign is in large part explained by the cost and time associated with defending herself against the dozen-plus nonsense charges she has had to respond to in Alaska. As Governor, she was limited in her ability to earn enough to pay to defend herself. Hence she resigned.