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Palin Resignation, Minnesota Senate Election Resolution Top Week’s News

Columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson mull Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's surprise resignation announcement and the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling that Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman for a U.S. Senate seat.

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    And to the analysis of Shields and Gerson. That's syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. David Brooks is off tonight.

    Well, let's start, Michael, with that shocking news about Sarah Palin, that she's not only not going to run for re-election, she's getting out of office this month.

  • MICHAEL GERSON, Washington Post Columnist:

    Yes. You know, I felt like politics is a tough business, and she's had a tough run, but it left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, the announcement today.

    I mean, you know, high office is not just an honor like she talked about; it's a responsibility to, you know, keep your commitments, in this case. She seems to be leaving for reasons that are entirely unclear. I mean, she didn't make them clear in her announcement.

    It seemed fundamentally unserious, which is problematic for someone who has a seriousness problem. And today I felt like she seemed more like a spoiled celebrity than a serious public official, and that's bound to hurt her.