New York, July 4 (ANI): Sarah Palin's shocking announcement of stepping down as Alaska Governor has doomed her chances of ever becoming a President, Republican insiders have claimed.
"She has an incredibly thin résumé, a serious lack of gravitas, no coherent philosophy and the people around her are amateurs. She's finished," the Daily News quoted a top Republican, as saying.
"She couldn't win - but now she can't even run," said a Republican mandarin, who once was among her most fervent boosters.
Experts were unanimously stunned to hear her walk off the job with 16 months left in her term - shrinking her résumé even more and surrendering the best platform she has beyond her double-edged celebrity status.
"If you aspire to the highest office in the land, then suddenly think your lieutenant governor can do a better job - not exactly a profile in courage," a party pro said.
Few GOP insiders, who believe that the Alaska statehouse is too isolated a locale for any politician aspiring to high national office, were surprised Palin decided against running for reelection.
"You need to be in the Lower 48 to be credible politically," a senior adviser to several Republican Presidents said.
But quitting mid-term with a rambling rant is not the way to get there.
"She proved she couldn't play in the big leagues last fall and now she's proven it again. If you can't even handle a governorship, there's no way you can handle the White House," one of the party's most prominent kingmakers said. (ANI)