Sarah Palin has delivered plenty of surprises to the American people over the past 10 months. She topped them all this past holiday weekend with her resignation announcement, giving every journalist, blogger, pundit and average Joe (plumbers and otherwise) material and cause for wild speculation about her reasons for stepping down from the Alaska governorship.

Palin was on our mind earlier in the week after we read a feature story in the August issue of Vanity Fair. Within Todd Purdum’s story we learn that John Coale, a name partner at Washington, D.C., plaintiffs firm Coale Cooley Lietz, helped Palin set up her own political action committee (SarahPAC), as well as the Alaska Fund Trust, meant to help Palin pay her legal expenses. (The WSJ Law Blog cited the estimated $500,000 in legal fees Palin owes to Alaskan firm Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness as one possible reason for the governor’s decision to step down effective July 27.)

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