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Rough sledding

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Issue: "Hurtling toward havoc," Aug. 1, 2009

McLeod told me that she hasn't kept track of how much money she's spent on her efforts, but says she receives no financial backing from outside groups or citizens. She refused to comment on her current employment status.

While ethics complaints have statutes of limitations, public records requests could go on indefinitely. That means if Palin stays on the national stage, Alaska officials could still face a litany of records requests from interested reporters.

Dave Woodard, a GOP strategist and political scientist at Clemson University, says he thinks Palin will maintain a national profile, noting her popularity with Republicans. After Palin's resignation announcement, a USA Today/Gallup poll reported 71 percent of Republicans said they would vote for her as president.

Woodard said time will reveal if Palin can endure the ongoing scrutiny that would come with such a quest: "This is what happens when someone goes onto the national stage: Either they overcome or they succumb."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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