In deciding to leave office early, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said, on CNN's State of the Union, that Palin has made "a very risky decision."
"She's jumping out of the frying pan into the hot glare of the media spotlight, into the fire. And she has the potential of flaming out before 2012," Brazile said.
"She needs to manage her next 15 minutes of fame a lot better than she has done over the last year of being on [sic] the national spotlight," Brazile added, suggesting that Palin should take her newfound free time to write her book, to give public speeches and to "have an opportunity to learn a little bit more about foreign policy."
Republican strategist Ed Rollins, who supported Mike Huckabee's failed 2008 presidential bid, slammed Palin's resignation announcement.
"I think Friday was a disaster for her," Rollins told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "both in the sense that she was very incoherent in articulating what it is – why she was quitting and what she wanted to do with it.
"As I always say, you call press conferences to answer questions – not to basically raise questions."
Rollins also said Sunday that without the benefit of finishing out term of governor, Palin will have "a partial record . . . that is very incomplete" should she mount a bid for the White House in 2012 as some suspect she is planning to do.
Conservative talk show host Bill Bennett disagreed with Rollins and Brazile about the wisdom of Palin's decision.
"To political pros this may be a problem. To the base, I'm not sure it's a problem at all," Bennett said, noting how difficult it would have been for Palin to run for president from Alaska while maintaining all of her gubernatorial duties in the state. "Well, she won't have that problem now."
"'Flame out,' 'disaster' – I think it's too early to say that," added Bennett.
But the three agreed on one thing – that Friday would've been a good opportunity for South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford to bow out of office amid a seemingly never-ending scandal over his extramarital affair.
"You could argue this weekend the wrong governor resigned. You know, it should have been Sanford. She should have hung on for a number of reasons," Bennett told King.
Rollins said Sanford "has lost any effectiveness" in South Carolina.
"I have to agree with both gentlemen," added Brazile.
Updated: 7:05 p.m.