(CNN) - Last August, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain introduced to the nation his surprise pick for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
At the time, little was known about the fresh-faced, first-term governor, but within days, Palin's face was on newspapers, magazines and tabloids.
Since then, Palin has become a polarizing figure in the Republican Party. Her passionate supporters are countered with equally fervent critics.
And even though it's been nearly a year since she ventured onto the national stage and more than eight months since the Republican ticket lost the election, as Palin prepares to leave office, the public's interest in her has yet to wane. Palin explains why she's stepping down
"She's kind of a shooting star that caught fire and kept burning," said Lorenzo Benet, an assistant editor for People magazine and author of "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin."
"When she walks into a room, she definitely commands attention and she gets more than most. She's definitely a star," said Benet, who was the only national journalist to have spent much time with Palin in the weeks before she was announced as McCain's running mate.
Palin, a mother of five, "caught the imagination" of the public because there is no one else like her, Benet said. "Particularly for conservative America, there hasn't been a rallying figure of this type," he noted.
apparently those who call her inteelegent and articulate haven't heard her speak or do an off the cuff interview, the interviews with Katie couric weren't her only flub-ups. Even during the debates she shot herself in the foot. I have no hateful sentiment towards Sara Palin at all. I don't agree with about 90% of her politacal views and policies but I don't agree 100% with any one person wioth the exception of God. For you republicans don't assume I think she is dumb or unintelligent I just don't see her ass the cream of the crop as most republicans do. If she runs in 2012 I doubt she will win, but if she does I will support her as I did all her predecessors. Though she would have a lot to work on to swing my vote in her direction.
Luckily the Republicans I know were scared to death at the thought of her becoming vice president and either didn't vote this election or voted for Obama.
I love that she's what the Republican party is throwing out as a candidate. There are so many of my rural PA friends and family either leaving the party or not voting anymore that she's a savior.
Please, Please, Please Sarah, run for president in 2012!!!!!!
The Democratic Party needs you.
How do I contribute to SarahPAC?
“Palin is the Paula Abdul of politics.” That is the best analogy I heard. For good and bad, that is so true. I think I will post that everywhere. Thanks!