Palin's voice is nowhere to be found in the article, and I suspect that the anecdote actually has lots of grey shadings. But it illustrates a larger point: Palin saw the opportunity to build her personal brand, and to do that, she had to spend lots of time in the Lower 48. Reality TV shows, speeches, multimillion-dollar book deals -- it all leaves little time for governing. As we've seen, the big money does not follow party lines. President Obama has benefited big time -- as have relatives such as Michelle's brother, Craig Robinson. So who's to blame Palin for her career move?