When Sarah Palin burst on the national political scene in 2008, her star power was blinding to both her fans and detractors. Love her or hate her, the Alaska governor tapped by Senator John McCain to be his running mate became an instant celebrity. The GOP ticket’s loss that November seemed not to affect her popularity. Palin’s public appearances continued to draw enormous crowds, and her sometimes dubious political comments invariably were treated as news. When she joined Fox News in 2010 as a commentator at a salary of $1 million a year, her future in the limelight seemed limitless.
But every nova eventually fades, and Palin is no exception. Last week brought word that she and Fox would not be renewing their contract — the network had offered only a fraction of that seven-figure salary, Newsweek’s Howard Kurtz reported, and the two sides agreed to go their separate ways.