NEW YORK - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Partys vice presidential candidate in 2008, said on Friday she will resign this month unleashing a torrent of speculation about her plans, motivation and the political wisdom of such a seemingly confounding decision. Palin, who held a well publicized meeting with President Asif Asif Zardari in New York last September, took no questions after a brief news conference in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, with Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and much of her state cabinet at her side. She gave no indication of her future plans. We know we can effect positive change outside of government, she said in making the rambling announcement, flanked by her husband, Todd, and members of their family. Many took that to mean a full-fledged run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, without the encumbrance of her office and the difficulty of navigating a national campaign from thousands of miles away. But even Republican Partys officials said that Palins abrupt decision to quit the job before expiry of her four-year term would be considered a demerit if she make a bid for presidential nomination in 2012. In fact, they said her move badly damage any future political aspirations. I always thought after the race what she needed to do was go back to Alaska and be substantive, show shes got a grasp of government and work for the good of the folks back home, said Stuart Rothenberg, an independent campaign analyst in Washington. This seems to be the exact opposite. Palin experienced a meteoric rise after Senator John McCain of Arizona plucked her from relative obscurity to serve as his running mate. She was a smash hit at last summers Republican National Convention. But her image suffered after a series of unsteady campaign appearances. She remains a favourite of social conservatives, who traditionally have exerted strong influence over the Republican nomination. But Palin draws a visceral contempt from many Democrats, political independents and even some Republicans among them some McCain advisors who bared their sentiments, anonymously, in a recent unflattering article in Vanity Fair magazine. Palin seemed to allude to those attacks at her impromptu news conference Friday. You are naive if you dont see a full-court press from the national level picking away a good point guard, said Palin, who was famously aggressive in her days as a high school basketball star. She spoke in that cryptic fashion throughout her appearance Friday, saying her decision to step down had been some time in the making, although she never clearly spelled out why. Many just accept that lame-duck status and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And Im not going to put Alaskans through that, Palin said.