The Outsider: Where Is Sarah Palin Going Next?

The exiting Alaska governor's outsider politics take her on the road less traveled. But where is she going?

Photograph for TIME by Brian Adams / Rapport

Sarah Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

Sarah Palin is that most exotic of American creatures: an Alaska original, raised and ripened in an environment remote, extreme, unfamiliar — and free. A land of self-invention, where no one bats an eye at a mom-deckhand-governor-whatever-comes-next. Ever since John McCain introduced his running mate last year, Palin has been like a modern-day version of the captive specimens hauled back to Europe by explorers of old. Like Squanto in London, she speaks the language — if not always the idiom — of the audiences she fascinates. But she remains, on some level,...

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