It was almost a foregone conclusion, but former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has announced, officially, that she will not enter the 2012 presidential race.
Palin's announcement comes one day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie affirmed his decision not to jump in despite Republican leaders urging him to.
No leaders really wanted Palin to, but she's like a celebrity now, so the media still pays attention to her. Here's what she told supporters in a letter:
"I believe I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office - from the nation's governors to congressional seats and the presidency."
"I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for president where candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic development of conventional energy sources, along with renewables."
"We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen and allow the private sector to create jobs."
"I apologize to those who are disappointed in this decision."
Anyone? Hello?Palin told Fox News she chose to send a letter over holding a press conference because she wanted to "put the marker down and say 'no I'm not running.'"
Republicans have been searching for an alternative to the polished, but less than inspiring former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the entire year.
Many have been disappointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and have given a second look to Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who is surging in polls.
In any case, the field is set now. Romney and Perry remain likely frontrunners, but at this stage of the game you can't rule out Cain or perhaps others.
Should Sarah Palin have run?