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."