I've been a bit busy so I'll keep this short.
It was a good move. An old football ploy used to be the quick kick. I think it's still legal, but that doesn't matter. What matters is the idea. drop back five and punt is what they would expect at the end of a term. But if you keep them guessing what you'll try next, they'll be looking for so many things, that they can't properly defend against anything specific.
It's a great move by Palin.
She can work on a book, stop the monetary hemmorhaging, and campaign for anything she wants. With her star power and charisma, she can be the counterbalance against Albore.
That may be what she's aiming for.