GOP Rep. King doubts Palin can come back

Staunch GOP conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) doubts that Sarah Palin will be able to resurrect her political career after calling it quits as governor of Alaska.

King says he was saddened by the news that Palin, "a star" of the party, gave up the job because he doesn't see how she can continue "her political career on the path ... it was going."

"I don’t know of anyone who has successfully and voluntarily pulled themselves out of political office and been able to leverage that into more political success," King said in an interview with The Hill on Monday.

Still, King wouldn't rule out a comeback entirely.

"I hope there’s something brilliant behind this because she’s entirely capable of actually having a grand strategy that the rest of us don’t understand,” King said.

Palin announced Friday that she would resign at the end of the month after just two and a half years in office, stunning political observers and conservatives who viewed the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee as a front-runner for the 2012 White House race.