What we have here, gentleman, is more evidence that the words “Sarah Palin” work a magic spell that turns members of the media silly.
The actual email.
Five years after the email was sent, the Palins remain married. In 2010 and 2011, they knocked aside rumors that they were divorcing. Occam’s razor: Palin really was joking, although the joke was colored by a previously reported fatigue of working in Juneau far from her family. And the aide, Frank Bailey—the author of a 2011 Palin tell-all, where he could have reported this stuff—got the joke.