I was strolling around Old Town Key West yesterday enjoying the sights and sounds, and then catching dinner and a movie with a friend, so I missed the latest news about Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) resigning her office so she could… well, why and do what isn’t exactly clear. Here’s the announcement — part 1 and part 2.
The reaction amongst the punditry has been your basic collective WTF? Josh Marshall at TPM has been following it and notices how the right wing has been caught flat-footed and gasping. Hilzoy sums it up perfectly:
I have no more idea than anyone else, but hey: what’s the point of blogging if not to amass a record of your unfounded speculations so that you can go back and see how wrong you were? My unfounded speculation: I do not believe for a moment that this is about taking time off to prepare for 2012. Nothing I know about Sarah Palin leads me to believe that she would give up power voluntarily, let alone for something that is such a long shot, and in such a transparently self-destructive way.
I think that there’s something we don’t know about: either a serious health problem or a serious scandal. In either case, it would, I think, have to be a really big deal to make her react in this way. She has shown herself to be more than capable of brushing off smaller scandals, national embarrassment, and a whole host of other things. She did not step down from the governorship when she gave birth to a child with special needs, or when she was asked to be McCain’s running-mate. She did not decline McCain’s offer because of the potential embarrassment, either to her or her family, of her daughter being unmarried and pregnant. She is no shrinking violet.
I await further news with fascination. I’m also taking bets on who the next imploding Republican Presidential hopeful will be.