Only days after I raked over the coals former Republican VP wannabe Sarah Palin for her remarkably stupid public behavior, she comes out and trumps even my low estimation of her, announcing in a rambling, incoherent mess of a speech--a mess even by her standards--that not only is she declining to seek re-election, she's actually resigning from the governorship entirely. Not even finishing her term.
Everyone has been speculating about why--her babbling dissertation certainly did absolutely nothing to clarify the matter. Her Republican fans among the punditry are actually portraying this as some sort of brilliant first step toward a presidential race! Palin has already been established as an erratic imbecile. Somehow, I can't see this--quitting the only substantial government post she's ever held in the middle of the first term--adding much of a positive spin to her resume, even if we are talking about the Republican party.[*]
No, the much more likely scenario is that she's leaving office ahead of some looming scandal that would have driven her from it anyway in order to pursue a more lucrative career as right-wing pundit before her 15 minutes of fame expire. As if to bolster this speculation, Palin has now issued a public warning to those in the press who may report negative--or, as she calls it, "defamatory"--stories about her, threatening lawsuits. Good luck on that.
[*] A party whose unofficial voice (Rush Limbaugh) said today of the military coup in Honduras that just ousted the elected government, "If we had any good luck, Honduras would send some people here and help us get our government back."