UPDATED: Sarah Palin: The Round Up

Yesterday was a wild day. Sarah Palin quit her job as Governor. She gave what has to be the most incoherent, rambling speech in modern history - one that now seems to have been quickly arranged and without much warning. IT also looks like there might have been reasons she quit so abruptly other than the press was mean to her.

And I blogged none of it.

So here's a collection of what I should have blogged but didn't because I was having too much fun over on twitter reveling in the crash and burn that was Presidential Candidate John McCain's choice for the one who'd be a heart beat away from the Presidency.

The Speech:

Palin's real plan for the future (according to NBC's Andrea Mitchell)?:

The news & reactions from various sites:
More reactions:
And now for what might be the real reason she quit so abruptly: She was trying to preempt a shitload of legal issues that is about to be dropped on her head like a house in a tornado:


Sen. Murkowksi (R) Blasts Sarah Palin: You Abandoned Our State
Alaska's Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a surprisingly harsh statement late on Friday, ripping Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to leave office at the end of the month. "I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded," Murkowski wrote.
If White House Is Her Goal, Palin’s Route Is Risky
...if some of her supporters are correct in surmising what she is doing — turning full time to preparing herself, after a tough year, for a presidential campaign in 2012 — it represents a huge gamble, even by the standards of a politician whose short career has been shaped by huge gambles.


If one of Ms. Palin’s goals was to erase the perception of her as flighty — a perception encouraged by some McCain lieutenants in the rough aftermath of the failed campaign — it certainly could not have been helped to have a staged an out-of-the-blue announcement that shocked even her closest aides and whose theatrics probably tempted Tina Fey and the “Saturday Night Live” production crew to abandon their vacations and head to the studio.
Greg Sargent (Bailin’ Barracuda, Or The Quitah From Wasilla):

This is a woman who appears to crave dominance, and gets visibly frustrated and deeply rattled when it eludes her or when her self-mastery wavers. She can’t dominate or control the national media or her national image. This was borne out again with the flap over the Vanity Fair article. She quit in a huff, and doesn’t have any intention of coming back.

One other thought: How could someone who resigned as Governor of Alaska possibly present herself as ready for the presidency?

Josh Marshall:
"Either Palin is resigning ahead of some titanic scandal (which should emerge in short order if it exists) or her resignation was triggered by an even more extreme mental instability than we’d previously suspected."
The Nation's John Nichols (Palin Goes Gonzo):

Maybe the soon-to-be-former governor of Alaska is still delusional enough to think she can convince the party bosses that she's a contender for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination.

Maybe the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president is going to take them all on with a gonzo-style populist run against not just President Obama but the entire political establishment. And her talk about supporting change agents inside the Republican party and "outside it" suggests that she might actually be open to an independent or third-party bid.

Then again, maybe, just maybe, Palin was not thinking about much of anything Friday, when she steered off what certainly looks like the political equivalent of a cliff.
LOL from FoxNews.com (h/t Josh Marshall):
"She should also lead the nation's mothers to oppose mandating replacement of incandescent light bulbs with the new mercury poison gas bulbs."

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