Amazing, she's resigning. Will be out by July 26th.
The press conference statement she made was a rambling mess. After it I still have no idea what the real motivations behind this are. As recently as a week ago she was making fairly strong and articulate statements about standing tough against the ongoing hatred and personal abuse directed at her by political and mainstream cultural/media outlets. Also saying she's fighting on against the stream of frivolous ethics charges being directed at her. And then this? Our of no where she up an quits?
I don't buy the theory that there is some major scandal about to hit. If there was I would expect her to have resigned immediately, not 3 weeks out. I also would have expected a much more tightly crafted and lawyered statement to the press, not to mention an acknowledgment of some impending announcement or story breaking.
And I do not see how this could possibly be part of a strategy to be the nominee in 2012. Her term would have ended at the end of 2010, leaving the perfect 2 years needed to organize and run a presidential campaign. While that was happening she could have been studying up and getting some serious exposure on international and lower 48 domestic issues. Finish out the term, stand tough and resolute against the critics and the smears and the never ending barrage of personal and family level attacks... get the job done in Alaska. She could have pulled it off.
But now... there is just no way to get past this in a 2012 campaign. At best she's looking at 2016 now and even that will be a stretch. She'd have to find some high profile national level work to do in the interrim. Maybe run for Senate of something. Or head up a national political organization. Something. However, wn matter how much she improves her knowledge, gravitas, and presentation in interviews and whatnot, the voters (particularly base primary voters) are always going to have the question in the backs of their minds: "Does she really have the stones to stick to this campaign and her term as President to the end, no matter what gets thrown at her and her family?" It is, I think, the insurmountable obstacle that this resignation creates.
At this point I hope it was a personal decision by her and her family to get out of the spotlight, save the state government from the partisanship and politically motivated ethics campaign against her, and hopefully allow them to retreat from the abuse being directed at them at the hands of national and state media and cultural outlets. I'm not sure that is the whole story though... If it were she could well have stated it much more cleanly and concisely at the presser.