In a bizarre move, Sarah Palin has announced that she is stepping down as the Republican Governor of Alaska later this month. Here is CNN's coverage of it:
Some have interpreted this as a precursor to her running for the Presidency in 2012 but usually candidates remain in whatever office they hold. It gives them a natural springboard. Others such as Sunny on Pickled Politics think that there is something in her closet and she is getting out before it breaks. And still others such as Stephen Green writing on Pajamas Media thinks that standing down like this makes her unfit for higher office.
I am not sure what to make of it myself. I don't agree with many of Palin's views on issues (from what I can recall from the campaign last year) and think she would make a terrible President. In a way I hope that this move does sound the death knell for any run in 2012.
She is a very unconventional politician though so who knows what her plans are. I think it will only become clear what they are over the next few months and possibly year or two.
UPDATE 1: Embedded CNN's coverage of her resignation announcement.
UPDATE 2: Sara Bedford thinks Palin has shot herself in the foot and has some more detailed analysis here and has some hints about a potential scandal that may come out at the weekend.