Reaction around the blogosphere to Palin’s sudden and unexpected resignation as governor of Alaska has been swift and, in some cases, insightful. Max Blumenthal points, as many others have, to persistent rumors that there is a major scandal brewing involving Palin:
Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002.
I think he’s right. So does Hilzoy:
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 agree. Not only is there another shoe to drop, it’s gonna be a big shoe. The only reasonable alternative to this is that there is no reason for it at all, which makes Palin utterly irrational and unreliable and that probably kills her career. Publius is more blunt:
Today only makes sense if she either (1) is done with politics entirely, or (2) is a looney toon.
But best of all was John Cole’s response to the rambling, weird, incoherent statement she made about it:
That was rambling and disjointed even by Palin’s low standards. When I was watching it, it reminded me of a COPS episode, when they are are talking to a guy accused of stealing aerosol paint from a hardware store, and the guy swears he didn’t steal any paint, and yes it is all just a big coincidence that he has a circle of silver paint around his mouth and nose, and yes, it is an even bigger coincidence that there is a paper bag with silver paint in it and no he has no idea why there are empty silver cans of paint in the bag seat of his car and oh, hey, by the way, do you have a light, buddy, and better yet do you gotta smoke?
And Andrew Sullivan sums it all up:
Can we all be grown up for a minute and concede something very simple? There are three explanations for the latest circus act: either Sarah Palin is so crazy she actually believes that what she just did is good for her political career; she has decided that her future is as a celebreality star and she’s pursuing the lucrative Coulter-style, long legs and fascist farrago strategy; or, a scandal of monumental proportions is about to hit.