From beginning to end, Palin's Last Ramble inadvertently laid out one reason after another why she should not be president of the Wasilla PTA, much less of the United States.
She derided quitters, then quit.
She talked about serving the state as a "humbling responsibility," then abdicated her responsibility.
She talked about a good point guard being able to handle a full court press, then took her ball and walked off the court.
She talked about shielding her family, then used them as her excuse for resigning.
She extolled our "bold and selfless troops" who wouldn't "give up," then gave up.
She claimed to love her job and Alaska, then quoted a banal refrigerator magnet saying.
She said that her choice was to "take a stand", then retreated.
She said that she didn't want to "disappoint anyone" with her decision, then threw her supporters under the bus by resigning without warning.
She urged Alaskans to consider entering politics, then ducked out because she couldn't stand the mildest of political pressure.
She quoted Douglas MacArthur to the effect that she was advancing in another direction. She might have taken notice of another MacArthur saying: "Americans never quit"...
We'll see her again, no doubt with her own show on Fox "News"...
The right-wing blogosphere ties itself in knots rationalizing Palin's resignation as smart politics here and here.
Paul Begala vivisects the speech here. Couldn't someone, anyone -- a speechwriter, Levi Johnston, a random Alaskan -- have vetted it for idiocy? I admit that there wouldn't have been much left, but still...
If you can't stand the heat of being governor of Alaska, I don't see how you can hope to convince people that you could take the heat of being President of the United States.
Her spokeswoman was on CNN this evening trying to say that she's showing great leadership because all the ethics complaints were wasting time. I don't remember FDR stepping away when the Great Depression was devastating the nation, and I don't remember Lincoln stepping away when the country was torn apart by slavery...
More pictures and reports from Ireland soon. In the meantime, Happy Birthday America!