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Just when you thought Sarah Palin, the shining star of the Republican Party, was slowly fading away, she goes and does this:

In a stunning announcement whose shockwaves will likely reverberate from Alaska’s state capitol to the Beltway politics of Washington, D.C., Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday morning that she will resign her office July 26.

“I really don’t want to disappoint anyone with this announcement,” Palin said during the press conference at her home. “Not with the decision that I have made. All I can ask is that you trust me with this decision and know that it is no more politics as usual.”

The official reason?  She’s not running for re-election so she doesn’t want to be a lame duck governor.  Right…

Obviously, the hastiness of the decision and the lack of substance in the resignation speech, coupled with the fact that she delivered it on a Friday during a holiday weekend (hell, I didn’t even hear about it until the day after), is leading people to believe that something else is afoot.

Sullivan ponders:

What could that shoe be? Some unknown ethics inquiry? Some big official scandal about to break? The free house-construction no-one quite resolved? Trooper Wooten’s revenge? Bristol can’t take the bullshit any more and has sold a tell-all? Levi just got a lot of money from the Enquirer? Sherri Johnston has implicated a Palin in her drug-bust? Did Track get in trouble again? Is there another unplanned pregnancy somewhere? Someone took a hike on the Appalachian trail? Has Lyda Green finally gone nuclear? Has Mercedes got a book contract?  Or has she pushed Levi one step too far? Is Trig really Tina Fey’s child?

The number of potential enemies and victims with an ax to grind and a lucrative story to tell is endless. Who can say? But the abruptness of the withdrawal is so weird one has to wonder.

Fasten your seat belts.  I have a feeling we’re headed for a grand finale in the epic train wreck that is The Sarah Palin Express.

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