Well, now we won't have Sarah Palin to kick around any more. For the various reasons volleyed about for why she is resigning, I'm inclined to just go with the 'bat shit crazy' as a satisfactory explanation. And, of course, a good chunk of the commentary has been focused on 2012. Honestly, I don't think the identity of the Republican nominee matters a whit -- the election will be 100% a referendum on Obama. If we have been attacked by terrorists, he loses. If we haven't been attacked by terrorists and the economy is still in the shitter, he loses. Otherwise, he wins.*
* What if he doesn't pass health care? Honestly, I'm not sure if that is make-or-break for his administration for an election that will be held three and half years from now.