Rather than be horribly wrong, at this point I'm going to say that there is too little information to draw any firm conclusions about the real reasons behind Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska. I'm not a Palin fan, although I don't hate her, or even dislike her. Although I'm an atheist, I find the attacks on her based on her religious beliefs irrelevant, since there is little evidence that she's tried to combine them with her state office. The other personal attacks on her and her family are typical of the left, which can't tolerate women or minorities who don't know their place, and dare to be outspoken conservatives. But her performance as vice-presidential candidate showed me nothing that indicates that she'd be a good presidential nominee for the GOP. Instead, it showed that she was unready for national office and had a poor grasp on the issues, beyond parroting basic talking points over and over.
I've seen nothing to indicate that Palin would be a better candidate in 2012, or that she in any way deserves a presidential or even vice-presidential nomination. Her followers among the base of the party are fanatical worshippers who can't tolerate any criticism of Palin, no matter how well deserved. They remind me of some Obama-supporters. I hope the GOP can find a better candidate that's widely acceptable within the party, and who can appeal to independents. And that's not Sarah Palin.