I think the speculation that she is doing so because she’s running for President in 2012 — and that she needs more prep time than keeping a full-time job in Juneau would allow her — is accurate. It’s fair to question the wisdom of this move, because she hasn’t even served a full term as Governor of Alaska. Whoever is advising her to do this is doing her no favors. Resigning before finishing a full term damages her viability as a candidate, even if she uses all that extra time to study for future interviews on foreign / domestic policy. It’s possible to continue to build a political organization that could support a presidential bid while keeping your day job, but it must have been too difficult for Governor Palin to do both. I can understand how the residents of Alaska might question Palin’s focus on the job she currently has, so in that respect Palin’s decision makes sense. Her attention has been divided between Alaska and DC, and it’s probably time for her to choose which world she wants. I’m just not sure this is the right time to quit her day job.
BTW, I like Sarah Palin. I just don’t see her as someone who could be President. Maybe I’m underestimating her, like everyone else. We shall see what happens in the next few years.