As a political junkie and someone who muses about running for office in the very distant future (after homeschool and law school) I enjoy following the careers of various women politicians to see what works and what doesn't. For me, Sarah Palin's resignation definitely didn't work.
I'll leave it to the pundits to critique why she said it and to speculate about what it all means for her future, but to me Palin seemed uptight and a bit off her game in this surprise announcement. The speech didn't appear to be one she wanted to make but one she had to make. She didn't seem to own her words.
Palin, the usually confident "pit-bull with lipstick," appeared to be persuading herself that this was the right thing to do while telling us that it was the right thing to do. By the time she reached her conclusion, she seemed a bit confused and not in control. That's not the lingering image any politician hopes to leave if a Presidential run is being planned. And why announce this on a Friday of a holiday weekend? That's usually the day to share bad news that will hopefully be forgotten by Monday.
I sincerely hope nothing is wrong with her, her marriage, or her family, but for someone who just did battle with David Letterman and won she seemed to have lost her will to fight.
Doug Phillips and the Patriarchs will say "see I told you so" and use Palin's resignation to promote their belief that women do not belong in politics. They certainly weren't pleased when she was on the Republican ticket. Neither was Mike Huckabee and I have to think he may not be too disappointed with Palin's announcement.
You can follow Palin's statements via her twitter.
The Anchoress has lots of good links about Palin's resignation here.