Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

Sarah Palin's resigning from office. What the hell? And she's now supposedly telling people that she's done with politics forever. The entire thing is sketchy. The announcement, reasoning, speculation, and more Friday news-dumping after the jump.

The press conference was called suddenly and without warning, and the line leading up to the press conference was simply that she wasn't going to run for her office again.

First, the bizarre, kinda teary announcement:

Even Politico got hosed, sending out a breaking email alert before the conference started about Palin not running for her next term as Alaska's governor. Palin then went ahead with the resignation and didn't let on anything about the presidential run. "I know when it's time to pass the ball. Some are going to question the timing of this. This decision has been in the works for a while," she noted.

Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

Says Gawker's John Cook:

"They clearly deliberately leaked that she wasn't going to run for re-election an hour or two before the announcement in order to muddy the waters and get the "setting up for a presidential run" line out to blunt the obvious conclusion that a shoe is about to drop...."

So people are convinced: some shit went down, and someone's definitely got something. Any ideas? To the Twitteratti!

Gawker's Nightman to Gabriel Snyder's Dayman, The Cajun Boy, hears something pretty substantial:

Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

Original Defamer editor and blogger Mark Lisanti is going with the Jimmy Hoffa school of thought:

Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

Sarah Palin doesn't know she just resigned!

Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

Jason Calicanis is trying to start a meme. Lisanti has yet another theory!

Why Did Sarah Palin Resign?

CNN's Rick Sanchez thinks she might be pregnant again!

Mark Drapeau at True/Slant thinks she should be working on her personal brand, looking towards the future: "Get your voice out there - start writing for True/Slant or The Daily Beast, put up 5 minute videos with your raw opinions about news or issues on YouTube, and start experimenting more with things like Twitter, Seesmic, and 12 Seconds when you're mobile."