by digby

Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office in a few weeks, she said during a news conference at her Wasilla home Friday morning.

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated at the Governor's Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks the weekend of July 25, Palin said.

There was no immediate word as to why she will resign, though speculation has been rampant that the former vice presidential candidate is gearing up for a run at the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Palin made the announcement flanked by Parnell and most, if not all, of her cabinet.

Why not serve out her term? The presidential election doesn't begin for at least another two years. Wouldn't it be better to have a full term as governor of Alaska under her belt? In fact, I assumed she'd want to run for governor again so she could run for president as the second term Governor of Alaska. Give her a tiny bit of gravitas, which she badly needs.

I guess the base loves her so maybe all she has to do is run the megachurch and teabagger circuit for the next three years to get the nod. Who knows what the path to GOP leadership is these days? But whatever she does, it looks like she's going to do it her way. It should be fascinating to watch.

Update: And by the way, to those who insist that Palin hasn't governed as a social conservative, this pretty much proves otherwise.

And I don't know if you saw her press conference, but I almost expected her to start babbling about soul mates and David and Bathsheba. The Republicans are getting more deeply weird every day.