First and foremost, a happy Independence Day to everybody, and most importantly to all those in the military past and present who have maintained our freedom and independence for 233 years.

Well, Sarah Palin certainly added to the fireworks yesterday by announcing that she’d be resigning as Alaska Governor effective in about three weeks.

Why did she do this? After perusing the news sites this morning, there are so many theories out there that I won’t even bother to go into all of them — suffice to say that Palin’s ability to perplex and befuddle the media and commentators is as healthy as ever. There are ongoing attempts to assign the resignation speech a “they won’t have soccer mom to kick around anymore” tone, but my hunch is that’s far from what happened yesterday.

Is she finished with politics? Is she running for president? Did ACORN get her to quit? Is she going to host a game show called “You Bet’cha Life”? These questions will be answered in a short period of time.

Frankly, though I’d be disappointed to see her out of the picture in the national political scene, the blow would be softened by the knowledge that we won’t have to watch a good family being run through a cruel wringer. However, should Sarah decide to continue on into national politics, something tells me that the Palins are stronger than the wringer, so it won’t break my heart to see her run for president.

Among all the reactions to Palin’s resignation, none are more hilarious than the Democratic National Committee’s response:

DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse:

“Either Sarah Palin is leaving the people of Alaska high and dry to pursue her long shot national political ambitions or she simply can’t handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down. Either way – her decision to abandon her post and the people of Alaska who elected her continues a pattern of bizarre behavior that more than anything else may explain the decision she made today.”

Those who dismissed Palin as the governor of a meaningless, backwards state are now the first out of the gate to accuse her of abandoning her absolutely vital duties to that important state? Funny.

I don’t recall anybody accusing Obama of abandoning his post and the people of Illinois when he resigned his senate seat after 46 months — half of which were spent traipsing around the country running for president. If Palin is running for president, she’s doing it the responsible way. Obama is the one who “abandoned” his constituents, not that we heard anything about that from the mainstream press Obamaniacs.

About Palin’s resignation, DNC cabana boy David Gergen said this on CNN:

“I think most of us long ago gave up trying to figure out what goes on in Sarah Palin’s head.”

Coming from a guy who can figure out what goes on in Joe Biden’s head, this is a compliment of the highest order.

If Palin is running for president, politically speaking, there’s little to no downside to resigning now to focus on national politics. If she’s running for president and kept the job as governor, she’d be accused of neglecting her post as she travelled the lower-48.

In other words, denying her resume an extra year and a half as Alaska governor is not going to be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether or not she’s the GOP’s nominee in 2012. Besides, more than likely, either way, Palin would carry Alaska in the general election.

Time till tell. If Sarah pops up in Iowa and New Hampshire before too long, it won’t be to hunt bears, but donkeys.

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